Clancy introduces three new characters tied to Jack Ryan; his son Jack Jr., and two nephews, the Caruso twins. These three young men form part of a new antiterrorist organization that is completely independent of all the formal government agencies. This private organization was established by Jack Ryan when he was president and has the specific mission of taking action against terrorist organizations unavailable to the formal government organizations. They will assassinate any terrorists they uncover based on the best possible intelligence gleaned from NSA, CIA and FBI resources.
The Caruso twins are recruited from the FBI and the USMC and have a background in battling crime and terrorists. Jack Jr. happens on the scene by chance, searching for his niche after graduation from college. The plot follows the training of the twins as field action operatives and of Jack Jr. as an intelligence analyst. They are thrown into action when an new Arab terrorist organization makes allies itself with the Columbian Drug Cartel. The Cartel smuggles 4 action teams into the U.S. and provides them with weapons. The teams initiate attacks against shopping malls across the U.S. specifically targeting women and children. The Caruso twins are in one of the malls under attack and take on the four attackers in a bloody gunbattle.
The newly trained assassination team is hurriedly thrown into action against targets in Europe developed by Jack Jr. and eventually Jack Jr. will be added to the team overseas as they search for members of the terrorist group.
The review of this Book prepared by DR HOUCK
In this, the latest of Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" or "Ryanverse" novels, a new generation of the Ryan clan is summoned into service. Jack Ryan Jr. and his two cousins, Dominic and Brian Caruso, go to work for Hendley Associates, an extremely clandestine, privately-funded organization dedicated to one goal: identifying and eliminating those who plot the death of American civilians. Jack Junior follows in his father's footsteps as an intelligence analyst, intuitive and quick. Dominic (an FBI field agent) and Brian (a Marine major) handle the muscle side of the business, killing those who fund or run terrorist operations in a very sneaky manner indeed. This book, half the size of most of Clancy's contributions, is all setup and little action, a sharp contrast to his earlier works, which generally featured a rich setting married with plot twists and heart-pounding action. This book pales in comparison, with the plot being wrapped up within about five pages, giving the reader an impression of having reached the end about a hundred pages too soon.
The review of this Book prepared by Dan
Three well trained young men chase (via technology and face to face tracking)a group of very religious fanatics.
Who kill masses of americans. The above mentioned three men then proceed to be the stike force to eliminate the key elements of that group via unconventional means all over europe, america and other countries.
The review of this Book prepared by Jason
This is the latest book in the "Jack Ryan" series from Tom Clancy. I am an avid "Jack Ryan" fan. This book is an absolute travesty. Clancy takes a huge leap from Jack Ryan, Sr. and goes to Jr., who was still in high school in the last book. He brings Jr. in as one of the main characters, there are three, of a secret elite killer group of American men who target and kill known terroists threatening our country.
My complaint is that it almost seems that Clancy hired a ghost writer or something. It was too weird. There was none of the normal intelligence and military build-up, just a bunch of psyco-babble, introspective nonsense that contributed nothing to the story.
Also, there was little to no reference to the many characters of the series that Clancy has built over the years.
What was Clancy thinking? Is he that burned out, or greed oriented that he would do this kind of damage to one of the best mystery/military, totally gung ho american novel series I have ever read?
Honestly, I was so disappointed I cried, after I got over the shock.
The review of this Book prepared by karen flynn
In this most recent book of Ryanverse novels we get introduced to a completely new set of characters. The main character now is Jack Ryan Jr. andt he Caruso brothers, a Marine and a FBI Agent were never mentioned before. These three young men are part of The Campus now, an organization that isn't officially part of the government, but a "nonexistent" counterterrorist group set up by Jack Ryan Sr. while he was president. Few people outside The Campus know what they do, not even the president. Their task is to find terrorists with the help from CIA's and NSA's data and then kill them. The twin brothers Caruso are especially trained to do the killings. Jack Ryan, who really is an analyst, gets involved in such a mission too.
This book, like all novels by Tom Clancy, was very exciting and interesting to read although I miss John Clark and Domingo Chavez.
The review of this Book prepared by Anne
Putnam, Aug 203, 27.95
In Maryland, Hendley Associates successfully works the stock, bond, and international currency markets. However, in reality the trader business serves as a front because the prime mission of the firm is to root out and eliminate terrorists. United States President John Patrick Ryan is not interested in the means, but only the results of the group.
Only a small elect circle of people who need to know understand that Hendley Associates otherwise known as “The Campus, is really a black ops organization. The firm also understands hat there is a need for new blood if they want to avoid stagnation and complacency. However, it takes a special person to join this elite group. Right now they are looking closely at a trio of related men who happen to have close ties the President since two are his nephews, FBI Agent Dominic Caruso and his brother Marine Captain Brian Caruso and the third is his son Jack Ryan, Jr. It remains to be seen if this threesome lives up to the gene pool of the previous generation. Jack, Sr. seem like kindergarten?
The torch moves on to the next generation of warriors with an ease that will not surprise readers who expect innovative ideas from this great author. The story line is typical Tom Clancy: exciting top rate action as the war against terrorism goes into hyperspeed. Doubts will linger about close relatives to a sitting president being involved in anti-terrorist activities. It is hard to picture the two sons of George Bush, Sr. running around as Feds or combat soldiers before joining an elite black ops cell or any child of a Congressman serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Still fans of action packed thrillers will know Mr. Clancy has created a fantastic tale.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner