The #1 New York Times-bestselling author and master of the modern day thriller returns with his All-Star team.
There’s a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Command Authority was the final spy novel Tom Clancy co-authored before his 2013 death—and we can’t imagine a more perfect send-off. This gripping thriller is set in two intertwining timelines, the early 1980s and the 2010s. In the first, a green CIA analyst named Jack Ryan gets sent to Zurich to check out the death of an agent, which appears to be the work of a slippery Russian assassin code-named Zenith. Thirty years later, now-President Jack Ryan hosts a dinner at which an old Russian friend is poisoned…and all signs point to Zenith. As the Russian military starts to roll into neighboring countries, the president’s son, Jack Ryan Jr., rushes to finish the investigation his father started decades before. Clancy and co-author Mark Greaney, creator of the tremendously fun Gray Man series, craft a tense, globe-trotting techno-thriller that’s both a throwback to Clancy’s Cold War classics and an eerily up-to-date continuation.
In the entertaining final Jack Ryan novel from bestseller Clancy (1947 2013), Russian president Valeri Volodin has imperialistic ambitions similar to those of a certain real-life Russian president. Failure to annex Estonia thanks to unexpected NATO resistance only redirects Russian attention to the Crimea and other lands currently outside NATO's formal umbrella. Meanwhile, President Ryan's son, Jack Ryan Jr., investigates what appears to be an unrelated case involving Russian gangsters exploiting a corrupt system to steal a vast fortune. In fact, the opportunistic appropriation links the ambitions of a once-obscure KGB officer decades ago to the events unfolding in the Crimean region and to the early career of President Ryan himself. Although the military conflict is an important part of the plot, this is a classic spy novel. Fans of extended combat sequences should look elsewhere, as the focus is on high stakes espionage and assassinations carried out in rented rooms and dark alleys, not well-lit battlefields.
A Decent Sendoff
First off, I highly doubt Clancy put any major input into this one. The book contains some rather boring and drawn out sequences but it's balanced by great action.
It was nice to see the return of the classic alliances, organizations and characters.
All in all, this book was decent. If you have a few dollars to spare: Get it.
Great tale; saddest ending
As every fan of Tom Clancy knows this book was released just after his death. It was the planned release date and his passing was unexpected. I've always hated reaching the end of a Clancy novel since Search for Red October. I hated to see the enthralling story end each time. However, there was always the comfort of anticipating the next tale. Today that comfort, that anticipation, is lost. There will be no more Clancy stories of the Ryans, Clarks, international intrigues and the page turning plot lines that only this master could produce. Others may try to pick up the baton in his name but it is unlikely that they will have the master's touch. Wherever you are now, Tom, I know you are weaving stories that will capture the imagination of you fellows (and gals). You will be sorely missed, but missed with gratitude for all the entertainment you have given your fans over the decades. Yours has been a pinnacle of quality that will stand the test of time. Well done, sir.
A fitting end
I can't believe I just read the last words of the last Clancy novel ever. The book was excellent just like all he had written. We will miss you Tom.