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Debt of Honor (Jack Ryan Universe #8)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  35,239 Ratings  ·  410 Reviews
Razio Yamata is one of Japan's most influential industrialists, and part of a relatively small group of authority who wield tremendous authority in the Pacific Rim's economic powerhouse.

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

Paperback, 990 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Berkley (first published August 17th 1994)
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Sep 11, 2010 Stephen rated it it was amazing
5.5 to 6.0 stars. This is my favorite Tom Clancy book. I don't want to give away any spoilers but the scope of the plot and the multi-pronged attack on the U.S. was amazing. Add to that the superb way in which the good guys fight back and an "over the top" ending and you have a memorable piece of fiction by one of the masters of the genre.
Thomas Strömquist
The last of the Clancy/Ryan books I liked and I'm very happy I put that 4-star rating for it there way before writing this review. Because trying to remember it now, it kind of blends, not surprisingly, with Executive Orders - the first one I really disliked. My gut tells me 4 stars is probably way generous, but I'll stand by them I guess. I will, however, say that if you ask me, this is as far as you should venture...
Paul Cude
Aug 22, 2013 Paul Cude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The very first Tom Clancy book I ever bought, and by mistake as well. (Through a book club in case you were wondering. I was too lazy to send it back) After reading this, I had to go back and get all of his previous books. Having reread this recently, I marvelled at the complexity of everything going on, and how wonderfully well it all comes together at the end. It's hard to fathom how the author can write in some much detail, with so much knowledge, combining it all in an intricate plot. Great ...more
Nick Black
A more enjoyable outing than The Sum of All Fears or the lamentable Without Remorse; Clancy managed here to get it up one last time following the CCCP's dissolution, and I've got to admit that one of my first thoughts on 2001-09-11 was "holy gawd some Montana nutcase has brought his Debt of Honor recreation society to a horrible climax". Everything fell apart in the followup effort Executive Orders, which was to close the door on my teenage fascination with Old Man Clancy.

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Mike Edwards
Nov 23, 2011 Mike Edwards rated it did not like it
Shelves: pop-fiction
Perhaps 1 star is a bit harsh; maybe I should give it 1.5 instead. Clancy remains a skilled writer, in terms of dialogue, character development, and the build-up of suspense. If you've gotten this far in the Jack Ryan series, Debt of Honor will be an easy and enjoyable read for you.

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
Jul 25, 2015 Corey rated it really liked it
Another solid Clancy novel! A lot of parts in the book seemed to drag because Clancy would get into long and lengthy descriptions but the plot really held my interest. What I didn't see coming was the ending, I won't say what happens for those of you who like Tom Clancy and haven't read Debt of Honor yet, but I'll just say this, you'll never see it coming!

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
Mar 10, 2012 Curtiss rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, in which Jack and the NSA 'discover' that Japan's business interests have coerced their government into launching a modern-day sneak attack on the US and get away with it almost without the US even being aware of it. Together with the usual supporting cast from the previous novels, Jack is able to restore the status-quo-ante by the end of the book, that is up to the surprise finish which leaves Jack 'in charge.'

My favorite scene is the
Oct 29, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book - but for how long it is, not a whole lot really happened. When I was done, I though "It really took 990 pages to tell that story"? There was a lot of really intricate military information that was not as interesting to me, but showed that Clancy put a lot of thought into that sort of thing - at times it felt like he had been working on this great idea for a military engagement, and somehow he was going to fit it into a novel somewhere. These parts greatly contrasted with the ...more
Jan 21, 2010 Wesley added it
Debt of Honor, among other things, is the story of Jack Ryan and his role in a conflict between the Japan and the United States that eventually leads to war between the two countries. Personally, I found this book to be very boring because of the fact that it was overly long. Throughout the book, I saw multiple parts where the author, Tom Clancy could have just ended the book, but he kept going on and on. Eventually, I just found that he dragged out the events to the point where I was, instead o ...more
May 09, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it
Debt of Honor is basically about what happens when the Americans mess with the Japanese. Our main character, Jack Ryan, has been called in as the National Security Advisor and must deal with all the problems that take place over the course of the book.

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
Feb 08, 2016 Sindre rated it really liked it
The first of a mini trilogy within the Ryanverse, this book sets of a chain of events that culminate in the end of "The Bear and the Dragon". Poorer than its sequel "Executive Orders" but better than "The Bear and the Dragon", it details a war between Japan and the United States, triggered by a revengefull political mastermind.

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
Aug 15, 2011 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was by far my most favorite of the Jack Ryan series!

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!
Harv Griffin
Oct 17, 2014 Harv Griffin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, own
With Clancy, I usually have to skip through the boring parts, but the interesting stuff more than makes up for it. At the end of this novel, (view spoiler) becomes President of the United States.
Jan 13, 2017 itchy rated it really liked it
Shelves: ys
p406: a few people, none closer than half a block away, would remember the vehicle, a small white delivery truck that had been big enough to contain half a ton of amfo, an explosive mixture composed of nitrogen-based fertilizer and diesel fuel.
Stewart Sternberg
Mar 11, 2016 Stewart Sternberg rated it it was ok
Too many characters, too much tech, too convoluted, too contrived. This isn't his best book. A failed epic.
Jul 10, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it
Highly usual for this author! Glad to say this segment of the Jack Ryan series holds up. Although it has a cliffhanger ending, it does not disappoint.
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Jul 25, 2013 Ron rated it did not like it
900 pages of waffle, very disappointing.
David Chabot
Nov 16, 2016 David Chabot rated it it was amazing
Wow. From a slow and almost boring start, Clancy builds up to an epic ending that got me truly moved and pumped up. The book reads like an action movie is watched, from about two thirds of it until the very exceptional ending. I love Clancy's book but this one is the best of the first 8 by far.
Dec 02, 2016 Mojoey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
America saves Russia... almost a good story.
Jan 05, 2017 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Absolutely great! If you love Clancy, you'll love this one too.
Jan 17, 2017 Randall rated it really liked it
I didn't see that ending coming.
This is where I got off the Jack Ryan thrill ride.

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
Sep 14, 2014 Will rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tom Clancy fans

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
Oct 06, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it
While this book is not about Jack Ryan, it serves as an interesting, long prelude to Executive Orders, while being a good story in its own right.
Nov 16, 2013 Alec rated it it was amazing
Tom Clancy’s purpose for writing Debt of Honor is purely for thrilling entertainment. As always, his novels are bursting with detail and overflowing with suspense. In the book, many different institutions are introduced and explained. At several points in the novel, multiple pages are used to describe how the stock market works, how different people interact, and how Japanese bathhouses stay in business. This novel warns against the comfort of security via superiority. America became so powerfu ...more
Mar 25, 2015 Samyann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a long time since I’ve been engrossed in a Tom Clancy novel, and it is sad that I will no longer be so privileged. My first exposure, as I believe would common to many readers, was The Hunt for Red October. These few words address Executive Orders and Debt of Honor. Read by Michael Prichard and John MacDonald, respectively, these books total approximately 87 hours of listening. I would suggest reading Debt of Honor first, as it is a tale that ends with information critical to the beg ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Jerome rated it liked it
I've heard it said that this book is too long. I don't see how it could be shortened without chopping out the political arc of the story. That would leave us with two powerful nations butting heads, and no real idea of how the conflict came about. Some writers might be content with that. Tom Clancy is not. He knows that you cannot begin to understand any event or action until you understand the forces responsible for its creation. How do nations plunge, leap, stumble, or blunder into war? Mr. Cl ...more
After what appears to be a pair of "accidents" during U.S. Naval manuevers, results in the crippling of one of America's front-line aircraft carriers and the loss of one of her SSN attack submarines, is followed by the melt-down of Wall Street's Stock Exchanges, Jack Ryan concludes that what has actually occurred is that Japan has launched another surprise attack against the U.S. to recover the Mariana Islands of Guam and Saipan.

A retired Coast Guardsman contacts the pentagon and confirms that J
Feb 29, 2016 Adam rated it really liked it
This is a great entry for the post-Cold War Ryanverse series. Tom Clancy really captured the fact that just because the Soviets are out of power does not mean there are other countries that do not want to strike the US.

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
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Tom Clancy was an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College. As a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history, his dream of writing a novel came true with his first effort, The Hunt for Red October (1984).

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
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