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Clear And Present Danger [Hardcover]

Tom Clancy
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Collins (1989)
  • ASIN: B001MQ4QW4
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,729,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book! 6 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you've seen the movie and are thinking of reading the book- DO IT! The plot is much more complex and far superior than that of the film. Don't be daunted by its size it's a great read. You'll want to read the entire set of Clancy's Jack Ryan novels after reading this. The Character build up is superb as are the action scenes. It is thoroughly thought provoking and ethical. Polilically sophisticated - Clancy at his Best
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Clancy introduces the reader to the moral ambiguity of a pre-Jack Ryan-led US government. On the one hand, the government wants to destroy the flow of illegal drugs into the US. However, the methods adopted to achieve this breach international law and when things go wrong, a scramble ensues amongst senior politicians, including the President, to "hush things up". Ryna's strong moral code kicks in and he sets out to save the lives of the soldiers deserted in Columbia, with little regard for his own career.
The introduction of Ding Chavez takes the strain off Clark being the only 'Superman' at Ryan's disposal in later novels and is a welcome addition to the cast in Clancy's novels.
The unpleasant nature of those at the top in government only serves to make us slighly wary of who really is leading us.
All in all, another excellent novel from Clancy, provoking us to wonder what actually goes on at the top levels of government as much as in the war against drugs.
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The colombian drug lords tired of getting pushed out of the American markethave killed the American Ambassador and the head of the FBI. But the terrorists didn't think for a second that the American President would retaliate by sending small lightly armed groups of soldiers that are in colombia and only high ranking US generals and Senators know about. When drug factories start falling the drug lords send their heavily armed groups of men in.
This is the first book that has Ding Chavez in as a keen sargent who has been picked because of his stealth. This is also the first book John Clark is in as the CIA's top man in the feild he discovers Chavez and takes him under his wing. Admiral Greer is in the final stages of his illness and is going to die so Jack Ryan is stand in head of the CIA. Ryan after finding out that the soldiers are in trouble must bring his and Admiral Greer's athority tothe rescue of the six teams trapped ontop of six mountains.
One of Clancy's more complex thillers if your not into it by half way you won't get into it. This book has less about Ryan and more about political difficulties in these situations and soldiers fighting for their lives truely thrilling
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4.0 out of 5 stars As usual the book is far superior to the film 23 Oct 1998
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I am one of those lucky people who started reading Tom Clancy novels before Hollywood sank its claws into them. Red October was a good film but the subsequent films have left a lot to be desired. This book, upon which the third Jack Ryan film is loosely based, builds up a much more believable scenario with a melting pot of intense and credible characters. In spite of its length this book is well paced and, in typical Clancy style, draws the reader in. Perhaps the only real problem with the book is the ending which seems hurried in comparison with what has preceded it. Nevertheless this is a very good book and begs the reader to forget the film. One interesting aspect is that Jack Ryan (portrayed by Harrison Ford in the film) is a peripheral character, a desk jockey, with the "hands on" sections of the book belonging to other characters. In this day and age when conspiracies seem to be lurking around every corner and with US presidents being slightly less than clean this book should be quiet topical.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The book begins like modern headlines and top stories in the news: a Coast Guard boat discovers several dead bodies on a drifting boat out at sea ... piecing together the scenes ... the Captain and his crew understand the grisly details which became all too clear. Before the discovery, they announce their intention to board the boat, only to find two Columbians who speak little and look guilty as sin. The Captain and crew have the presence of mind to record on film permanently what the encountered. They nearly gag at what they find. Contrary to usual procedure, they create a "justice at sea" bogus trial based on some ancient mariner's manual. It is just the right scenario to create fear in their prisoners which extracts a confession from them that the Coast Guard believes will stand up in court and get them prosecuted.
In Washington, DC clandestine operations are executed for a secret American plan to use the most talented night warriors the US Army has ever produced to fight the drug cartel in Columbia, on their own turf. The select group all have Spanish roots and were salvaged from a life on the streets, where they would surely work against the system, to build a clean life in the Army ... the better alternative.
This book shows how power politics, secret hand-shake decisions, and behind the scenes operations occur which could shake up the core values of a country. Clandestine activities work outside the boundaries of national and international law. If they were made public, there would be a huge outcry from USA citizens and of the world judgement. It is at this time that Jack Ryan becomes Acting Director of the CIA. The CIA Director is in the hospital with a terminal illness ... The current president has not a clue of how the drug war is being fought and won.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fiction trying to be Factual
Unfortunately the film was much better, although it wasn't the same storyline. Far too many abbreviations and too detailed. Maybe
more for the male readers.
Published 2 months ago by Maureen Bennett
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
This evaluation is subjective - not about the quality of the story but my reaction to it.

It is too superman-ish for me - all go, power, energy (well, as far as I have... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. RM KLEPPMANN
1.0 out of 5 stars Condition not as promised
This used book was described as being in Very Good Condition. It is not. The cover is badly marked and the spine is so badly damaged it is hard to read the book title. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Clancy
Only bought this because I started to read it on holiday, there being little else in the 'library' of our holiday cottage. Typical Clancy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. Bateman
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy
One of my favourite works by this writer and i have all his books which I read and listen to constantly
Published 14 months ago by Audrey Paton
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy's books are a great read.
Tom Clancy's books are always a great read.
This one did not disappoint. Even though it was a used book the condition was very good.
Published 15 months ago by N S Champion
4.0 out of 5 stars Earlier Clancy so very good
This is one of Clancy's earlier Ryan books and at this stage he was still producing books of very high quality, with complex inter-woven plots all building steadily to a true... Read more
Published on 27 May 2012 by Stephen Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book, unputdownable.
Tom Clancy does it again. The US President initiates a personal vendetta against the Columbian Medelin Drug Cartel. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by BookWorm1
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterclass of pacing and multi-threaded storytelling
IMO this is Clancy's best novel. The characterisation, depth and twisting of multiple plot-lines together is outstanding. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by P. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
This was one of the few Clancy books I hadn't read and it was absolutely brilliant!! A real page turner with many a stressful situation. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by Iron Brick Head
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