- Series: Campus Novel
- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (March 31, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425279227
- ISBN-13: 978-0425279229
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,552 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“HIGHLY ENTERTAINING.”—The Wall Street Journal
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Now with the book. I am not sure if Clancy got to collaborate with Greaney on this book before passing, but he does a not so good job at keeping the Clancy universe alive. Clancy's genius was his ability to take seemingly unrelated people and events and shape them into a coherent story that always felt like it could actually be real events. Without spoiling the book, Greaney's attempt to recreate Clancy's style leads him to create way too many twists and turns, to the point that it's no longer something you might think plausible with, in some instances, becoming laughable. If you choose to oversee its many short coming, the book is somewhat entertaining and short (by Clancy standards). I sure hope Greaney does a better job next time.
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.
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