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Debt of Honor

(Jack Ryan #7)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  44,874 ratings  ·  639 reviews
Razio Yamata is one of Japan's most influential industrialists, and part of a relatively small group of authority who wield tremendous authority in the Pacific Rim's economic powerhouse.

He has devised a plan to cripple the American greatness, humble the US military, and elevate Japan to a position of dominance on the world stage.

Yamata's motivation lies in his desire to pa

Paperback, 990 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Berkley Books (first published August 17th 1994)
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Glenn Russell

Christopher Buckley, book reviewer par excellence

This Christopher Buckley review just might qualify as my favorite book review ever. Notice how Christopher skewers a popular writer, a very bad writer, who is racist, sexist, superficial and just plain silly. I've enjoyed reading this review over and over and over.

By the way, science fiction author Norman Spinrad wrote a satirical novel, The Iron Dream, modeled on comic book superheros forever battling the forces of evil. After reading (a quick r
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
5.5 to 6.0 stars. This is my favorite Tom Clancy book. I don't want to give away any spoilers but the scope of the plot and the multi-pronged attack on the U.S. was amazing. Add to that the superb way in which the good guys fight back and an "over the top" ending and you have a memorable piece of fiction by one of the masters of the genre.
Thomas Strömquist
The last of the Clancy/Ryan books I liked and I'm very happy I put that 4-star rating for it there way before writing this review. Because trying to remember it now, it kind of blends, not surprisingly, with Executive Orders - the first one I really disliked. My gut tells me 4 stars is probably way generous, but I'll stand by them I guess. I will, however, say that if you ask me, this is as far as you should venture... ...more
Igor Ljubuncic
A pretty solid book. It's got a lot of good stuff, and it's reminiscent of the earlier works.

It's probably the most colorful of all Tom's works, including a Pearl Harbor like event, B-2 bombers, nukes, why not to draw your pistol from an armpit holster, lasers, Chavez and Clark are back, we get a new fast-track promoted president (hint hint), and a whole bunch more. I read this about twenty years ago, once, and I still remember it quite vividly. A textbook [sic] guide to political techno-thrille
Mike Edwards
Nov 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pop-fiction
Perhaps 1 star is a bit harsh; maybe I should give it 1.5 instead. Clancy remains a skilled writer, in terms of dialogue, character development, and the build-up of suspense. If you've gotten this far in the Jack Ryan series, Debt of Honor will be an easy and enjoyable read for you.

The problem is the plot. The gymnastics that Clancy needs to go through to set up a half-way plausible explanation for a war between the United States and Japan--not to mention a reason why Japan has half a chance aga
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book - but for how long it is, not a whole lot really happened. When I was done, I though "It really took 990 pages to tell that story"? There was a lot of really intricate military information that was not as interesting to me, but showed that Clancy put a lot of thought into that sort of thing - at times it felt like he had been working on this great idea for a military engagement, and somehow he was going to fit it into a novel somewhere. These parts greatly contrasted with the ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Great detail.....things that came to my mind:
-- Technology producers are business. Therefore, they need to make a profit. They are then allowed to sell said technology to nations at a time when nations are not hostile to the home nation which paid for the technology development. The receiving nations may become hostile and use said technology against those who paid for it.

-- Those employed in the government political swamp have a full range of ethics

-- News reporters are con
Another Coronavirus reread while waiting for the local library system to spin into operation to provide newer releases...While many Social Justice Warriors slammed this book because, GASP, there are villians who aren't patriotic Americans, I enjoyed the story...Except for "Young Jack," most of the "Ryan Universe” is here in the mega geopolitical thriller involving conflict between Japan and the US...Pretty hefty tome that shows Jack's path to the White House...Good Stuff!
Paul Cude
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The very first Tom Clancy book I ever bought, and by mistake as well. (Through a book club in case you were wondering. I was too lazy to send it back) After reading this, I had to go back and get all of his previous books. Having reread this recently, I marvelled at the complexity of everything going on, and how wonderfully well it all comes together at the end. It's hard to fathom how the author can write in some much detail, with so much knowledge, combining it all in an intricate plot. Great ...more
Todd Hickman
OK, maybe two stars looks harsh, but the book was OK and that is the best I can say about it.
The spy plot thread, with underground operatives in Japan was actually pretty good. I liked the air war thread. But the long, long, LOOONG, parts about financial double dealing left me cold.
I will say this, it had a slam-bang ending that caught me by surprise.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Book on CD, but I also own it in paperback. My family really found this one too hard to follow while driving. Kids put on head phones, wife was bored. I loved it. We finished it and I finally found out how Jack Ryan Sr became president.
Jan 21, 2010 added it
Debt of Honor, among other things, is the story of Jack Ryan and his role in a conflict between the Japan and the United States that eventually leads to war between the two countries. Personally, I found this book to be very boring because of the fact that it was overly long. Throughout the book, I saw multiple parts where the author, Tom Clancy could have just ended the book, but he kept going on and on. Eventually, I just found that he dragged out the events to the point where I was, instead o ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Debt of Honor is a lengthy 990 page book written by Tom Clancy and published by Berkley Books. Its title refers to the debt of honour Mr. Yamata owed his family after they died escaping US capture in World War 2. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it a rating of 3.7/4.0 stars.
This novel would appeal to an audience of above average to high reading and literacy abilities, and to people who don’t mind pushing through almost 1000 pages. If you match the mentioned criteria, and you enjoy actio
Victoria Moore
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read espionage novels but once I started reading Tom Clancy's "Debt of Honor" I felt ready for the challenge. Written in a lengthy format where a wide range of characters in the United States, Japan, Saipan and Russia struggled to exist in a world changed by war, technology and loss it was both detailed and intense. Central to all of the action, was the continuing saga of John (Jack) Patrick Ryan who impressed me immensely with his superior political skills. He handled himself s ...more
Tim Healy
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well. I'm sure there are people, even those who like Clancy, that were disappointed by this novel. I am not one of them. I never saw this one coming. Without getting two spoiler-y...Clancy sets up a believable convergence of events and political pressure to cause a war between the US and an important ally. I'm not saying which, though it won't be hard for you to find if you choose to do so. I found the machinations behind the scene fascinating, as the ally-turned-enemy country tries to take out ...more
Nick Black
A more enjoyable outing than The Sum of All Fears or the lamentable Without Remorse; Clancy managed here to get it up one last time following the CCCP's dissolution, and I've got to admit that one of my first thoughts on 2001-09-11 was "holy gawd some Montana nutcase has brought his Debt of Honor recreation society to a horrible climax". Everything fell apart in the followup effort Executive Orders, which was to close the door on my teenage fascination with Old Man Clancy.

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Mike (the Paladin)
I like Mr. Clancy's Ryan books (well i like the Clark books to). Though they are somewhat dated now, as time moves and we get further and further from the cold war they are still fairly unflinching and to an extent insightful.

This one while indulging in a bit more fancy than a couple of the others, it still lays out an interesting story and leads into the following books.

I think many may find the "trade war" and the American government s reaction to things interesting here.

I like it. It's a goo
Jan 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read about a book a week. I haven't read a Clancy book in years, since "Without Remorse ", which I thought was excellent. So I decided to tackle "Debt of Honor". It was loaded with background for the plot, character development, and historical detail. Very little dialog. It moved so slowly that it became a drudgery to read. I have no doubt, that it would eventually delivery a good story. Just not worth the wait. After several hundred pages, I decided enough was enough, and quit.
Christian D.  Orr
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tom Clancy fans, thriller fans, military buffs
Published back in 1995, "Debt of Honor" has a storyline that seems dated in so many ways in 2016; Japan has been economically prostrate for over two decades and are no longer seen by the American public as the economic bogeyman and juggernaut that they were back in the 19902; our relations with Russia have deteriorated significantly in the last couple of years and no longer have the spirit of cooperation that existed back then; the commie regime in North Korea obviously has not collapsed yet; an ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another solid Clancy novel! A lot of parts in the book seemed to drag because Clancy would get into long and lengthy descriptions but the plot really held my interest. What I didn't see coming was the ending, I won't say what happens for those of you who like Tom Clancy and haven't read Debt of Honor yet, but I'll just say this, you'll never see it coming!

I'm guessing that the next book in the series, Executive Orders will pick right up where this book ended. I was gonna read it next but after h
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book and full of action and intrigue. A lot of it centers around military stuff though, and that got a bit tedious after a while. It is a long book as well. I wasn't till the very end that I figured out that I'd probably read this at some time in the distant past. So that says something about the story, or about how well I remember things. The thing that made me remember is the event that caused Jack Ryan to become president, rather than just an advisor to the president. ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the most intense Tom Clancy novels I've read so far. An extremely intricate collection of plots are expertly tied together, and brought not to a satisfying conclusion, but rather a stunning end that picks up with the next book, 'Executive Orders'. My only criticism comes from personal preference: the details regarding global finance were extremely difficult to follow, and became quickly tedious. These can, however, be skimmed in order to get the gist that is necessary to continue followin ...more
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was by far my most favorite of the Jack Ryan series!

Uniquely, as I was enjoying the whole thing, I thought to myself that one would be hard pressed to enjoy it as much without the entire backstory of all the collective other Jack Ryan books, up to that point.

So, in light of all the others, this one stands on the mountaintop as a shining crown!
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
If not for the last 200 pages, this might've earned a one-star rating. It's just incredibly boring. The first 400 pages could've been 200 pages, and everything after that could've been heavily trimmed. This is a general complaint I've had with Clancy, but he usually overcame it with good plot, thrills, action, etc. He always included extraneous information and plot lines that could've been cut, but this was the worst example I've seen so far. As one reads through the first 400 pages (the story s ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like any Tom Clancy novel, it started off a bit slow, but I have to say it ended with a huge cliff hanger. I'm definitely going to want to get the next novel soon!
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely great! If you love Clancy, you'll love this one too.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
The last decade of Tom Clancy's life must have been very frightening for him. He found himself in a world rapidly demobilizing from the Cold War, where spending enormous sums of money to secure nebulous degrees of security was going out of vogue (he needn't have worried--the War on Terror has found a plethora of new ways to waste money on the illusion of safety); a world where a woman might credibly accuse a man of sexual assault and see some measure of justice; a world where it was no longer ac ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, in which Jack and the NSA 'discover' that Japan's business interests have coerced their government into launching a modern-day sneak attack on the US and get away with it almost without the US even being aware of it. Together with the usual supporting cast from the previous novels, Jack is able to restore the status-quo-ante by the end of the book, that is up to the surprise finish which leaves Jack 'in charge.'

My favorite scene is the
Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Debt of Honor is basically about what happens when the Americans mess with the Japanese. Our main character, Jack Ryan, has been called in as the National Security Advisor and must deal with all the problems that take place over the course of the book.

Ryan was a pretty boring character (at least for me, though this is the only Jack Ryan book I've read)and though he always knew what to do, he really had to flaws and was pretty flat. It seemed like Clancy just wanted to show off his favorite char
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first of a mini trilogy within the Ryanverse, this book sets of a chain of events that culminate in the end of "The Bear and the Dragon". Poorer than its sequel "Executive Orders" but better than "The Bear and the Dragon", it details a war between Japan and the United States, triggered by a revengefull political mastermind.

I'll cut straight to it: a lot of the events leading up to the war are, to say the least, highly unlikely, and without a doubt written with American patriotism as the dri
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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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