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The Teeth of the Tiger

(Jack Ryan, Jr. #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  24,140 ratings  ·  700 reviews
Mohammed sits in a café in Vienna, to propose joining his network of agents and sympathizers in Europe and Middle East with a Colombian's drug network in America for terrorism, profits and destruction. Off book U.S. top secret agency The Campus for President John Patrick Ryan has the best of the best.

Dominic Caruso is a rookie FBI agent, barely a year out of Quantico, whos

Paperback, 625 pages
Published August 26th 2004 by Penguin Books Ltd. (first published August 2003)
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Tom LA
Aug 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
WHOA this is a HORRIBLE book!!!! Bad, bad, bad, bad, BAD book. Even for one like me, who generally enjoys this type of thriller. After a promising couple of chapters, suspiciously written not only better than the rest of the book, but also at a much faster pace, this thing slows down almost to a halt.

Without any doubt, Clancy sketched out the overall plot and delegated the whole chore to a ghost-writer. You can see that also from the way some comments and observations are repeated in different
Jerome Otte
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
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No one has ever given Tom Clancy the credit he deserves for being one of the few who saw the specter of 9-11. His book "Debt of Honor" used a jet to crash into Congress in 1995 years before 9-11. Here he uses the broken southern border as an entry point for Muslim terrorists to enter the United States guided by Mexican cartel members. Sounds like a ripped from the headlines plot from today, except this book is almost 20 years old. Tom Clancy loves his intricate plots with multiple characters and ...more
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Paul S
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
As a long time reader of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series, I avoided reading Teeth of the Tiger for several years because I knew it wouldn’t live up to the original series. Unfortunately, my fears turned out to be totally justified.

The original Ryan novels, all of which I gave at least four stars here on goodreads, were some of the most complex and suspenseful books I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. In short, they were the gold standard of the international thriller genre—imitated by many, surpas
Justin Roberts
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the Caruso brothers, but the morality discussions among them are too tiring. The ending was too abrupt.
Karl Jorgenson
May 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
History: I really liked ‘The Hunt for Red October’ and ‘Patriot Games.’ I now believe that Clancy, before he made it big, had his manuscripts reshaped by editors. Then came his bloated phase, where he was too rich to accept help from his betters, ‘thrillers’ of 500,000 words with a 100,000-word story hidden inside, like a vein of tin in a mountain of lead. When I saw ‘The Teeth of the Tiger’ was a normal size, I thought maybe Clancy had seen the light.
Not hardly.
This appears to be an immediat
Jerry B
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fine Clancy, 400-pg. thriller: revenge on Muslim terrorists...

If you've suffered through some of Clancy's 1000+-page thrillers as we have, we think you'll appreciate his latest. Having just about played his Jack Ryan character for all it was worth, we now get the author's first to feature Jack junior, who appears to be taking up right where his father left off when Dad was also in the "spook" business. Adding to the interest are two Ryan cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso: -- ex-officio Marine a
Mar 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
Oh how the mighty have fallen! Some of my favorite novels are The Hunt for Red October and Executive Orders., products of a true master. By the time he wrote this novel, though, Mr. Clancy seemed to have lost it his touch. Red Rabbit was at best passable and The Teeth of the Tiger continued the decline. Full of platitudes (“if possible, the service in Vienna was even better than in Munich”) and repetitions, it makes one believe the rumors that he does not write anymore, and the novels are group ...more
Dec 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
How many times can I claim that some book is the worst book I ever read before I'm pegged as always crying wolf? Well, this one is a contender. You will be dumber for having read it.

Clancy has never been a talented writer, but his earlier books at least had imaginative or entertaining plots. His last few efforts have been catastrophes, and this one is the worst of the worst. See if you can stomach this: two twin brothers, nicknamed Aldo and Enzo, are assassins working for a quasi-governmental or
Jon Adair
Mar 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
The fact that it took me months to finish a Clancy book already says it all. I usually read them pretty much straight through in a couple days.

The trio of Jack Ryan Junior and his indistinguishable cousins, Aldo and Enzo or Brian and something were never very sympathetic characters. Page after page was devoted to them but in the end you couldn't fill an index card with insights into their personality and motivations.

The plot drags and the stakes are so low it's like trying to go back to playing
Patrick Brungardt
Apr 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
"The Teeth Of The Tiger" is proof that authors can (and often do) run out of steam and need to take breaks from an idea thread. The background plot / organization is thin and a bit convoluted. We have, somehow, leaped in time to where Jack Ryan Jr. is an adult and has graduated college. We're also introduced to two heretofore unknown cousins, Mike and Dominic. Though their last name is different, I couldn't help but notice those are the also the names of recurring naval officer Bart Mancuso's so ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately I had to give up on this book, simply because the pace was too slow. After a promising start, nothing else happened after 200 pages and I simply didn't want to waste my life carrying on. I'm disappointed this book wasn't ripped apart by the editors as there's no excuse to fill 200 pages with needless waffle, boring dialogue and slow,slow pace. ...more
This barely got a three from me. What I have liked about Clancy's book is his finger on "what's happenin". I've never thought that he was a good writer. This book was just a dumbed down prologue for a new series to add to his estate. Just did not seem plausible. ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Tedious and unpleasant.
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Clancy's novel on revenge with all 4 of the bad guys dying horribly with the third bad guy needed 3 body bags to pick up all the pieces !! Sparkling dialogue with action packed pages, makes for a fun read. ...more
Sep 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Sep 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Tom Clancy is one of the best conspiracy and political writers in my opinion. His books are famous for being well-researched and realistic. Many of his creations have also been turned into best-selling games.

I do not think this was one of his better books as it read like a mediocre conspiracy novel. It didn’t have the same researched and authentic feel as the other books but was just as dense.
This is the last Jack Ryan book even though this book is about Jack Jr. And maybe it was just me but i
Mar 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
I used to love Tom Clancy. So either his writing has gotten worse, or my standards have changed.

This book is bad in several respects. It has virtually zero editing. There are passages that are literally verbatum, often used as similies or metaphors, used in different parts of the book. It's fairly distracting.

The premise is ok, and in typical Clancy style, offers some insight into the thought processes of people in important, powerful and dark places.

The story itself is pretty bad. Mostly predi
Mike Stopka
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This may be one of the shortest Tom Clancy books I've read in a while Stephen SA pretty good plotline however there are definitely a lot of fillers in the plot. He could have definitely made this even shorter than what it was. But he has done a good job of introducing Jack junior. ...more
Chad Sayban
Tom Clancy created a tough act to follow with his Jack Ryan series. The end of the cold war and 9/11 reshuffled the deck of threats to the United States and The Teeth of the Tiger attempted to do the same for Clancy. As spy thrillers go, The Teeth of the Tiger is good. It actually has better pacing and less techno-drag than his late Jack Ryan novels did, coming in at a nearly anorexic 431 pages. The problem is that good is never good enough for Clancy fans and Jack Ryan can never be duplicated. ...more
Dec 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
This unnecessary ode to boredom is set in Clancy's once visceral world of Jack Ryan. The elder Ryan is very much a shadow hanging over this, as his son is one of 3 main characters. We find Jack Jr. all grown up and working for a intelligence consulting firm secretly set up by his father years ago. Jack's job is ostensibly similar to the job his father first had at CIA, as an intelligence analyst. The book also follows the story of two brothers, one an FBI agent, the other a Marine, both recruite ...more
Seth Benzell
Apr 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
A mediocre attempt to capture the (admittedly jingoistic) magic of his previous novels. Pathetic, disproportionate, ridiculous, uninterested in consequences, and - the greatest sin - forgettable. I used to like Clancy novels as a kid, but this may be the last one I ever read. There's one cool observation in the novel: FBI agents shoot enemies once, because an economy of force should always be used; Soldiers shoot twice because, to paraphrase, "anything worth shooting once is worth shooting two t ...more
Steve Swayne
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this one as much as the previous books. It seemed a lot lighter in tone, not sure I liked the plot nor the son of Jack Ryan and his attitude. Was this trying to appeal to a younger audience, it almost seems to have been written by a different author, although the credits say this is the last novel completely written by Clancy in this series... A boys own adventure with fast cars, unlimited expense accounts and killing off bad guys as if on a sports hunting trip. ...more
Aug 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
I wish I could give this one negative stars, it is absolutely atrocious. I actually have liked most of Clancy's books, but he blew it with this one, he must of been on deadline. Stay away, stay far away from this or you will never look at a Clancy book again. Barf. ...more
Oct 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
My only Tom Clancy book I ever read. It was so horrible that I vowed to never read another one again. Ever.
Benjamin Stahl
In starting this I was very surprised at how much even Clancy fans dislike it. Like his previous book, Red Rabbit, few people have anything nice to say. While I loved that book, I admit I did begin to see, in Teeth of the Tiger, what fans were so hung up about. You see, this book starts off excellently. The Caruso brothers are introduced after both display a useful lack of hesitation when called to make a rapid kill. Not even twenty pages in and a little girl is raped then murdered. Not to sound ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
"This isn't like the movies, this is real life!" -- a fictional character.

I'm no stranger to genre fiction. So I accept certain tropes within a given genre provided they're handled well. Unfortunately, post 9/11 thrillers of the anti-terrorism variety rarely do this well. The tropes and plots tend to be so similar as to be indistinguishable. I thought my first Tom Clancy novel would be different given his past success. I was wrong.

Off the books antti terror group? check.
Bad guys exist and we
I'm gonna mention that I still have a hundred-something pages left in this book, I tried to read it awhile back, it started out entertaining but then it started to really drag and get boring. I didn't give it 2 stars because I haven't yet finished it, but eventually I'll pick it back up and read the rest, just have to be in the mood. I may give it a different rating depending on how I like the rest of it when I do finish it, but I have a feeling I know how it's gonna end, because I recently fini ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Of the handful of Clancy books I've ventured to read, this is by far one of the most painful experiences I've had. Clancy is brilliant for his technical expertise and his way of writing hands-on characters and plots. This one dazzled in no way. I could not have been more disappointed. The only part that really interested me was the last 5 or so chapters. NOT a engaging read, unfortunately. ...more
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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 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 the Ti

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