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3.0 out of 5 stars Locked and almost loaded, December 13, 2011
This review is from: Locked On (Hardcover)
Without the energetic novelty from something like Patriot Games, and without the thorough overview and character development from Clancy's earlier works, his latest stuff just doesn't compare. Don't get me wrong, it's good and it should sell well, but it's not the stellar output that we're used to from the Clancy name.

Just like the other books in this latest push from Clancy to capitalize on his name, Locked on is ghostwritten (each with different writers; this one is by Greaney who has written a few books in the genre before (can't comment on those since I haven't read them). This will get the same criticism as the first two Clancy releases since his hiatus. If you're looking for "Hunt for Red October" or "Patriot Games" you're going to be disappointed. But if you want a good technothriller with a decent plot and most importantly the characters that you have grown so familiar with (Ding Chavez, John Clark, Caruso, and the Ryans), you'll enjoy the book.

Just look at it this way: there are hundreds of writers working on "The Simpsons" television show and that doesn't seem to bother people. Why should it matter if someone else is writing a Jack Ryan book?

This one gets behind the scenes of a Ryan's second race for the presidency, which is confounded by dirty tricks by the opposition (Ruin fans will love it), which evolves into a messy situation with Pakistan and terrorists. All the hot button issues today are hit on in this hefty volume and while you won't finish it in one read, that may be a good thing.
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Initial post: Dec 13, 2011 10:57:12 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 13, 2011 5:55:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2011 5:59:52 PM PST
Elo says:
What's the deal with you and "Gods of Ruin?"
Your prominent placement of it in many of your popular fiction reviews (usually of mega-selling authors, and for anything from legal thrillers to political and military adventures) makes it seem as though the review is merely a thinly veiled ad for "Gods of Ruin." Are you the author of that self-published novel?
Otherwise well-written reviews, though I have to take them with a grain of salt because of the obvious advertisement for the other book.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 12:46:06 PM PST
C. Scott says:
I agree, overall, with your review. However, your analogy to The Simpsons is a bad one. The reason The Simpsons has been so successful is that they maintain the quality of their product and introduce new story lines, taking advantage of the multiple writers. Clancy has let his co-authors diminish the quality of his stories. It isn't the co-authoring that makes it bad, it is the quality of the finished product and lack of editing.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 7:19:04 PM PST
I have ALWAYS LOVED the Jack Ryan series from its inception. I got hooked on the Audio versions one holiday & have loved them ever since!! While he was not writing them it was like I had lost my best friends I loved so dearly Jack Ryan & his family Ding & his partner their wives & Patsy & then Jack Jr & his twin cousins that I think showed up in Teeth of the Tiger so when he finally wrote one it was like coming home & seeing my old & beloved friends I am just ecstatic my friends are back!!

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 12:58:13 PM PST
Carla Meno says:
Loved the book--hated the cliff hanger ending. When will the next book come out?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2012 5:42:05 PM PST
Wolfe Moffat says:
I've read both Clancy and Greaney, and yes, this is a combination of both, with Jack Ryan and company. I really enjoyed it on all levels. AND I posted a review. Check it out!
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