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Command Authority

(Jack Ryan #9)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  12,643 ratings  ·  842 reviews

Command Authority see's the return of Tom Clancy's greatest hero, Jack Ryan.

Decades ago, when he was a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan, Sr. was sent on what was supposed to be a simple support mission to investigate the death of an operative who had been looking into suspicious banking activities at a Swiss bank. Ryan's dogged tenacity uncovered not only financi

Kindle Edition, 745 pages
Published December 5th 2013 by Penguin (first published December 3rd 2013)
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John Johnson I have never been a Clancy fan. I started reading Hunt For Red October once, but never finished it. I read this one at the urging of my mother,…moreI have never been a Clancy fan. I started reading Hunt For Red October once, but never finished it. I read this one at the urging of my mother, because of its similarities to the actual facts of today. All I really needed to know was that Jack Ryan has been the main character in most of the Clancy books and now he is the President of the United States. His son, Jack Ryan Jr. has taken the lead role.

From there, I had all I needed to enjoy this book.(less)
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Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is it about spy stories that captures our fancy? From all indications, the reality of spyhood is one of boring inactivity, anonymity and numbing loneliness. And yet, writers keep writing about them, and readers devour these books.

For sure, there's a certain degree of spy romanticization, and in Command Authority such is liberally lathered. Thirty years before he became US president, Jack Ryan, as a CIA analyst and liaison with the British MI6, was on the trail of a Soviet assassin codenamed
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About two years ago I re-read all of Clancy's work after many years of liking it. After the re-reading a felt a little let down by his writing style as it felt very juvenile. It left me with the same feeling of re-watching an 80s movie I really liked back in the day and realising it was very cheesey.

But hats off to the late Clancy & Mark Greaney this book has a great storyline and is well told. Excellent work.
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jack Ryan, a former CIA agent, is now into his second term as the president of United States. His son, Jack Ryan Jr. is in England working as a financial analyst. When Russia seized the oil company of a Scottish billionaire on account of non-payment of taxes, Jack Jr. knew that something fishy was going on. Though advised not to pursue the matter, Jack Jr. decides to investigate and get to the bottom of it.

During a luncheon with President Ryan, a
Nathan Mackay
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is a little sad to Know that the man who created Jack Ryan, John Kelly/Clark and some of the best stories i have read is dead, but i must say the book was written just well enough to say good bye and maybe lead to some more for Junior through Mark Greenburg !! lets hope so
T.L. Williams
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tom Clancy Fans
I felt a sense of constant nostalgia as I read this book, Clancy's last (RIP Tom). I enjoyed the chronological device that Clancy used, going back in time to chronicle the young Jack Ryan's relationships with MI-6, MI-5 and the various and sundry Russians bent on destroying the West. I think he showed a little too much leg early on when Jack Ryan Junior was called off of his economic forensics work because of relationships that his boss had with the Russians. I have to admit though that I didn't ...more
Mike French
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Tom Clancy for all the enjoyable hours of reading your work since 1984! The last one is among the best ones.It doesn't get better than Command Authority
As much as I enjoyed Command Authority, it also saddened me to end it because this was the final book written by Tom Clancy, with the book being published posthumously when he passed away unfortunately, which saddened me greatly. Mr. Clancy captured the attention of many readers with his 1980's debut of The Hunt For Red October, and since then he made quite a name for himself. But even though Mr. Clancy has left us, I have a feeling we haven't yet seen the last of Mr. Jack Ryan, because I know s ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As this was the last book written by Tom Clancy, I started it with trepidation. I have been enjoying these books for a couple of decades and the thought that I was about to read the last book was depressing. I took my time reading it, until the familiar characters and fabulous story line sucked me in and propelled me through this wonderful chapter in the Jack Ryan series. Once again, this master storyteller wove a tale of several different and divergent thought threads that he slowly and expertl ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
President Jack Ryan & Son vs a Putin-like Russian President in this slow paced, overly detailed thriller. I've always maintained that the late Tom Clancy was badly in need a page slashing editor to trim his otherwise excellent books into more readable prose. Unfortunately, this book is no exception to the existing template even with Mark Geary's assistance.
Nick Brett
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear, lots of reviews lamenting the loss of Tom Clancy and this, his 'last ever book'. I doubt he had much to do with this at all and stopped writing his books years ago. So the series will continue with his name on it and will be written by other authors as they have been for years.

Although not as good as the last novel he wrote under the Clancy banner, this isn't bad and it is certainly topical. An aggressive Russian leader (Putin in everything but name) is after expansion into it's old Sta
J.T. Patten
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greaney Commands Authority on Storytelling

I loved every minute of Greaney's Campus Novel as a fan of the past characters and a lover of reading. The point I make of "reading" is that this is a story teller's book. One can tell that the author did extensive research across global military and intelligence entities, organized crime, geographic setting, business intelligence and banking, and combatives. Any one of these topics would be a handful, but Greaney executes like an artisan crafting these
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is in my view the best Tom Clancy book of the last 10 years ( although to be honest I suspect Mark Greaney has a lot to say with that as the Clancy books have started to get better since he became involved).
The reason this book is so much better is that for once it is rooted in every day fact and in this case the events of the last decade in Russia and in Ukraine.
The duo of authors paint a scenario that is believable and the story benefits highly from it. ( going back to the old East-West o
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this while walking the dogs. It's your typical thrill ride from the Tom Clancy universe. Lot's of military and espionage lingo. Several subplots that coalesce together by the end of the story. This one sort of let me down a little. It was go-go-go for the better part of the book. Going back and forth between Jack Ryan Jr's life and the 30 years ago Jack Ryan's CIA life. The ending and loose ends came together pretty fast over the last 30 minutes of the book and felt rushed and too ...more
Tanner Muro
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Command Authority, written by Tom Clancy was another successful Clancy story. The book opens with a prologue that I had completely forgotten about until after finishing the book. Upon starting to reread the prologue, I remembered my initial state of confusion when I had first read it but then looking back everything made sense and I realized what the point of the prologue and why it was put into the text. In the first few chapters, I had thought that it was going to be a rather linear story abou ...more
Great book. Somewhat prescient, though it has the U.S. figuring out what is going on and ending it. Much faster.
Another great book for understanding the importance of information in our world today and what one can do with it.
From a real politic point of view, the book demonstrates the importance of strength and technical advancement in intelligence capabilities, military systems, and the willingness to quietly and judiciously use these capabilities. It also points out that our nation has, and
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the best of The Campus novel books. The story revolves around an off-shoot of the former KGB taking coming to power in Russia. Jack Jr. is in London working for a business intelligence firm while the rest of the Campus operators are training back in the US while trying to find a new operating space after the last novel. Quickly Jack Jr. uncovers some shady business dealings that tie directly to the Soviet government, which eventually leads him to uncovering information that leads to a s ...more
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The late Tom Clancy's books continue to be longer than necessary. It's too bad Mr. Clancy was unable to find a good editor to delete numerous unnecessary words. The ongoing 30 year time jump flash is more annoying than contributing, even at the end. 4 of 10 stars
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the timely plot of this book, and loved the fantastic narration by Lou Diamond Phillips. As is typical of Clancy books, the characters are fairly wooden but the military tactics and weapons are accurate and interesting.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book—and continuing the Clancy characters in good fashion. Although written years ago, the story and its competition with Russia and China could be new today. Well written with intriguing characters from the Cold War era. Well worth the time spent as it is a long novel..
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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finished this one this rainy sunday morning, father's day, 18 jun 17. good story. 4.872019837 stars. i see parallels to the real world, benghazi, ukraine, this, that, the other. nice, too, how clancy portrays a corrupt regime's co-opting of both sides of the coin...nice, as i've read situations like that, again in the fabled real world, in some of the recent non-fiction i've read. a real page-turner. good read.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I have read on my new Kindle Paperwhite. Thank you Cathy for guiding me to Kindle. Mark Greaney has done a marvelous job with this Clancy book. He has synchronously and cohisively tied 5 separate storylines together without missing a beat in the total novel. Storeline: 1-Jack Ryan Senior President today, 2-Jack Ryan Senior flashback 30 years, 3-Jack Ryan Jr, 4-Russians, and 5-The Campus team. Lot's of action. Greaney ties it all back together in the end. I was impress ...more
I had delayed reading this book after the death of Tom Clancy, sort of, postponing the end of the Clancy era. When I read the first few chapter's I said Wow! This is right out of the headlines of today’s news. This is not the first time Clancy’s has a seemingly far out part of one of his stories has come to be seen in the headlines, I am thinking of his having terrorist seizing airliners and flying them into buildings long before nine eleven. The story opens up with military action in Estonia as ...more
Monique Snyman
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Command Authority is the ninth installment of the Jack Ryan series, and it was kind of sad to read it, knowing that Tom Clancy isn't with us anymore. Nevertheless, I'm sure that Jack Ryan's adventures aren't completely over and Clancy's legacy will live on in fans' hearts for a long time (and fan-fiction will probably start popping up on the internet after a while), so that's something to hold onto, right? I'm also hoping that there are a few unfinished manuscripts that are hidden in a safe some ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed the complexity of the plot and the military technological details of Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” novels. “Command Authority” is no exception. It’s too bad that Clancy died. But this is a nice way to end the Jack Ryan series.

The story is right out of today’s headlines. It “explains” – or at least presents a plausible view – of what could be happening (or is happening!) in the Russian government right now. Yikes! A primary character, Valeri Voldin, sure sounds like Vladimir Put
Lisa Brown
This book finds Jack Ryan Sr. beginning a second term as the President of the United States, while his son, Jack Jr., has left espionage for a "safer" job in finance in England. AS Jack Jr. is investigating a case for a client, things get a little dicey as he goes much further into the issue than the "bad guys" are comfortable with.

Meanwhile, Jack Sr. is dealing with a very unfriendly Russia, and trying to protect people from the damage of a dangerous leader. All throughout the book, there are
Gripping plot a very intense book. Clancy writes with a mastery of technical skill. I would read about how to fly military weaponry carry and shoot with varied weapons, spy techniques and interrogations, Military tactics I would never be exposed to. Also it it wrote with flashbacks and I still tore it up!
It took me out of the daily grind. I have to admit It was a challenging read, this is way off the worn path style of book for me. It took about 100 pages to really get me engaged and the story
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following Jack Ryan and Jack Ryan II in this political and espionage thriller. It begins with young Jack working in London working for a large firm of researchers and lawyers who represent individuals/companies trying to recover assets stolen by other countries/companies. Jack is working on tracking and trying to recover monies lost when Gazprom, a large Russian company acquired its assets by less than legal means which has drawn him into a world of spies, Russian mobs and the top leaders of Rus ...more
Chris King
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, love that Jack and Jack Junior are basically investigating the same people across 30 years. The Clancy universe is so big now, he tries to include everyone, and you seem to get a bit shortchanged, almost getting cameos from many characters, but there is no way around that. Gonna miss these people.
Fredrick Danysh
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thirty years apart, President Jack Ryan and his son Jack, Jr., become involved in a the search for a Russian assassin code named Zenith. The current Russian president is on a quest to reclaim Eastern Europe for Russia and bodies are dropping in Europe and the United States. This, what I believe to be Tom Clancey's final work, is a delightful, engrossing story.
Dheeraj Bharti
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly and eerily prophetic about the turn of events in Crimea and Ukraine, I happened to be reading the book at about the same time Crimea joined the Russian federation and the other seperatist movements began in Eastern Ukraine.

Tom Clancy keeps you on the edge with this exciting thriller!
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