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Tom Clancy Point of Contact (A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel) Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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“[A] taut, exciting thriller... Clancy fans can rest assured that the state of the franchise is strong."—Publishers Weekly
“[A] turbocharged narrative...With typhoons; deadly Chinese and North Korean operatives wielding bats, knives, and guns; and a weaponized thumb drive, the action reaches Clancy levels early and stays there.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[Maden] proves that he knows the ins-and-outs of an action story and can certainly take readers to the edge of their seats when it comes to thrills. It’s nice to know that Tom Clancy’s creation will have more adventures ahead.”—Suspense Magazine
“Longtime fans can rest assured, Point of Contact reads like a vintage Tom Clancy thriller...Maden takes over the Jack Ryan Junior franchise and mixes nail-biting suspense with hard-hitting action to deliver a blockbuster hit that Clancy fans will love.”— The Real Book Spy
“Sure to satisfy the legend's longtime fans.”—Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
About the Author
Mike Maden grew up working in the canneries, feed mills and slaughterhouses of California’s San Joaquin Valley. A lifelong fascination with history and warfare ultimately lead to a Ph.D. in political science focused on conflict and technology in international relations. Like millions of others, he first became a Tom Clancy fan after reading The Hunt for Red October, and began his published fiction career in the same techno-thriller genre, starting with Drone and the sequels, Blue Warrior, Drone Command and Drone Threat. He’s honored to be joining “The Campus” as a writer in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Jr., series. He can be reached on social media through his website MikeMaden.com.
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Printing edition (June 13, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0735215863
- ISBN-13 : 978-0735215863
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.8 x 9.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #321,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What the hell did I just read? This is pure dreck.
The series has been bouncing back and forth between the hands of various writers now since Clancy's passing, but it's always been more or less intact till now.
Jack Ryan Jr's characterization is completely off. His dialogue and thought processes barely feel like him and are a hollowed-out shell of him when they are remotely in the right neighborhood. Throughout the story line, he takes foolish risks for no real reason, demonstrates lower competency, and seems to have lost a lot of the analytical and trained espionage skills that help make him who he is. It would have been better off if they had started off with an entirely new main protagonist instead of this imitation Jack Ryan Jr.
Lian Fairchild is introduced as a secondary character who I at first thought might be the first new strong female character since Ysabel Kashani, but she ultimately proves to be flat and two-dimensional. Any chemistry or dynamism in her character only appears briefly and then is completely abandoned as events escalate.
The geopolitical element is laughable, with the international "actors" only being involved to introduce plot elements, mcguffins, or to facilitate the opposition. There is no real depth to this aspect, which is sad since geopolitical intrigue has been a core element of the Jack Ryan Sr/Jr books from the beginning.
The plot goes from vaguely developed and shallow, to jarring and disjointed as it raises from event to event...trying to force a sense of urgency and danger at a point when things have already devolved into nonsensical mish-mash. There were lots of times in the second half of the book where it felt like the progress of the narrative staggered and devolved.
The crowning irritation is the heavy focus on the new character of Paul Brown. The author exerts a lot of effort to make him central to the plotline and, by the end, to inflate his reputation and importance. He ultimately fails, I found the character incompetent, unlikeable, and impractical for a "key former-intelligence officer" => see the end sequence and his insistence upon tagging along. Oh yeah, and let's not forget his grief for a love that we know nothing about in detail...it's merely a checklist item rather than a fully developed aspect of the character. The backstory given does not justify the level of regard the author lavishes upon this character. As puffed up as his seeming importance was, I ended up looking online to see if there was a "Paul Brown" prequel that maybe they were trying to shill us on to fill in the gaps...nope, doesn't exist. I HATED this character.
Now for the few good comments I have - Maden's characterization of technology was refreshing and relevant...too bad it barely merited more than an appearance to dazzle and briefly serve a purpose. Also, his knowledge of Singapore seemed solid, although he seemed a little aggressive with the Singlish...la! :p
P.S. POTENTIAL SPOILERS => plot points that were barely fleshed out and quickly abandoned:
* Who the hell were those Australian ex-SF guys?
* Who the hell were the people in Zvezdev's employ in Singapore?
* What did China want to meet with President Ryan about in secret at the conference?
* What happened in relation to the conference?
* What happened to North Korea after the conference?
* Why were the Chinese giving technology so generously to the North Koreans
* Where the hell did North Korea get the hackerz skillz from?
* What exactly was Yong up to? (Oh, he stole some stuff for the Chinese...how appropriately vague...considering that people were willing to kill for it)
* Who deleted all the Dalfan security footage of Jack Ryan Jr.? Was it Yong?
* Why does everyone in the intelligence community love Paul Brown like he is the Second Coming? (e.g. John Clark, Jack Ryan Sr., random pilot dude, etc.)
* How did they clean up the mess politically and legally with all them dead people? (Oh yeah, political magic...YES I KNOW THIS HAPPENS, but it's lazy storytelling to leave it implied and not to address it at all)
* So pieces of Stuxnet code are just easily available on the web now? And in places where Dalfan's super air-tight IT security would just let you Google while on their intranet? Riiight.
The book was going along fine until the last 10% or so, when it became bizarre and unrealistic, and its characters suddenly stupid. A major cyclone hits Singapore, knocking out all cell phone service. So of course the hero and his two sidekicks jump in the car and drive through cyclonic winds and waves to Kuala Lumpur to make a cell phone call. Is there really not a single landline telephone in Singapore today?
There are various loose ends that never get explained or tied up. In the first chapter, North Korea launches a submarine missile that the Navy determines is heading in an unusual trajectory, but you never hear anything more about that missile. One minute Jack Ryan Jr. is a wizard of counter-surveillance and clandestine operations, the next minute he's rear-ended by a truck because he was not looking in his rear-view mirror, and then almost has his brains beat out by somebody with a baseball bat coming up from behind him when he joins three other guys he knows to be bad guys for a game of Mahjong. The bad guy son of the Singapore tycoon find one of the sidekicks with suspicious software code and confront hims, but you never hear another peep about that encounter. There's a countdown to whether the cataclysm will occur for chapter after chapter, and then suddenly it's two days later and you've got to make your own conclusions about what did or did not happen.
The body count is much higher than for any other Jack Ryan Jr. book I remember, and he seems to feel no remorse when killed several men at a time.
Mike Maden is a bad addition to the Tom Clancy ghost writer stable.
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Not sure what it is really, but a lot is lacking. Less action, less grittiness, less suspense
This story is just about Jack Jnr again, a couple of very.small sub stories that kind of link to the main one, but nothing would have been lost without them
Overall a marginally average book, that had.possibilities and failed to meet most of them
Once I start a book it is unusual for me not to finish it.
But this one got shelved for a few months as the start did not get my interest. Even on the second attempt I very nearly gave up early on it. Maybe I missed out on reading previous books but none of the characters drew me in until Paul Brown is introduced.
Once on board with the story I did find it hard to put down. On balance there are enough parts where it lives up to its billing to make it a worthwhile read.