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Tom Clancy Commander in Chief: A Jack Ryan Novel Hardcover – December 1, 2015

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Greaney has a lot of pages to fill in his third solo Tom Clancy novel (after 2014's Tom Clancy: Full Force and Effect). That he manages it without being boring shows that he's well qualified to continue the adventures of Jack Ryan and son. Jack Sr., still the U.S. president, has more of a role than in recent entries, but most of the heroics are performed by Jack Jr., who's been slowly rising in the ranks of the secret organization known as the Campus. Russian president Valeri Volodin, once again the villain, has half a dozen perfidious plots aimed at restoring Russia to its position of greatness. One threat is to plant a new super-secret Russian submarine with 120 nuclear warheads in the waters off Washington, D.C. In the best tradition of Clancy, Greaney capably lays out the groundwork for these machinations before setting them all in entertaining motion. Fans of military action thrillers will be well satisfied. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (Dec.)\n

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AN A+, A TOUCHDOWN...Greaney has once again done fans proud, putting forth a thrilling plotline with the ultimate twists and turns, and some good, old-fashioned espionage to keep everyone on their toes...There have always been die-hard Clancy fans, but Mark Greaney, the fantastic writer of The Gray Man series, deserves a huge standing ovation for putting together yet another unforgettable Jack Ryan thriller! "Suspense Magazine"
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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Product Details

  • Series: A Jack Ryan Novel (Book 16)
  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (December 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399176764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399176760
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By outwest TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 3, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Though it remains difficult not to compare Greaney's novels to original Clancy works, he has done a surprisingly good job of reinvigorating the franchise. They hit on many of the Clancy trademarks: thrilling writing, plot twists, espionage, and some good old fashioned butt kicking. Commander in Chief (also known as the 11th Jack Ryan novel) hits just as well.

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.
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This is a good book, very enjoyable and certainly worthy to be considered among the best in this genre. These post-Clancy Jack Ryan and Campus novels have been uneven with the book previous to this, UNDER FIRE by Grant Blackwood, being the worst. And frankly, it was just plain bad. However, COMMANDER IN CHIEF gets the series back on track with a well conceived story and a tightly written narrative. Which is not to say that this or any of these books written by Blackwood and Greaney are anywhere near the quality of Clancy wrote in his heyday. They aren't. But none are and those days are but a fond memory. These books are as good as anything currently being published and Commander in Chief is better than most.
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I've said before that Mark Greaney is my favorite of the Tom Clancy "co-authors" and the perfect choice to continue the Jack Ryan series -- however, I was disappointed with Commander in Chief.

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.

3/5 stars
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What did we get from a Clancy novel? We always got a complicated story line, with great characters, with great character development, written in a highly detailed and nuanced fashion, with the subject material ripped off the headlines, if not anticipating them. And so we continue, which is the greatest compliment we can give the author. We lost two great men, Tom Clancy, and Vince Flynn, but their legacies live on, and we are blessed. I won't go into all the details. Danger, Russia, Russia invading Lithuania, Politics, it's all there. Just enjoy it.
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“Commander In Chief” is brimful of elements what is needed for the action novel. Cat and mouse like chase, seeing movie like car action, combat field spectacle, comrade’s strong unity, main character’s romance, and family love also. You’ll finish this big volumes at one sitting. You’ll find the great strength of mother when a laywoman Kate Walker, a wife of Bitcoin Exchange CEO, shot a cold-blooded Dutch contract killer Martina Jaeger to protect her son. Jack’s parents’ visiting Ysabel Kashani in hospital is nothing but family love. Will Jack return to the Campus after his six month suspension? Does Ysabel become a make up for a operation staff vacancy? The episode ends with several issues unsettled. The ballistic missile submarine is still parking off the U.S. Siloviki’s huge assets are frozen in the Western monetary system.

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.
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