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Command Authority (Jack Ryan Book 9) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Clancy
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Command Authority sees the return of Tom Clancy's greatest hero, Jack Ryan.

Decades ago, when he was a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan, Sr. was sent on what was supposed to be a simple support mission to investigate the death of an operative who had been looking into suspicious banking activities at a Swiss bank. Ryan's dogged tenacity uncovered not only financial deceit, but also the existence of a KGB assassin, code-named Zenith. He was never able to find the killer.

But in the shadowy world of covert operations, nothing stays hidden forever.

In the present, a new strongman has emerged in the ever-chaotic Russian republic - the enigmatic President Valeri Volodin. His rise to power was meteoric, but shrouded in deception and treachery. The foundations of his personal empire are built on a bloody secret from his past, and he will eliminate anyone who comes close to that truth. For he has set in motion a plot to return Russia to its former glory and might, with the rest of the world once again trembling in fear of the mighty Bear.

When an old friend of the Ryans is poisoned by a radioactive agent, the trail leads to Russia. And Jack Ryan, Jr. - aided by his compatriots John Clark and the covert warriors of the secretive Campus - must delve into an international conflict thirty years in the making, and finish what his father started.

With President Ryan fighting a desperate campaign to thwart Russian aggression, and his son fighting a silent war against a ruthless foe, the chances for global conflict grow ever greater - and the possibility of survival may soon be lost for all . . .

Tom Clancy's Command Authority is a brand new full-throttle all-action adventure, and follows Threat Vector and Locked On as the newest Jack Ryan novel.

Praise for Tom Clancy:

'Exhilarating. No other novelist is giving so full a picture of modern conflict' Sunday Times

'The inventor of the techno-thriller' Daily Telegraph

Thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore's Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted on to the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it 'the perfect yarn'. From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.

Mark Greaney has a degree in international relations and political science and is pursuing his master's in intelligence studies with a concentration in criminal intelligence. He is the author of The Gray Man, On Target, and Ballistic.

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    There's hardly another thriller writer alive who can fuel an adrenaline surge the way Clancy can (Daily Mail)

    Exhilarating. No other novelist is giving so full a picture of modern conflict (Sunday Times)

    The inventor of the techno-thriller (Daily Telegraph)


    "Heart-stopping action ... entertaining and eminently topical." (The Washington Post)

    "[Clancy] constantly taps the current world situation for its imminent dangers and spins them into an engrossing tale." (New York Times Book Review)

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2016 KB
    • Print Length: 745 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00HQEKUKS
    • Publisher: Penguin (5 Dec. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00GH2SOM6
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Command Authority 16 Jan. 2014
    By Hrbjmc1
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the Jack Ryan series of books, and indeed most were absolutely brilliant page turners. This is the good news!

    I have to say that Command Authority is easily the worst of the series and made me wonder on many occasions whether this book had been written by Tom Clancy at all (sadly he died in Oct 2013) because the style of writing, particularly in the first half of the book was just incredibly different.

    I felt it was aimed at a 12 year old with so many cases of unbelievably obvious and simple references and wording. the first half of the book is dreary, repetitive and boring and it was a chore to plough through it. The was so little action, so little story and very little point to it.

    The second half began to pick up and have a point to the story and it was back to a normal Jack Ryan novel, but boy if you we're a first time reader, you would through the book away in the first dozen chapters!

    Mr Clancy's sad demise is a loss to all of his fans, and whilst I want more, I hope it doesn't become a similar franchise to whats happened to the Robert Ludlum Covert One books, where miraculously Mr Ludnum's name still heads the books as author, despite his obvious issue of him being dead!
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not a real Tom Clancy book!! 7 Jan. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Let's get this clear right from the outset. This is a Tom Clancy plot/story line,these are Tom Clancy charactors,but that's as far as it goes.The story is written by Mark Greaney,and it shows!! TC wrote realistic story lines,with realistic charactors,worts and all.
    Mark Greaney has taken the plot with the charactors,and written a Gray Man type of story,all gung ho,all American hero types etc etc.
    which is ok,if you're looking for a bit of light hearted,tongue in cheek type of escapism. But what it is not,is a Tom Clancy story.
    Anyone who has read Tom Clancy Originals wil know what I mean. having said all that,this is an ok read,but really not a Tom Clancy mores the pity.RIP Tom and thanks for the memories.
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    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER
    "Command Authority" by Tom Clancy is a latest novel from his Jack Ryan series, and unfortunately his last novel at all considering that this successful and acclaimed author of thriller bestsellers died two months ago.

    In his last book, the author said goodbye in great style because novel for its subject has the threat of great global conflict that our main character has the ability to prevent.

    Ryan, who is known former secret agent from Clancy's earlier novels, is still in a White House as re-elected US President.
    Jack's son, Jack Ryan Jr. is working in UK as a financial analyst and when unusual case of Russian violent gas and oil company takeover happens, he would immediately suspect that something is wrong.
    In an interesting turn of events that will start to happen, ambitious Russian president who wants to restore former glory and size of USSR will choose Ukraine as next victim after his plan for violent annexation of the Baltic countries failed.
    Russian plan is to finance such an ambitious and expensive undertaking by the sale of oil and gas, which would again return Russia among key players on the world political scene.

    And while time is slowly running out, and America doesn't have much options to peacefully prevent the Russian operation that will disturb the balance of power, Jack's son will find out about the case thirty years ago on which his father worked, which may be able to prevent the apparently inevitable clash of East and West...

    It's sadly to realize with novel's last page that this is the last Clancy novel we read. With this one he once again managed to create an exciting and convincing work that is read in one breath from beginning to end.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Something to get your teeth into 25 Dec. 2013
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    I guess like most of the folks who've read this book and left a review I'm a long-term Clancy fan. I've been underwhelmed by his work of the past ten years or so but I reckon Command Authority is his best story since The Bear and The Dragon. Prescient and with an interesting thread on the days before the fall of the Wall filling in some gaps in Jack Senior's CV, this is a book which will have you up late turning the pages. Jr and Sir Basil (Bas!) remain irritatingly drawn but Clark's as reliable as ever and Jack ... is Jack.

    This doesn't reach the thrilling geo-political or technological heights of Executive Orders or The Sum of All Fears but it's a good read and a fitting last entry to the canon of my favourite author of the past 25 years.

    Thanks for entertaining us royally Tom, and RIP.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but still a good read. 21 Dec. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I halve enjoyed almost all of Tom Clancy's non Op--centre work, and this is another good example. The story is well paced, and fairly believe able, especially given current events as I write (December 2013). The switching in story lines is well done.

    Tom Clancy died earlier this year, so this book will be remembered as his last work (probably). Not a bad way to sign off.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 26 Dec. 2013
    By Jac
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    Started it on Christmas day and cannot put it down - follows on nicely from the previous Jack Ryan books and such a pitty that Tom Clancy has died as he was a master story teller
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