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Tom Clancy Support and Defend (A Campus Novel) Mass Market Paperback – March 31, 2015
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Praise for TOM CLANCY
“HIGHLY ENTERTAINING.”—The Wall Street Journal
“CLANCY STILL REIGNS.”—The Washington Post
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, 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. He is 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. He has written six books in his own Gray Man series: Gunmetal Gray, Back Blast, Dead Eye, Ballistic, On Target, and The Gray Man. In his research for these novels, he traveled to fifteen countries, and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combat tactics.
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I actually enjoyed this book more than the last few that Greaney and Clancy co-authored. Greaney as an independent author is crisper and more authoritative than the two working together.
Greaney has a series of books which do not involve Clancy characters. I will be seeking them out post haste.
"Support and Defend" rests on the very top shelf of the thriller pile. Best of all, Greaney is a young fella with many possible books ahead of him.
The book started off with a bang and didn’t let up. Greaney did a fine job developing the character of his protagonist, Dominic Caruso, who is listed as an errant FBI agent but in actuality works for “The Campus”, a civilian investigative company. Our hero, Caruso, is not always right in his judgments and he doesn’t always win his battles. He seems at times even a little naïve, more real world than many leading action heroes we read about in thrillers of the same popular genre.
Adara Sherman, the tough and beautiful Campus transportation director and former navy medical corpsman, becomes Caruso’s sidekick and potential love interest. I would like to see Adara play a more prominent role in future Greaney writings.
The story takes us to Panama, Switzerland, Italy and other venues and engages the FBI, the Israeli’s, Venezuelans, Panamanians, Russians, Hamas, Iranians, and even the likes of the CIA and the US Army.
Greaney’s lengthy narrative descriptions become boring as well as the overdone vehicle chases. Overall, I enjoyed the novel and look forward to Greaney’s next effort. I give the book a strong 4 rating.
The story revolves around President Jack Ryan's nephew Dominic Caruso. He is on the FBI payroll but works for a black operation--“The Campus.” The other important character is the lovely and competent Adara Sherman. Her official title is “Campus Transportation Director” but of course she is much more than that, and a potential love interest.
Written in 2013-14, there are so many realistic parallels with current events to make the story believable: anti-Israeli State Dept underlings, security breaches by Beltway Bandit contractors, arrogant far Leftists in the National Security Council who are smarter than anyone else in the room with their own superior agenda, most capable Israeli intelligence and electronic sophistication, Russian operatives, and a most capable enemy Iran.
The story also makes clear some of the challenges of operating legally while still protecting the people of the USA.
I loved the book and the story. I will seek out other stories by Greaney. It is a fast read, and hard to put down.
I've spent my life in the military, and certain moments in action sequences and plot backgrounds simply didn't ring true. For instance the background for the female secondary character states she was a corpsman with an engineer unit, but talked about her time in Afghanistan in a way that makes me believe thorough research wasn't done.
The book utilized FBI HRT a lot in roles HRT was never designed for and would in all likelihood would never be utilized for, particularly on foreign soil.
Several plot lines seem to have been dropped in the interest of shortening the book. For example the main character meets a mysterious woman, but after their brief time together she's never mentioned again. Also he gets the help of a foreign intelligence service, and a lot of writing goes in to building that relationship... Only for them to end up playing a very small role in the book.
Foreign powers come into play at odd points, then don't make appearances in other points when one would expect them to (for instance it's realistic to believe FSB would have made a play in Paris, but not in South America).
The list of issues could keep going, but I hope readers get the idea. Still, all in all it was a good book and worth the read. And still, of course, I'll continue reading the series.