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The Teeth of the Tiger (Jack Ryan Novels) Hardcover – August 11, 2003

2.7 out of 5 stars 1,150 customer reviews
Book 1 of 8 in the Jack Ryan, Jr. Series

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While last year's Clancy novel, Red Rabbit, hit #1 first week out, sales reportedly were down from previous books, as were the thumbs of critics, who found the book slow, talky and lacking in action. In an effort to repair the damage as well as to revitalize his long-running Jack Ryan series, Clancy has scrapped his usual one-novel-every-two-years cycle to deliver a shorter, swifter tale featuring not Ryan but Ryan's son, also known as Jack, as well as two of young Jack's cousins, fraternal twins Dominic and Brian Caruso, the former an FBI agent, the latter a Marine. All three are recruited to a privately funded vigilante organization, Hendley Associates, that aims to strike at America's enemies-particularly, terrorists-when the Feds can't or won't. The narrative divides into two parts. The first concerns the training of the three, with young Ryan basically pushing his way into the organization while Dominic is signed on after taking the law into his own hands by shooting a child killer, and Brian after demonstrating smarts during combat in Afghanistan. Their grapplings with the moral and logistical demands of their new jobs alternate with a villains' plot, as Islamic terrorists cut a deal with Colombian drug smugglers, sneak into the U.S. and move toward their killing-field objectives, four shopping malls in mid-America. The plot strands tie up in a terrifically exciting sequence, the novel's highlight, as Dom and Brian, by chance shopping at one mall, take down four of the terrorists. But the terrorists kill scores of innocents, so the rest of the novel details American vengeance-the teeth of the tiger-as the twins fly to Europe, followed by Jack, to take out several of the terrorists' handlers. This isn't Clancy's strongest novel, but it's a big improvement over Red Rabbit. Geopolitical analysis and operational details overwhelm the few action sequences, perhaps to the chagrin of many Clancy fans, but the author knows this stuff like no one else and delivers it all in his inimitable clipped manner. Clancy's smart flag-waving and targeting of terrorists will please many, of course, and leaves plenty of room for sequels. Expect generally satisfied fans.
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A man named Mohammed sits in a café in Vienna, about to propose a deal to a Colombian. Mohammed has a strong network of agents and sympathizers throughout Europe and the Middle East, and the Colombian has an equally strong drug network throughout America. What if they were to form an alliance, to combine all their assets and connections? The potential for profits would be enormous--and the potential for destruction unimaginable.

In a nondescript office building in suburban Maryland, the firm Hendley Associates does a profitable business in stocks, bonds, and international currencies, but its true mission is quite different: to identify and locate terrorist threats, and then deal with them, in whatever manner necessary. Established with the knowledge of President John Patrick Ryan, ?the Campus? is always on the lookout for promising new talent, its recruiters scattered throughout the armed forces and government agencies--and three men are about to cross its radar.

The first is Dominic Caruso, a rookie FBI agent, barely a year out of Quantico, whose decisive actions resolve a particularly brutal kidnap/murder case. The second is Caruso?s brother, Brian, a Marine captain just back from his first combat action in Afghanistan, and already a man to watch. And the third is their cousin . . . a young man named Jack Ryan, Jr.

Jack was raised on intrigue. As his father moved through the ranks of the CIA and then into the White House, Jack received a life course in the world and the way it operates from agents, statesmen, analysts, Secret Service men, and black ops specialists such as John Clark and Ding Chavez. He wants to put it all to work now, but when he knocks on the front door of ?the Campus,? he finds that nothing has prepared him for what he is about to encounter. For it is indeed a different world out there, and in here . . . and it is about to become far more dangerous. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Jack Ryan Novels
  • Hardcover: 431 pages
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (August 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039915079X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399150791
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is by far the worst Tom Clancy book I have read. I thoght Red Rabbitt was bad, but this is even much worse. When Clancy first started writing novels, plots were well developed as were characters. Much like Sid Meier's computer game of the same name, Hunt for Red October, was superb. So much so, that the U.S. Naval Institute (a group of former naval officers)for the first time in their history published Clancy's book as a unknown author. Most of the rest of the Jack Ryan series were similarly taut. Now that Mr. Clancy has developed into a full blown businessman (he owns part of the Baltimore Orioles, for example), he seems to have forgotten his readers, the folks that got him his fortune. Teeth of the Tiger is actually boring in spots and comes across as well as a first draft of a freshman english essay. I forced myself to wade through most of the book only to be set up for a sequel at the end. If Clancy thinks that his name recognition alone will sell his books, he may start wishing that he was still selling insurance, the job that he had prior to his first book.
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How disappointing. This book desperately needed an editor to throw it back at Clancy for a rewrite. It was, in many ways, stupid. Loaded with utterly unbelievable events. If the world of international espionage really functions like this, we are all in big trouble. I don't remember any previous Clancy books being this childish. Foolish dialogue, especially between the Caruso twins. I never got to like them because they talked like such idiots from start to finish. And those nicknames were utterly annoying. Jack Jr. is not much better. In fact, there isn't an intelligent person in this whole book, which tells me that it's actually the author who lacks intelligence. One glaring example: The rookie spook, Jack Jr., talks openly in public to the twins about top secret info he's learned on the job, naming names of someone who will be their first "target." I immediately assume that Jack will soon be in big trouble for his "loose lips." Nope. Clancy never deals with it at all, even though the twins tell their superior that Jack filled them in. (Oh, you told them about this super-classified info without authorization? No problem, kid.) What nonsense. And there were many other similar flaws. Like them ID'ing their target in Vienna by happening to remember seeing him in Munich. "We're not certain he's the guy, but we're pretty sure so let's just go ahead and kill him." Just stupid. And get this: The 20-something Caruso boys, when comparing Ferraris to women, refer to Grace Kelly and Maureen O'Hara. Grace Kelly and Maureen O'Hara ?! Is Clancy out of his mind? They were both dead before either of these kids were born. Maybe Clancy himself fantasizes about those gals, but it's ludicrous to think his young characters would ever say such a thing.Read more ›
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After reading almost all of Tom Clancy's books to find one that was only 431 pages was almost suspect. The book has a great premise with a new secret organization "The Campus" that is an independent business that operates without politics or government slowing down the process. Jack Ryan and a former senator, Gerald Headley, are the brains behind, "The Campus", an investment firm that also keeps tabs on terrorists and Headley runs the firm. It is Jack's son that plays a main role, fresh out of college, Jack Ryan, Jr. applies for a job with, "The Campus", and ends up playing a major role in uncovering a terrorist cell. In the meantime two of Jack's cousins (Marine and FBI by profession) are recruited by, "The Campus", to become the hit men to go after key terrorists. The method developed in the plot to find and kill these people is what makes Clancy a great writer. The plot gets intense as these young men have to decide whether they can kill people without government support or sanction. As I read the last 20 pages I could not believe that the book could end. Although there is a conclusion as to the planned action, Clancy must have been planning to write additional parts. Therefore this 431 page book should be called Part 1 of ... If you like Clancy do not hesitate to read this book, if you want closure at the end of the book then wait until the next one comes out and read them both at that time.
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In case it isn't obvious from the preceding 482 reviews, this book is a disaster, and not even worth reading if someone gives it to you for free. When Clancy first burst onto the scene with Red October, he was an unbelievable breath of fresh air, excellent writing, believable plots and characters, and nail-biting suspense. The fact that he managed to continue his run through several more books is a testament to his skill as a writer.
Unfortunately, after getting Jack into the White House, Clancy began to lose steam, with Red Rabbit being an extraordinary disappointment to his fans. With Teeth of the Tiger, however, our favorite novelist has really hit rock bottom (well, actually the real rock bottom was his simply excreble "collaborations" on OpForce where he sold his name, but I'm talking here about his own writing.)
There is a saying that when a television show "jumps the shark" it has turned the corner and is headed for oblivion, and that may well be the case here. Tiger is a simply miserable book, with zero plotting, completely implausible scenarios, ridiculous characters who are both boring and poorly written, no suspense...in fact, there isn't a single decent thing one could write about this book!
Despite all of the above (as if they weren't enough) what saddened me most of all was the way Clancy wrote the characters of the twin brothers. Come on! How many successful attorneys-turned-FBI-agents go around speaking like troglodytes who couldn't get a high-school diploma?? These days, it seems that whenever Clancy puts dialogue in the mouths of "young people", all he can come up with stuff like "hey, Bro, whatcha doing?" or things of that ilk. And Jack comes across as obnoxious, impatient and not-very-bright...certainly not someone whom you would cheer on.
Ah well...
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