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Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect (A Jack Ryan Novel) Mass Market Paperback – October 27, 2015
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Praise for the Jack Ryan series
“Greaney...imbues his prose with the same gusto and sheer conviction that Clancy did.”—Booklist
“A page-turner true to the Clancy legacy: informative, insightful and thrilling.”—Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
“A taut storyline with familiar characters facing new challenges.”—Kirkus Reviews
“An A+, a touchdown...Greaney has once again done fans proud, putting forth a thrilling plotline with the ultimate twists and turns, and some good, old-fashioned espionage to keep everyone on their toes...There have always been die-hard Clancy fans, but Mark Greaney, the fantastic writer of The Gray Man series, deserves a huge standing ovation for putting together yet another unforgettable Jack Ryan thriller!”—Suspense Magazine
About the Author
A little more than thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October—the first of the phenomenally successful Jack Ryan novels—sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it “the perfect yarn.” From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013
Mark Greaney has a degree in international relations and political science. In his research for the Gray Man novels, including Agent in Place, Gunmetal Gray, Back Blast, Dead Eye, Ballistic, On Target, and The Gray Man, he traveled to more than fifteen countries and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combative tactics. He is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tom Clancy Support and Defend, Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect, Tom Clancy Commander in Chief, and Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance. With Tom Clancy, he coauthored Locked On, Threat Vector, and Command Authority.
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Although I enjoyed Greaney's first solo outing in the Clancy franchise with this past summer's release of Support and Defend, I found the climax of that book to veer off into waters more typical of a James Bond story. In Full Force and Effect, though, we see Greaney, who co-authored several Jack Ryan novels alongside Tom Clancy, prior to that author's death late last year, back on solid footing and delivering exactly what is expected with the Clancy brand. This latest is a thick volume (but not quite as large as some previous installments) filled with ripped-from-the-headlines politics, espionage and spy-craft, and brisk action, along with the usual cast of characters in the White House and The Campus operators.
Greaney displays a solid command over his characters, and the story itself is a slow pot-boiler. When the action kicks in, to deliver an energetic centerpiece that puts President Jack Ryan himself in the cross-hairs, it's tense and perfectly executed. There's the usual deft, chess-like maneuvering of nations and their leaders, along with some smooth interplay between industry leaders, the Mexican mafia, and an Iranian bomb-maker for hire. The Campus operatives, which includes Jack Ryan, Jr., his cousin Dom, John Clark and Domingo Chavez, get their moments to shine and are well-integrated into this political thriller in a more street-level eyes-on capacity than we've seen from them in the past, yet they never feel ancillary to the plot.
For his first time at bat solo (or at least publicly), Mark Greaney proves to be the natural heir apparent to the Jack Ryan franchise, and a trusty steward to these characters. After Clancy's passing, I was rooting for Greaney to continue on with the Ryan family, and I now find myself eager to see how he moves these characters forward with future installments now that the baton has officially been passed. Now that he's charged full speed ahead with this latest installment, the big questions are, What comes next? and How soon can I read it?
There is plenty of the now-standard jumping around from location to location, but I detected an increased propensity for sequencing that wasn't linear. By that I mean that an action sequence would be described from one perspective, but the other perspective would not be interspersed during the sequence. Generally speaking it's easier, in my opinion, to follow these sequences when both perspectives are interspersed. You know...A did this, B did this, A did this, B reacted this way, and so on. In Full Force sequences are described both ways, so you'll know what all of this means if you read this review before the book.
A bigger problem for me was that many of the conversations and supporting plot points were glossed over, abbreviated, implied, or just left to imagination. Clancy books were great because the reader was trusted to absorb what the characters were saying and doing and the reader trusted the author to include details that developed the characters and their interactions. There is some of this in Full Force, but not as much as I would have liked. No examples but if you read the book I think you'll get the idea. There were several parts of the book that made me think that Greaney was rushed to finish so the story was not told with consistent levels of detail or plot points were left off to make the book shorter. Maybe the editor got to it. Either way at 674 pages it's a brute, but it still left me feeling like I wanted more.
So the book is not perfect, but it if you're at all like me you'll enjoy it because of the cast. Look past the few errors and you'll definitely be wondering when the next one is due to be released.
Most recent customer reviews
Tom Clancy's style in the best way. The story line is interesting and hard to put down. I highly recommend the entire series.