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Despite such a dramatic story line, Clancy doesn't neglect the individuals who drive his tale. Jack Ryan's problems are as much domestic as they are part of the international crisis that is the ostensible narrative: National Security Director Elizabeth Elliot has the president's ear, and she has convinced him that Ryan's ethics are questionable. She hints at marital infidelity and an insider-trading scandal. Of course, both accusations are false, but her arguments have enough evidence behind them (e.g. some photographs of an innocent embrace with a friend) to cause a strain in the Ryans' marriage and a flurry of media attention. While "Mr. Clark" tracks the terrorists, he also provides some needed intelligence to heal the Ryan family.
The Sum of All Fears is the stuff of nightmares but contains enough verisimilitude to terrify sober minds. Ryan has matured into a complex protagonist as Clancy's writing, too, has matured. Ryan is plagued by stress and self-doubts that test even his dauntless moral compass and make him a more interesting subject for readers' attention. Those fascinated by military hardware, from nuclear submarines to atomic weapons, will find almost enough here to start their own army. And Clancy's understanding of international politics seems chillingly correct. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Like his other novels, this one combines exciting action, breathtaking suspense, technical details, spycraft, and thought-provoking political brinksmanship. Read morePublished 3 days ago by PMirakian
The author really had to do a great deal of research to creat such a sterling novel. I was totally amazed.Published 9 days ago by Edward F Brenkus
Tom Clancy at his best. Facts vs Imagination? So suspenseful. Action packed. What a Story Teller. So well researched. One of the best.Published 10 days ago by J. Woodard
the Sum Of All Fears, Debt Of Honor, and Executive Orders are the trilogy of books that bring Jack Ryan full circle and comprise the best work that Clancy ever created.Published 24 days ago by Guy In Minneapolis
Chillingly realistic - be warned - every one's motives aren't what they seemPublished 1 month ago by Arlene Jensen
If I could give it six stars I would!! Have read it again and again! If you like math/science read this book!!!Published 1 month ago by dexvrusp