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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.
Clancy was always the best. His tale of nuclear terrorism, written more than 20years ago, could just as easily have been taken from today's headlines. Read morePublished 9 days ago by John D. Egbert
Disappointing. Tom Clancy felt that he needed make the book sound authentic and as a result he loaded the book with all kinds of complicated technical information. Read morePublished 19 days ago by John E. LeMoult
THE SUM OF ALL FEARS was somewhat a disappointment to me. I can forgo any complaints about the casting of the main character. Read morePublished 1 month ago by gobirds2
So much better than the abbreviated/entirely different version made into the movie! While Tom Clancy definitely can get long winded and very detailed in describing the subtleties... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lance Huffington