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Locked On by Tom Clancy
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Dec 06, 2011

really liked it
Read in October, 2012

This book was a better than Dead or Alive (Jack Ryan Jr., #2).

In Locked On, Clancy (and Mark Greaney) have ironed out most of the issues that I had with the Clancy/Grant Blackwood team that wrote book #2). This book sounds more like "real" Clancy and less like FanFic.

The plot is still a bit convoluted, but in the post-USSR world, it's harder to come up with simple bad guys, so I can understand that.

Jack Ryan (Sr) is running for president against Ed Kealty (the incumbent). The weakest parts of the book are Clancy/Greany's efforts to paint Kealty as a weak-kneed, hopeless liberal. If you know Clancy's politics, this isn't surprising, but it seems like they take it a little too far.

One of the things that Kealty does is try to leverage John Clark against Ryan. This results in a pretty good sub-plot involving Clark... and a realistic one, too, that mostly reflects his real age.

The main plot involves rebels from Dagestan (yes, a real place) and Pakistan, and their plot to cause a lot of mayhem in typical Clancy fashion. Jack Junior is working full-time for The Campus, and he is featured prominently. Even Rainbow Six makes an appearance.

Overall, this book was a good read, and felt like about as vintage as Clancy/cowriter X are going to get these days.

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