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Executive Orders (Jack Ryan Universe #9)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  38,206 Ratings  ·  499 Reviews
The President is dead--and the weight, literally, of the world falls on Jack Ryan's shoulders, in Tom Clancy's newest and most extraordinary novel. I don't know what to do. Where's the manual, the training course, for this job? Whom do I ask? Where do I go? Debt of Honor ended with Tom Clancy's most shocking conclusion ever; a joint session of Congress destroyed, the Presi ...more
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Published August 1st 1997 by Berkley Books (first published August 13th 1996)
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Paul Hollis
Nov 25, 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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Don Stanton
Nov 16, 2010 Don Stanton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Jerome
May 07, 2012 Jerome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Colleen O'grady
May 20, 2011 Colleen O'grady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Corey
Feb 08, 2013 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ed
Sep 28, 2012 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
C
Sep 13, 2014 C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Igor Ljubuncic
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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Sindre
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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.
Brian Eshleman
Jun 22, 2015 Brian Eshleman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was truly a great book, reminiscent for me of the television show The West Wing is that explored not only events but the adjustment of the president and his family to the immense responsibility he bears.
Mark
Jul 21, 2015 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
fanatical clerics political backstabbing to my mind Clancy of the first vintage well worth reading again.
Rence Onday
Jul 28, 2015 Rence Onday rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sooo darned good read, I had to read it for 4 times...everytime I don't have a book to read, I go through it...still going for my 5th ;D
Harv Griffin
Oct 17, 2014 Harv Griffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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
Rosalind Mitchell
Oct 30, 2010 Rosalind Mitchell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Will
Oct 02, 2014 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller adventure readers
SUBJECTIVE READER REVIEW FOLLOWS:

As a general note, I will say that reading the Tom Clancy catalogue is a war of attrition for even the most ardent of fans, which includes me. Executive Orders, though published 18 years ago is so incredibly timely compared to current geopolitical affairs it is scary. Not only is there now a United Islamic Republic comprised or Iran taking over Iraq, but the Iranians attack the US with aerosol-dispensed Ebola virus, crippling it by their choice of trade shows and
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Janet
Jan 07, 2009 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Daniel Winkler
Jun 03, 2013 Daniel Winkler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Executive Orders by Tom Clancy is a thrilling action and political fiction and is comparable to most modern day favorites. It was published in New York City, New York in the year of 1996 by the Berkley Publishing Company. This book falls under a series written by Tom Clancy that follows the life of John Patrick Ryan as he moves between teaching at the Naval Academy, working at the CIA and holding influential political offices throughout the government. Tom Clancy has also written a ple ...more
Adam
Mar 25, 2016 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Christian D.  Orr
Jan 27, 2013 Christian D. Orr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Clancy fans, thriller fans in general
Mr. Clancy's epic magnum opus (is that a redundancy?), his finest work of all time, IMHO, and one of my all-time favorite novels, period. I first read this book back in 1999, a few months before I shipped off to Basic Training, and I found characters like Jack Ryan, John Clark, and Domingo Chavez to be great role models for my then-fledgling military career, their fictitious status notwithstanding. RE-reading it now with a combined 16 years of military, law enforcement, and private military cont ...more
Jen
Sep 15, 2009 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Pawan
May 02, 2011 Pawan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read Tom Clancy’s name when I was reading the review of a book by different author and it caught my attention. I had seen his books in bookshops but never paid any attention to them before. The first book that I picked up was “Executive Orders”. It was quite a surprise to me in terms of scale, detailing and scope of plot. I have read many more books by him after that and I will write about them separately but this is the one that got me hooked to Tom Clancy.

The f
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Becky
May 12, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The world lost a great writer the day Tom Clancy died. There are some who say he lost his touch when the Cold War ended. I disagree. I hold Executive Orders as one of his best works of fiction.

An act of terrorism has crippled America's government and catapulted Jack Ryan into a position he never wanted: President of the United States. A complete outsider, he must struggle to navigate the treacherous waters of politics while leading the nation through its most trying hours. Along the way he will
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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 24 books)
  • Without Remorse (Jack Ryan Universe, #1)
  • Patriot Games (Jack Ryan Universe, #2)
  • Red Rabbit (Jack Ryan Universe, #3)
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