Debt of Honor (Jack Ryan Universe #8)
He has devised a plan to cripple the American greatness, humble the US military, and elevate Japan to a position of dominance on the world stage.
Yamata's motivation lies in his desire to pa...more
One of the best essays ...more
The problem is the plot. The gymnastics that Clancy needs to go through to set up a half-way plausible explanation for a war between the United States and Japan--not to mention a reason why Japan has half a chance aga ...more
I'm guessing that the next book in the series, Executive Orders will pick right up where this book ended. I was gonna read it next but after h ...more
My favorite scene is the ...more
Ryan was a pretty boring character (at least for me, though this is the only Jack Ryan book I've read)and though he always knew what to do, he really had to flaws and was pretty flat. It seemed like Clancy just wanted to show off his favorite char ...more
I'll cut straight to it: a lot of the events leading up to the war are, to say the least, highly unlikely, and without a doubt written with American patriotism as the dri ...more
Uniquely, as I was enjoying the whole thing, I thought to myself that one would be hard pressed to enjoy it as much without the entire backstory of all the collective other Jack Ryan books, up to that point.
So, in light of all the others, this one stands on the mountaintop as a shining crown!
I first read The Hunt for Red October in my early twenties, and I was pretty blown away by it. It was a main course of cold war intrigue with a very slight hint of John le Carré, a generous helping of Michael Crichton's flair for the technothriller, plus Frederick Forsyth's penchant for gritty realism, tied to a little boy's fascination for guns and militaria. In the succeeding eight months, I devoured three more Clancy books and couldn't wait fo ...more
I've become a Clancy fan, and Debt of Honor--in its totality--may be one of the best novels ever written. I will quickly caveat that statement by saying that Clancy is one of the most prolific writers in history, as I had to ready 500 pages to get to the point where the book got really exciting. Then it was spellbinding. Now I sometimes think I'm a long writer, but my cursory review says this book is 390,000 words, or about five times the length of most commercia ...more
A retired Coast Guardsman contacts the pentagon and confirms that J ...more
I'm also glad that the book focuses much more on Jack Ryan John Clark than on other nameless characters. Yeah, you do have the generic naval scenes, but they are actually part of the plot, and the chapters focusing on life in occupied Saipan are thrilling. Seeing scenes of militar ...more
He since wrote more than a dozen novels, which have a blend of realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. Ten of the novels, including The Teeth of ...more