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The Sum of All Fears (Jack Ryan #6)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  35,676 ratings  ·  416 reviews
Peace may finally be at hand in the Middle East -- as Jack Ryan lays the groundwork for a plan that could end centuries of conflict. But ruthless terrorists have a final, desperate card to play; with one terrible act, distrust mounts, forces collide, and the floundering U.S. president seems unable to cope with the crisis.

With the world on the verge of nuclear disaster, R

Paperback, 928 pages
Published May 7th 2002 by Berkley (first published August 14th 1990)
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Richard Wright
Oh thank God. Thank God it's over. I picked this up en route to Goa a few weeks ago, and I seem to have been reading it forever. As always, Clancy's world is incredibly detailed and credible, in many ways all the more impressive for its sometime parallels to the world we live in today. As ever, the central plot is great. As ever, there's just too bloody much detail for anybody outside of the military to maintain much interest. The characters are for the most part the same seven or eight core peo ...more
Darren Burton
It has been rumored that permission to publish this book had to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and ever since then there is a standing court order that the CIA, FBI, and NSA receive advance copies of every Tom Clancy book a month before it goes to the publisher. Why? Well this book tells you step by step, in layman's language, in exacting detail how you build a hydrogen bomb. About the only thing that is left out is the exact amount of plutonium you would need. This did not sit well wi ...more
3.0 to 3.5 stars. I am a big fan of Tom Clancy, especially of his characters Jack Ryan and John Clark, both of whom figure prominently in this Middle East thriller centering on Nuclear proliferation. As good as Clancy is and as compelling as the story can be, this one felt just TOO LONG to rate any higher. With some strategic editing, this one could have been amazing. As it is, it is still very good.
I finally got interested at about 600 pages - no kidding - for about 75 pages.

This was the worst book I've ever read (there've been some other bad ones, but I had the common sense not to finish them). If I could take stars AWAY from a book, I would. At about 700 pages, it got so tedious that I thought I wouldn't finish; why was I wasting my time? (I had this thought a number of times while plowing through it.) After that, I was saying, 'Oh, come on!' because it became so outrageous. A better ti
This is a Tom Clancy novel where the movie is better than the book (like The Hunt for Red October). The Sum of All Fears is so crammed full of everything Tom Clancy learned about building a two-stage nuclear weapon and about submarines and submarine warfare that it really detracts from the interesting plot, which could have been pulled together in half or one third of the space. And if you haven't read earlier Clancy books you won't get some of the references to hero Jack Ryan's earlier adventur ...more
Lance Howell
I think I now know how to make a nuclear bomb...
While this book was not terrible, I found it much worse than other Clancy works. Clancy has always been a bit "long-winded," but I never noticed it quite like in The Sum of All Fears. Clancy's penchant for throwing endless trips to Carol Zimmer's store (and that annoying way he writes her accent), endless football banter between the "SecDef" and others, and other tedious paragraphs (he must have Marvin Russell fantasize about revenge for his brother's death at least 5 times - in nearly the exact ...more
Chad Sayban
The Sum of All Fears isn’t Tom Clancy’s best written book in the series, but as the title suggests, it is certainly the most frightening – especially when it was written during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the thaw of the Cold War. It is a sobering look at what can happen when dysfunctional Washington leadership is confronted with an unthinkable attack and how things can spiral out of control. Considering it was written ten years before 9/11, it is startling how it foreshadowed the worst ...more
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 surr ...more
Clancy's gripping depiction of just how fragile the nature of leadership can be in the midst of crisis is shockingly frightening. When emotions run high and the ever-present voice of reason (who else but Jack Ryan) is ignored, Clancy masterfully paints his most intense piece yet.
Khairul H.
I liked this book. However, I cringe every time the bad guys talk to each other. It's just not...real. Clancy loves to describe military hardware but when it comes to writing realistic conversation, he fails. Still, not a bad book.
This is the most exciting book I've read in a good long time. Much more exciting than the movie and has left me eager for the next book in the series, something I can't say for Cardinal or Clear and Present Danger.
Chad Warner
I read this 12 years ago, so I don't remember much detail, but I recall liking Clancy's action-packed and realistic storytelling. I also remember liking this book much more than the movie.
Philip Hartman
A great book that really makes you think about our vulnerabilities to terrorism, and what would happen if a terrorist organization got enough uranium to make a bomb.
Hilmi Isa
Segala-galanya bermula dengan satu peristiwa yang tidak dijangka dengan penemuan sebuah senjata nuklear yang tertimbus di dalam tanah pertanian milik seorang petani tua di Syria. Senjata itu merupakan sebuah bom nuklear milik Israel ketika Perang Arab-Israel 1973. Penemuan tersebut menyebabkan sebuah kumpulan pengganas Arab merancang untuk menggunakan senjata tersebut untuk menyerang Amerika Syarikat!
The Sum of All Fears merupakan novel ke-5 di dalam siri novel yang menampilkan Jack Ryan sebagai
The Sum of All Fears
Tom Clancy

After the discovery of a damaged Israeli nuclear bomb which had gone missing in 1973, Arabs, who got their hands on this weapon of mass destruction, seek the help of a German scientist who helps them replicate the bomb in order for it to be used against the United States, after a treaty which is meant to settle the war against Israel and Arabians displeases them.
As the engineering process of the weapon is complete, the Arabs, plan to use the weapon in a Super
Stephen Gallup
I first heard of Tom Clancy in 1990, when a coworker told me about this author who'd become the darling of military specialists (sonar guys on submarines, for example) because his books displayed an in-depth understanding of their work.

So I read The Hunt for Red October, which was fairly satisfying, and Red Storm Rising, after which I was pretty much Clancy-ed out for a while.

After all, these are fairly hefty books, and with all those pages I'd prefer to see more character development. In The Be
This book is full of action, from start to finish. It is also an interesting look at how American politics might work. The big takeaway, I think, is that you don't have to be a powerful nation to build a hydrogen bomb, and it wouldn't be that difficult to get such a bomb across our borders.

Although I don't foresee complete disarmament of the worlds nukes any time soon, the idea that these devices should not exist, even in the hands of world leaders, is compelling. How can even the President of t
This book was very exciting, just like the film, but more. It starts off with a protest gone wrong in Israeli. Palestinians begin to use peaceful protests but a protestor is killed and therefore, U.S. cannot support Israel. But U.S. manages to resolve the situation and create long lasting peace. However,there is a group of Muslim terrorists who are looking at this lasting peace as a failure in their campain for their anger is toward the U.S. They retaliate by detonating a bomb in a stadium locat ...more
I just re-read this book (about 15 or so years after reading it the first time), and I need to warn those who are thinking of reading it or who have just begun: stick with it through all the different story lines! Make notes if you have to, but Clancy doesn't tell you something that isn't going to come into play in the story later. Also, it may seem to go slowly for the first half of the book (which is a big book, admittedly), the second half of the book is nearly continual action and drama.

Duncan Mandel

Jack Ryan confronts terrorists in the Middle East in Tom Clancy's spectacular sixth novel -- another Sunday Times No 1 bestseller -- now reissued with a new cover. As those in power around the globe face up to the challenges of a new world order, in Washington CIA Deputy Director Jack Ryan is putting everything into a plan that could finally bring peace to a Middle East still suffering from the ravages of war. But too many groups have invested too much blood to allow the plan to
Mark Kaye
When I first started to read this book it grabbed my attention straight away. However there is a lot of detail some people have said that regarding this book there is too much detail, but I think with out it, it would be Tom Clancy. He gets slated for this quite often, but as you get towards the back end of this book all the detail begins to fall into place.
It has taken me so long to read this book, I feel I have just completed a marathon, (in a good way though), and I have fully enjoy readin
Like most of his work, Clancy's "The Sum of All Fears" starts pretty uneventful. The events have played out pretty much as you would have expected from the end of "Clear and Present Danger" and the new president and his cabinet have settled into their new roles and with Ryan's help are looking towards a more more peaceful future. As you can expect that doesn't go as planned.

The biggest criticism I've seen/heard/read about "The Sum of All Fears" is how long it takes for any real action to takes p
A good Tom Clancy novel, and although I will always like Hunt for Red October best, Sum of All Fears wasn't bad at all. The Soviet Union is breaking apart, and Jack Ryan has engineered a peace treaty in the Middle East, that should stick. The world is a much better place now, or is it?
Dear Penthouse Letters:

You'll never believe what happened one day when I was sitting in the library, flipping through the latest copy of "Jane's Guide to Military Technology"--let's just say that my passive sonar went active!

Ping-ping-ping went my heart at the thought of sturdily-designed hardware like the Israeli Merkava tank...the shaft of its 120mm MG253 smoothbore gun, capable of firing APDS as well as HEAT rounds looming over me, making me quiver...I couldn't help but imagine the feel of i
Corey Tardif
This probably has to be the biggest book by Tom Clancy I've read since Rainbow Six. While getting through the first couple of chapters, it was a little hard to follow, but as I read more, it started to make sense. The book was a lot better than the movie starring Ben Affleck, who played Jack Ryan, the movie was decent but the book was better, and also very different from the movie.

There were parts in the book that my heart started racing because of the suspense, I literally couldn't put it down.
This book is about a nuclear war going to break out the protagonist of Ryan and his FBI counterpart Dan try to come up with a solution to stop the war from happening. The try to stop the world leaders from joining the war and they try to save the world.

I liked this book overall, it was interesting and had a good story relating to nuclear warfare. This story talked about FBI work force which made it much more interesting. I really did enjoy reading this book.

If i were to rate this book out of fi
Bennett Coles
Undoubtedly the best Jack Ryan book, this novel follows the ever-more successful American intelligence guru as he struggles to uncover the plot of a terrorist cell. Clancy’s technical knowledge is impressive as always, but in this book he strikes home with very real and compelling characterizations of Ryan and his political opponents. The terrorist plot is bold, but not as bold as Clancy as he drops perhaps the biggest surprise twist in any of his books as the plot screams to a climax. In the po ...more
Feb 23, 2008 Samuel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Clancy fans, military buffs.
Shelves: mystery-suspense
You have to like Clancy to like this. It takes a bit to get going and Clancy loves to go overboard in descriptives - "Amal stood on a cliff, formed in the jurassic period by pressure from volcanoes, he was holding an uzi, the metal for the uzi was mined in siberia by people who have low cholesterol b/c they eat a lot of salad...", I get it, Amal has a gun, move on! Despite that, he takes an all too real scenario and gives it legs, puts the thought in the back of your brain, and does a good job w ...more
Matthew Woodrow
Do not read Sum of All Fears if you haven't read at least a few of the preceding novels, or if you are expecting it to be like the movie. These novels do stand-alone somewhat, but not a lot of time is spent rehashing the same characters, so if you jump right in you may be lost to the point of frustration.

Also quite a bit of the novel is technical or political, but Clancy brings the pieces together stunningly and the last 300 pages are too gripping to put down.

The only reason this didn't get fiv
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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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Other Books in the Series

Jack Ryan (10 books)
  • Patriot Games (Jack Ryan, #1)
  • Red Rabbit (Jack Ryan, #2)
  • The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan, #3)
  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Jack Ryan, #4)
  • Clear and Present Danger (Jack Ryan, #5)
  • Debt of Honor (Jack Ryan, #7)
  • Executive Orders (Jack Ryan, #8)
  • Command Authority (Jack Ryan, #9)
  • Full Force and Effect (Jack Ryan, #10)
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