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The Teeth Of The Tiger

(Jack Ryan Universe #12)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  18,709 ratings  ·  540 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

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Published (first published August 11th 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 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 chapt
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Paul S
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dan Porter
Apparently it's been a little over fifteen years since I read a Tom Clancy book. I decided to read this one because I wanted to have read all of his novels. Either this wasn't something he actually wrote, or this one is the reason he quit writing them. The writing wasn't good and the editing was even worse, if not just non-existent. Then there was the story. This was something Clancy might have written in high school when he was just beginning to think about someday being a world-class author of ...more
Mar 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
Jon Adair
Mar 29, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Antonio Rosato
"L'importante era il denaro. Con i soldi si poteva acquistare il potere. Con i soldi si poteva comprare la gente e la protezione, e non solo difendere la propria vita e quella della propria famiglia, ma anche controllare il proprio Paese".
Per la prima volta Jack Ryan, il personaggio principale della saga scritta dallo statunitense Tom Clancy, cede il ruolo di protagonista al figlio Jack Ryan Jr. E tutta la trama del libro si può riassumere semplicemente così: nella prima parte c'è la pianificazi
Jerry B
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 05, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Patrick Brungardt
Apr 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"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 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Justin Roberts
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Caruso brothers, but the morality discussions among them are too tiring. The ending was too abrupt.
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
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
Mark Kaye
Nov 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ryanverse
This was a poor book. The third one in a row really. Tom Clancy should have stopped with Executive Orders. He seamed to have lost his edge at this point. Oh well. Not sure if I’ll read the rest of the Jack Ryan universe, we’ll see.
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Estimados lectores, debo reconocer que Tom Clancy [TC] me encanta. El autor de La caza del Octubre Rojo me parece uno de los escritores más verosímiles que existen. Vale que está hiperespecializado en escribir sobre Defensa Nacional, en cualquiera de sus sabores, desde los marines al FBI, pero es que este hombre las clava. Por si alguno de mis lectores no lo sabe, en el año 1994 (remarco la fecha), TC andaba pensando, para su novela Deuda de Honor, en un ataque desaforado contra el gobierno de l ...more
Jasmin Jahic
''This is a war of the unknown warriors; but let all strive without falling in faith or duty...'' - Winston Churchill. This quote was used as the simple prologue to the Clancy's thirteenth novel called '' The Teeth of the Tiger''. Another one is by George Orwell; '' People sleep peaceably at night only because rough men stand ready to do the violence on their behalf'' - very powerfull and intrigue manner to start something which should be consider as a very interesting thriller-novel. George Or ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I continue to enjoy Tom Clancy books. This one wasn't particularly fast paced, but it was informative and interesting. The way it was written the story moved along, but for all the "adventure" it wasn't written in a very exciting manner. The characters were true to life, and this was the introduction of Jack Ryan Jr.. Clancy continues to give us an inside look of the clandestine services (CIA, NSA, etc.), and to some extent our federal government. In this book he also gives us an idea of how som ...more
Eric Wright
Eighty pages into this Clancy book, I decided to dump it. Clancy has an amazing grasp of US government, its agencies, its approach to terrorism and he is very inventive about plot. In this case he deals with the recruitment of 3 new additions to a hush-hush, off the books agency tasked with combating terrorism without any supervision. To this he adds an Arab terrorist forming an alliance with Columbia drug lords. Scary.

However, he goes on page after page describing the three characters, the vari
Seth Benzell
Apr 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dee Haddrill
I really hate to talk badly about a book, especially a Tom Clancy book. I mean, this is the father of thriller writers, right??? I don't know what happened with this one but it quite honestly one of the slowest books I've ever read. I only read it as it's the first in a series that Mark Greaney starts co-authoring by about book 4 (I think). I'm always very particular about reading books in order, but in this case, I'm going to skip ahead to where he takes over.
Dan Morris
By this point, Tom Clancy seems to have lost his ability to craft huge and deeply-researched war novels, and became just another spy-fiction-paperback writer. And not a good one, by the way. When you take away the research and the deep and clever plot from a Clancy book, you're left with awful dialog and a total lack of sensible character behavior.
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just picked this one up at the airport and I'm about half way through. Great book. I've never read any Clancy before but I've always heard good things. If you like the whole espionage thing, you'll love this book. Very detailed, you'll feel like you're learning something that you shouldn't know.
Jun 17, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Say hello to the decline of Tom Clancy, as this book isn't anything like some of the bigger epic scale books of the past. Aside from his techno-obsessions, that is. Clancy disregards his own continuity and all sense in continuing on the Ryan family story with Generation Two, and a pair of cousins newly retconned into the family tree. Stick with the earlier books.
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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

Other books in the series

Jack Ryan Universe (1 - 10 of 26 books)
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  • Patriot Games (Jack Ryan, #1; Jack Ryan Universe, #2)
  • Red Rabbit (Jack Ryan Universe, #3)
  • The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe, #4)
  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Jack Ryan Universe, #5)
  • Clear and Present Danger (Jack Ryan Universe, #6)
  • The Sum of All Fears (Jack Ryan Universe, #7)
  • Debt of Honor (Jack Ryan Universe, #8)
  • Executive Orders (Jack Ryan Universe, #9)
  • Rainbow Six (Jack Ryan Universe, #10)
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