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Clear and Present Danger (Jack Ryan #5)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  84,010 ratings  ·  418 reviews
The US ambassador to Columbia has been murdered by drug lords. Enemy covert agents filter into the jungles of South America---and Central America is ready to explode. CIA man Jack Ryan is in the eye of a storm---and for the US the stakes have never been greater. Tom Clancy captured worldwide attention with "The Hunt For Red October" and "Red Storm Rising." He set new stand ...more
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published July 1st 1990 by Turtleback Books (first published August 20th 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.
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
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
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.
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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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
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
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.
Marty Fried
I was hooked on Tom Clancy for many years. This book was so good that I didn't really notice Clancy's politics at all, unlike more recent books where it is hard to miss. There's no doubt that he was a good storyteller, no matter what you might think of his subject matter and politics. And of course, in his stories, it's always clear who are the good guys, and who are the bad guys. The bad guys are usually unrealistically bad, and the good guys are unrealistically good. I guess this makes it easi ...more
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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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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Will
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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Khalil Webb
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
Hilmi Isa
Menyedari bahaya penagihan dan pengedaran dadah yang berlaku di Amerika Syarikat (AS),Presiden AS,Penasihat Keselamatan Kebangsaan AS,Laksamana Cutter dan Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) merancang dan melaksanakan beberapa misi rahsia untuk memerangi kartel dadah di Colombia. Namun begitu,kejadian pembunuhan Pengarah Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) dan duta AS di Bogota,Colombia telah menyebabkan AS mempertingkatkan tekanan dan serangan rahsia kepada kartel dadah Colombia. Tanpa disedari,ke ...more
Indah Threez Lestari
Salah satu contoh operasi rahasia CIA berdasarkan kepentingan pribadi Presiden, tanpa persetujuan Kongres, di mana misi tersebut gagal dan CIA menelantarkan/melupakan para prajurit yang diterjunkan dalam operasi. Iya sih, di setiap episode serial teve Mission Impossible sambil memerintahkan operasi rahasia agensi selalu mengingatkan bahwa mereka tidak akan mengakui kalau sang agen tertangkap musuh.

Di buku Membongkar Kegagalan CIA, ternyata banyak sekali operasi rahasia gagal macam begitu berkat
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Bruce Snell
Book 6 in the Jack Ryan series by Tom Clancy. This is a big complicated book - most other writers could have made two or three complete stories from the various plots and sub-plots, but Clancy in a display of his best writing style makes one all encompassing event of it. The various stories have to do with drug pirates captured and the information they provide leading to seizing almost a billion dollars of drug money and other assets around the world; military special operations troops being tra ...more
Jelinas
Clear and Present Danger is Clancy's fourth novel about CIA agent Jack Ryan. The book deals with a covert government operation sending a hand-picked and highly-trained group of soldiers into the hills of Colombia to fight a secret war on a ruthless drug dealer. Unbeknownst to Ryan, an enemy agent has compromised a CIA contact and is maneuvering to take down the leader of the drug cartel so that he can become its new leader.

In the meantime, Jack must figure out how to save the soldiers after the
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MattR
This book written by Tom Clancy is a realistic fictional tail about America dealing with the drug cartels in Columbia. Some major characters in this story are Felix Cortez a former Cuban DGI spy who is working for the Cartels, Jack Ryan a military annalist who attains a promotion, and "Ding" Chavez a soldier who is sent in with a special forces team from America to locate Cartel air flights so that they can be shot down and cause general havoc to their enemies.

At first the battle with the Cartel
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Jerome
The book begins like modern headlines and top stories in the news: a Coast Guard boat discovers several dead bodies on a drifting boat out at sea ... piecing together the scenes ... the Captain and his crew understand the grisly details which became all too clear. Before the discovery, they announce their intention to board the boat, only to find two Columbians who speak little and look guilty as sin. The Captain and crew have the presence of mind to record on film permanently what the encounter ...more
jonathan saenger
I've always wondered what the CIA actually does. This book tells a story of a CIA operation that started out as an attack on the huge drug cartel in Colombia. But as an agent working for the cartel figures out what is happening, things go downhill. The cartel's man decides to use the attack to his advantage use it to take over the cartel. The only problem is that this involves killing the U.S. soldiers stationed in the country. He makes a deal with an unloyal CIA man that allows him to do just t ...more
Cyberpope
One of Clancy's best.

The story follows the exploits of a secret cadre of soldiers trained & sent out to fight the war on drugs in enemy territory(eg. to the cocaine processing plants in South America); they treat it like an active war, as the president has declared the drug growers/smugglers.etc. to be a "clear & present danger" thus making them a legal target for the USA's military.

You'll recognize some of the main characters from other Clancy novels, especially Bing(Chav), a dedicated
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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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