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Clear and Present Danger (Jack Ryan #5)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  90,345 ratings  ·  443 reviews
Tom Clancy, the all-time master of the techno-thriller, is back with his newest, most controversial bestseller. Its theme: America's war on drugs. Its subject: The assassination of three American officials in Columbia ... and the covert --- and shocking --- U.S. response. Its title: CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER
Mass Market Paperback, 704 pages
Published July 1st 1990 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1989)
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Jason Koivu
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
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
Stephen
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.
Michael
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 styrof ...more
Jake
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
Janet
Oct 05, 2008 Janet rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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 Gu ...more
Andrew Nettleman
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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Dave
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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Adam Light
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
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.
Kestrel
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 the ...more
Carl Goodman
Probably my least favourite of Clancy's novels, not because it is in anyway a poor story but because it brings back bad memories of reading it whilst recovering from serious food poisoning in Portugal. Clancy hits his stride with Ryan as an advisor to the President in this book, and the political thread - which if I'm honest I found ultimately to be not credible, but several stories down the line - emerges. There are some terrific villains in this one, and piri-piri chicken notwithstanding, it's ...more
Jim C
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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SA
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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Brett
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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Eric Vaughn-matthews
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 f ...more
Ian
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
Caleb Yip
One of Clancy's best. A masterful combination of conspiracy, covert-ops action, and politics.
10/10
George Evans
This book is incredible because it has the perfect mixture of mystery and action. Everything is right with no slow parts. Every little incident, however inconsequential, is building the story. In the beginning (not spoiler) we see a ship called the Pananche. But it seems too insignificant and seems like a blunder of writing until many other actions bring it closer and closer to the main action until it all merges. Many other stories just have characters without explanation. So people wonder,"Whe ...more
Chuck
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.
Danny M
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
Bev Taylor
columbian drug lords r tired of being harassed by the us and assassinate their ambassador and head of fbi

but they have pushed too far. attacks r made on their airfields and aircraft bringing in drugs and an undercover teams r sent into columbia to cause more havoc and take out the cartel members who r running the show

but does anyone know who the real enemy is? is there a givt us official working with columbia? jack ryan and cia field officer must find the answer

a great book - over 800 pages o
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Maria Ratana
The goings on in the upper echelons of the United States government, in this book, helped prepare me for the television series, House Of Cards, of which I quickly became and remain, a huge fan of.

If this is your bag and you also share and enjoy an in-depth knowledge of detailed descriptions of high-tech weaponry and highly trained combat personnel in action, then Clear and Present Danger will be right up your alley.

The plot revolves around a covert war between American Special Forces and the Col
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Brian Eshleman
Clancy is at his best in the relatable reactions of his hero and the namesake of the series. He also slips in incisive commentary on how systems tend to work in his fictional pages and outside of them, for instance how military authorities relate to each other and how they interact with civilian oversight.

I think Tom Clancy slips up here where authors often do. He develops a hero we like, and he wants to direct our attention to the narrative's climax. Why not put our hero on the front lines, eve
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Catherine
Clancy at his peak. The writing style carries you along and the premise seems credible on the whole to the layman. These Jack Ryan novels are easily read and inoffensive. They do a reasonable job of making doves see the complexity of conflict and eagles seeing violence as last resort.

This particular story about drugs and organised crime as a national security threat was a refreshing take.

Jack is a likeable, if naive, hero who tries to save the day again. He doesn't have extra special skills or s
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Jeffrey
I really wanted to like this book. I thought it started off pretty good and then half way through started really dragging. I made it to page 580 before I realized I wasnt gonna finish it.

This novel is a perfect example of a book that should be have as long as it is. Clancy must have gotten paid by the letter, so much of this book is useless info that really does nothing to advance the story. We dont have to know everything a characte has done since birth to like or dislike the character.

If any
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Amanda Patterson
Tomm Clancy at his best.The book that could have given the terrorist's the idea for 9/11
Jeremy Hathaway
This was the first Tom Clancy book that I read and I really liked it. It had everything that I like in a book, including action, adventure, a good main character, and a very good plot. After jumping righ into the middle of the Jack Ryan series, it made the first part of the book hard to understand, but once I started to understand the plot and who the main characters were, I absolutely loved it. This book is about the uprising of the Mexican Drug Cartels and how they are endangering Americans as ...more
Giorgio Bonvicini
Non tutti lo ameranno; io però me lo sono letto in un sol fiato. Alcune parti sono un po' meno godibili di altre, ma la tensione non cala mai, anzi!
Se amate questo genere di letture "Pericolo imminente" vi piacerà senza dubbio: i combattimenti sono (come sempre) ricchi di azione, dettagli e realismo.
Se cercate una lettura semplice e rilassata, questo libro non fa per voi. Come al solito Tom Clancy fa uso di termini tecnici e descrizioni accurate per tutto quello che riguarda il mondo militare,
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Jesse Whitehead
Tom Clancy is a highly respected author. Just putting his name on a book sells about a million copies. For the life of me I can’t see why. In fact, I’m beginning to question all the super popular books. Dan Brown turned out to be basically terrible. Clive Cussler leans so heavily on the worst sexist tropes that its a wonder his books don’t collapse under the weight of how terrible they are.

To say this book is overhyped is probably the most severe understatement of the century. This is probably t
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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 (1 - 10 of 11 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)
  • The Sum of All Fears (Jack Ryan, #6)
  • 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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