Dead or Alive

Dead or Alive


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Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy


After almost a decade, Tom Clancy--the acknowledged master of international intrigue and non-stop military action-returns to the world he knows better than anyone: a world of chaos, caught in the crossfire of politics and power, placed on the edge of annihilation by evil men.

But there are other men who are honor-bound to stop the bloodshed and protect their homeland-by any means necessary...

It is called the Campus. Secretly created under the administration of President Jack Ryan, its sole purpose is to hunt down, locate, and eliminate terrorists and those who protect them at will, without sanction or oversight. A self- sufficient entity, it has no official connection to the American government-a necessity in a time when those in power consider themselves above such arcane ideals as loyalty, justice, and right or wrong.

Covert intelligence expert Jack Ryan Jr. and his compatriots at the Campus have waged this silent war in every corner of the world. Now joined by two of his father's closest allies-black ops warriors John Clark and "Ding" Chavez, as well as Brian and Dominic Caruso and Mary Pat Foley-the Campus has come up against its greatest foe: a sadistic killer known as the Emir.

The mastermind of countless horrific attacks, the Emir has eluded capture by every law enforcement agency in the world-a fact which the Campus is determined to change. But his greatest devastation is yet to be unleashed, as he plans a monumental single strike that will destroy the heart of America, unless the Campus can take him Dead or Alive.

On the trail of the Emir, Jack Ryan Jr. will find himself following in his legendary father's footsteps on a deadly manhunt that will take him and his allies across the globe, into the shadowy arenas of political gamesmanship, and back onto U.S. soil-in a battle to prevent the fall of the West...

Together for the first time, an all-star cast of Tom Clancy's characters race to ensure the nation's survival and to complete their mission: the desperate search for a madman who may be hiding in plain sight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399157233
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Series: Jack Ryan Series , #13
Pages: 950
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tom Clancy is America’s, and the world’s, favorite international thriller author. Starting with The Hunt for Red October, all thirteen of his previous books have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. His books, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears have been made into major motion pictures. He lives in Maryland where he is a co-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.


Huntingtown, Maryland

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1947

Date of Death:

October 1, 2013

Place of Birth:

Baltimore, Maryland


Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland, 1965; B.A. in English, Loyola College, 1969

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Octurian More than 1 year ago
As an avid Clancy fan, I have for years missed his writing. I have been looking forward to this book since I heard it was coming out and I was not disappointed at all. It was a great pleasure to see all the old "friends" again. John Clark, Ding, and of course Jack Ryan Sr. Even jr. wasn't a disappointment. I hope this is a harbinger that the real Tom Clancy has returned to writing. I highly recommend this to any Tom Clancy fan out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would appreciate a review of the book NOT the ebook price complaints. You are no help to those of us thinking of PURCHASING the book and saving someone's job!!
johnclark99 More than 1 year ago
I read an early copy of this book and I am glad to say it was good. up to par with the others in the past. Although I miss the Jack Ryan character.
Shamron More than 1 year ago
The real Tom Clancy is back! I first read his Jack Ryan novels 5 years ago and was left wanting more, even though THE TEETH OF THE TIGER was not up to par. When I heard this book was coming out, I reread every Ryan novel. This book was definitely worth the wait. It was great to read about John Clark, Ding Chavez, and Mary Pat Foley again, as well as appearances from other characters from the seires. I was quite surprised at much I enjoyed reading about the Caruso brothers and Jack Jr. this time. The font is rather on the large side with wide margins making the book longer, but either way, once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I thought this would be Clancy's last attempt at reviving this franchise, but the as the plot develops, it's obvious there is still more to come. The return of Jack Ryan Sr., the rise of Jack Jr., and the reemergence of the legendary John Clark will leave you spellbound. You can complain about the price all you want, whether its hardback (that's what I bought) or on ebook, but you will easily get your money's worth. Quit whining, buy the book, read it, and you will be glad you did it!
BlueQuasar More than 1 year ago
Have gotten to read the first couple of chapters, and it looks -- from that limited sample -- like the old Clancy is back at work. You know, the one who actually wrote (most of) his (own) stuff? Like Red Storm, etc.? About time!
Altadis More than 1 year ago
In hardcover the book's cover price is 28.95, the in-store price will be 20.27 without a membership and 17.37 with the member card. For the commenter that mentioned s/he will wait for the paperback, that will be out sometime next year, most of the mass market paperbacks are printed on very cheap recycled paper, a step above newsprint, which is part of the reason why they feel like garbage. There is still a 2.38 cents saving purchasing the e-book over the physical format. The reason new e-book prices have been creeping upwards is that the publishers are setting the e-book prices with the caveat that there is no discount applied to that price, or they will refuse to issue further titles in e-book format. Publishers are doing this for a few reasons, one, they are afraid of e-books eroding their total profits. Total unit sales have been declining as books are facing stiff competition for the limited entertainment hours available to public from movies, television, the internet and video games. Piracy is another concern for publishers, they see how it has nearly crippled the music industry. Publishers also feel that their physical format is being undervalued by mass market channels such as internet retailers, large book retailers and large discount chains. If you have a gripe about an e-book's price point, I highly suggest writing a letter, or email to the publisher, don't rail against a perfectly good e-reading device, threaten to throw said device into the trash, or give poor ratings to a book because of it's price, rate the book on the merits of the story, if it caused a genuine emotional reaction, and how well the author executed his craft.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Instead of all of your complaining about the price, how about writing an actual review of the book? If you haven't read it, then shut up. This is a major release that many die hards have been anticipating for years, and your negative reviews BASED on the price are ridiculous. Now I am going to take my own advice and shut up.
LillyParksONBooks More than 1 year ago
Mr Clancy is a superb writer with insight into conspiracies, military weapons and procedures. He gives us great plots and heroes that we can root for, but this book gave me very little to cheer about. It should have because the book is the size of a "door stopper". One would think that with all the side stories being bounced around in the story there would be a great read. It never happened for me. Very disappointed in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always been a Clancy fan, and there was once a time I rushed to the bookstore for every new release. Recently, I've waited until paperbacks became available at a local used bookstore. But Dead or Alive might bring me back to waiting anxiously for the next release. The "Campus" theme in Dead or Alive is working well, and brings Clancy right up there with my other favorite author - Vince Flynn. You won't be disappointed.
phyrngn More than 1 year ago
It was evident that Clancy hasn't written a book in the Ryan series for several years. Too much time was spent catching everyone up, the plot was too predictable, and the ending anti-climactic. It won't deter me from future Clancy books, I had just expected more. Also, and perhaps this is the difference between the Nookbook and Print, but I found a lot of typos.
Mikki_Reyna More than 1 year ago
Unlike some on this board, I come to read actual reviews of a book before making the decision of whether to buy or not. If enough people give a negative review and give compeling reasons for their opinion, I generally will not waste my money. I have seen approximately 2 helpful reviews on this board. The rest of you (none of whom have actually read the book) should just shut up. No one is forcing you to buy the Nook or the book! And here I am submitting yet another unhelpful review. I plan to buy this book, in electronic format, and I anticipate fully enjoying it. And for those of you who came here expecting to read actual reviews of this book, I offer my humblest apology.
SgtWalt More than 1 year ago
This is a books that starts out slow giving you technical information so that you can understand as the plot progresses. As you read further, you find yourself unable to put it down. It is an excellent book. Very much in Tom Clancy's style
RangerVN More than 1 year ago
Tom Clancy used to spin an engrossing yarn with strong and realistic characters, both protagonists and antagonists... As he has become highly successful and turned into a business enterprise however, his personal politics and ego appear to have come to distort his plot and characters. His villians have become one dimentionally evil, and civilian authority figures one dimentionally stupid and machiavellian, devoid of "grays".... His plotting in Dead or Alive remains interesting, and one can not deny a need for violence in life or the action book business, but where he used to be nuianced and his characters torn (often constrained or even motivated) by ethical dilemma, that quality has diminished to the point where it is unclear how his "good guys" differ from his "bad guys" in other than skin tone and national origin. For both, the ends pretty much justify the means. Rather than cleverness and guile, his heros readily resort to purposeless "termination" and remorseless torture. I miss the "old Clancy", who wove a lot of gray and moral reflection, as well as exciting action, into his works.
Reads-to-live More than 1 year ago
I've love all Clancy's "Jack" books. In fact, I reread them often. After reading this one, I'm amazed the same man wrote them. I was 200 pages into the book and caught myself wondering when it was going to start. Lots of things going on: people dying various ways, miscellaneous things being stolen, lots of hints that something horrible is going to happen. I didn't care! I didn't care about the people, found the stealing boring and didn't need the's a Clancy book. 300 pages into the book I took to skipping long sections just to get to the "Jack" (father and son) parts. 500 pages in and I set my jaw just to get through it. Only sheer stubbornness got me to the end. Next "Jack" book comes from the library. Not going to take a chance on wasting any more money.
ToniB11 More than 1 year ago
so timely, like Clancey sees into the future as he writes...Toni B
Sto-vo-kor More than 1 year ago
This carries on the family business for the Ryan family
TK70 More than 1 year ago
Tom Clancy is back!! Great book!! No he just needs to hurry up and come out with another one!
technoteacher More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, I had a hard time putting it down! I always thought Tom Clancy books were geared for guys. I was wrong, it was a page turner despite the military verbiage.
Jara More than 1 year ago
At first I thought it must be me. Boring story, typos throughout and blatant political views that seem extreme compared to Clancy's previous works. So I checked the other reviews on this site. No it's not just me. This book is terrible. For the first time ever, I am putting this one down and will not attempt to finish it. Very sad. Red Storm Rising was one of the greatest novels I ever read. Sum of All Fears, Without Remorse, Red October were all fantastic page turners. This one comes up well short of Clancy's mediocre books let alone his best. I am about as disappointed as I can be. Don't waste your time. This book is awful.
Kid-Shrink More than 1 year ago
I was really looking foward to Tom Clancy's new novel. I have read everything he has written and have enjoyed them all very much. This one was by far, the worst he's written. He threw in many characters and didn't develop them and then just brought in all of the characters from his other books. It was kind of like seeing your favorite band, 30 years after they had their last hit. I found it really sad more than anything. The plot seemed to take a very long time to get going and when it was all revealed, there wasn't much there!
MMC54 More than 1 year ago
The language in this book is crude. It is not necessary to use this type of language- there are many other literary tools that can depict a tense situtation. If this book were a movie, the language itself would have rated it "R". It's too bad that excellent authors like Mr Clancy believe that this what readers want.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised to read this book from Clancy that is laced with profanity. Many many F words and other unnecessary vulgar language. Very disaapointing from Clancy that he felt he had to increase the vulgarity so much. I do not recommend this book.
Dustin84 More than 1 year ago
A must buy, First page Sucks you in Faster than a Tornado. Suspenseful from the start. Love how It's a pick up timeline wise of the Jack Ryan series. Reading along with audio Makes it that much better, the suspense in the narrators voice, the occasional change in sound level adds to the suspense. Also a great driving down the road audiobook. Love how it really continues the Rainbow six theme for the Jack Ryan series.
Chazyval More than 1 year ago
I woke up this morning at 5:00 and I reached for my iPad. I wanted to finish reading this enjoyable book. I had set Clancy aside for a while and not read much of rainbow six activities. Those stories never pulled me in. When I started reading Dead Or Alive, I was hooked from the first pages. When you read Clancy you expect details and a lot of information. In this instance, that byproduct never gets in the way of a great story. Jack Ryan Sr. Is brought into the story and Jack Jr. Is amplified adequately. Clark and Chavez continue a wonderful Father-in-law and Son-in-law relationship regardless of all the he'll and back scenarios they go through. The Caruso brothers meet a challenge that creates a huge dynamic change within the organization. If you buy this book you will have a great time reading about all of the adventures of the mentioned characters. I would not be surprised if we see this story eventually picked up by a studio. Don't fret about the price, by the first chapter you will feel vindicated in choosing this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. Not up to Clancy standards.