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Clear and Present Danger (Jack Ryan Universe #6)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  102,719 Ratings  ·  536 Reviews
CIA man Jack Ryan, hero of Patriot Games, finds that he will probably never have a boring summer: The sudden and surprising assassination of three American officials in Colombia. Many people in many places, moving off on missions they all mistakenly thought they understood. The future was too fearful for contemplation, and beyond the expected finish lines were things that, ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 688 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Berkley (first published August 17th 1989)
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Jason Koivu
Mar 03, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
There was a clear and present danger that I wasn't going to finish this.

I don't watch soap operas. I used to. I'd get home and General Hospital would be on (Mom was heavily invested in the Luke & Laura saga,) so I got stuck with it. Consequently I know a soap opera when I see one and Clear and Present Danger is a soap opera.

How so? It jumps from character to character, from scene to scene. Some of it's nearly as melodramatic as a soap, but I won't go that far in my analogy. Mainly the issue
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Igor Ljubuncic
Apr 04, 2015 Igor Ljubuncic rated it really liked it
Shelves: tom-clancy
Just re-watched the movie last night, and I thought about the book. While Han Solo did pull off quite a few of Clancy's movies with great flair back in the early 90s, Clear and Present Danger notwithstanding, the book is still better. Mostly because it portrays Clark and Chavez in a more profound, emotional light than they are shown onscreen. As a techno thriller, it's relatively low on materiel details, but the action is still solid. It's also a beginning of The Fellowship of the Oval Ring, get ...more
Thomas Strömquist
A Jack Ryan in which we see quite little of Jack Ryan. It's about the US war on Colombian drugs and it's quite long. And honestly, that's about all I can remember about this particular one. Because this was one that I did not re-read and I'm guessing that also says something. As a recommendation to anyone who hasn't and wants to experience the Jack Ryan series, I'd say stop at book 8. For the non-completist I would say read The Hunt for Red October, The Cardinal of the Kremlin & The Sum of A ...more
Stephen
Jan 29, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Excellent Tom Clancy novel in which Jack Ryan and the Mr. Clark take on the Columbian drug cartels. This was a terrific read from beginning to end and confirmed by opinion of Tom Clancy as a master of the political thriller.
Nicole Chase
Sep 02, 2016 Nicole Chase rated it it was ok
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME I FINISHED IT.

Next time, someone tell me to just watch the movie.

For the Pop Sugar Challenge, this was "a book you started but never finished."
Michael
Jan 12, 2012 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to really like this book because I've heard such good things about it. Also, I like action and military stories, etc. So I went in very excited. But, I got a bit more than 200 pages into it when I just had to stop. I probably could have made it, had it not been for the massive amounts of swear words; specifically F-words. I really, REALLY hate swearing. Maybe it's the father in me, or the saint lurking somewhere within, but it just grates on me. I used to work in a factory making ...more
Jake
Jan 12, 2014 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is the last Tom Clancy novel I absolutely loved. With this one, I felt like he was at peak performance, generating a focused, plausible storyline that could stand on its own, rather than just being an installment in an increasingly outlandish saga. Clear and Present Danger is a grand techno-thriller, and a fine outing for Jack Ryan, Clancy’s all-American CIA analyst turned reluctant field operative. The story is lengthy, but moves at a brisk pace. There are a great mix of supporting charact ...more
Asghar Abbas
Apr 29, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it

This was something else, both the book and the movie.

Moronic about the mechanism behind the drug trade but solid thriller nonetheless .
Andrew Nettleman
Jul 17, 2012 Andrew Nettleman rated it it was amazing
Tom Clancy never disappoints. I have decided to go back and go through the Jack Ryan series in the Chronological order of the story's events, rather than the order they were released and it is like I am getting to know an old friend all over again.

When Columbian Drug Lords assassinate the director of the FBI on the street of Bogota,the CIA and the president (without the knowledge of Acting CIA Intelligence Chief Ryan) decide to take extraordinary action.

Chavez, Ryan and Clark take center stage
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M.L. Roberts
Aug 16, 2016 M.L. Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Seven stars******* if I could. Exciting, big plot, some poetic justice due and received. A big plot where, the author knows everyone-they all have 'bios.' Many heroes and villains, John Clark being one of the main good guys, and my favorite, he walks the talk. The nice thing about 'discovering' Tom Clancy is his huge body of work, long involved novels. Looking forward to the next one. This is a favorite
Janet
Oct 05, 2008 Janet rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Patriots, Adventure Readers
I must confess, I am on the Clancy jazz now. Clear and Present Danger the novel blows away C&PD the movie just like a Pave Low lll helicopter firing miniguns on bad guys (scene from the book). Well perhaps not quite that dramatic as there are some fine correlations with the movie, yet there is so much more. The terrain is familiar to me as our heroes fly in and out of Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, and the Pensacola Naval Air Station….soaring out over the white sands and emerald waters of the ...more
Corey
Jun 07, 2016 Corey rated it it was amazing
Another good Clancy read, I would probably put this one right up there with Hunt for Red October, another page turner. I own the movie Clear and Present Danger which once again stars Harrison Ford as Ryan, and Willem Dafoe portrays John Clark. The movie was good but once again the book is better. This book is about the US government going to war against the Columbian drug cartels. Clancy's always very descriptive in his books and he always makes the story very realistic. I always tell myself ...more
Adam Light
Nov 18, 2013 Adam Light rated it really liked it
I love this book. It was full of Clancy's trademark political and military knowledge. He certainly researched his books very well. I rated 4 stars because it was so steeped in tech language and jargon that it literally took me six months to read it. This one was a great thriller, though. Check it out!
Eddie
Apr 14, 2008 Eddie rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
This has to be among the Clancy classics. I recommend this to any military or political buff. Clancy definitely rocks the house with this one.
Jim C
Feb 19, 2015 Jim C rated it really liked it
This book is part of the Jack Ryan series but it can be read as a stand alone. A rape and murder is committed on a boat that is in the open seas. It is discovered and puts into motion a series of events that will find the United States initiating a strike against the drug cartel who is the opposition in the war on drugs.

I loved the concept of this novel and I believe that everyone would too. Who cannot get behind the idea of a nation trying to protect its citizens and strike a blow against the d
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Brett
Jan 07, 2009 Brett rated it it was ok
I read the first few of this series when I was in high school and thought I might return to it for some more mindless entertainment. Unfortunately, I forgot how mindless it really is.

Clancy's reputation, as the blurb on any of his novels will tell you, is for writing "techno-thrillers". I guess it's true that there is a degree of military technology that he seems to have a good handle on, but the man really can't write a pleasing sentence to save his life, his characters don't have depth, and hi
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Khalil Webb
Nov 09, 2009 Khalil Webb rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was my first time reading a Tom Clancy book. I can understand what others have said about his over-detailed style, but I didn't feel that it slowed the story down much. The first half was full of details that I thought might not have been completely necessary, but by the end it was fairly obvious that the author was just laying out all the pieces to the puzzle before he put them all together. The second half of the book definitely flowed better, and it became ...more
SA
Oct 14, 2012 SA rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
this is the second Tom Clancy book I read this year. as previously mentioned, I typically don't consume popular literature. but perhaps I've learned something important about my reading habits this year.

The Clancy books are very easy to read -- and I mean that in a charitable way, not in a belittling way. I finished Of Mice and Men and literally went a month without feeling the urge to pick up a book. enter Tom Clancy. tore through it in a couple of weeks.

the description is rather vivid and rat
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Dave
Aug 20, 2014 Dave rated it really liked it
I don't recall a lot about the movie aside from some vehicles blowing up and William Dafoe walking across the screen in a gloss-over of the actions John Clark, so I didn't have a lot of competing ideas in my head for how the story should look.

It's an entertaining story that does make you think somewhat about legal vs. illegal operations and perhaps what the right course of action would be given the story's circumstances (drugs from South America coupled with an assination of a governement offici
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Jack
Jul 28, 2016 Jack rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Great, thick book. It got off to a very slow start - I'm sure lots of folks will like that slow, plodding march of soldiers through Latin American jungles. Just ain't my thing. The book covers the war on drugs with a bit (not a lot) more optimism than history has offered. By halfway through, though, the story really picks up. The main character, Jack Ryan, is great, but not very complicated, and he's not in the book much for the first half, but he comes to play a much bigger role, which probably ...more
Kestrel
Jun 12, 2015 Kestrel rated it it was amazing
If you've never read Tom Clancy, this could be a difficult book to get into, as it was in my case. however, once past trying to remember what person fit with what name it became the greatest book i've read in my entire life. i've read it twice just to make sure. this book makes you feel things you lead a somewhat bland existence. I actually raged at some of the characters because they were so human and so despicable in what they were capable of. from the ratings, you know it's a good book if ...more
Eric Vaughn-matthews
Jun 04, 2015 Eric Vaughn-matthews rated it it was amazing
This installment adds a bit more action to the series without sacrificing any of the detail and realism that Clancy is known for. It makes the wise choice of showing a lot more viewpoints than just the eponymous Jack Ryan, whom I feel is not all that interesting as a character. Instead of just him, it follows everyone from a cartel spy looking to make a power play to US special ops trooper Domingo Chavez. It also focuses much more on my favorite character in the series, John Clark. The plot is ...more
Ian
Dec 22, 2008 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll do the same review for all Clancy's novels because they're all 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 grate. Especially where Jack Ryan is involved. I mean, Clancy spends hundreds of pages getting his details just right, the settings perfect etc., then he has Ryan dodging more bullets than James Bond! I finally threw my hands up and ...more
Chuck
Apr 28, 2010 Chuck rated it it was amazing
Ultimately, Clear and Present Danger is about good conscience, law, and politics, with Jack Ryan and CIA agent John Clark as its dual heroes. Ryan relentlessly pursues what he knows is right and legal, even if it means confronting the president of the United States. Clark is the perfect soldier, but a man who finally holds his men higher than the orders of any careless commander.
Caleb Yip
Mar 14, 2015 Caleb Yip rated it it was amazing
One of Clancy's best. A masterful combination of conspiracy, covert-ops action, and politics.
10/10
Joseph Askharoun
Nov 09, 2016 Joseph Askharoun rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who have read the previous 5 novels.
I think that this book touches some very sensitive yet important parts of society, and, even though it takes place at the end of the Cold War, is extremely similar to the problems we now face each day. It almost seems as if Tom Clancy went forward in time to 2016, the similarities are so stacked. Overall, this novel sports a well-developed plot, realistic characters, and the true reality the best people in the world are still real people with real problems. This story also includes insightful ...more
Will
Jul 28, 2014 Will rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All action adventure junkies
SUBJECTIVE READER REVIEW FOLLOWS:

Clear and Present Danger takes place during the rise of Jack Ryan from obscure analyst to the heights of CIA leadership, sadly precipitated by the demise and death of his mentor VADM James Greer. As such he is very much the outsider new boy on the block, Deputy Director for Intelligence. I would easily place this novel on the same par as The Sum of All Fears, but that one had far reaching implications due to the detonation of a nuke on US territory. Clear and Pre
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Edwin Kort
Nov 29, 2016 Edwin Kort rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, suspense, 2016, 2013
Dit is een boek uit de Jack Ryan-serie, waarin we niet veel van Jack Ryan meemaken. In mijn ogen zijn de echte helden uit dit boek Clark en Chavez. Boek heeft een langzame start, maar dat is niet vervelend. Clancy besteed veel tijd om dingen en personen te beschrijven. In het verhaal proberen de VS om de import van drugs uit Colombia te bemoeilijken, en hiervoor gaan ze ver.
De mannen die hun leven wagen om dit uit te voeren worden in de steek gelaten door de mensen die zij vertrouwden.
David Swartzlander
Oct 27, 2016 David Swartzlander rated it really liked it
A good yarn about the Colombian drug trade and how it affected America. It's about 50-70 pages too long and it's quite different from the movie. As I read it, though, I pictured Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan and all the other actors for the roles they played. It's dated, but glad I read it.
Justin Roberts
Dec 05, 2016 Justin Roberts rated it liked it
The military tactics depicted is unrealistic. For example, there's no way the same person can be 'on point' for the entire operation.
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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).

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