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Dead or Alive [Hardcover]

Tom Clancy
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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7 Dec 2010
For years, Jack Ryan, Jr. and his colleagues at the Campus have waged an unofficial and highly effective campaign against the terrorists who threaten western civilization. The most dangerous of these is the Emir. This sadistic killer has masterminded the most vicious attacks on the west and has eluded capture by the world's law enforcement agencies. Now the Campus is on his trail. Joined by their latest recruits, John Clark and Ding Chavez, Jack Ryan, Jr. and his cousins, Dominick and Brian Caruso, are determined to catch the Emir and they will bring him in . . . dead or alive.

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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (7 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718157419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718157418
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 15.9 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Clancy is America's, and the world's, favourite international thriller author. Starting with The Hunt for Red October, all thirteen of his previous books have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. His books, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears have been made into major motion pictures. He lives in Maryland where he is a co-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.

Grant Blackwood is the author of the Briggs Tanner books and the co-author along with Clive Cussler of Spartan Gold. Blackwood is a U.S. Navy veteran who lives in Colorado.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
"For my iniquities have gone over my head;
Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
My wounds are foul and festering
Because of my foolishness." -- Psalm 38:4-5 (NKJV)

Dead or Alive pits the Emir and his global terror network against the United States, with only the hope that the secret group, The Campus, can act in time to avoid horror. If that plot sounds familiar, you've read some variation on it several times in the last decade by other authors. What's different here? Authors Tom Clancy and Grant Blackwood work in the major surviving characters from the earlier Jack Ryan novels. Although the names are familiar and friendly to the memory, the characters themselves are more similar in name than in reality. So if you think you are going to enjoy a vintage Jack Ryan thriller, think again.

If that puts you off, realize that you'll be disappointed if you are looking for the old zing in this series. It's just not there. You'll probably grade the book as one or two stars, as a poor imitation of "the prior characters and stories."

If you can put that feeling aside and focus on the book itself, it's about a two-and-a-half star effort that's mainly marred by taking forever to develop over the 950 pages in my edition. The strength of the slow development is that your curiosity will grow about what the terror plot involves, but I doubt if you'll be intrigued. If you enjoy learning how to run a terror network over the Internet, the book becomes a little more interesting. If you want to gain a little paranoia about American vulnerability to terrorists, the book is decent in that regard.

The test for me with such a "thriller" is whether I can put it down in the middle for a few days and feel relaxed about not knowing what's coming next.
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77 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasing return from Mr Clancy et al. 13 Dec 2010
In the 90's Clancy was huge, his books were huge and it seemed he could do no wrong. It was probably wrong to think such a srata of books would remain contemporary forever.

For many, Clancy went off the boil and in some cases the later books were poor by his standards. This new novel, co-written by someone I confes i have never heard of, is moving that quality line back towards where it once was. OK, so it's not Clear & Present Danger or Executive Orders, but it is better than some of the later offerings.

In places, you might be able to spot the Clancy chapters and this makes the book a little patchy but the characters are old friends and the plot in well put together. At 600+ pages it is a 'shorter' Clancy, but the fact that I finished this in under a week means it held my interest and was clearly a good read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shame on you Tom 22 Feb 2011
First off I'm a big Tom Clancy fan. I guess that is why I'm so disappointed with this book. Although the plot is decent, if not a little cliche these days, the writing is absolutely atrocious. If you are not a stickler for detail you may not even notice it, but for those that know and love/d Tom Clancy for his realism and attention to detail you will find neither here. Some errors are truly pathetic for a professional author, such as numerous misspellings an improper grammar or vocabulary usage. Others are just errors in accuracy (such as the statement that the Shia are the minority in Iraq, when in fact they are the majority), which would not be a major issue if this wasn't Tom Clancy. I realize that Grant Blackwood co-authored, but in the end it is Clancy's name that is in bold print. Whether the literary and grammatical errors were vomited from Clancy's pen or Blackwood's is irrelevant, I would hope that Mr. Clancy would have at least read the final draft before he signed his name to it.

Over the past decade Clancy fans have already had to be wary of the myriad of "created by Tom Clancy" books, which were actually authored by unknowns. We used to wait with baited breath for the rare releases of novels actually written by Clancy. Unfortunately, it seems even the original is no longer up to par. I regret to say that it seems obvious that Clancy has now completely sold out for money and forgotten all about his artistic integrity. I think its time Clancy either holsters his pen, or goes back to writing his own books. Oh, and since he has so much money now he might want to spring for a decent editor. Shame on you Tom
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review 24 Feb 2011
Just finished reading this latest novel from Tom Clancy, usual style of his writing, but overall found the plot a bit long winded and a bit dissapointing, too much high brow and not enough action. Perhaps the John Clark character is past his sell by date.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad 11 Feb 2011
By Nitin
Just read it.

Not as good as Clancy's best but some good bits.

Inaccuracies creep in though... I'm an anaesthetist and 7mg of succinylcholine is a reasonable dose for a rabbit. A human needs about 100mg.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A sad decline 11 Feb 2011
Difficult to believe that Tom Clancy was involved in this book at all! I never did find out what the book was really about - the characters
had the old familier names but the dialogue was so long winded that I juust gave up half the time. They were obviously supposed to be looking for someone call the Emir but they never ezplained why or what he was supposed to have done. About every 50 pages a little action but not in the same league as Rainbow Six!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Condition of book not as good as expected
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great story, be prepared to not put it down.
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Arrived on time, great purchase
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I am a fan of Clancy and loved it.
Published 1 month ago by STEP Edinburgh
3.0 out of 5 stars no depth no surprises
I know what to expect from these latest Clancy books and that is all Americas enemies are from Arab states and that all the heroes are whiter than white with a moral code that puts... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. craiders
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read as always
Published 1 month ago by Jintz
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Tom's books
This is the usual Tom Clancy at its best. I love and read all of his previous work, though the story was a little weaker than previous novels but I still enjoyed it.
Published 7 months ago by E. D. R. Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars The Hardy Boys - 2013 ?
I really can't decide whether to give "Dead or Alive" three or two stars. ...But I will throw a slightly bigger spanner by giving it two stars. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ole Bjrsvik
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Just hurry up with the next installment. As I have already said, I read the full set in two months. I can not wait for more pleasure
Published 13 months ago by Michael O ` Leary
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