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The #1 New York Times-bestselling author and master of the modern day thriller returns with his All-Star team.

There’s a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan. 

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Overview

The #1 New York Times-bestselling author and master of the modern day thriller returns with his All-Star team.

There’s a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan. 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
In the entertaining final Jack Ryan novel from bestseller Clancy (1947–2013), Russian president Valeri Volodin has imperialistic ambitions similar to those of a certain real-life Russian president. Failure to annex Estonia thanks to unexpected NATO resistance only redirects Russian attention to the Crimea and other lands currently outside NATO's formal umbrella. Meanwhile, President Ryan's son, Jack Ryan Jr., investigates what appears to be an unrelated case involving Russian gangsters exploiting a corrupt system to steal a vast fortune. In fact, the opportunistic appropriation links the ambitions of a once-obscure KGB officer decades ago to the events unfolding in the Crimean region and to the early career of President Ryan himself. Although the military conflict is an important part of the plot, this is a classic spy novel. Fans of extended combat sequences should look elsewhere, as the focus is on high stakes espionage and assassinations carried out in rented rooms and dark alleys, not well-lit battlefields. (Dec.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-12
The late Clancy (1947-2013) ends his active role in his Jack Ryan franchise on an oddly timely note. Ryan, former CIA op, is president, of course, and he's back up against the Russkies. You can tell who they are since, even when transliterated into English, they say da: "Da. I have been tasked with protecting this building, not the Communist Party." And why, Fearless Leader? Because they're commies, and they do what they're supposed to do. The biggest, baddest commie of all is Vladimir Putin--beg pardon, Valeri Volodin, veteran of the former Soviet Empire and now, two decades after the fall, the engineer of its resurgence. First off comes the invasion of Estonia "on the first moonless night of spring," an act that NATO fails to oppose even though Estonia is a NATO signatory; then comes turmoil in Ukraine. Here's where it gets especially timely, for, as Clancy and Greaney write, just off the headlines, "Any hopes the police might have had that the situation would defuse itself went away when tents started to be erected on both sides, and nationalists and Russian Ukrainians began clashes that turned more and more violent." Jack Ryan Sr. and Jr. team up again to take Volodin on, even though, in a nod to verisimilitude on the people instead of the hardware front, the authors admit that Jr. makes a poor spy inasmuch as he looks just like his world-famous pop. Must the nukes shower down upon him in order to make Volodin behave? The Ryans, naturally enough, have another card to play. It's vintage Clancy (Threat Vector, 2012, etc.) stuff, full of cool technology and cardboard characters ("he was a single-minded and purposeful individual, perhaps to a pathological degree"), with a story that, given enough suspended disbelief, is a pleasing fairy tale for people who like things that blow up. Likely not the last installment in the Ryan saga--not with a world full of terrorists, disgruntled KGB types and Venezuelans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399160479
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Series: Jack Ryan Series , #16
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 23,781
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 2.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Clancy was the author of eighteen #1 New York Times-bestselling novels. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the bestseller list after President Ronald Reagan pronounced it "the perfect yarn." Clancy was the undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He died in October 2013.

Mark Greaney is the national bestselling author of The Gray Man series of books, the most recent of which is Ballistic. Mr. Greaney lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

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    1. Hometown:
      Huntingtown, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 12, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Baltimore, Maryland
    1. Date of Death:
      October 1, 2013
    2. Place of Death:
      Baltimore, Maryland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    It is hard to imagine that we will no more read from Tom Clancy,

    It is hard to imagine that we will no more read from Tom Clancy, who died Tuesday, October 1, 2013 of an undisclosed illness in his hometown of Baltimore. Command Authority, which you are holding in your hands, is his last gift to us his devoted fans worldwide. His untimely demise is an irreparable loss. He will be missed!

    His rise to fame was not an easy one. It was a path strewn with obstacles and rejections. Yet, he rose like the proverbial phoenix, shining brightly among the stars to become one among the few to hit #1 with all his 17 books on the New York Times bestseller list.

    Yet, when it all began in 1984, Clancy couldn't find any established publisher. He had to settle for the small and hitherto unknown Naval Institute Press to publish his cold war thriller "The Hunt For Red October," which was the first fiction they published. He was paid a meager $5000 for the book. Clancy's gripping plot and mastery of technical details made it a massive bestseller. It was made into a smash hit movie starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin. He went on to write 17 others, several of which were also made into blockbuster movies.

    Tom Clancy may be no more but he will continue to live on through the characters he created, especially Jack Ryan, and the books he wrote. He gave the world a genre called techno-thriller, of which he was the undisputed king, and his name will live on as long as the genre lives.

    It is difficult to say goodbye to someone who gave you so much thrill and entertainment for the past nearly-thirty years. But it must be said! Goodbye, and adieu - Thomas Leo "Tom" Clancy, Jr. (April 12, 1947 - October 1, 2013) R.I.P.

    41 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

    Classic Clancy, no doubt. One reviewer suggested a higher degree

    Classic Clancy, no doubt. One reviewer suggested a higher degree of development for star characters. I agree. The book sets "more comfortably" than others starring Clark, Ding & co. BTW the author had a quintuple heart bypass several years ago. His physical being just kept degenerating. Even the best authors have just so many "good books" in them. Hard to say how many were left in Clancy.

    I really feel uncomfortable "recommending" a book. But I enjoyed paying for and reading this one. It was entertaining and that's all I'll ever ask of a novel.

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    I enjoyed the book but it was a difficult read because of the fl

    I enjoyed the book but it was a difficult read because of the flashbacks throughout the story. I would tell my friends to have 2 bookmarks and leave one bookmark at the end of every flashback or current day. That way when another flashback or current day starts they could review where it had ended off. At the end of the book, I felt satisfied.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    From:Savon Mack


    I really love the character empethizes the entire story by showing feeling &showing who he is

    4 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Needs one more re-write---

    Not a bad yarn, but some sections could definitely use one more pass through the editing / re-write process. The book just didn't have the continuity that I have come to expect from Clancy. Continuity was also hampered a bit by the now-normal glitches in the e-book software that cause readers to have to manually tell the software to "go to page XX", with some pages bouncing back to earlier pages in a sub-routine, and some pages being lost forever in the software.

    Regardless, it was Clancy's last, and readers can see that even though it wasn't his best book, it was all we'll ever have..

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    GREAT READ!

    I really enjoyed this book as all the other Tom Clancy books. He does a great job of keeping the reader engaged in the story line while having you visualize the actual scene as your reading!! Sign of a great story teller. His books will be missed very much by me. R I P Tom.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    A fitting end to a great group of characters

    See above

    3 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Typical Clancy fare

    I'm a long time fan and this "final" work is in no way dissapointing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Started slow, but kept me up nights

    Took about 100 pages to get past the initial High School writing style similar to Clive Cussler and start to become interesting. By midway it started keeping me up just to "read a little more". Although there were a couple of paragraphs of detail that just didn't matter to the story and made me realize I was reading a book, the rest kept my attention. I liked reading more about the Jack Ryan of yesteryear with the flashbacks that fleshed out the present day story. As always, I felt like I was there, having flashbacks myself of having lived through those times and enjoyed learning more about the world around me. Gave it 4 stars because I couldn't give it 3.5. Recommended read if you are a Clancy fan.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    True Clancy, through & through

    My first Clancy novel in a while and it didn't disappoint!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Amazing

    Every time i read one of his books i am struck anew by how thoroughly engaging and exciting the reading is, my taste runs more to Jane Austin and to literature and history but i love mixing it up with this aurhor and am never dissapointed! Great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    It may be his last, it probably is his best

    I have been slowly reading this great book. I usually finish a Tom Clancy treatise in a few days. But since his death I have re read a lot of his books.

    This is just a super read. Lots of characters to understand. Lots of twists of the plot line.

    Sad that this great book will be his final book as he is no longer with us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Lol

    Its skydoesminecraft

    1 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Can i be a girl

    Cause ima girl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    WHAT IS SPLINTER CELL

    I wanna know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Andrew

    A splinter cell is an agent who works alone basicly and yes you may

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Really now

    Really now ..plot so far outside reality it's Boring. To bad.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Highly recommended

    I read the print version of this book and ordered the CD version for my father. He absolutely raved about the content, the plot, the characters and the overall feeling that this book is a masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    #########

    LONG BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    MATH #notarealrating

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