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  • Posted December 19, 2012

    In Tom Clancy¿s novel, ¿Clear and Present Danger,¿ a clever and

    In Tom Clancy’s novel, “Clear and Present Danger,” a clever and effective series of connected events all play out simultaneously which ultimately lead to a final and spectacular story. The novel begins by introducing several characters. The first is the secret service admiral whose name is Cutter, also known as “Lumberjack.” Next, it introduces Ramon and Jesus, two foreign men who are at work on the yacht called Empire Builder. Then Sergeant Chavez and his team are introduced as being on a covert mission and riding in a Black Hawk helicopter.
    As the story progresses, you are introduced to many more characters. There is Red Wagner, “The king of search and rescue,” who is the captain of the ship known as Panache. You learn about the life and military history of Staff Sergeant Domingo Chavez, “Ding.” Lieutenant Jackson is Chavez’s commander and has a brother who works at the Pentagon. Mr. Clark is introduced; he is the CIA’s Operations Directorate and a very mysterious man. Clark is not even his real name. You will later meet Ernesto Escobedo, the leader of the Columbian drug cartel, and Felix Cortez, an intellectual and highly trained (KGB) Marxist who works for him. More characters include Daniel Murray, Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI; Jack Ryan, the Deputy Director (Investigation)’s special assistant; Moira Wolfe, Executive Secretary of the FBI, who works for Emil Jacobs, the Director of the FBI.It all starts with Ramon and Jesus, who work for the Columbian drug cartel. They have been discovered on the Empire Builder by Captain Wagner. There is hard evidence that points toward brutal and ruthless crime, including rape, murder, and drug smuggling. The crew of Wagner’s ship harasses and scares the men. Around this time, United States law enforcement has been harassing the cartel immensely. As a result, the cartel assassinates three important US political officials to send a message. The president, who was friends with one of the men who was assassinated, regards their message as an act of war.
    From that point on, Chavez and his team along with several other branches of the military began to attack the cartel. The attacks result in a large amount of casualties and include a volume of collateral damage. The delightful complexity and authentic devotion to detail is what creates the story’s captivation and realistic feeling. Tom Clancy uses several elements of realism in the novel. The characters are depicted realistically, and the larger than life hero is therefore avoided. The details are very unemotional and firm as well.
    When and after reading “Clear and Present Danger,” you might contemplate your own political or ethical views. It will have you asking questions that you may not have thought of before. How far must criminal activity go before it is considered a threat to national security? How far can you go with an enemy before it is too far? When is it right for one side to accept that they’ve had enough? You may ask all of these or more. All in all, I regard the book to be a pronounced illustration of detailed and suspenseful modern warfare that should be enjoyed by anyone with a taste in outsized; gripping plots that are shaped by layers of weaved contingencies.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2010

    Joseph Smith

    "Clear and Present Danger" is a phenomenal book. IT is a hard to follow book and would not be recommended to slower readers. IT is a great fiction novel on the clashes between America and The drug cartel. It's very Thrilling and suspenseful. Great for book lovers.

    By Joseph SmiTh

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    Fantastic!

    The best book i have ever read. I highly recommend this book to someone who is looking for something action-packed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003

    OUTSTANDING YOUVE DONE IT AGAIN CLANCY

    This was a great book, a thrilling and on the edge of your seat thriller. I was very pleased with how the books accuracy, military wise, was outstanding.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Jack Ryan is Back

    Good book. Interesting to see how Jack devolops "his" govermental career.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2004

    Amazing

    Clancy establishes great suspense,drama,and action . Another great thrilling Jack Ryan adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    Awesome

    Awesome

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    My favorite Clancy

    Thrilling! Page-turning, breath-holding, riviting & compelling from start to finish. I love a book that draws me in from the first paragraph, and this one surpassed my expectations.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    LOVED IT

    Lots of action, and insight into how covert operations work.
    A story, but about something that could really be happening, right now. A little bit hard to follow in a couple of places, but all in
    all, GREAT

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

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    I read it twice and listened to it on audiotape about three time

    I read it twice and listened to it on audiotape about three times. Clear and Present Danger is far superior to the movie. I highly reccomend this novel as it evolves Jack Ryan into the world of government.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    I loved this book!

    I loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    The help

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    WOW

    This is an outstanding read. A little long in some areas. But how bad could it be, I've read it four times. With each reread I am reminded why I enjoy reading the Jack Ryan series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Clear and Present Danger is a gripping drama that raises a great deal of interesting questions about the security of our nation and how best to combat these threats.

    The modern spy novel owes a great deal of debt to Tom Clancy. Clancy blended espionage, politics, and military command in a way that had never been done before and has never quite been equaled. Of these books, Clear and Present Danger marks a major leap forward in Clancy's themes and ideas, turning what were once typical spy novels and delving further into complex political and moral themes such as national security and the abuses of power amond high officals. It all kicks off when drug dealers assassinate a small time bussiness man who was embezzling from them and his entire family. Tired of dealing with drugs ans the people who deal them, as well as it being an election year, the President authorizes a covert operation to send troops to Colombia, illegally, to destroy drug processing plants and assassinate key members of the drug cartel. Several key members of the CIA are involved with the affair, but not newly appointed Deputy Director of Intelligence Jack Ryan, Clancy's trademark hero. But despite this, and the movie version starring Harrison Ford, Ryan is absent for well over a hundred pages and does not play much of a role until the novel is 2/3 over with. This gives Clancy room to explore new characters to deal with his themes, including the proper introduction of Mr.Clark, a fan favorite CIA "troubleshooter" who doesn't hesitate to get the job done. Clancy shows us how the chain of command goes from the White House to the CIA to the grunts on the ground. And its the grunts that provide the heart of the story, misled about their objective and then left to die by their government when the heat becomes too much to handle for the Administration to handle. The final act details a desperate rescue operation by Ryan, Clark, and the other heroes of the novel to save the troops still on the ground in Colombia. Sounds simple right. Wrong. Clear and Present Danger raises several fascinating question about foreign policy, the biggest being what really constitutes a Clear and Present Danger to US security. While this book makes its own speculations, it is up to you to see for yourself what you think it is, which adds to the novels depth. While their might be some people put off by Clancy's politics, even they can't deny that Clear and Present Danger is a gripping read that raises tough questions about the world we live in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2004

    AN ACCOMPLISHED VOICE PERFORMANCE

    Veteran voice performer J. Charles is not only one of the most accomplished audio book narrators working today, he's also one of the busiest. Both listeners and publishers seem to know that if Mr. Charles lends his narrative skills to a production it's going to be highly listenable. An example is his rendering of this techno-thriller by the unparalleled Tom Clancy. Once again, Mr. Clancy tears his theme from today's headlines - our country's fight against drugs. As the story opens our commander In Chief isn't at all pleased with the progress being made in this battle. So, a formidable team is dispatched to Colombia to put an end to the struggle. It doesn't work as planned. Drug lords, as is known, show no mercy and they retaliate by killing civilians. A beleaguered President gives orders to not only end the original plan but to erase it. It should look as if it never existed. When Jack Ryan, now Deputy Director of for the CIA discovers that this aborted plan has been going on unbeknownst to him and some men have been stranded, Ryan decides to rescue them. In true Clancy fashion it's Ryan to the rescue, but it's a heart stopping struggle. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2004

    Gripping!

    Clear and Present Danger, the fifth book in the Jack Ryan saga, is a gripping tale of intrigue and vengeful corruption. The book begins with the President issuing an executive order to dissolve the Medellin drug cartel in northwestern Columbia. He grants Admiral James Cutter (National Security Advisor) and Bob Ritter (Deputy Director [Operations]) 'hunting lisences' to cut them off at the ankles, which involves illegally sending armed soldiers into the jungles of Columbia. Meanwhile, Jack Ryan, who is acting as Deputy Director (Intelligence) while his mentor Jim Greer dies of pancreatic cancer, is left out of this because Cutter and Ritter know he will leak to Congress. Meanwhile, Ritter places John Clark in charge of the operational details in Columbia. Clark assembles a team of spanish-speaking soldiers, including the introduction of Ding Chavez, and sends them to Columbia. Clark has something else up his sleeve also. In Columbia, the leader of the Medellin cartel, Ernesto Escobedo, and his chief inelligence officer (Felix Cortez, a Cuban who was also Fidel Castro's intel officer), are driving to a meeting when suddenly the house explodes. Thinking it was a car-bomb, Escobedo has the FBI director (Emil Jacobs) assassinated while he is visiting Columbia. Cortez uses his American contact (Moira Wolfe, Jacobs' secretary) to try to establish who left the car-bomb. In reality, however, Clark had the Air Force drop a new cellulose-encased bomb dropped on the house to make it look like a car-bomb. During this, Ryan is still left in the dark about Ritter's op. Eventually, Cortez finds that the Americans are on the ground and he has a meeting with Cutter. He reaches a deal with Cutter that claims if Cutter stops the op and gives Cortez the maps of where they are, then he'll cut the cocaine shipment to the U.S. in half. Cutter reluctantly obliges and Chavez comes under heavy fire from oppostion. Chavez's group takes heavy casualties, but manages to ward them off. The novel ends with Ryan finding out and capturing Escobedo and Cortez as Clark and Chavez help him. Overall, I believe it was a very realistic book filled with information on CIA ops and paper-bombs. I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to read an informative book while being entertained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    Stupid

    THIS IS THE MOST HORRIBLE BOOK I HAVE EVER READ I CANT BELIVE TOM CLANCY WOULD MAKE SUCH A BOOK

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    Conspiracy, Drugs, and Cover-up

    This is absolutely the best book Clancy has ever written. His other books have a slight aura of 'this-probably-won't-happen'. But this, whoa! The 'Conspiracy, Cover-up, & Drugs' Superhit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2002

    One Word...Great!

    This is simply one of the best books i have ever read. It is simply amazing how Tom Clancy can create his plot and devolope his amazing characters. I would recommend to read this right NOW! There was one bad thing that i didnt like about this book but it is minor, you really dont get to hear a lot of Jack Ryan until late in the book he has only a few cameos in the begging. But you must read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2002

    WOW

    This book is GREAT, unfortinutly, the movie sucks. No matter what it BN say's this book is all about the Ding and the other soilders that make up his squad.It also let's us civililens see what real combat is all about. On top of it all, this book gives us some of Ding Chavez's history, along with a little of Vega's and Clark's.

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