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41 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommended

First of all, I just have to say that if some of these reviewers haven't figured out by now that a novel written 'with' the author is never up to the standards of a novel written 'by' the author then maybe they should stick to non-fiction.
Second of all, if you're...
First of all, I just have to say that if some of these reviewers haven't figured out by now that a novel written 'with' the author is never up to the standards of a novel written 'by' the author then maybe they should stick to non-fiction.
Second of all, if you're going to let 2 short phrases out of a 544 page novel, sway your opinion of the whole book then why waste your money on a Clancy novel to begin with? No criticism of Fox News? That's right, but I didn't see any criticism of CNN either and they are just as liberally biased as Fox is Conservative. Who the heck watches MSNBC anyway?
Can you imagine the plot for a spy/action/war/espionage novel written by an author with liberal bias? What would it be about; how polite we were when we asked for our drone back? How many of our guys get killed before we get to fire back? What's the proper degree of back bend when bowing to the Chinese premier or the king of Saudi Arabia? What's the protocol for a state dinner for the president of Iran?
Ok, now that I have that off my chest, I thought this was a very well written, exciting and well researched book. It's what I look for in an action novel of this type; action, excitement, intrigue, heroism, the good guys beat the bad guys. The bad guys don't play fair, why should we? In short - when I read about about US forces against enemy forces I like it when we win.
Now I too am going to go back and reread some on Clancy's older novels (with and by) so I can refresh my memory on how some of the old characters like John and Chavez developed. I will continue to be Clancy fan until until his choice of co-authors forgets whose side he or she is on.

posted by vacshop on December 29, 2011

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49 out of 131 people found this review helpful.

Clancy has sold Ryan out politically

Though Clancy continues to write excellent well thought out action scenes he brought out his Republican agenda with a heavy hand in this book. Where Ryan used to be an independent (or at least a man of the people who knew both parties have faults) he is now fully in th...
Though Clancy continues to write excellent well thought out action scenes he brought out his Republican agenda with a heavy hand in this book. Where Ryan used to be an independent (or at least a man of the people who knew both parties have faults) he is now fully in the conservative corner. Whereas earlier Clancy's books showed Kealty was a slimy politician, now he seems to represent the entire liberal agenda. Clancy also rails against liberal media (but though he calls out MSNBC and CBS, he doesn't do anything about the slant of FOX)

Some quoted text.

"I saw some nutjob on MSNBC"
"Liberal bias in the media was a fact of nature"

One other thing that bugged me was continuity. If I'm not mistaken, in Sum of all Fears, Denver was destroyed by a nuclear weapon. So...how could this line happen in this story.

"a guy at a Kealty Q&A in Denver had the temerity"

posted by Driftwood on December 15, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    should have been published by Rupert Murdock

    Too bad Tom Clancy has given up writing interesting novels and started writing conservative manifestos. used to enjoy his books but if I want to read biased dribble I will turn off the sound and close caption fox news.

    21 out of 76 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Jack ryan series ruined by cheap politics

    Didnt finish and recommend you find an author who can keep the cheap political shots out of what once was an entertaining action adventure series. For shame mr clancy!

    8 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    Tried to donate book to the KKK, but they said it was too far right

    Without remorse is one of my fav books of all time, but Clancy has finally gone over the deep end by not only picking sides in a policitical debte, but conjuring up every stereotype and Fox talking point against anyone who thinks different than him (i.e. anyone who thinks for themselves). Pure unadulterated propoganda that his right wing minions sop up readily. You call it fiction, I call his over the top fear mongering very real. Whats worse is that lots of readers actually believe this tripe.
    I kept trying to follow the story line concerning the operations and was enjoying those parts, but he kept going out of his way to bring his ignorant political ideology into play. So I just put the book down and moved on...

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    While I usually really enjoy his books I found that this one wa

    While I usually really enjoy his books I found that this one was more of a plot justifying a political position at the expense of good storytelling. I prefer good stories to ones that proselytize. Sadly the politicking in the book became so blatant I was unable to finish reading the book, which for me, a prolific reader for more than half a century, is incredibly rare. I just wasted my money on this one. Sadly this will make me leery of purchasing his books in the future. Although it is of no significance, I consider myself a political conservative. That said, I do not read a book that might serve to support my political views; I read a book for pleasure and personal enjoyment. Maybe as this was a collaborative work, though, I am being too presumptive in blaming the primary author (at least it seems he is, based on the cover). That said, it's your dime (actually several) to spend as you please.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    $14.99? no thanks way to much. just rating the cost not the book

    $14.99? no thanks way to much. just rating the cost not the book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Aful sorry

    I hate this book i cant wven explane soory

    1 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Too much rambling, too little meaningful story. Frankly, it bored me.

    Boring.

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