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Executive Orders (Jack Ryan Universe #9)

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A runaway Jumbo jet has crashed into the Capitol Building in Washington, leaving the President dead along with most of the Cabinet and Congress. Dazed a confused, the man who only minutes before was confirmed as the new caretaker Vice-President is told that he is now President of the United States.

President John Patrick Ryan

But how do you run a government with out a govern

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Paperback, 1273 pages
Published 1998 by HarperCollins (first published June 7th 1996)
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Paul Hollis
Dec 18, 2009 Paul Hollis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2009
1358 pages yes 1358 of Tom Clancy and now the nightmare is finally over!!
This book took me a year to read, not because of its length but because it's incredibly boring for loooong stretches, I would set it aside for months at a time.
The beginning was good and the ending (the last 300 pages was gripping) but to get there you have to get through a 1000 pages of of the main character Jack Ryan, now president, whining and complaning about being president and the political process(if there was ever
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Christopher Slater
Jun 27, 2012 Christopher Slater rated it it was amazing
This book is the pinnacle of the Jack Ryan series of novels. We finally see Jack Ryan, reluctantly and tragically, become President of the United States. He hates it, and sees it as a curse. The problem is that he is good at it. The very fact that he doesn't want to be there makes him all the more appealing to the voters in the book and to the reader. Of course, his reluctance is seen as weakness by other world leaders, and some try to take advantage of the situation. Their mistake. This book ta ...more
Matthew
This was a 1358 page book - but it never felt slow and I was enthralled throughout.

While sometimes Clancy's military maneuver segments were a bit over my head, they were interspersed with enough other action to keep it moving.

A big thing I noticed about this book is that even though it was written in 1996, Clancy had a few plot lines that seemed like Nostradamus-esque foreshadowing to 20 years later.
Rosalind
Oct 30, 2010 Rosalind rated it did not like it
Reading this was entirely an exercise in reading something that lies way outside my comfort zone. Why is it outside my comfort zone? Well, it's not aimed at me for a start; I'm a woman, and I'm not American. I knew what I was taking on; it's a thriller, by a mega-bestselling author who specialises in a particular kind of macho, flag-waving, Budweiser-swilling, big-dick, patriotic, all-action Americana. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, if the writing's good and knowing that I had every ...more
Brett
This book is a serious contender for worst book I have ever read that is not by Dean Koontz. It is an excrutiating almost 1400 pages of awful dialogue, shocking misunderstanding of politics, simplification of international affairs, right-wing propaganda, and the utter ruination of a once enjoyable, if kind of silly, character--Jack Ryan.

Maybe back in 1996, some people could be fooled by Clancy's ideas, but after the disasterous presidency of George Bush Jr., whose policies and thought process ar
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Don Stanton
Nov 16, 2010 Don Stanton rated it it was amazing
I first read it in 1996 when it came out....My reaction then was ho hum.
I just finished it again. The man was 5 years before 9/11. Wow, did he call it or what?
The things that he speaks about are exactly about what is happening in Europe and america today.
I like very much his style of flipping form entity to entity. It truly gives the perspective of multiple plots running simultaneously. It could be confusing to those with a eighth grade reading ability.
I read one cometary for a non american who
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Jerome
May 07, 2012 Jerome rated it it was amazing
Jack Ryan and Tom Clancy may have reached their pinnacle of achievement with this book. However, this book is definitely not the place to start the series; as a minimum, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Debt of Honor should definitely be read before this book.

Jack, due to the events detailed in Debt of Honor, suddenly finds himself President of the U.S., a position which he never aspired to and in which he feels decidedly uncomfortable. But, good former Marine that he is, he quickly
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Igor Ljubuncic
Apr 24, 2015 Igor Ljubuncic rated it liked it
Shelves: tom-clancy
At this point, Tom was milking the series so much it was Gouda cheese straight from the teat. Another classic, somewhat formulaic plot with a John Wayne ending. Trying to up the hype, the expectations are so high, your brain can't hope, and you end up disappointed. There's less heart, less attention to detail. Maybe Tom was considering politics at this point in his career, so he was focusing on his speeches for the Congress.

No reason to keep it long, let's give it a proper spin:

When Jack became
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Kelly
My only attempt at a Tom Clancy novel. I was in fifth grade, and decided to read it to impress people. Even as a ten year old, I lost patience with Tom Clancy. I found it in a box a few years later and tried to read it again. Ten year old self: You were not wrong. Nooo, thank you.

The best thing about Tom Clancy is his ongoing feud with Christopher Buckley. Which Christopher Buckley seems to win, every single time. Look up their letter writing spats online sometime. It's amazing.
Sindre
Feb 07, 2016 Sindre rated it it was amazing
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Corey
Feb 02, 2016 Corey rated it it was amazing
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Sebenarnya saya tidak terlalu suka dengan novel bertipe dunia intelejen/militer yang tokoh agennya jadi seorang superhero. Bukan kenapa-kenapa, pas liat film-film Holywood semacam James Bond ato Bourne ato Rambo, suka gondok liatnya. Kan si tokoh agennya tidak memiliki kekutan super, tapi ajaibnya, dia selalu menang di akhir cerita tak peduli sebanyak apa musuhnya. Meski si jagoan ditembak bertubi-tubi, eh, gak bocel-bocel. Tapi sepenjahat, kena tembak kaki ajah langsung tewas. Bahkan ada penjah ...more
Andrés
I don't like politics, which is why, for me, the book gets somewhat better towards the end, with the advent of the Second Persian Gulf War. But let's take it from the beginning, shall we?

Some background first. The war with Japan has ended. Jack Ryan, National Security Advisor, has been asked by President Durling to replace Edward Kealty in the role of Vicepresident because of some scandal or other. Ryan, thinking it's a good way to end his career of public service, reluctantly accepts. And then,
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Carl Alves
Jul 22, 2013 Carl Alves rated it liked it
Executive Orders follows in the series of what was easily the worst Jack Ryan novel written, so my expectations were a bit tempered prior to reading this novel. After a suicide plane bomber (from Japan no less) kills off two thirds of the US government, Jack Ryan is the president by default. Now he has to deal with an Iranian terrorist group trying to manufacture and spread the ebola virus while trying to get the country's government back in order. Since most of congress and the senate were kill ...more
Colleen O'grady
May 29, 2011 Colleen O'grady rated it it was amazing
As usual with anything that Tom Clancy writes I am astounded at his breadth of knowledge of world affairs, the political no-how of nations including his homeland of USA. Once again he weaves this knowledge into a gripping tale of espionage, terrorism, fighting to do what is right against all odds. From the first Ryan novel Red October I have followed the efforts of Jack Ryan as an inteligence officer and historian, university lecturer and great thinker. This massive tome has kept me gripped to m ...more
Mark
May 13, 2013 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
This is the book that finished my interest in reading Tom Clancy novels. It's a real shame, too, as I thought Clancy's previous one, Debt of Honor, had an inventive set-up (necessary, as the Cold War ended too soon for the man) and a plot that kept things humming along entertainingly. Yet the end of that novel saw a contrived situation that set up the stage for this one, with Clancy's main protagonist/avatar now President of the United States. This gave Clancy an opportunity to sound of on Ameri ...more
Nolan
Dec 07, 2013 Nolan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In some ways, I hesitate to write about this book because it’s been out so long that everyone who will read this kind of thing already has.

Master spook Jack Ryan has been sworn into the presidency minutes after a massive terrorist-sponsored explosion destroys the U.S. capitol building, killing nearly all of the members of Congress and the president. Ryan had been named vice president minutes earlier when a political scandal forced the resignation of the former vice president.

This is an edge-of
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Rosalind Mitchell
Jan 30, 2013 Rosalind Mitchell rated it did not like it
Reading this was entirely an exercise in reading something that lies way outside my comfort zone. Why is it outside my comfort zone? Well, it's not aimed at me for a start; I'm a woman, and I'm not American. I knew what I was taking on; it's a thriller, by a mega-bestselling author who specialises in a particular kind of macho, flag-waving, Budweiser-swilling, big-dick, patriotic, all-action Americana. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, if the writing's good and knowing that I had every ...more
Ed
Sep 28, 2012 Ed rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
I think this is one of Clancy's top 5 novels - right up there along with "Hunt for Red October," "Wihthout Remorse," and "Cardinal of the Kremlin." It discribes the first few months of Jack Ryan's presidency, and the challenges he must face as other nations as well as those around him test the new chief executive. These include: trying to rebuild the government after the former President and the entire legislative branch and supreme court are wiped out in the suicide attack which destroyed the ...more
Marius
May 01, 2015 Marius rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Jen
Nov 20, 2009 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Janet
Feb 05, 2009 Janet rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Patriots, Adventure Readers
I’ve just finished the full Clancy meal of Middle-eastern bioterrorism, complete with raw Islamic take-over-the-world philosophies, global political conspiring, spicy special ops, presidential corruption, intrigue, and outright war. At a mere 1358 pages, how much terrorism can one author pack into one explosive novel? Executive Orders answers decisively in a prescient and potent way. Our hero, Jack Ryan, has become an unconventional leader of men forging a way for a hopeful American reality; the ...more
Catherine
Sep 13, 2014 Catherine rated it it was amazing
As I plowed my way through this during the past two months, west Africa experienced an explosion in Ebola Virus Disease, and ISIS started beheading Americans and Brits and committing genocide over in Mesopotamia. And, of course, there's the whole airplane-as-bomb prescience, for this book was written before 9/11.
Clancy was brilliant at laying out how possibilities can become realities in the area of foreign conflicts, and his books are very interesting except when I don't understand the vocabul
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Peter
Oct 01, 2011 Peter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was an effort to get past the last one, Debt of Honor, but I was hooked by the cliffhanger from the end of Debt of Honor.
There did not seem to be an editor involved in writing this book. There were far to many instances of poor word choices, including several instances of just plain incorrect words; one specific example referencing an Apache helicopter, and referencing the same pilot in an airplane later in the paragraph.
Can characters be less than one dimensional? Would that be what half-b
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Daniel Kukwa
Jan 22, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it
Shelves: general-lit
I've flipped through Tom Clancy in the past, but his books have always felt like tech-manuals with plot. Fascinating, but never exaclty enegaging or absorbing.

Executive Orders, on the other hand, creates a situation so outrageous and inconceivable...and spends the rest of its page count bringing it all to chilling life. It continues to lean towards the technical side (and it's too long!), but as a polisci grad, I appreciated Clancy's ability to take government and turn it on its constitutional e
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Neal
Aug 22, 2014 Neal rated it really liked it
Fun book, prophetic even, written 6 years before 9/11, and still relevant today, see ebola virus outbreak in Africa 2014. It is a pretty fun book to listen to if you don't take it seriously. The amount of terrorist intrigue is similar to the tv show, 24. However it doesn't get that ridiculous. Tom Clancy is pretty conservative so a lot of his conservative views are expressed through president Ryan in this book.
Harv Griffin
Oct 17, 2014 Harv Griffin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, own
Jack Ryan as POTUS. I have to skip through huge chunks of this, but I really like the First Family stuff. Have re-read many times.
Mark
Feb 26, 2012 Mark rated it it was ok
Shelves: maryland-vanity
Jack Ryan becomes the president through a series of unlikely events, and in doing so he loses a lot of what makes him an interesting character to read about. Fundamentally, it's the same as what makes him good in past books: he gets thrust unwittingly into these situations. But when he's in the field it's different than when he's behind a desk.

Also dragging down Executive Orders are the sheer number of plots that never seem to amount to a damn thing. Pages are spent on the scumbag ex-VP and the
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Connor
Apr 12, 2016 Connor rated it it was amazing
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Adam
Mar 25, 2016 Adam rated it it was amazing
The amount of subplots in this book is both Clancy's strength and weakness. Between China, India, the UIR, and Kealty, I wasn't bored for a moment. I actually understood and cared about all of them, always wondering what's going to happen next. This is one of the few Clancy books where the plot is always moving and with relatively few chapters of Clancy spouting techincal jargon.

The action sequences in the book, especially toward the end, were much more like Red Storm Rising than the rest of the
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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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Jack Ryan Universe (1 - 10 of 22 books)
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  • Patriot Games (Jack Ryan Universe, #2)
  • Red Rabbit (Jack Ryan Universe, #3)
  • The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe, #4)
  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Jack Ryan Universe, #5)
  • Clear and Present Danger (Jack Ryan Universe, #6)
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