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Clear and Present Danger (A Jack Ryan Novel) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1990
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The president, unsatisfied with the success of his "war on drugs," decides that he wants some immediate success. But after John Clark's covert strike team is deployed to Colombia for Operation Showboat, the drug lords strike back taking several civilian casualties. The chief executive's polls plummet. He orders Ritter to terminate their unofficial plan and leave no traces. Jack Ryan, who has just been named CIA deputy director of intelligence is enraged when he discovers that has been left out of the loop of Colombian operations. Several of America's most highly trained soldiers are stranded in an unfinished mission that, according to all records, never existed. Ryan decides to get the men out.
Ultimately, Clear and Present Danger is about good conscience, law, and politics, with Jack Ryan and CIA agent John Clark as its dual heroes. Ryan relentlessly pursues what he knows is right and legal, even if it means confronting the president of the United States. Clark is the perfect soldier, but a man who finally holds his men higher than the orders of any careless commander.
Along with the usual, stunning array of military hardware and the latest techno-gadgets, Clear and Present Danger further develops the relationships and characters that Clancy fans have grown to love. Admiral James Greer passes the CIA torch to his pupil, Ryan. Mr. Clark and Chavez meet for the first time. Other recurring characters like Robert Ritter and "the President" add continuity to Clancy's believable, alternate reality. This is Clancy at his best. --Patrick O'Kelley
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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In Washington, DC clandestine operations are executed for a secret American plan to use the most talented night warriors the US Army has ever produced to fight the drug cartel in Columbia, on their own turf. The select group all have Spanish roots and were salvaged from a life on the streets, where they would surely work against the system, to build a clean life in the Army ... the better alternative.
This book shows how power politics, secret hand-shake decisions, and behind the scenes operations occur which could shake up the core values of a country. Clandestine activities work outside the boundaries of national and international law. If they were made public, there would be a huge outcry from USA citizens and of the world judgement. It is at this time that Jack Ryan becomes Acting Director of the CIA. The CIA Director is in the hospital with a terminal illness ... The current president has not a clue of how the drug war is being fought and won.Read more ›
Two of my favorite characters, John Clark and Ding Chavez, get a good amount of airplay (readplay?) here. Other books with the characters, including Without Remorse and Rainbow Six, were lackluster, but they really shine here. One can't help but feel a sense of loyalty between these two after reading their stories here.
This was the first Clancy book I re-read...it's really that good!
(I could also add at this point how the movie didn't do justice to the book....but you knew that already, didn't you?)
The book also raises some good questions about covert international intervention, and fleshes out the personal character-centered nature of such endeavors. Similar covert action is present in many of Clancy's other novels, but here the crucial nature of motive is most clearly presented.
This is a good study in leadership, as well as an excellent patriotic thriller and an entertaining read.
If you've seen the movie and want to read something akin to the screenplay, this is the wrong place to look, but if you're looking for a more realistic, and more special forces-intensive version of that story, this is a great read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Story jumps around WAY too much. and in several different settings. Way too many unexplained abreviations. Too similar names for good guys vs bad guysPublished 3 days ago by Allen Wiant
I read the book when it came out in the '90s. This was a re-read. It's a good read, just began to drag in the middle.Published 1 month ago by Zoltanlev
great reading gives a person an inside look at how government operatesPublished 1 month ago by Lewis S. Phelps
Great book....a little different than the movie, which I have seen twenty times, but very hard to put down. The ending was different, which I liked, very much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Like many Clancy novels you need a chart to keep track of the characters. Some you hear about only once in the narrative. What is the point in that?Published 1 month ago by Sandra L. Varner
I have read all of the Jack Ryan and Jack Ryan Jr books based on release dates. Currently they are being re-read based sequence of events which makes overall plot much clearer and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by GoBuciz