- Series: A Campus Novel (Book 2)
- 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: 1,614 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tom Clancy Support and Defend (A Campus Novel) Mass Market Paperback – March 31, 2015
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“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—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 Mission Critical, 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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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 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.
Support and Defend is fast paced and straight forward in its plot development as compared to other Clancy books. However, Greaney puts a surprising human face upon " Transportation Director" Adara Sherman! Not always ," all business!"
Mark Greaney is carrying on the Tom Clancy tradition. A daunting task! For more overviews of Tom Clancy novels go to gordonsgoodreads.com