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Executive Orders [Paperback]

Tom Clancy
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6 April 1998

Jack Ryan is the new US President – in the latest blockbuster from the world’s leading thriller writer, continuing the story of the spectacularly successful No 1 bestseller Debt of Honour.

At the dramatic climax of Debt of Honour, a runaway Jumbo Jet has crashed into the Capitol Building in Washington, leaving the President dead, along with most of the Cabinet and Congress. Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before was confirmed as the new caretaker Vice-President is told that he is now President of the United States. President John Patrick Ryan.

But how do you run a government without a government? Where do you even begin? Ryan knows that the eyes of the world are on him now – and many of them are unfriendly. In Beijing, in Tehran and even in Washington, there are those eager to take advantage. Soon they will make their moves; soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so great even he could not imagine it.

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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 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,648 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.


‘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.’
Daily Express

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read from the master 4 Jun 1997
By A Customer
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Why no film deal? 21 July 2007
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Executive Orders sees Jack Ryan take office as President of the United States of America. And he gets one crisis after another - those nasty media people, corrupt politicians, scepticism, foreign crises, and eventually a biological warfare attack from Iran, and then WAR!!!
Its hard not to like this book. The political stuff is actually quite good, and for about two-thirds of the book, it manages to keep attention from flagging. The kidnap attempt on Ryan's youngest daughter is tense and shocking. The assassination of Saddam unfortunately has dated the book rather badly, but still it makes for a good read. The biological warfare attack when it happens is quite scary, but its really just a variation on Outbreak (which is refered to about a dozen times).
Where the book begins to fall apart is at the climax when the US goes up against the "United Islamic Republics" Iran and Iraq(controlled by Iran). After awhile, it seems like the author is just going through the motions. At times it reads more like a textbook than a thriller, with very little emotional involvement. The war is won far too easily. The final bit, when Clark and Chavez guide bombs dropped by F-117s into the Ayatollah's house is pretty good, but its been done before in Clear and Present Danger.
It makes interesting reading, and is surely recommended for Clancy fans. But he should have spent more time on the thriller part of the book (the bit the fans most want to read) rather than the political aspects which dominate much of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars turgid 19 Oct 2001
By A Customer
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book had some of Clancy's characteristic plotting strengths so was fun and engaging, but ultimately it boiled down to Clancy coming up with a way of telling us all of the things he would love to do if he was president. Fair enough, and not badly written either, but not up there with his best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A suprising trail of events 28 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Without wanting to spoil this book, the events are suprising and certainly not expected, some aspects are reminicent of 9/11 is Tom Clancy trying to predict the future - he nearly did!!! Read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping - as always
Tom Clancy is such a successful creator and manager of the multi-layered thriller that you can be sure of a rip-roaring read. This book was no exception. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thoughtful reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Crash
the cover was a bit tattie.other wise it was OK.
I have read this book before and I remember it started with the Japanees flying the plane into the Captail building and not as... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Garvin Pollock
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good Clancy
This is one of the better Clancy/Jack Ryan novels, concerned with his coming to grips with an Iran-inspired attack in various forms on America, after he has inadvertently become... Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by Stephen Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterclass in interweaving plot strands
First an admission: I'm not new to this book. Over the past few years I've read it on several occasions and never cease to be impressed by Clancy's ability to fill 1,200 plus pages... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2011 by A. Chell
1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't read anymore
I've learnt to put up with first chapters by default. Oftentimes, a book improves and ends up being worth the effort (the whole thing can improve as the story and plot develop). Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2010 by tbuyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Speedy and efficient service
Received this book very quickly and although not new was in extremely good condition.... Just as described. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2010 by J. C. Mcgarrity
5.0 out of 5 stars President Ryan
This is one huge book and as such may put off many readers. Clancy deals with many different plots which as ever all tie up nicely at the end. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2010 by Glosblue
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The references to Sadam do date the book but then it is a work of pure fiction. As a Brit I found the detail of the polictial aspects of the book moving between interesting and... Read more
Published on 14 July 2007 by Geoffrey Webb
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair to middling
"Executive Orders" was a fairly good book. There was suspense and tension in parts. Other parts of it, though, were tedious. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2006 by humanitysdarkerside
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but a little hard-going at the end
I read this on holiday a couple of years ago before reading "Debt of Honour" (which was a mistake: you should definently read "Debt of Honour" first, despite the boring first... Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2005 by "arx86"
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