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The Bear and the Dragon (John Clark series) Kindle Edition

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Power is delightful, and absolute power should be absolutely delightful--but not when you're the most powerful man on earth and the place is ticking like a time bomb. Jack Ryan, CIA warrior turned US president, is the man in the hot seat, and in this vast thriller he's up to his nostrils in crazed Asian warlords, Russian thugs, nukes that won't stay put, and authentic, up-to-the-nanosecond technology as complex as the characters' motives are simple. Quick, do you know how to reprogramme the software in an Aegis missile seekerhead? Well, if you're Jack Ryan, you'd better find someone who does, or an incoming ballistic may rain fallout on your parade. Bad for re-election prospects. "You know, I don't really like this job very much," Ryan complains to his aide Arnie van Damm, who replies, "Ain't supposed to be fun, Jack."

But you bet The Bear and the Dragon is fun--over 1,000 swift pages' worth. In the opening scene, a hand-launched RPG rocket nearly blows up Russia's intelligence chief in his armoured Mercedes, and Ryan's clever spooks report that the guy who got the rocket in his face instead was the hoodlum "Rasputin" Avseyenko, who used to run the KGB's "Sparrow School" of female prostitute spies. Soon after, two apparent assassins are found handcuffed together afloat in St. Petersburg's Neva River, their bloated faces resembling Pokémon toys.

The stakes go higher as the mystery deepens: oil and gold are discovered in huge quantities in Siberia, and the evil Chinese Minister Without Portfolio Zhang Han San gazes northward with lust. The laid-off elite of the Soviet Army figure in the brewing troubles, as do the new generation of Tiananmen Square dissidents, Zhang's wily, Danielle Steel-addicted executive secretary Lian Ming, and Chester Nomuri, a hip, Internet-porn-addicted CIA agent posing in China as a Japanese computer salesman. He e-mails his CIA boss, Mary Pat "the Cowgirl" Foley, that he intends to seduce Ming with Dream Angels perfume and scarlet Victoria's Secret lingerie ordered from the catalogue--strictly for God and country, of course. Soon Ming is calling him "Master Sausage" instead of "Comrade," but can anybody master Ming?

The plot is over the top, with devastating subplots erupting all over the globe and lurid characters scaring the wits out of each other every few pages, but Clancy finds time to insert hard-boiled little lessons on the vileness of Communism, the infuriating intrusions of the press on presidential power, the sexual perversions of Mao, the poor quality of Russian pistol silencers ("garbage, cans loaded with steel wool that self-destructed after less than ten shots"), the folly of cutting a man's throat with a knife ("they flop around and make noise when you do that"), and similar topics. Naturally, the book bristles like a battlefield with intriguingly intricate military hardware.

When you've got a Tom Clancy novel in hand, who needs action movies? --Tim Appelo


'Clancy ... towers above other novelists in his ability to deliver geo-political, techo-military goods on a global scale ‒ and here he's at the top of that war-gaming.' (Publishers Weekly)

'Clancy is a natural storyteller.' (USA Today)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2801 KB
  • Print Length: 1052 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (20 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001Q9J4PQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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Since the publication of The Hunt for Red October, Tom Clancy has established an unrivalled position as the world's leading thriller writer, with a string of million-selling novels and three major Hollywood films to his name. He is also the author of SSN and the non-fiction books Submarine, Armoured Warfare, Fighter Wing and Marine.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Iain S. Palin on 31 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm a Tom Clancy fan. Despite the cardboard characters, the unconvincing dialogue, the political sermonizing, and the fascination with gadgetry (usually of the lethal sort) his book have something. The man can tell a story. When he starts to build to the climax he holds your attention, and the climax is usually riveting. Get past the first, rather slow section, in a Tom Clancy novel and you're probably hooked on the rest of it. But not here.
What went wrong? "The Bear and the Dragon" has all the bad things, and too few of the good ones. It's too long, there are great lengths of text that could have come out, the politics and action are way over the top. And worst of all, the climax is badly written, unconvincing, and lacks the immediacy and mind's-eye descriptiveness of previous books.
Not only that but the characters - most of whom we have met in previous novels - have failed to develop. Some have actually regressed, and that includes the central figure Jack Ryan, whose behaviour at the end is both illogical and (in the worst sense) un-Presidential. And Clancy acts as if he has just discovered the "F" word and uses far, far too much, putting it in the mouths of characters, make and female, quite indiscriminately. The effect is to annoy and the final result rather childish.
The whole book has a tired and formulaic feel. I would have given it two-and-a-half stars, that's because, under it all, it is a Tom Clancy. What a pity it didn't receive some firm and good editing on its way to publication.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a fan of Tom Clancy I am always compelled to read "his" books. However Tom is now becoming tiring, the plot is inevitable lacking in substance and surprise, the technology always works and the characters lack any sparkle. Clancy books are becoming James Bond, Dirk Pitt affairs which are not the audience they are aimed at? This book lacks intrigue and interest and by the end was tiresome and only completed because I had read the first 600 pages. It is time to ditch Jack Ryan (predictable all American hero) and go back to what made Clancy good (see Red O, Red Storm Rising) or use what could be interesting plots (Russia v China in Siberia) with realistic characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
After a slow and confusing start the story romped along and kept me going to the end. Much better than Rainbow Six and I would recommend it for that car/bus/plane journey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Alright, so it's OK. And that's the way most novels are, just OK. The problem arises because this is Tom Clancy and he's supposed to be way better than merely OK. He's supposed to be the very best. And in the past, he lived up to that expectation. Now, I have to wonder. I don't think The Bear and the Dragon is a bad book; as I said, it's OK. Maybe a better description would be dull.
I discovered Clancy and the entire Technothriller genre quite by accident while wandering through my local library in North Toronto eight years ago. Picked up a copy of The Sum of All Fears. Terrific! Read, Patriot Games. Good. The Hunt for Red October. Good. The Cardinal of the Kremlin. Fabulous. Pretty soon, I'd read everything Clancy had written. He was always good and when he was really on his game, nobody could touch him. Stephen Coonts, Larry Bond, et al . . . were mere pretenders to the throne. They lacked the complex plotting and rush of believable action Clancy unleashed in every novel. Unfortunately, I think it all started to change around the time of Debt of Honor...
...And now we have The Bear and the Dragon. Boring. Not as bad as Rainbow Six, but not by much either. Ryan has a unique role in this one. In essence, he complains: "Why can't the President do anything? Why do I have to live like this? Woe is me?" Jack. Shut up! You sound like a broken record. Ryan's entire purpose in this book appears to be giving speeches. And I do mean speeches (or more accurately polemics)...this is a thriller, not Atlas Shrugged! ...when I'm reading light entertainment, I don't want to be hammered over the head with partisan philosophy. Wether I'm in agreement with the sentiments or not is irrelevant.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. R. Davis on 23 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought the latest Clancy/Ryan novel because I have always been a Clancy fan, and the idea of the clash between Russia and China in Siberia is an interesting, and increasingly plausible scenario. Ultimately though I was dissapointed with this novel, and Clancy's work has shown distinct deterioration in quality since Debt of Honour.
Increasingly Clancy's novels are becoming more a vehicle for his own political views, and less an entertaining read. Clancy manages to get every element of the right wing conservative political philosophy in the novel - maybe he should run for the Republican ticket in 2004! To me a novel should not be a medium to impose one's own political views on the rest of the world - that's rather selfish of the author.
The book is very long, and the first 700 pages drags on and on and on...yet it is easy to know where it is all heading. Russia is an economic mess after 70 years of communism. It discovers a big oil and gold reserve in Siberia, and needs US assistance to exploit it. President Ryan turns this opportunity into an excuse to bring Russia into NATO - a very unlikely prospect in the real world - just in time to deal with a plot by the 'Evil Empire Mark II' - the Chinese - to try and grab the oil and gold themselves.
The 'good guys' - the Americans and the Russians are cardboard cutout characters. Ryan has become the 'perfect Republican President we would all like'. He is a man of honor, truth and justice - with perhaps one failing of liking to smoke. Forget sacrificing principles to get into power, and stay in power - Ryan never does anything wrong and is purely concerned about doing good in the world. His advisors are equally virtuous and decent people - Washington is Camelot once again.
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