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Debt of Honor (Jack Ryan Universe #8)

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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.
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Seth Benzell
May 17, 2014 Seth Benzell rated it liked it
Tom Clancy's novels decline pretty quickly in quality beyond The Hunt For Red October. The good guys become too invulnerable, the villains too mustache twirling, the thrills less thrilling.

This is the last good one. Rather than be confronted with a problem that can be solved through direct military action, the US must deal with asymmetric attacks on its economy, navy, and some allied islands. No essential US interest is at stake from the overt attacks, and the enemy claims to have a nuclear det
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!
Danny M
Jan 12, 2015 Danny M rated it it was amazing
Tom Clancy is an American author known around the world for his fast paced action books, usually about the military and spy theme. All his books have a similar story and I feel it is better to do the same review for all the novels, as stated very well by another reviewer, they are pretty much the same. Very long, very detailed, and after a while, very repetitive. If you stop after just a few of his books you'd probably give them 4 or 5 stars, but beyond that they start to tell the same story. Th ...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
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
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.
May 31, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#7 in the Jack Ryan universe - in publication order.

Jack Ryan series - Jack Ryan, now the President's National Security Adviser, finds himself embroiled in the buildup to a new world war - one in which the stock market and national economic policy are as critical as advanced weaponry. A power-hungry Japanese financier, still blaming America for his parents' deaths in WWII, plans to use his immense wealth to purchase his revenge. A fatal auto accident in the U.S., caused by faulty gas tanks in tw
Jim C
Mar 31, 2016 Jim C rated it really liked it
This novel is part of the Jack Ryan series and can be read as a stand alone novel. In this one, a car accident on a U.S. highway leads to an international conflict with Japan that could cripple the United States. Jack and other political figures race in trying to prevent a nuclear war.

If you have read Tom Clancy books before you have an idea what to expect. One expects a lengthy novel with technical jargon and action scenes. This book follows that formula. I loved how the author uses a random ca
Mar 07, 2014 Dan rated it it was amazing
I've been making my way through the Jack Ryan universe since college reading one book every couple years. I hadn't read one in a long time so I was due. These books are bricks so it took me a while to get through this one.

This book is definitely a slow burn, but instead of the simmering coals of other slow burn books I've read, this is more of a candle, it is interesting the whole way through and never did I look ahead dreading how much I still had left. Clancy is great at weaving technical det
I think my husband read this one and not me. It was borrowed from the Springfield library. Descript 30 sound discs (72 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Subject Ryan, Jack, Sr. (Fictitious character)
Intelligence service -- United States -- Fiction.
Spy stories.
Genre Audiobooks.
Subject Audiobooks -- Compact discs.
Performer Read by John MacDonald.
Note Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Summary A Japanese financier seeks revenge on the United States for the death of his parents during World War II, devising a sc
Jan 07, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 7th instalment in the Jack Ryan series is as great as the rest. No doubt if you have read this far into the series, you are as hooked as I am and don't need a review to convince you to read it.

Tom Clancy goes to a great deal of detail in his books, you not only discover lots of details about the main characters, but also learn about the secondary characters and even those that only appear for a few pages. It is his skill as a writer that pulls me in, makes me unable to put the book down and
Feb 24, 2015 Dave rated it really liked it
This is another book in the Jack Ryan universe by Tom Clancy, and this would be the second book chronologically since the timeline of Jack Ryan differs from that of the real world. This is good because it makes Jack's world more interesting and because we don't really want to live in the same interesting times as Jack (though we have seen some significant turmoil in our lives and who knows maybe this would be a good debate on its own). The basic premise is that the U.S. military has been scaled ...more
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Jul 25, 2013 Ron rated it did not like it
900 pages of waffle, very disappointing.
John Bentley
The book is a boy's own fantasy of revenge of a single Japanese citizen against US world hegemony. The US predictably wins the day but the final act is a warning as was 9/11 that power has its pitfalls.
The detail of weaponry and military equipment is overmuch for those who are not macho at heart but the insight into how the political/military interconnection works in wartime makes interesting reading even if Jack Ryan is a bit far fetched ultimately. A long read requiring a lot of attention that
Victoria Moore
May 14, 2014 Victoria Moore rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read espionage novels but once I started reading Tom Clancy's "Debt of Honor" I felt ready for the challenge. Written in a lengthy format where a wide range of characters in the United States, Japan, Saipan and Russia struggled to exist in a world changed by war, technology and loss it was both detailed and intense. Central to all of the action, was the continuing saga of John (Jack) Patrick Ryan who impressed me immensely with his superior political skills. He handled himself s ...more
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
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Jack Ryan Universe (1 - 10 of 22 books)
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