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The Teeth of the Tiger (Jack Ryan Universe #12)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,018 Ratings  ·  449 Reviews
In the Brave New World of terrorism--where anybody with a spare AK-47, a knowledge of kitchen chemistry, or simply the will to die can become a player--the old rules no longer apply. No matter what new governmental organizations come into being, the only truly effective ones are those that are quick and agile, free of oversight and restrictions ... and outside the system. ...more
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published August 11th 2003 by Putnam Adult
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Tom Tabasco
Apr 11, 2016 Tom Tabasco rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
WHOA this is a HORRIBLE book!!!! Bad, bad, bad, bad book. Even for one like me, who generally enjoys this type of thriller. After a promising couple of chapters, suspiciously written not only better than the rest of the book, but also at a much faster pace, this thing slows down almost to a halt.

Without any doubt, Clancy sketched out the overall plot and delegated the whole chore to a ghost-writer. You can see that also from the way some comments and observations are repeated in different chapt
Jan 17, 2014 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Paul S
Sep 21, 2011 Paul S rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a long time reader of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series, I avoided reading Teeth of the Tiger for several years because I knew it wouldn’t live up to the original series. Unfortunately, my fears turned out to be totally justified.

The original Ryan novels, all of which I gave at least four stars here on goodreads, were some of the most complex and suspenseful books I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. In short, they were the gold standard of the international thriller genre—imitated by many, surpas
Mar 30, 2011 Andreas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh how the mighty have fallen! Some of my favorite novels are The Hunt for Red October and Executive Orders., products of a true master. By the time he wrote this novel, though, Mr. Clancy seemed to have lost it his touch. Red Rabbit was at best passable and The Teeth of the Tiger continued the decline. Full of platitudes (“if possible, the service in Vienna was even better than in Munich”) and repetitions, it makes one believe the rumors that he does not write anymore, and the novels are group ...more
Oct 10, 2010 Tucker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 04, 2014 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately I had to give up on this book, simply because the pace was too slow. After a promising start, nothing else happened after 200 pages and I simply didn't want to waste my life carrying on. I'm disappointed this book wasn't ripped apart by the editors as there's no excuse to fill 200 pages with needless waffle, boring dialogue and slow,slow pace.
Chad Sayban
May 22, 2015 Chad Sayban rated it liked it
Shelves: good, own, home-library
Tom Clancy created a tough act to follow with his Jack Ryan series. The end of the cold war and 9/11 reshuffled the deck of threats to the United States and The Teeth of the Tiger attempted to do the same for Clancy. As spy thrillers go, The Teeth of the Tiger is good. It actually has better pacing and less techno-drag than his late Jack Ryan novels did, coming in at a nearly anorexic 431 pages. The problem is that good is never good enough for Clancy fans and Jack Ryan can never be duplicated. ...more
Jon Adair
Jun 08, 2008 Jon Adair rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that it took me months to finish a Clancy book already says it all. I usually read them pretty much straight through in a couple days.

The trio of Jack Ryan Junior and his indistinguishable cousins, Aldo and Enzo or Brian and something were never very sympathetic characters. Page after page was devoted to them but in the end you couldn't fill an index card with insights into their personality and motivations.

The plot drags and the stakes are so low it's like trying to go back to playing
Tom Clancy is one of the best conspiracy and political writers in my opinion. His books are famous for being well-researched and realistic. Many of his creations have also been turned into best-selling games.

I do not think this was one of his better books as it read like a mediocre conspiracy novel. It didn’t have the same researched and authentic feel as the other books but was just as dense.
This is the last Jack Ryan book even though this book is about Jack Jr. And maybe it was just me but i
Jul 22, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fine Clancy, 400-pg. thriller: revenge on Muslim terrorists...

If you've suffered through some of Clancy's 1000+-page thrillers as we have, we think you'll appreciate his latest. Having just about played his Jack Ryan character for all it was worth, we now get the author's first to feature Jack junior, who appears to be taking up right where his father left off when Dad was also in the "spook" business. Adding to the interest are two Ryan cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso: -- ex-officio Marine a
Patrick Brungardt
Apr 09, 2013 Patrick Brungardt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"The Teeth Of The Tiger" is proof that authors can (and often do) run out of steam and need to take breaks from an idea thread. The background plot / organization is thin and a bit convoluted. We have, somehow, leaped in time to where Jack Ryan Jr. is an adult and has graduated college. We're also introduced to two heretofore unknown cousins, Mike and Dominic. Though their last name is different, I couldn't help but notice those are the also the names of recurring naval officer Bart Mancuso's so ...more
Mar 27, 2009 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I used to love Tom Clancy. So either his writing has gotten worse, or my standards have changed.

This book is bad in several respects. It has virtually zero editing. There are passages that are literally verbatum, often used as similies or metaphors, used in different parts of the book. It's fairly distracting.

The premise is ok, and in typical Clancy style, offers some insight into the thought processes of people in important, powerful and dark places.

The story itself is pretty bad. Mostly predi
Sep 05, 2008 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
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Dec 07, 2012 Art rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This unnecessary ode to boredom is set in Clancy's once visceral world of Jack Ryan. The elder Ryan is very much a shadow hanging over this, as his son is one of 3 main characters. We find Jack Jr. all grown up and working for a intelligence consulting firm secretly set up by his father years ago. Jack's job is ostensibly similar to the job his father first had at CIA, as an intelligence analyst. The book also follows the story of two brothers, one an FBI agent, the other a Marine, both recruite ...more
Jan 16, 2010 Brett rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How many times can I claim that some book is the worst book I ever read before I'm pegged as always crying wolf? Well, this one is a contender. You will be dumber for having read it.

Clancy has never been a talented writer, but his earlier books at least had imaginative or entertaining plots. His last few efforts have been catastrophes, and this one is the worst of the worst. See if you can stomach this: two twin brothers, nicknamed Aldo and Enzo, are assassins working for a quasi-governmental or
Nov 28, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I continue to enjoy Tom Clancy books. This one wasn't particularly fast paced, but it was informative and interesting. The way it was written the story moved along, but for all the "adventure" it wasn't written in a very exciting manner. The characters were true to life, and this was the introduction of Jack Ryan Jr.. Clancy continues to give us an inside look of the clandestine services (CIA, NSA, etc.), and to some extent our federal government. In this book he also gives us an idea of how som ...more
Eric Wright
Eighty pages into this Clancy book, I decided to dump it. Clancy has an amazing grasp of US government, its agencies, its approach to terrorism and he is very inventive about plot. In this case he deals with the recruitment of 3 new additions to a hush-hush, off the books agency tasked with combating terrorism without any supervision. To this he adds an Arab terrorist forming an alliance with Columbia drug lords. Scary.

However, he goes on page after page describing the three characters, the vari
Seth Benzell
Apr 08, 2014 Seth Benzell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A mediocre attempt to capture the (admittedly jingoistic) magic of his previous novels. Pathetic, disproportionate, ridiculous, uninterested in consequences, and - the greatest sin - forgettable. I used to like Clancy novels as a kid, but this may be the last one I ever read. There's one cool observation in the novel: FBI agents shoot enemies once, because an economy of force should always be used; Soldiers shoot twice because, to paraphrase, "anything worth shooting once is worth shooting two t ...more
M Tse
Nov 17, 2015 M Tse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nov 17, 2015 Tom Clancy’s The Teeth of the Tiger Review Michael Tse


Tom Clancy the Teeth of the Tiger is a spy thriller that is set in the US post-911. It follows Jack Ryan, and the Caruso brothers as they are recruited into the Campus. Which is a top secret intelligence agency that hunts down terrorist. Dominic was an FBI agent and Brian was a U.S. Marine. At the beginning we get to see a little bit about their background before they joined the Campus. The main plot kicks off when an I
Aug 20, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#1 in The Campus series.

The Campus - featuring not Ryan but Ryan's son, also known as Jack, as well as two of young Jack's cousins, fraternal twins Dominic and Brian Caruso, the former an FBI agent, the latter a Marine. All three are recruited to a privately funded vigilante organization, Hendley Associates, that aims to strike at America's enemies-particularly, terrorists-when the Feds can't or won't. The narrative divides into two parts. The first concerns the training of the three, with young
Doc Johnny
Nov 10, 2014 Doc Johnny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mr Clancy is an excellent author as he has amply demonstrated with his past efforts. This novel reads as a self-indulgent revenge fantasy rather than a serious effort. The idea of a black ops assassination squad with no oversight as the heroes is abhorrent and un-American. The offscreen assassination of a major character from past novels is distasteful. The political resurrection of the "evil Clinton clone" is just plain silly. While Mr Clancy does inject some of his usual dose of detail and aut ...more
Aug 05, 2014 Will rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Tom Clancy fans

As noted in nearly all previous reviews I've made of Tom Clancy novels, I'm a huge fan of his brilliance in developing storylines and researching his technical subjects, but in all honesty I think Tom had to take one for the team just to explain Jack Ryan Jr's hiring by Hendley Associates and his suppressed development with The Campus. We also got to meet the Operations new hires, Dom and Brian Caruso, so The Teeth of the Tiger was almost a baseline development n
When a group of terrorists carry out a brutal terrorist attacks on mainstreet America, three rookie operatives of a secret organization established off the books by former President Jack Ryan are set on the trail of the men who organized the attack. While two of them, the Caruso brothers, are trained killers (an FBI agent and a marine), the other, Jack Ryan Jr, is nothing but an analyst. As the scope of the conspiracy becomes clear, however, all three men realize that nothing they have been thro ...more
Janet Mahlum
I will only give it 2 stars, though it is a pretty good espionage read but Clancy drives me crazy. I swore off his Jack Ryan books because I couldn't take it any more: "Jack walked to the corner. Ryan waited for the walk light and crossed the street. Jack walked over to his parked car. Ryan opened the door and got in. Jack put the key in the ignition." What are we dealing with here? Siamese twins. A friend gave me books 2 and 3 of a "new" series, so I decided to check out Book 1 from the library ...more
Dee Haddrill
I really hate to talk badly about a book, especially a Tom Clancy book. I mean, this is the father of thriller writers, right??? I don't know what happened with this one but it quite honestly one of the slowest books I've ever read. I only read it as it's the first in a series that Mark Greaney starts co-authoring by about book 4 (I think). I'm always very particular about reading books in order, but in this case, I'm going to skip ahead to where he takes over.
David Ball
Jan 25, 2014 David Ball rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lacks both subtlety and excitement. Predictable revenge tale from page 1.
Feb 07, 2014 Asu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of spy thrillers, fans of Clancy
Recommended to Asu by: my intuition
Not gonna lie, this is my all time favorite book. So there's a high risk this review will contain lots of fangirling. You were warned. Now read on...

I stumbled across this book in a book store back in 2004 when I was looking for a birthday present for my mom. I didn't know about Clancy or the Jack Ryan series at the time. The premise of this book sounded interesting so I bought it. Turns out, my mom isn't into spy thrillers so I gave it a try. And I fell in love. With everything.

The funny thing
Jan 19, 2016 Phantom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you’re working through the “Jack Ryan universe” in reading order, you’re coming off of The Bear and the Dragon. So, on that note, the first thing that jumps out at you about The Teeth of the Tiger is… LESS PAGES, THANK GOODNESS! However, it turns out that a lower page count doesn’t solve the problem of seemingly unnecessary “filler.”

This book marks the introduction of The Campus (and the “Jack Ryan Jr. novels”) into the Tom Clancy lore. I quickly came to miss many of the characters Clancy ha
Jun 17, 2011 William rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Say hello to the decline of Tom Clancy, as this book isn't anything like some of the bigger epic scale books of the past. Aside from his techno-obsessions, that is. Clancy disregards his own continuity and all sense in continuing on the Ryan family story with Generation Two, and a pair of cousins newly retconned into the family tree. Stick with the earlier books.
Josh Glover
This book is the reason that I stopped keeping up with Tom Clancy's new books 7 years ago, and a second reading did not improve my opinion.

The story is interesting, but the utter glee with which Clancy describes the Campus (an off-the-grid private intelligence firm set up by President Tom Clancy--oops, I mean Jack Ryan--as he left office) and its merry rampage through European capitols with a poison pen, assassinating terrorists, verged on pornographic.

On re-reading Clancy's books, I came to the
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Jack Ryan Universe (1 - 10 of 22 books)
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  • Patriot Games (Jack Ryan Universe, #2)
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