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Debt of Honor (A Jack Ryan Novel)

Debt of Honor (A Jack Ryan Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Clancy
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Razio Yamata is one of Japan's most influential industrialists, and part of a relatively small cabal who exert tremendous authority in the Pacific Rim's economic powerhouse. He has devised a plan to cripple America's pre-eminent standing, humble the U.S. military and elevate Japan to a position of dominance on the world stage. Yamata's motivation lies in his desire to pay off a Debt of Honour to his parents and to the country he feels is responsible for their deaths: America. All he needs is a catalyst to set his plan in motion. When the faulty gas tank on one Tennessee family's car leads to their fiery death, an opportunistic U.S. congressman uses the occasion to rush a new trade law through the system. The law is designed to squeeze Japan economically. Instead, it provides Yamata with the leverage he needs to put his plan into action. As Yamata's plan begins to unfold, it becomes clear to the world that someone is launching a fully integrated operation against the United States. There's only one man to find out who the culprit is: Jack Ryan, the new president's National Security Advisor.


From the reviews of Debt of Honour:

‘Tom Clancy’s latest magnum opus – another blockbuster.’
The Times

‘With the grip of a born storyteller, Clancy casts a potent spell.’

‘Tom Clancy’s mammoth new thriller is a convoluted cracker.’
Daily Mail

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1749 KB
  • Print Length: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (1 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They Said It Couldn't Happen 3 Sep 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Clancy has been writing the life history of Jack Ryan for many years. With each new book in the series, new aspects of Ryan are displayed, from his own internal doubts about the moral correctness of some of his actions to a dazzling display of competence in each endeavor that he attempts. Here we find Ryan involved, as a first order plot, in an economic war with Japan, waged with all the tools of modern electronic markets, where Ryan's prior experience as a Wall Street analyst is useful, believable, and comprehensible to the reader. This alone is no small feat for Clancy, as Wall Street jargon is a language all its own, and the internal workings of the markets are mainly a dark mystery to most. Of course, this being a Clancy novel, there is far more than just one main plot, and when things deteriorate to a shooting war, he does his usual fine job of delineating actual tactics, weapons, squad level and executive decisions to the point of making the reader feel that he is there on the front line. The characterization of Yamata, one of the main driving forces on the opposing side, is very well done, and lends a sense of inevitability to the surprising and traumatic conclusion to this book. After reading this, Executive Orders is a must read, if just to find out "Now what?" (and you won't be disappointed, as Executive Orders is as good or maybe slightly better than this one).

There are a few places where I felt Clancy could have been more concise; at times the level of detail he throws at the reader is overwhelming, and not truly necessary to developing his plot, characters, or theme.
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1.0 out of 5 stars availability 14 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Why advertise a kindle version when it is unavailable when you turn to the page? This is happening more and more frequently, you advertise books you don't have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A meaty read 2 May 2011
It all depends on what you want. Some stories are fairly superficial and easy to read. Other are meaty and require the reader to concentrate and remember a great many diverse elements. Debt of Honour is such a book. It is the sort of book you need to read several times, each read helping to unravel the depth of the story. It's quality writing well worth the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not His Best. 15 Dec 2010
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The story takes a while to get going, but stick with it because it`s worth the effort as once again Tom Clancy pulls the different strands together to produce a great thriller.
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Like a proper military operation, nine-tenths of the plot of this novel is preparation, and the remaining tenth is execution. The novel starts off slowly, opening many detailed sub-plots showing off a lot of technical detail about the US economy, CIA, US defence and military hardware. The book alternates between these different sub-plots, some of which are concluded during the novel, while others are woven together in an enjoyable military climax.

This is a "Ryanverse" novel featuring the usual characters from other Clancy novels, such as Ryan, Murray, Clark and Chavez, and also the resurfacing of some submarine officers from "The Hunt for Red October" .

As with many Clancy novels, the story is thought-provoking and semi-educational due to it's philosophical reflection and accurate technical detail. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although was somewhat disappointed with the sensationalist ending, described in the last five pages or so. I felt this to be an unnecessary and far fetched addition to an otherwise plausible novel, although in one sense it was a chilling premonition of a real event that happened just a few years later...

Fortunately the story carries on directly from the aftermath of this disaster in the sequal "Executive Orders", which I am looking forward to reading next.

Like many Clancy novels, this could be scripted into an excellent TV mini-series, but is in my opinion, too long to be made into a feature film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 20 Jan 2014
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Tom Clancy at his best. A riveting read. Thoroughly researched and difficult to put down. All in all money well spent and probably worth a second read even though it is around a thousand pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy 1 July 2013
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Yet another of my absolute Tom Clancy novels which came to pass on 9/11 Let us hope his pen does not dry up vry soon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy's books are a great read. 15 May 2013
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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.
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