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The Teeth of the Tiger (Jack Ryan Jr., #1)
by Tom Clancy
by Tom Clancy
After decades of Jack Sr. saving the world, I suppose it was time for a new savior to step up and carry the torch... But Jack Jr. isn't necessarily the man for that job, at least not yet. Whatever the formula is that made me love Jack Ryan was somehow lost on his son. I felt like the story was forced in order to raise up Jack Jr. in his dad's place. What are the chances that the king spook of the Cold War would also happen to raise up the next star in the intelligence community? Not to mention Clancy's choice of using Jack's two nephews as the muscle of The Campus... It came across as a bit contrived in order to create a link between the old guard and the new guard. I think I may have gotten too attached to the old cast and crew, because I sorely missed Jack, Robby, Mary Pat & Ed, and John Clark. Which leads me to the biggest upset in the book: John Clark NEEDED a cameo. Clancy creates a hitman shop that operates in the blackest of black and you don't even have John Clark show up once?! I get that he's running Rainbow, but John Clark was doing this decades before The Campus was (see: Without Remorse)... He wrote the book on it! Oh well, all in all it wasn't a bad story by any means, it just didn't have the magic I've gotten used to.
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