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  • Paperback: 1273 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (6 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006479758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006479758
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 5.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,107 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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Tom Clancy goes to the White House in this thriller of political terror and global disaster. The American political situation takes a disturbing turn as the President, Congress and Supreme Court are obliterated when a Japanese terrorist lands a 747 on the Capitol. Meanwhile, the Iranians are unleashing an Ebola virus threat on the country. Jack Ryan, CIA agent, is cast into the middle of this maelstrom. As a result of a recent sex scandal, Ryan had been appointed vice president, but it's an office he doesn't hold for long when he finds himself suddenly thrust into the Chief Executive's chair. He goes after the Iranians and then tries to piece together the country and his life the only way he knows how--with a fury, which is what we've come to expect in Clancy's intricate, detailed and accurate stories of warfare and intrigue. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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‘Ryan is back, and not just for an encore. The pace is frantic, the detail, as ever, exhaustive… a relentless, plot-packed blockbuster.’
The Times

‘A potent mixture of thriller and Washington power novel. Everyone who has ever fantasised about cleaning up government… will enjoy the way that Clancy’s hero fights his corner… just the thing.’
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun 1997
Format: Hardcover
So, you wanna be President. You could fix all the problems with the county, couldn't you. Yep, if you just had the chance. Well, here it is Mr. Smarty Pants. Well, it is if you are John Patrick Ryan. "Debt of Honor" left us (Clancy fans) in a large lurch. The President, the Supreme Court, most members of the House, Senate and Cabinet are dead. Jack Ryan, new President of the United States (or, POTUS), formerly new Vice President, has it all to do. Appoint a Supreme Court, not just one or two justices, but all of them. Arrange for the election of representatives and Senators. Maintain national defense while facing increasingly hostile international dilemmas, not to mention deadly domestic ones. All this while trying to stave off a despicable attempt to "grab the throne" by the freshly ousted former Vice President of the United States. Clancy provdes a realistic view of being POTUS. And, shows us that strength of character does, indeed, make a difference. While facing the most challenging and dangerous circumstances since the Revolutionary War, just how does the USA fare? How does she weather a storm of weapons of mass destruction? If you like Clancy's earlier works, then I will guarantee that you will enjoy and approve of the "response of the Uinted States of America".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. REEVES on 21 July 2007
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Having seen both "Patriot Games", and "Clear and Present Danger", I found it easy to imagine Harrison Ford, Karen Archer, and Willem Dafoe reprising their previous roles. Given the critical and box office flop that was "The Sum of All Fears", maybe Hollywood should have tried to adapt this book for the cinema instead.

The circumstances of Ryan's elevation to the presidency were remarkably prescient, given 9/11, and the passage describing Saddam's assassination, and the religious motivation for it, was especially well written, if a little dated. Perhaps Clancy's crystal ball let him down on this one. He takes an almost pornographic interest in military hardware, but you cannot accuse him of not doing his research.

Where the book falls down is that, as the book unfolds, you can never be in any doubt that however much crap is thrown at the US of A, truth, justice, and the American way will always triumph in the end. The idea that someone like Darayei might think "Let's take on the world's biggest superpower, they're bound to take it lying down." is, frankly, laughable.

Overall, a gripping read, and I zapped through it whilst on holiday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sherry on 25 Aug 2004
Format: Paperback
"Executive Orders" is Tom Clancy's follow up to his best selling novel "Debt of Honor" and begins moments after the ending of the previous novel. "Debt of Honor" left the Capitol building destroyed, the President killed, most of Congress killed, and all 9 members of the Supreme Court killed. Most other top officials of the government were also killed in a horrible attack reminiscent of September 11, 2001 (even though the novel was written years before that event). While not intending to be, Tom Clancy was very prophetic in writing about the events that led up to "Executive Orders". Because the Vice President had resigned, Jack Ryan was asked to take his place until the next election. As Vice President, Jack Ryan was not in the building when the attacks took place. Being Vice President was only supposed to be a one-year post and then he would retire from public service. Now with the President dead, Jack Ryan is the new President of the United States. Most Presidents have a Cabinet and Congress and other Senior Officials to help make the transition to power run smoothly. Jack Ryan has to rebuild his government almost from the ground up.
Tom Clancy writes large, sprawling novels. This one is actually a bit longer than most other Clancy novels, coming in at nearly 900 pages (hardcover). There is a lot of storyline to cover. Clancy likes to have the main plotline with several sub-plots that eventually tie in to the main story and also augment what is going on. Only one of these sub-plots felt truly superfluous (that being the Mountain Men sub-plot) as it did not actually add anything to the main plotline nor did it even touch the main story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Oct 2001
Format: Paperback
I liked Clancy's early stuff, but this, like Debt of Honor is a mind numbing slog to get through. There is a good story in there (even more so given recent (09/2001) events), it's a pity Clancy feels the need at times to turn it into US Politics and International Relations 101! Also it's nice to have a twist to get you to read the story; the story of Aref Raman is signposted so clearly by the middle of the book why should I bother to read the rest? The other plotlines are basically good but I get the impression that Clancy wrote this book (and a few others) with a ruler nearby - "not 3 inches thick yet need some more prose"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By markdixon@gmx.co.uk on 9 Aug 2001
Format: Paperback
I loved Dept of Honour and really enjoyed the first half of this book. I have enjoyed all of Clancy's books thus far, and enjoyed the political side in this one.
Tom Clancy does have a habit of having too many sub-plots at times, but I guess I'm used to it and quite like it, particularly as it keeps me interested and thinking.
I have to say I really did not enjoy the book for the last 200 pages or so. I found it very slow, and it took me a week to read the last 150 pages (I would normally expect to do all of that in one night, as he normally weaves together the themes brilliantly in the end)
Another annoying feature at the end was the overuse of military jargon. I don't mind it, and enjoyed Red Storm Rising. However, I did feel that tom was using far too many TLAs (three letter acronyms), which made for EVEN slower reading (some of them were not even explained - which was frustrating to someone as ignorant of current military terms as I am)
I guess overall the book is definitely worth a read - I would give the first 800 pages 5 stars. I guess the disappointing last 200 just ruined the experience for me - I won't hurry to read it again because of that.
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