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The Bear and the Dragon (Jack Ryan Universe #11)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  20,389 Ratings  ·  396 Reviews
Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the R ...more
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Adam I'm still in the process of reading it but geez, the politics are harsh. Ryan is grating as a conservative Dudley do-right, his depiction of the…moreI'm still in the process of reading it but geez, the politics are harsh. Ryan is grating as a conservative Dudley do-right, his depiction of the Chinese does border on discriminatory, and overall his politics are so blatant I feel like I'm reading a Pat Buchanan script.(less)
Adam Probably way too late to respond, but start with Patriot Games and work from there. Don't miss Red October, skip Red Rabbit. And don't waste your time…moreProbably way too late to respond, but start with Patriot Games and work from there. Don't miss Red October, skip Red Rabbit. And don't waste your time with this book.(less)
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Oct 12, 2012 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 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 10, 2008 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 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 15, 2008 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
Jun 21, 2015 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
J.D. Swinn
Jan 30, 2013 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
Jun 01, 2012 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.
Apr 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Neoconservatives
What a disappointing end to the President Ryan trilogy. I liked Debt of Honor and was on the edge of my seat biting my nails throughout Executive Orders. What went wrong?

I think Tom Clancy forgot how to write. He broke the cardinal rule of storytelling: show, don’t tell. In his previous books, battle scenes included vivid imagery and verbs. Now, it’s just dialogue with some military lingo thrown in. His paragraphs read more like Department of Defense briefings than a novel. And the suspense is g
Dec 20, 2013 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 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
Aug 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I have liked many of Clancy's books, but this one is one of the biggest, most offensive pieces of sh*t out there. Any likeability of the Jack Ryan character is immediately out the window just a few pages in to this book, as he starts spouting his fascist, racist, sexist views. If the man hates being President so much, why does he quit? The Secret Service has better be on the lookout for him, as I wouldn't be surprised if his wife smothered him in his sleep. This book would probably be a real ...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 11, 2008 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 12, 2010 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 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clancy
finished this one this morning, 'bout 4:30 in the a.m. great story, 5-stars, quite the tale.

long. the p.b. version is 1137 pages? don't know for certain, read the kindle version, library copy. 19,973 ratings, 387 reviews, 3.79 average? had to scroll to see a review higher than...what? 3? most of those listed first are one and two-star reviews, liked by enough that that is where it stands. heh! focking politics. that seems to be one major complaint. sheesh, the story is political. as are the revi
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
60% politics, 30% religion, 10% war. 100% mediocre.
Ok, that is it. I am done with Clancy and Jack Ryan.
And I’m relieved that I’ve now lost interest in Jack Ryan because it means I won’t feel the slightest compunction to pick up another Clancy novel. I’ve read and enjoyed some and mostly enjoyed the films, but lately I’ve struggled with the Politics of Clancy projected by his Character Jack Ryan. Despite the difficulty I had with major elements of Executive Orders, I found the story interesting enough to want to continue on the Journey with Jack
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a letdown. A fairly ridiculous story that alternates racism, bad prognostication and great men's bathroom habits; this is where Tom Clancy leaves off in the Jack Ryan saga. What do we learn from this book? That Tom Clancy guessed wrong about who the world's next threat would be (betting on China), that this probably stems from a racist attitude towards Asians (which started with his evil Japanese, continuing with his evil Chinese for the third time), and that great men take no action until ...more
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-fiction
This is easily the worst Clancy book I've read. The only way this gets two stars is that—like all Clancy books—it's a thrilling ride. I could handle the political propaganda, because books aren't written in an ideological vacuum. And Clancy isn't writing in a real world, either. It's a world where the president gets to unilaterally go to war whenever he wants and one where countries are clearly divided into good and evil. It's an uncomplicated world that's fun for novels and completely irrelevan ...more
Bradley Woods
Oct 12, 2013 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
Jedrek Kostecki
Clany's lost it. He had it before, Red October and Red Storm Rising were fun, readable books. In contrast, this one is a disaster.

The book could easily be half the length if Clancy had decided to do two things:

* Stop repeating everything. Most memorable things people say are repeated at least two or three times, many are drilled by repetition to the point of making you want to cut somebody. Generals/leaders not happy having to kill other people, but still doing it because it's their job? Seven o
Jul 12, 2015 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
Joe Herrick
“The Bear and the Dragon” is a novel that has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while now. I bought it years ago but never started it. I have been waiting for the chance to finally read it and see what happens between the Bear (Russia) and the Dragon (China). Before doing so, I made the decision to go back and read all of the novels that lead up to it. This was quite a task, in and of itself. Seven months later, there I was, ready to begin the book whose topic had fascinated me for years. Now t ...more
Morris Graham
Aug 14, 2015 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
Oct 29, 2012 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
The last of a trilogy within the Ryanverse, this book finish the events that started with Jack Ryan becoming NSA in "Debt of Honor", followed closely by "Executive Orders". In my opinion the poorest of the three, as it does not have all the smaller, thrilling subplots present in the previous books. As such, the build up is VERY slow, and the classic Clancy suspense does not surface until very late in the book.

Still a good read, though, as Clancy does a masterful job of detailing high level secur
Dec 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: novels
Just when you thought things had to settle down for Jack Ryan....
Nuclear weapons misplaced, Chinese troops moving to annex large portions of Russia, kooks and meglomaniacs (and that is just in the US Senate :)
Jack Ryan has to use all of his skills in order to bring everything back to normal in a workd that seems to be comming apart at the seams.
Very exciting novel from Tom Clancy.
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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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