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Tom Clancy Commander in Chief: A Jack Ryan Novel Hardcover – December 1, 2015
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From Publishers Weekly
GREANEY DELIVERS a story reminiscent of the older Clancy novels...A taut storyline with familiar characters facing new challenges. "Kirkus Reviews"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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As most folks know, this is not Tom Clancy's work, Tom had not written a single book in a decade before he died. This is a franchise book, and another a good one. Mark Greaney is a talented writer, which he showed in his work in the prior "Clancy" novel Support and Defend and Full Force and Effect. Greaney keeps the trend going with this book, evoking the Clancy style and keeping the franchise alive.
In this novel, the plot revolves around oil and energy and its effects on global stability and a plot to manipulate the market to strengthen the Russians. Fiction? Sounds similar to the issues going on now. Just like Greaeny did with Full Force and Effect, where the plot centered on the at-that-time issue of North Korea, these books rope in present events to make the plot fee current. Very much the plot of any classic Clancy novel.
The writing is tight and well paced. If you liked Greaney's other Clancy interpretations, you will certainly like Commander in Chief. For those who have not given Greaney a chance, you should, at least to see if you like his take on Clancy works.
On the plus side, it is very true to the Clancy formula, which has many characters and disparate plot lines developing simultaneously. I have always loved this, because even if you knew what was going to happen, you also knew the plots were going to converge in a tense, dramatic way.
But the problem here is that the convergence is completely void of suspense or any kind of tension. I'm not even sure why, because the story itself is actually good. It involves an out of control Putin-esque Russian president who is annexing former Soviet states and daring NATO to intervene. It's very much straight from the news and relevant to the times we live in ... but it's just not written in a way that's very exciting. I found much of the book to be predictable and boring, and was actually hoping for an ending reminiscent of Debt of Honor because otherwise the events in the book would be entirely forgettable.
I was also disappointed with the way a number of characters are now being written: Clark, Chavez, Dom and Ryan Jr. are more like characters from a James Bond movie than the realistic, gritty characters from an old school Tom Clancy novel. And in Commander in Chief there are also two professional assassins from Amsterdam that, if I'm being honest, felt like they were from a really bad B movie or even a no-name dark comic book series.
The plot is old school Clancy, but the characters are pseudo-Jason Bourne -- and I think that's why it fell flat for me. I will continue to read the series though, with the hope it gets back on track.
The book brings up seeds of discord in the Baltic Sea area, where we Japanese are not always familiar with. It also wakes up bitter competition in IT technology for leadership. Early Sentinel technology is showing us the real image of combat today, while the Bitcoin idea cautioning the vulnerability of mechanism. Old timer like Sergeant Major Garcia, who barely catches up the advanced technology, only has to make a cynical comment that the same computer can write a nice letter home for all our loved ones when it turns out to be a complete malfunction.
Mark Greaney writes Jack and Clark are dealing with self-inflicted forces in this book. He says Jack has to live up to the legend of his father, and Clark has to live up to the legend of himself. To me, Greaney himself is dealing with self-inflicted forces to live up to the legend of Tom Clancy. And he is doing far better than our expectation. Hardly wait any more until the next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a novel in classic Clancy style. Many subplots and characters. Loved having a novel with Jack Ryan as President with the Campus folks doing their part as well. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jim Pilch
I would recommend this book it was a great book to read. The book was a great book to readPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have always enoyed Mr Clancy. I am not a native English speaker, nonetheless his writing is so clear and fun to read.Published 5 days ago by olivia
Really enjoyed this book. Hadn't read any of the Jack Ryan Novels before. This one caught me and I am now looking to go back and read others. A good enjoyable action read. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Hi D
But I don't. Unfortunately Tom Clancy has passed away and these books will never be the same. But I will still read them.Published 5 days ago by Matty
As Mr. Clancy is no longer with us, his protégé, in my opinion, is carrying on a difficult, but clearly accurate, portrayal of Mr. Ryan and son! Read morePublished 8 days ago by C. Barnett