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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.
WELL WRITTEN AND QUITE A PAGE TURNER BY TOM CLANCY. A REAL LOSS WITH HIS DEATH,READ AS MANY OF HIS BOOKS AS YOU CANPublished 8 days ago by nanette jakobson
Good classic Clancy. If you've only seen the movie you're missing out - the movie gets a lot wrong and just completely ignores some crucial parts of the story.Published 13 days ago by Chris Woods
One of the best books i have ever read: The tension rises threw the whole book and culminates not with the big bang but a very (at least felt) long time later... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Marc R.
Most (certainly not all, but most) books written by TC are invariably enjoyable - one simply has to separate the wheat (the well-researched ones) from the chaff (the purely... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Mikey