Don't Miss the Original Series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Starring John Krasinski!
The search for a stolen nuclear weapon on American soil sends Jack Ryan on a dangerous mission with global consequences in this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller.
Peace may finally be at hand in the Middle East, as Jack Ryan, Deputy Director of Intelligence for the CIA, lays the groundwork for a plan that could end centuries of conflict. But ruthless terrorists have a final, desperate card to play: a nuclear weapon hidden somewhere in the United States.
With one terrible act, distrust mounts, forces collide, and the floundering U.S. president seems unable to cope with the crisis. With the world on the verge of nuclear disaster, Ryan must frantically seek a solution—before the chiefs of state lose control of themselves and the world.
Clancy evolves from storyteller to novelist in his latest techno-thriller, as gadgets take second place to politics and personalities. In the late 1990s the world is cautiously emerging from the Cold War; even the Arab-Israeli conflict is being resolved, thanks to the cleverness of Clancy's hero Jack Ryan. But as confrontation yields to cooperation, what becomes of displaced terrorists? Palestinians without a cause and East Germans without a country seek to rekindle U.S.-U.S.S.R. animosity. A small nuclear device is exploded at the Super Bowl; in Berlin American and Russian troops are tricked into firing on each other; residual suspicions carry the action from there. After the solution of the Middle East crisis serves as an exciting preliminary to the main plot, the novel's middle parts seem a recycling of situations and characters from Red October and Cardinal of the Kremlin. But in the last third of the book Clancy integrates story lines, taking readers on a nonstop roller-coaster ride to a nail-biting finish. Fundamentally, Clancy is writing about a vital and elusive quality: grace under pressure. Whether terrorists or statesmen, Clancy's characters face a common challenge--situations that break down pretensions of rank, power and ideology. Their responses, carefully and empathetically constructed, make this book compelling instead of merely ingenious.
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A great read!
My all time favorite book. Full of intrigue and suspense. I couldn't put it down.
One of the best Jack Ryan Books
Absolutely nothing like the movie...not even remotely close. This is a good thing! Clancy really puts Jack through the ringer and brings into light terrorism at its highest scale. Must read for those who like great books.
The sum of all fears
The majority of this story is about finding the right materials the right people and getting everything together to build a nuclear bomb from one left over from the Arab-Israeli war in 1967 or maybe it was in 1972. Anyway its here that Clancy gets completely wrapped up in all the details of building the bomb and loses track of where when and how this thing is going to be used. Only at the very end of his reverie does he rush to his desk and quicker than anything type out maybe 40-odd pages of what the book was all about from the very start! As though the entire plot was a last minute afterthought.