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The Bear and the Dragon (John Clark #3)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,263 Ratings  ·  330 Reviews
The #1 New York Times bestseller in hardcover, on the list for 24 weeks! President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known, in Tom Clancy's extraordinary new novel.... A high-level assassination attempt in Russia has the newly elected Ryan sending his most trusted eyes and ears-including antiterrorism specialist John Clark-to Moscow, for he fears the wo ...more
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Published August 1st 2001 by Berkley Books (first published August 21st 1999)
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Katherine Leduc This is part of the Jack Ryan series. It will stand alone but you may want to start closer to the to the beginning of the series with Patriot Games or…moreThis is part of the Jack Ryan series. It will stand alone but you may want to start closer to the to the beginning of the series with Patriot Games or Red Rabbit. The remainder of the series in internal time order; Hunt for Red October, Cardinal of the Kremlin, Clear and Present Danger, Sum of All Fears, Debt of Honor, Executive Orders. there are two that follow the Bear and the Dragon that I have not yet read. These are Command Authority and Full Force and Effect. (less)
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Oct 12, 2012 Jonathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“The Bear and the Dragon” is 1137 pages long. It could have been less than 600 if Clancy had left out the political propaganda.

The book’s focus is anti-China rhetoric. President Jack Ryan’s trusted SecTreas calls them “little slant-eyed fucks” and “Chink bastards”. SecState uses “our little yellow brothers” followed by “conscienceless motherfuckers” (“motherfuckers”, “cocksuckers”, and “barbarians” are primary descriptors of the Chinese). A Treasury hero calls them “little chinks”, “backwards c
Jan 05, 2013 George rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I've read probably half a dozen Clancy novels over the course of time, most recently this and Executive Orders.

What's interesting is that today, in 2013, how wrong Clancy has been about practically everything, from both foreign and domestic policy. Clancy has made a career of using an encyclopedic knowledge of weapons systems to create spy and military dramas, with no small amount of flag-waving.

But eventually, it grows tiresome. In the case of The Bear and the Dragon, it becomes flat out
Nov 16, 2008 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, books-i-own
This is something of a mash of previous Clancy plots with 600 extra pages thrown in for good measure. China, who is facing a major economic problem ( Red Storm Rising ), decides to start a war with Russia. The Chinese are lead by a cadre of arrogant, out of touch oligarchs ( Debt of Honor ) who are unable to see that they are in over their heads. This culminates in the US coming to Russia's aid, where they wreck all comers (Just about every Clancy book ever), and the Chinese attempting to nuke a ...more
Jan 04, 2008 Hoai rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the worst book I have ever read. what a waste of time. I lost alot of respect for Tom Clancy after this book.
Aug 16, 2008 Claire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to die while reading this book. It is awful. Clancy picks about seven key phrases - "six five and pick 'em", "the Navy makes great coffee", for example - and repeats them every two pages and then calls it writing. Oh, and he repeatedly calls Chinese people "Klingons". I'm not joking.
There is no way this book should be 1137 pages. It is seriously too long. Most of Tom Clancy's books are oversized, but generally they remain entertaining and the prose is for the most part worthy of being kept in for the final printing, but this is the first time in a TC novel where I've felt major pain in getting to the end. This book needed an editor.
I believe the Clancy universe jumped the shark with the previous book, Rainbow Six. The plot for the Bear and the Dragon seems to involve much r
J.D. Swinn
Jan 30, 2013 J.D. Swinn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
THis is the book that made me quit Clancy's Ryan series.

**Spoiler alert***

Well, I kind of wish I could spoil this, but it was all so cliche and predictable.

It seems Clancy has found his Novel script, and the only thing that differs is the name of the good and bad guys.

In this one, Russia is the good guy that is being attacked by the bad guy China. RUssian characters are oh-so-noble and the Chinese evil or bland (they're gonna die anyway, so why bother making them human)

It's all just too obviou
Aug 10, 2015 J.M. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bill O'Reilly fans, masochists
"You still reading that fascist crap?" --Mr. Brady, my 8th-grade History teacher

This book has been brought to you by Drunk Uncle. Hooooly shit, this was bad. I had pretty low expectations going in but, wow, this is easily one of the worst books I've ever read. It's definitely the longest terrible book I've actually finished since Atlas Shrugged. Broadly racist, broadly sexist, and yes, generally fascist in terms of its politics. Nevermind the wooden, monochromatic prose and the contrived, predic
Jun 20, 2012 Greg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This will be the last Clancy book I read. His writing has gotten sloppy, and his personal politics have taken over his story lines. I'd like to think he was a better writer than this back in his "Hunt for Red October" and "Cardinal of the Kremlin" days - and that my love for his writing wasn't purely a lack of maturity on my part.

Bear & Dragon has all of the granular over-detailed descriptions of every little working part of every military piece of hardware one would expect, with a completel
Thomas Strömquist
At some point I'm going to revisit the early Clancy's in the hope that they are as suspenseful as I remember them. This, however, I've read for the first and last time. I'm not sure where it all went wrong or why, but this is not good and at a thousand+ pages it's not to be taken lightly either.
Dec 20, 2013 Kyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom Clancy’s The Bear and The Dragon was an amazing read. This book is for anyone who wants to read and has the time to take in a thousand page book. It doesn’t fell like a thousand pages once you start the book flies by with relative ease. The book starts off with a Russian head of state being caught up in an attempted murder and narrowly escaping with his life. The first few pages set the tone for the whole book. This book starts off explosive and continues to keep a fast pace and action throu ...more
Jan 26, 2008 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition I like Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" books. Guilty pleasure I suppose. By this point the Jack Ryan Universe is so far removed from the real world that it may as well be science fiction. Still, the books ARE page-turners, and they make great "vacation/at the beach" books. When you devour books the way I do (usually a couple hundred pages at a sitting), a 600-900 page book that holds your interest is a fun read! Still, this series is getting a little TOO formulaic and this one (more than the re ...more
Nikki Golden
Here's another complaint about Tom Clancy books--yeah, still not sure why I end up reading them--it takes him 400 pages to get to a plot. For 400 pages, he's meandering among too many potential plot lines, and really, it's a lot of work to keep track of them all. But hey, he still sells books, and I still keep reading them, so that's my fault.

This one--which is hopefully the last of this ridiculously long series--was WAY too heavy on the anti-abortion stance. I think that we could have done away
Feb 19, 2008 Evan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definately not my favorite Tom Clancy novel. It took a while for the plot to unravel, and even then it was a little bit of a stretch. Took too long to get the real battle, and once there it was over too quickly and too hokey. Clancy is usually rock-solid on this stuff, but missed the mark on this one. Not horrible by any means - still finished it, at least - but definately a couple notches below what i would expect from Tom.
Oct 25, 2010 Kelli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I didn't get very far in this book. I read just a couple chapters- enough to see that swearing was going to be commonplace.
I stopped reading because of that. If I want to hear the F-word, I can just come to school and not tell the kids to knock it off... Too bad- the story was very promising. I was excited for the exciting read.
Jul 12, 2015 Jess rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to have to click the 1-star rating, but 2 stars equals "it was ok," and I really didn't like it. It's sad how Tom Clancy went from being a compelling author to one so rabid in his politics that he couldn't keep that out of his novels. I recently read one of the books that was a partnership with another author and decided to dig back a little and read a pure Clancy effort that I hadn't gotten to before.

Sadly, this book reeks of his politics. It's so long that you would have hoped an editor
Morris Graham
Aug 14, 2015 Morris Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't find the audiobook listed on Amazon. The audiobook by Frank Muller was distracting. He chose the third party narrative voice to sound like Keith Ledger's Joker voice.

Now for the book. It had plenty of action, plot and subplot--complete with spycraft, politics, and assassination attempts. What I found the most interesting was the way the CIA agent "bugged" the Chinese minister's secretary's laptop. The book had its shortcomings. There were things repeated later as though it was a novel
Bradley Woods
Oct 12, 2013 Bradley Woods rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fictional conflict between Russia and the People's Republic of China. President Ryan, upon finding intel that the Chinese were planning a hasty invasion of far eastern Siberia, asks NATO to allow Russian entry, so Russia, fragmented after the collapse of the USSR would be under NATO protection. NATO agree's and Russia is allowed entry. The PLA skeptical about the NATO-Russian alliance goes ahead with preset invasion plans. The NATO response is a destroyed PLA Navy by US carrier fighters, the des ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Tom Clancy novel. It was a fascinating genre leap for me. I do love international politics, but I've only ever encountered them in a present tense sense, i.e. reading the news. It was intriguing to try and put myself into the perspective of the story, being about modern times but written a decade ago in a parallel universe where some events from the past are the same as ours and some are different. It's entirely believable. I thought it was funny that China was the country that ...more
Nico N
Feb 20, 2015 Nico N rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let's just say I seriously contemplated abandoning my challenge to myself to finish every book I start while trudging through this beast. I was excited to find something on my shelf (seriously, why was this in my bookcase?) I could pick up on a whim and just dive in to a good story; it is Tom Clancy, after all. I did enjoy the beginning of the book, but after the first hundred pages or so, it just dragged on and on…for thirteen hundred more pages.
Oct 02, 2014 Israel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Israel Rodriguez
Per: 3
The long novel “The bear and the dragon” written by Tom Clancy Is a story that takes a lot of your time just for the story to end with an Asian named Ming to go out and eat then go home to eat a dessert. This book does take a while for the good parts and the action in the story to actually start. Even doe this is one of the first Tom Clancy books that I actually try to read it made me feel board and have little respect for this author. The reason is why is
Jan 19, 2015 Saqib rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tout commence par un attaque à la roquette en plein Moscou, sur une voiture qui aurait pu être celle de S. Golovko, le principal conseiller du président russe ; et par l'assassinat du représentant du Pape et d'un pasteur baptiste par un policier chinois.
A partir de là nous suivons l'escalade d'un conflit né d'incompréhensions mutuelles et de considérations géopolitiques.

Je me suis ennuyée en lisant cet opus de Tom Clancy. En m'appuyant sur le titre, je pensais que l'histoire concernait un conf
May 18, 2015 Tsvetomir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is quite big, but I think it's worth reading. You may find it a bit slow till the first half, but it's not all about the action. I think with this book you can see the day to day life of the men and women who govern big countries like Russia and USA. I find this interesting.
Yes, USA is hyperbolised a lot, but this is a book from an American author after all.
Sep 27, 2007 Lu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 300 pages were tough to get through, but, finally, Clancy got the hook in. The last 600 pages had my interest reading about the turmoil a president must go through daily, the cultural differences between countries which affects their political decisions,i.e. China, Russia, and the Unites States, and the military technology that can almost read minds.
Jan 06, 2016 Phantom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To sum it all up, Tom Clancy's The Bear and the Dragon was LONG... in every sense of the word. I'm still going to continue working through the 'Jack Ryan Universe' series in chronological reading order, but the last few entries have admittedly started to feel a bit like a chore to get through, especially this one. While the payoff is pretty good (in typical Clancy fashion), its lead-up doesn't seem to be "worth it." Furthermore, when you finally do get to the action sequence you've been waiting ...more
Joni Parker
I guess I missed the book where Jack Ryan became President of the United States. It seems to be a strange career step for a CIA analyst. While I liked the intrigue overall in this book, I found a few flaws which was quite unusual for a Clancy book. Russia was brought into NATO on the decision of the President and virtually overnight. This process would have taken months if not years to get done, if at all. Also, there was no presence of U.S. forces in the area, but suddenly there were. Once agai ...more
Oct 11, 2007 pomponette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not really my taste, but i just want to try politics, CIA, NSA and government stuff a difficult time to get used to the details and espionage vocabs, but finally enjoying it... hopefully cud finish this as its my first try having several heavy reading materials at a time :P
Devon Aguirre
I really like most of Tom Clancy’s novels. Clancy really goes into the depth of the military technical stuff and that really appeals to me. This one was considerably different from many of his previous Jack Ryan books. I could definitely sense a racist view of the Chinese in the way the characters talked. A little of it would have made sense but this novel went a little too far in the way it portrays Chinese. Clancy keeps calling them barbarians and heathens and I feel like he didn’t really gras ...more
Jan 11, 2014 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it's apparent the Muses that served Clancy so well for his first few books have all but abandoned him. Starting with Executive Orders he departs from his military/political/spy genres into the social pontificating arena. With The Bear and the Dragon he's really on his high horse regarding social issues - about which I'd have to say he's either lacking in information from the 21st century or he's choosing to ignore it. His repeated comments about shopping being imbedded in women's genes is ...more
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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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