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Executive Orders

(Jack Ryan #8)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  46,305 ratings  ·  651 reviews
A runaway Jumbo jet has crashed into the Capitol Building in Washington, leaving the President dead along with most of the Cabinet and Congress. Dazed a confused, the man who only minutes before was confirmed as the new caretaker Vice-President is told that he is now President of the United States.

President John Patrick Ryan

But how do you run a government with out a govern

Paperback, 1273 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by HarperCollins (first published August 12th 1996)
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TerryKavouras The damn book is so prescient that doesn't need much updating. It reads like the terrorist instruction manual for the last 25 years. But it would make…moreThe damn book is so prescient that doesn't need much updating. It reads like the terrorist instruction manual for the last 25 years. But it would make a great TV show. Maybe they can get to this book with the new Jack Ryan series on Amazon Prime.(less)
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Paul Hollis
Nov 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2009
1358 pages yes 1358 of Tom Clancy and now the nightmare is finally over!!
This book took me a year to read, not because of its length but because it's incredibly boring for loooong stretches, I would set it aside for months at a time.
The beginning was good and the ending (the last 300 pages was gripping) but to get there you have to get through a 1000 pages of of the main character Jack Ryan, now president, whining and complaning about being president and the political process(if there was ever
This was a 1358 page book - but it never felt slow and I was enthralled throughout.

While sometimes Clancy's military maneuver segments were a bit over my head, they were interspersed with enough other action to keep it moving.

A big thing I noticed about this book is that even though it was written in 1996, Clancy had a few plot lines that seemed like Nostradamus-esque foreshadowing to 20 years later.
Christopher Slater
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is the pinnacle of the Jack Ryan series of novels. We finally see Jack Ryan, reluctantly and tragically, become President of the United States. He hates it, and sees it as a curse. The problem is that he is good at it. The very fact that he doesn't want to be there makes him all the more appealing to the voters in the book and to the reader. Of course, his reluctance is seen as weakness by other world leaders, and some try to take advantage of the situation. Their mistake. This book ta ...more
Oct 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
Reading this was entirely an exercise in reading something that lies way outside my comfort zone. Why is it outside my comfort zone? Well, it's not aimed at me for a start; I'm a woman, and I'm not American. I knew what I was taking on; it's a thriller, by a mega-bestselling author who specialises in a particular kind of macho, flag-waving, Budweiser-swilling, big-dick, patriotic, all-action Americana. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, if the writing's good and knowing that I had every ...more
Jim C
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This picks up right from the ending point of the last book. One really needs to read that book before this one. Jack is now president of the country after the devastating events that hit the country. Is he ready for it as domestic people and leaders of foreign countries question his leadership and test him.

This one is a little long as it is over thirteen hundred pages. That being said I was never bored with it and there were definitely times where I was emotional. One of the aspects I like about
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jack Ryan and Tom Clancy may have reached their pinnacle of achievement with this book. However, this book is definitely not the place to start the series; as a minimum, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Debt of Honor should definitely be read before this book.

Jack, due to the events detailed in Debt of Honor, suddenly finds himself President of the U.S., a position which he never aspired to and in which he feels decidedly uncomfortable. But, good former Marine that he is, he quickly
This book is a serious contender for worst book I have ever read that is not by Dean Koontz. It is an excrutiating almost 1400 pages of awful dialogue, shocking misunderstanding of politics, simplification of international affairs, right-wing propaganda, and the utter ruination of a once enjoyable, if kind of silly, character--Jack Ryan.

Maybe back in 1996, some people could be fooled by Clancy's ideas, but after the disasterous presidency of George Bush Jr., whose policies and thought process ar
Don Stanton
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I first read it in 1996 when it came out....My reaction then was ho hum.
I just finished it again. The man was 5 years before 9/11. Wow, did he call it or what?
The things that he speaks about are exactly about what is happening in Europe and america today.
I like very much his style of flipping form entity to entity. It truly gives the perspective of multiple plots running simultaneously. It could be confusing to those with a eighth grade reading ability.
I read one cometary for a non american who
Brett C
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
I enjoyed this one. Jack Ryan becoming the president after a terrorist attack and the story takes off. My only gripe was the book was very long. I think it could have been cut down by several hundred pages...maybe even 600 or so.
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In some ways, I hesitate to write about this book because it’s been out so long that everyone who will read this kind of thing already has.

Master spook Jack Ryan has been sworn into the presidency minutes after a massive terrorist-sponsored explosion destroys the U.S. capitol building, killing nearly all of the members of Congress and the president. Ryan had been named vice president minutes earlier when a political scandal forced the resignation of the former vice president.

This is an edge-of
Colleen O'grady
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As usual with anything that Tom Clancy writes I am astounded at his breadth of knowledge of world affairs, the political no-how of nations including his homeland of USA. Once again he weaves this knowledge into a gripping tale of espionage, terrorism, fighting to do what is right against all odds. From the first Ryan novel Red October I have followed the efforts of Jack Ryan as an inteligence officer and historian, university lecturer and great thinker. This massive tome has kept me gripped to m ...more
Shane Phillips
Nov 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I could not finish this book. 12 hours into the audiobook and I could take no more. I guess I am just not a fan of Clancy’s writing. Such quotes as “he loaded the papers into his briefcase, most of them were useless” and a 13 minute diatribe on what secret service agents are thinking. I bet you could edit out 30% of this book and still get the story across.
Brian Eshleman
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was truly a great book, reminiscent for me of the television show The West Wing is that explored not only events but the adjustment of the president and his family to the immense responsibility he bears.
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As I plowed my way through this during the past two months, west Africa experienced an explosion in Ebola Virus Disease, and ISIS started beheading Americans and Brits and committing genocide over in Mesopotamia. And, of course, there's the whole airplane-as-bomb prescience, for this book was written before 9/11.
Clancy was brilliant at laying out how possibilities can become realities in the area of foreign conflicts, and his books are very interesting except when I don't understand the vocabul
Stewart Sternberg
Sep 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Tom Clancy believes in flat tax, military growth, keeping the judiciary constructionist, limited government, and reeling in a destructive liberal media.

How do I know this? Clancy spends pages on boring polemic doing his best Ayn Rand impression. What a sludge!

Oh, and this over thousand pages of text features an absurd number of characters and enough plots to choke Godzilla. There's an attempt on kidnapping his daughter, an attempt by Iran to take over Saudi Arabia, a case of weaponized Ebola, a
Sridhar Babu
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
** This is my blog about the Novel. This fictions is soooo huge containing 1359 pages, and I can't make it short. Kindly excuse me.

***This fiction deals about dangerous Ebola virus, used as bio weapon against the Americans. While I was reading these portions, my wife fell sick infected by typhoid virus, and recovered.

**** While I was about to finish the novel, (( actually I was in 1196th page)) my vision in my left eye started dropping and started treatment for recovering my
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The amount of subplots in this book is both Clancy's strength and weakness. Between China, India, the UIR, and Kealty, I wasn't bored for a moment. I actually understood and cared about all of them, always wondering what's going to happen next. This is one of the few Clancy books where the plot is always moving and with relatively few chapters of Clancy spouting techincal jargon.

The action sequences in the book, especially toward the end, were much more like Red Storm Rising than the rest of the
Christian D.  Orr
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Clancy fans, thriller fans in general
Mr. Clancy's epic magnum opus (is that a redundancy?), his finest work of all time, IMHO, and one of my all-time favorite novels, period. I first read this book back in 1999, a few months before I shipped off to Basic Training, and I found characters like Jack Ryan, John Clark, and Domingo Chavez to be great role models for my then-fledgling military career, their fictitious status notwithstanding. RE-reading it now with a combined 16 years of military, law enforcement, and private military cont ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Harv Griffin
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, reviewed
Jack Ryan as POTUS. I have to skip through huge chunks of this, but I really like the First Family stuff. Have re-read many times.
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
I think this is one of Clancy's top 5 novels - right up there along with "Hunt for Red October," "Wihthout Remorse," and "Cardinal of the Kremlin." It discribes the first few months of Jack Ryan's presidency, and the challenges he must face as other nations as well as those around him test the new chief executive. These include: trying to rebuild the government after the former President and the entire legislative branch and supreme court are wiped out in the suicide attack which destroyed the ...more
Handled 2 very significant tomes this week...Ron Chernow's "Titan" and today I finished another one of my Coronavirus Lockdown rereads of some of my favorite authors...You just can't stop with Tom Clancy's "Debt of Honor."...You have to finish "Debt of Honor's" sequel "Executive Orders"...At the End of "Debt of Honor," Jack Ryan is thrust into the Presidency...So Tom Clancy, 22 years ago, is writing about an outsider President, under attack by a resistant Deep State and its compliant mainstream ...more
Igor Ljubuncic
At this point, Tom was milking the series so much it was Gouda cheese straight from the teat. Another classic, somewhat formulaic plot with a John Wayne ending. Trying to up the hype, the expectations are so high, your brain can't hope, and you end up disappointed. There's less heart, less attention to detail. Maybe Tom was considering politics at this point in his career, so he was focusing on his speeches for the Congress.

No reason to keep it long, let's give it a proper spin:

When Jack became
My only attempt at a Tom Clancy novel. I was in fifth grade, and decided to read it to impress people. Even as a ten year old, I lost patience with Tom Clancy. I found it in a box a few years later and tried to read it again. Ten year old self: You were not wrong. Nooo, thank you.

The best thing about Tom Clancy is his ongoing feud with Christopher Buckley. Which Christopher Buckley seems to win, every single time. Look up their letter writing spats online sometime. It's amazing.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Jack Ryan: Benevolent(?) Tyrant(!)

EO has been described as Clancy's magnum opus. It's easy to see why. Nearly every biography of mid-level bureaucrats can be subtitled "If They'd Only Listen(ed) To Me!" and EO is no different--except here, that mid-level bureaucrat is Jack Ryan who ascends to the presidency in a 9/11 meets Designated Survivor holdover from the last novel (Debt of Honor) where a deranged terrorist (of Japanese origin) crashes a jet into the Capitol, killing nearly the entire Sena
Tim Healy
This is something of an odd book. Don't get me wrong...that doesn't mean it's bad. In it's way, it's plenty entertaining. The best parts of it, in Tim's opinion™, are those that deal with the difficulties for Jack in taking on his new job and all that that means. There's a big spoiler for the series, here, so I'm being circumspect in my wording. Other than that, there's just too much going on here. In a very creepy coincidence to current events, there's a outbreak of ebola in the US. The reactio ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This has so far been my favorite book in the Jack Ryan series. It had such a real feel to it, there was not an overwhelming amount of lecturing on one thing or another. the the build up to the key events was clear, in that you knew certain things were going to happen but in each case they played out in an interesting and very well thought out way. time was taken with each one to give a very real feel to it all. Definitely my favorite one so far, but many more still left
Edwina Callan
Hubby really liked it.
I thought it was just okay.
Hubby already knew who Jack Ryan was and told me that I needed to watch a movie called
"Red October" so I'd understand what this book was all about.
Chances are slim to none that I'll ever watch it. lol
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thriller adventure readers

As a general note, I will say that reading the Tom Clancy catalogue is a war of attrition for even the most ardent of fans, which includes me. Executive Orders, though published 18 years ago is so incredibly timely compared to current geopolitical affairs it is scary. Not only is there now a United Islamic Republic comprised or Iran taking over Iraq, but the Iranians attack the US with aerosol-dispensed Ebola virus, crippling it by their choice of trade shows and
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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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