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
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
One of the best essays ...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
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
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'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
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 ...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'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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Subject Ryan, Jack, Sr. (Fictitious character)
Intelligence service -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject Audiobooks -- Compact discs.
Performer Read by John MacDonald.
Summary A Japanese financier seeks revenge on the United States for the death of his parents during World War II, devising a sc ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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