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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.
Typical Tom Clancy war type drama across broad range of people, military units and politics. Very intirguing story of todays political arena as well as in-depth views of middle... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by dduncantx
As always, Clancy is great. I love the way he lures you in, and then you can't put him down.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Could be much tighter and shorter. I skimmed through the "romantic" scenes.
Good action. I chose not to buy Vol. 7.
interesting but too many characters to keep straight and too long. Not enough Ryan and ClarkPublished 28 days ago by Arthur P. Hurter
What could happen if a nuclear bomb was lost. People with enough money could attack America. It happens here at the Super bowl in Denver. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Osborne
Please people with the money, if you buy a new book, include a used one in your shopping cart. Read more
Good book and interesting. However, it takes overly long to get going with the fast paced action of Clancy's earlier novels.Published 1 month ago by David R. Sechrist
Like his other novels, this one combines exciting action, breathtaking suspense, technical details, spycraft, and thought-provoking political brinksmanship. Read morePublished 1 month ago by PMirakian