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After the discovery of a damaged Israeli nuclear bomb which had gone missing in 1973, Arabs, who got their hands on this weapon of mass destruction, seek the help of a German scientist who helps them replicate the bomb in order for it to be used against the United States, after a treaty which is meant to settle the war against Israel and Arabians displeases them.
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   As the engineering process of the weapon is complete, the Arabs, plan to use the weapon in a Super Bowl game in Denver, where hundreds of thousands of lives will be lost, and will start a nuclear war between the United States and Russians, since suspicion always arouses on the largest competitor.
   Its up to DDCI Jack Ryan to uncover the most threatening terrorist acts of all time, and stop this crisis from occurring, or else, a third world war will begin. The Americans suspect the Russians for this act of terrorism. The Russians deny any involvement in the whole affair, however, the situation calls for immediate inquiry. Jack already has enough on his head, but he must also save his marriage, as well as save himself physically.

The review of this Book prepared by Walid Khalid

The Sum of All Fears is about a nuclear attack on the Super Bowl in Denver by an Arabic terrorist group. The president and his NSA, who should have been at the Bowl, distraught over their close brush with death, become very paranoid and suspect Russia of masterminding the Attack. Jack Ryan has to convince the President that it wasn't Russia, and defuse several inflammatory events occuring between Russian and American military forces.
The review of this Book prepared by Matt Line

incredibly detailed and revealing look into politics, psychology, terrorism, ethics, responsibility and the state of current world events in relation to nuclear technology. awesome in scope and believability. ominous and sobering.
a most ingenious technothriller in every way, and superior in most. title of the book couldn't be more aptly put.
The review of this Book prepared by t-bird

A terrorist mastermind has a plan for unleashing a nuclear weapon on the United States and starting the next world war. When everything goes wrong, both at home and at work, Jack Ryan is forced to unravel one of the greatest terrorist plans ever conceived, and try to save his marriage at the same time... This is my all around favorite, and I highly recommend it (as well as any Clancy book) to anyone who thinks they're ready for a story as gripping and as terrifying as this...
The review of this Book prepared by Jacob Hurt

"President Robert Fowler is faced with a crisis that could end the world. The only catch is that he needs to take advice from Jack Ryan. Will he do it?"
The review of this Book prepared by Anthony Selbe

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing bomb/biohazard/disaster    -   preventing war Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   generic terrorists

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Pacific NW    -   Mid-Atlantic states Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Arabia

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   military technology Unusual forms of death    -   radiation    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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