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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.
Good plot and the possibility of something like it could happen with all of the countries that now have nukes. Read morePublished 10 days ago by William Anderson
I ALWAYS enjoy Tom Clancy's books---most of the time I read the book in 2 days because it is hard to put down and stop readingPublished 10 days ago by Diane Jolly
My favorite among Tom Clancy's books because of the way the plot is constructed: everything comes together at the end. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Lee W.
The master of the art, at the top of his game. This is an essential read for any fan.Published 11 days ago by Erik M. Suess
Typical Clancy..excellent book, very different from the moviePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
The book starts out very slow. It goes into great depth building the plot, and characters. Between midway, and 3/4 of the way through it really picks up the pace and keeps you... Read morePublished 24 days ago by drtarr
The Jack Ryan stories reach their peak in this story of terrorism alongside political games and human frailty. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew Keith
I've read this book several times now. I love Clancy's books. The ones actually written by Clancy.Published 1 month ago by Jeffery E Good