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Tom Clancy Duty and Honor (A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel) Hardcover – June 14, 2016
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Praise for the bestselling novels of Tom Clancy
“HEART-STOPPING ACTION…entertaining and eminently topical…Clancy still reigns.”—The Washington Post
“HIGHLY ENTERTAINING.”—The Wall Street Journal
“[CLANCY] EXCITES, ILLUMINATES…A REAL PAGE-TURNER.”—Los Angeles Daily News --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
TOM CLANCY was the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of more than eighteen books. He died in October 2013.
The New York Times–bestselling author of the Briggs Tanner series, GRANT BLACKWOOD is also the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dead or Alive, with Tom Clancy, and The Kill Switch, with James Rollins. Blackwood is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Tom Clancy Under Fire. A U.S. Navy Veteran, Grant spent three years aboard a guided missile frigate as an Operations Specialist and a Pilot Rescue Swimmer.
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We already know that Grant Blackwood is no Tom Clancy.
But this reads as if Blackwood had just farmed it out to a writing class student! Don't waste your time or money....
Spoiler: Everything tied up neatly in a perfect little bow.
Jack Ryan jr is on a forced sabbatical from his secret intelligence role in “The Campus”. He is attacked and almost killed so, of course, he ignores the fact he is the son of the President and has friends who are lethal Operatives, and investigates himself. And as things get more dangerous and complicated, he always takes the stupid route. There are some self-doubting nods about maybe calling it in, but no, the answer is always to carry on. The plot is utterly daft and not supported by overly good writing or characterisation
Nothing in this to recommend it and just demonstrates how much this series need Mark Greaney at the helm, throwing books at lesser authors is reducing the credibility of carrying on past Tom Clancy. The Clancy Estate should be treating the readers with more respect and with better quality control.
"Duty and Honor" started off okay but halfway through became tedious. The characters were boring and the plot never really went anywhere. I just skimmed the last 25-30% of the book. Mr. Blackwood makes no attempt to imitate Clancy's style like Mark Greaney does.
Save your money on this one. I wish that I had.
With this example of Blackwood's plotting and writing, he needs to spend less time "working his own standalone series starring a new hero" and take some writing classes instead.
I strongly prefer Mark Greaney's continuation of the Clancy storyline to Blackwood's less enjoyable efforts. Blackwood isn't a horrible author, he is just an average author trying to work in an outstanding storyline and characters set up by Tom Clancy, and the results are predictably poor. If I were the owner of the franchise, I would have Mark Greaney write all future books written using Tom Clancy's storylines & characters. There is that big of a difference between the two post-Clancy authors. I can read Greaney's works and at times forget that Tom Clancy is no longer involved, but with Blackwood, that never happens. I am always aware that if Tom were writing the story, it would be much better. That interferes with the "suspension of disbelief" necessary to enjoy a work of fiction like a technothriller.
Blackwood would serve his reputation well by bowing out of this series and concentrating on his own works, for this storyline is not his strength. Perhaps he could work with the Clancy stories that live outside of the Ryanverse if there is a contract that must be fulfilled. Red Storm Rising could be adapted to the current tensions rising between Russia and the USA, with characters that were junior in rank now risen to command level. SSN has characters that could be recycled as well. In any case, the Ryanverse is just not where he belongs.