Marine officer. CIA analyst. President. Jack Ryan has devoted his life to protecting the United States. What if this time, he can't? President Ryan and the Campus return in this entry in Tom Clancy's #1 New York Times-bestselling series.
Freedom may have finally arrived in Iran. As protests break out across the country, the media rejoices over the so-called Persian Spring. Western leaders are ecstatic. Members of Congress and the Cabinet clamor to back the rebels. Only President Jack Ryan remains wary.
Meanwhile, he has plenty to handle at home. A deadly strain of flu is ravaging the United States as spring floods decimate the Southeast. An unethical senator wants to bring down the Ryan presidency and is willing to lean on fabricated bot-planted stories to do it.
But the scariest story is the most closely guarded one. Two Russian nuclear missiles have been hijacked. The Campus gets their first break when Jack Junior connects with a rogue Russian intelligence officer in Afghanistan--only to be abducted soon after arriving. John Clark and the rest of the Campus team race to track the missiles and rescue their colleague.
As sensationalized stories spin out of control and the stolen missiles remain out of reach, President Ryan's toughest challenge emerges: How do you meet an enemy head on, when he won't even show you his face?
Cameron's so-so second contribution to Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan franchise (after 2017's Tom Clancy: Power and Empire) centers on an insurgency movement in Iran. Erik Dovzhenko, a reluctant Russian spy stationed in Tehran, chooses to defect when his dissident lover, Maryam Farhad, is killed by Revolutionary Guards. Erik escapes to Afghanistan to warn Maryam's friend Ysabel Kashani, who in turn contacts her former lover, Jack Ryan Jr., the U.S. president's son. Jack Jr. travels to Iran, where he meets Erik and Ysabel and seeks to intercept two hijacked Russian nuclear missiles, which he and his compatriots from the Campus, a covert antiterrorism organization, have been tracking. The main action builds to an extremely clever twist. Meanwhile, in random interludes, President Ryan deals with an attack on the American embassy in Cameroon and the attempted assassination of a political rival. Maybe, once Ryan has finished his term in office and can do more than sit resolute behind a desk, he will again excite readers.
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Oath of office
This might be the absolute worst written book I’ve ever read. Too many subplots to follow and so many typos that it is almost impossible to read.
I am the biggest Clancy fan but I have to admit, it may be time to stop. This was the worst “Clancy” book I have read. The plot was so ridiculous it was laughable. The author, who I have ready his Jericho books, really tries to emulate Clancy by weaving in multiple story lines. It just doesn’t work. Without spoilers, the story lines add no value to the ending and only lead to me wondering why I had to read so much to get to so little.
Having read every Clancy book (including the non-fiction and Op-Center books) it is time for me to move on. This is like Bond at the end of Brosnon’s run; wind surfing to ward off bad guys. Can’t get more stupid.
It was a great ride Tom, but your ghost writers are not leaving a great legacy.
Oath of Office
This is a Jack Ryan novel but it read more like a Ryan Jr. novel. Had Clancy written this novel it would have been a 1000 pages long and about 650 pages too long. The author of this novel was still 200 pages too long. The author had a worldwide canvas as Clancy use to do but the effort here was disjointed. And oh yes, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was an Air Force Lt. General. Give me a break. That’s a joke. It may be time for the Clancy estate to retire this series.