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Debt of Honor ended with Tom Clancy's most shocking conclusion ever: a joint session of Congress destroyed, the President dead, most of the Cabinet and the Congress dead, the Supreme Court and Joint Chiefs likewise. Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before had been confirmed as the new Vice-President of the United States is told that he is now President. President John Patrick Ryan. And that is where Executive Orders begins. Ryan had agreed to accept the vice-presidency only as caretaker for a year, ...
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Debt of Honor ended with Tom Clancy's most shocking conclusion ever: a joint session of Congress destroyed, the President dead, most of the Cabinet and the Congress dead, the Supreme Court and Joint Chiefs likewise. Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before had been confirmed as the new Vice-President of the United States is told that he is now President. President John Patrick Ryan. And that is where Executive Orders begins. Ryan had agreed to accept the vice-presidency only as caretaker for a year, and now suddenly, an incalculable weight has fallen on his shoulders. How do you run a government without a government? Where do you even begin? With stunning force, Ryan's responsibilities crush in on him. He must calm an anxious and grieving nation, allay the skepticism of the world's leaders, conduct a swift investigation of the tragedy, and arrange a massive state funeral - all while attempting to reconstitute a Cabinet and a Congress with the greatest possible speed. But that is not all. Many eyes are on him now, and many of them are unfriendly. In Beijing, Tehran, and other world capitals, including Washington, D.C., there are those eager to take advantage where they may, some of whom bear a deep animus toward the United States - some of whom, from Ryan's past, harbor intense animosity toward the new President himself. Soon they will begin to move on their opportunities; soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so great even he cannot imagine it.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At 896 pages, half a million words and nearly four pounds, Clancy's new novel is a bruiser. It packs a whale of a wallop too, starting with a knock-down premise set up in Debt of Honor, which ended with a jetliner crashing into the Capitol, taking out the president, congress, the cabinet and the Supreme Court justices. As the new novel opens, longtime Clancy hero Jack Ryan, named minutes before the crash to the post of V.P., has just been sworn in as chief of state. What's it like to be thrust into the world's hottest hotseat? Clancy has, in effect, written three novels in one here. The first, running about 200 pages, deals with that question in brilliant detail the crushing of Ryan's personal life as he's sucked into the vortex of presidential duty and scrutiny; the tentative acceptance of ultimate power and responsibility as he realizes he is The Man. Within this scenario, Clancy seeds his other major story lines. Domestic opposition to Ryan and to his grassroots American values is stirred up by venal politicos, fat cats and corrupt media types as Ryan tries to rebuild the government along conservative lines. Foreign trouble arises in Iran, meanwhile, which subsumes Iraq and unleashes biological warfare on the U.S., allowing Clancy to toss in a medical thriller-within-a-thriller that holds its own with Cook and Palmer. Like a savvy crooner saving his hit songs for the encore, Clancy waits until his final 150 pages to give readers the stuff that put him on the map: here, strutted in a fury of air, sea and land battles between Yanks and "rag-heads." As usual, Clancy offers no moral middle ground, only white hats and black; he also soapboxes mercilessly for a radically right agenda. He's a war-gamer without peer, though, and his plotting here is masterful, as is his strumming of patriotic heartstrings. This is heavyweight entertainment, and come pub date it's going to be the world champion of the bestseller lists.
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Jack Ryan, Clancy's amazing upwardly mobile series hero, must put together a government from the wreckage left at the end of Debt of Honor (Putnam, 1994). While Jack, who assumed the U.S. presidency after the shocking deaths of the president and many congresspeople, attends to affairs of state, selecting a new Cabinet and arranging for special Congressional elections, enemies far and near continue to create nefarious plots against the United States. Political enemies prove themselves equally relentless, attacking the very legitimacy of Ryan's presidential role. While Clancy is, as always, chillingly up-to-date, he telegraphs too many plotlines here. Worse, Ryan has become something of a whiner, complaining at length about the miseries of living a political life. At almost 900 pages, the book includes too much minutiae and dwells overlong on Ryan's earlier adventures. However, with a two-million-copy first printing, Ryan's presence at least for now is assured in most public libraries.Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Information Services, Inc., Ridgecrest, Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425160572
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Series: Jack Ryan Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 1376
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)

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.

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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 July 14, 2005

    No other Clancy book can mirror this one

    This by far was the best book Clancy wrote. I'm no politcal expert, but Ryan's views seemed cool with me, and mixing the politics with the other stuff going on in Iran/Iraq, China, and back home, was masterfully done. I had no problems flyig through this book. And on occassion, I sit down and read through it again, but only the better parts

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

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    Executive Orders by Tom Clancy is about one of the most devastating terrorist acts in the history of the United States. The President, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Supreme Court justices, and most of congress are killed. This act leaves Jack Ryan as the President. He has get things back in order. When things start to go wrong, that¿s when the problems begin. This book has a lot of detail and is very long. The amount of detail is overwhelming in this book. I would recommend this book if you are a devoted Clancy reader.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Superb Reading

    The BEST book that Clancy has written. Great story line and good ending. A good "what if" book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Great novel

    I was impressive with author in Debt of Honor, but Executive Orders is impressive too.
    Good for relax and let your imagination to fly.

    enjoy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Have read all of Jack Ryan series. This is one of the best. Interesting to see how the US government has to be put back together after a terrible catastrophe

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Very Recommended..

    While I enjoyed the plot and the story line I was totally put off by all the typos on my nook book. Maybe it is too much to expect someone to use spell check when retyping these books for the ebooks. But my five year old Grandson could have done as well typing this up.
    But, the story rocked..

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2010

    A Must read for true working Americans.

    In todays corrupt Government from the Whitehouse down to local Governments, Tom Clancy has captured a novel idea. If only it were a true happening it would be to all real Americans like winning the Lotto. Read and see the value of such a story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Farewell Clancy

    Clancy has great stories and plots, I would love to actually read through one of his books to absorb the story. After crawling to read through all the unnecessary description and chatter that I find in his books, I haven't finished one yet. I've given up after trying this book and one other, it's too tiring to read them. Sorry Tom, there are books that actually move and hold one's attention and I'm moving on.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2004

    Great Clancey book

    This was one of Clancey's best books, but it was way too long and I had a hard time keeping up with it. Too many characters to remember and too many events to remember.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    Political manifesto thinly disguised as action thriller

    First and foremost, this book is way too long (my copy clocked in at almost 1400 pages!), and it moves way too slow. The marginal plot is mostly an excuse for Clancy to advance his rightward-leaning political views (what do you know, he's a flat-taxer!). Clancy once again stretches the limits of believability by placing his longtime hero/alter-ego in the White House. Various forces conspire against him and the United States, and Ryan is forced to show his mettle. As usual, Clancy's characters are thinly drawn, and their motivation is typically one-dimensional (you're either a good-guy or a baddie). Really, the only reason to read Clancy is for his meticulous plotting, but that is not in evidence here. Clancy's last two books before this one, Without Remorse and Debt of Honor, were also sub-par efforts, so I hope this isn't part of a larger trend. Executive Orders is for die-hard Clancy fans only!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2003

    Greatest Book EVER!!!

    I can never believe that a book this enjoyable and grabbing could be written. This relates so much to the world's current events and a possible way of ending it. I could not put it down. Clancy can really spin a good yarn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates Tom Clancy'

    Highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates Tom Clancy's talents. It's an unbelievable read -- so complicated -- so "real"!! Thoroughly enjoyed it. At this point though, after reading half of this long story, I'm calling it a day. Too many characters.....a lot of constant story changes, and I guess I'm losing too much sleep over the possibility of this really happening. Great job Mr. Clancy .... just a little too much for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Good!

    This is a great book but it can get very gruesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    One of Clancys best!

    A top rate thrill ride. The only downside to this novel is that it's just to big of a story to fit into a 2 hour movie. Highly recommended for readers who appreciate solid storytelling and a challenging plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    We need him.

    Ryan is the president we need today. We definitly need someone likr ryam to be the president of the unites states of america.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Jack ryan at his best

    I think this book is the best in the jack ryan series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    soo far very good goingto be long

    Mc

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Great Read, but...

    Excellent story (although it drags in a few places), but...the numerous typos in the ebook version are very annoying, and at times make for sentences that make no sense at all. I had to have a paper copy handy for reference, which makes the ebook version pointless. That's why four stars instead of five.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Great book...

    ...with lots of typos (the reason for 3 stars instead of 4 or 5). A very long read, it is in typical Clancy style and does not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Oneof Clancy's better novels. He does get a little long written

    Oneof Clancy's better novels. He does get a little long written on technical details that tend to bogg down whole sections of the read, however.

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