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This review is from: Threat Vector (Jack Ryan, Jr.) (Hardcover)
Like others I had lost interest in the various co-cuthored books. The "Ops Center" series was especially bad and had me wondering if Clancy had done more than put his name on the cover.
"Dead or Alive" was my first toe back in the water and while I thought it wasn't up to his older books, it was still a good read.
So I downloaded the two free preview chapters of Threat Vector to see if it was in the good camp, the great camp or the not-worth-the-money group.
The preview chapters were quite good so I bit. I recommend that you download and read them before committing to buy.
So... I finished the book about 36 hours ago and I've had some time to think about it. You can see by the 5 stars that I liked it... it is the equal of his sole author works, which may be due to the fact that his co-author has some 40 books under his belt. You can't see the parts that were written by him as was so painfully obvious in most of the other co-authored books.
My favorite Clancy book is "Red Storm Rising".... and it's still my favorite. But "Threat Vector" is in the top third. It's vintage Clancy in that there's a mix of grand strategy and technical detail and his trademark collection of problems that slowly coalesce around the Ryan tribe, while coming to a boil. Big picture to highly personal/individual, then back again.
What drives good Clancy novels is an uncanny timeliness and a thread of credibility... you are always thinking: "yeah, this could happen" and that is central to "Threat Vector". The description of a robust cyberwar and the interaction between the virtual war and the shooting war is compelling..... and enlightening.
As usual there are parts where Ryan (Jr, in this example) seems like Clark Kent but most of the story is very credible. And all our old favorites are there and their life-stories are advanced, even if some of them are largely cameo appearances.
My ultimate judgement comes down to this: I'm looking forward to the next Clancy novel.... again.