Debt of Honor
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...more
Edit: The original hardcover is listed with 766 pages, so it is likely you have that one. The covers for the first hardcover and first mass market paperback are similar.(less)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
One of the best essays ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
My favorite scene is the ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more