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Command Authority (Jack Ryan #9)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  7,092 ratings  ·  676 reviews
Decades ago, when he was a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan, Sr. was sent on what was supposed to be a simple support mission to investigate the death of an operative who had been looking into suspicious banking activities at a Swiss bank. Ryan's dogged tenacity uncovered not only financial deceit, but also the existence of a KGB assassin, code-named Zenith. He was n ...more
Hardcover, 740 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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John Johnson I have never been a Clancy fan. I started reading Hunt For Red October once, but never finished it. I read this one at the urging of my mother,…moreI have never been a Clancy fan. I started reading Hunt For Red October once, but never finished it. I read this one at the urging of my mother, because of its similarities to the actual facts of today. All I really needed to know was that Jack Ryan has been the main character in most of the Clancy books and now he is the President of the United States. His son, Jack Ryan Jr. has taken the lead role.

From there, I had all I needed to enjoy this book.(less)
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About two years ago I re-read all of Clancy's work after many years of liking it. After the re-reading a felt a little let down by his writing style as it felt very juvenile. It left me with the same feeling of re-watching an 80s movie I really liked back in the day and realising it was very cheesey.

But hats off to the late Clancy & Mark Greaney this book has a great storyline and is well told. Excellent work.
What is it about spy stories that captures our fancy? From all indications, the reality of spyhood is one of boring inactivity, anonymity and numbing loneliness. And yet, writers keep writing about them, and readers devour these books.

For sure, there's a certain degree of spy romanticization, and in Command Authority such is liberally lathered. Thirty years before he became US president, Jack Ryan, as a CIA analyst and liaison with the British MI6, was on the trail of a Soviet assassin codenamed
Nathan Mackay
it is a little sad to Know that the man who created Jack Ryan, John Kelly/Clark and some of the best stories i have read is dead, but i must say the book was written just well enough to say good bye and maybe lead to some more for Junior through Mark Greenburg !! lets hope so
Khamneithang Vaiphei

Jack Ryan, a former CIA agent, is now into his second term as the president of United States. His son, Jack Ryan Jr. is in England working as a financial analyst. When Russia seized the oil company of a Scottish billionaire on account of non-payment of taxes, Jack Jr. knew that something fishy was going on. Though advised not to pursue the matter, Jack Jr. decides to investigate and get to the bottom of it.

During a luncheon with President Ryan, a
Mike French
Thank you Tom Clancy for all the enjoyable hours of reading your work since 1984! The last one is among the best ones.It doesn't get better than Command Authority
This is in my view the best Tom Clancy book of the last 10 years ( although to be honest I suspect Mark Greaney has a lot to say with that as the Clancy books have started to get better since he became involved).
The reason this book is so much better is that for once it is rooted in every day fact and in this case the events of the last decade in Russia and in Ukraine.
The duo of authors paint a scenario that is believable and the story benefits highly from it. ( going back to the old East-West o
Nick Brett
Oh dear, lots of reviews lamenting the loss of Tom Clancy and this, his 'last ever book'. I doubt he had much to do with this at all and stopped writing his books years ago. So the series will continue with his name on it and will be written by other authors as they have been for years.

Although not as good as the last novel he wrote under the Clancy banner, this isn't bad and it is certainly topical. An aggressive Russian leader (Putin in everything but name) is after expansion into it's old Sta
As this was the last book written by Tom Clancy, I started it with trepidation. I have been enjoying these books for a couple of decades and the thought that I was about to read the last book was depressing. I took my time reading it, until the familiar characters and fabulous story line sucked me in and propelled me through this wonderful chapter in the Jack Ryan series. Once again, this master storyteller wove a tale of several different and divergent thought threads that he slowly and expertl ...more
Great book. Somewhat prescient, though it has the U.S. figuring out what is going on and ending it. Much faster.
Another great book for understanding the importance of information in our world today and what one can do with it.
From a real politic point of view, the book demonstrates the importance of strength and technical advancement in intelligence capabilities, military systems, and the willingness to quietly and judiciously use these capabilities. It also points out that our nation has, and
J.T. Patten
Greaney Commands Authority on Storytelling

I loved every minute of Greaney's Campus Novel as a fan of the past characters and a lover of reading. The point I make of "reading" is that this is a story teller's book. One can tell that the author did extensive research across global military and intelligence entities, organized crime, geographic setting, business intelligence and banking, and combatives. Any one of these topics would be a handful, but Greaney executes like an artisan crafting these
This was the best of The Campus novel books. The story revolves around an off-shoot of the former KGB taking coming to power in Russia. Jack Jr. is in London working for a business intelligence firm while the rest of the Campus operators are training back in the US while trying to find a new operating space after the last novel. Quickly Jack Jr. uncovers some shady business dealings that tie directly to the Soviet government, which eventually leads him to uncovering information that leads to a s ...more
President Jack Ryan & Son vs a Putin-like Russian President in this slow paced, overly detailed thriller. I've always maintained that the late Tom Clancy was badly in need a page slashing editor to trim his otherwise excellent books into more readable prose. Unfortunately, this book is no exception to the existing template even with Mark Geary's assistance.
Poslední ryanovka před Clancyho smrtí. Tentokrát o Ukrajině a Putinovi, ktrý se tu jmenuje Valerij Volodin. Kromě aktuálního vojensko-politického dění obsahuje i prostřihy do 80. let, kdy Ryan pátrá po tajemném kágébáckém vrahovi, který stojí za divnými událostmi kolem jedné švýcarské banky - oboje spolu pochopitelně souvisí. Vzhledem k tomu, že to vyšlo v roce 2013, je samozřejmě docela zajímavé srovnávat, jak se to vyvinulo a nevyvinulo:

Co Clancy trefil:
- invazi formou zabrání Krymu a postupu
I have always enjoyed the complexity of the plot and the military technological details of Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” novels. “Command Authority” is no exception. It’s too bad that Clancy died. But this is a nice way to end the Jack Ryan series.

The story is right out of today’s headlines. It “explains” – or at least presents a plausible view – of what could be happening (or is happening!) in the Russian government right now. Yikes! A primary character, Valeri Voldin, sure sounds like Vladimir Put
Na (asi) poslední díl Ryanverse jsem se docela těšil, a i když není úplně špatný, už to nějak není ono. Sice je to dobře řemeslně zpracované, je v tom pár slušných překvapení a hezky to odráží i některé nedávné události, ale bohužel to také dost násilně staví na zvratu ve směřování Ruska zpět k obnově SSSR a k iracionálnímu nepřátelství vůči Západu, což do vývoje Ryanverse moc nezapadá.

Chápu, že Clancy potřeboval velkého nepřítele, kterého by mohl opět porazit, ale příběh (view spoiler)
Tanner Muro
Command Authority, written by Tom Clancy was another successful Clancy story. The book opens with a prologue that I had completely forgotten about until after finishing the book. Upon starting to reread the prologue, I remembered my initial state of confusion when I had first read it but then looking back everything made sense and I realized what the point of the prologue and why it was put into the text. In the first few chapters, I had thought that it was going to be a rather linear story abou ...more
This book finds Jack Ryan Sr. beginning a second term as the President of the United States, while his son, Jack Jr., has left espionage for a "safer" job in finance in England. AS Jack Jr. is investigating a case for a client, things get a little dicey as he goes much further into the issue than the "bad guys" are comfortable with.

Meanwhile, Jack Sr. is dealing with a very unfriendly Russia, and trying to protect people from the damage of a dangerous leader. All throughout the book, there are
Monique Snyman
Command Authority is the ninth installment of the Jack Ryan series, and it was kind of sad to read it, knowing that Tom Clancy isn't with us anymore. Nevertheless, I'm sure that Jack Ryan's adventures aren't completely over and Clancy's legacy will live on in fans' hearts for a long time (and fan-fiction will probably start popping up on the internet after a while), so that's something to hold onto, right? I'm also hoping that there are a few unfinished manuscripts that are hidden in a safe some ...more
T.L. Williams
Feb 02, 2014 T.L. Williams rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tom Clancy Fans
I felt a sense of constant nostalgia as I read this book, Clancy's last (RIP Tom). I enjoyed the chronological device that Clancy used, going back in time to chronicle the young Jack Ryan's relationships with MI-6, MI-5 and the various and sundry Russians bent on destroying the West. I think he showed a little too much leg early on when Jack Ryan Junior was called off of his economic forensics work because of relationships that his boss had with the Russians. I have to admit though that I didn't ...more
Gripping plot a very intense book. Clancy writes with a mastery of technical skill. I would read about how to fly military weaponry carry and shoot with varied weapons, spy techniques and interrogations, Military tactics I would never be exposed to. Also it it wrote with flashbacks and I still tore it up!
It took me out of the daily grind. I have to admit It was a challenging read, this is way off the worn path style of book for me. It took about 100 pages to really get me engaged and the story
Dheeraj Bharti
Amazingly and eerily prophetic about the turn of events in Crimea and Ukraine, I happened to be reading the book at about the same time Crimea joined the Russian federation and the other seperatist movements began in Eastern Ukraine.

Tom Clancy keeps you on the edge with this exciting thriller!
The late Tom Clancy's books continue to be longer than necessary. It's too bad Mr. Clancy was unable to find a good editor to delete numerous unnecessary words. The ongoing 30 year time jump flash is more annoying than contributing, even at the end. 4 of 10 stars
This is the first "Tom Clancy" book that I've ever stopped reading partway through, with no intention of going back to the series. To put that in perspective, I pulled Patriot Games and Red October off of my grandfather's bookshelf 17 years ago. First off, I was starting to lose steam with the series until Threat Vector - which introduced the ideas of cyberwarfare in the Clancy universe, which I personally loved. TV had an intricate plot, with plenty of twists and new ideas to keep me going. I t ...more
Present Day Crimea: Russians invade on a pretext, saying the area is unstable and they must protect Russian nationals in the Ukraine. Russian President, with ties to the KGB and a nostalgia for the good old days of the former Soviet Union, refuses to negotiate or withdraw and seems bent on taking back territory lost after the fall of the Soviet Union.

This is the situation facing Jack Ryan Sr. who is in his second term as President of the United States in Command Authority. With Clancy and Greane
I had stopped reading Clancy books after "Locked On" (2012 release) because they had gotten overstuffed, even for Clancy, poorly edited--they needed someone to really work them over and it just hadn't been happening--and reactionary, conservative social politics were intruding.

However, I decided to pick this up, since it's Clancy's last book and I was pleasantly surprised. It read more like older Clancy than the more recent titles. If Mark Greaney continues the Jack Ryan books, I'll probably rea
Mike Cook
As I read this book, I felt the undercurrents of impending funerals. No matter how the story turned out, everyone was going to die. Their creator died, so there will be no more adventures with the characters that I've been following for decades. Before Tom Clancy came along, I never read fiction. I was a biography, history and science buff. One day, my wife brought me "Hunt for Red October" and said she thought I'd enjoy it. I grumbled, but started reading it. I was hooked. I now have at least a ...more
Nancy Brisson
I have just finished Tom Clancy’s last book, Command Authority which, I believe, was finished by someone else after his untimely death last October 1, 2013. However Amazon just says that it was co-written with an author he has worked with before, Mark Greaney, and that is also noted on the book cover. Tom Clancy is an author that I will really miss. He had an uncanny ability (or was it insider knowledge) to write books that were so current that they seemed almost prophetic and this book is no ex ...more
Scott Welch
A compelling read. Command Authority is the 14th novel comprising the Jack Ryan Sr/Jack Ryan Jr franchise catalog, which began with The Hunt for Red October, published in 1984, and I have followed the series since that time. For me, Command Authority was a compelling read.

The story first takes us back 30 years, to a meeting between a GRU Special Forces Captain and a special member of the KGB. The purpose of this meeting is not fully revealed until much later as events unfold, piece by piece. Pre
Matt Holsen
Jun 21, 2014 Matt Holsen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Clancy fans
I ordered my copy of this book the day that Tom Clancy died. Growing up, my summer vacations did not begin until I had a copy of a Tom Clancy book in my hand. It was my version of a summer blockbuster. As time passed and the Tom Clancy universe expanded, I became more familiar with his plots & characters through the video games and movies that they spawned. I slowly fell away from reading his books. I never considered them to be literary works of art, but they were just the right mix of char ...more
Considering this is Clancy's "last" book, since he died in October 2013; I would say that the book is almost "prophetic". He addressed Russian's battles with Crimea and the Ukrainians. That aside, I found the plot to be a book that went back in time, to bring a new understanding of some of the acts Jack Ryan did, working for the CIA, as well as to bring in his son--who, is much like his Father. Don't tell him he cannot do something.

What I do not like about Clancy, is his verbosity. I do not nee
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