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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (13 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718159144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718159146
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The action comes thick and fast (The Times)

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

Exhilarating (Sunday Times)

About the Author

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 onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it 'the perfect yarn'. Since then Clancy has established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense.

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. In his research for these novels, he travelled to seven countries and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combat tactics.


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ross Sidor on 2 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's become increasingly apparent that Clancy is not writing these "co-authored" books, but I still enjoyed this book more than most of the novels Clancy really did write. I always liked his characters and stories, but his writing and storytelling abilities made it difficult to get through his books. Clancy never says anything in one paragraph, if he can say it in three pages.

Locked On is basically standard terrorism thriller. Hundreds of them have been published and they're mostly all the same, but the characters and a fairly intelligent and complex plot sets Locked On apart from all those other books.

The plot involves a rogue Pakistani general giving nuclear weapons to Russian separatists and launching terrorist attacks in India to topple Pakistan's civilian government. Meanwhile, in a boring subplot with no surprises, Jack Ryan is running for president, and lots of other stuff happens in various episodic subplots. The subplot of Clark on the run and pursued by various mercenaries and intelligence agencies is trite and reads a little too much like co-author Mark Greaney's own Gray Man series. There's also the now requisite Rainbow mission.

The characters consist mostly of Clancy's new characters from Teeth of the Tiger, and less on his older ones. Which is appropriate since they're all in their 60s by now. Like John Clark, who, despite his age, is still jumping out of airplanes and leading counterterrorism missions. Jack Ryan shows up every few chapters or so, but he doesn't serve much purpose at all.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
It is really important to put this book into perspective along with the recent "Clancy" works and understand it is a book written in the style of Tom Clancy and the direction of the publishers.

Clancy's last good book was Executive Orders (average US Amazon score of 4 stars), he dipped slightly with Rainbow Six (Average of 3.5) before turning out the turgid Bear And The Dragon (average of 2.5 stars) and then the final book written by him, the very weak Red Rabbit (average of 2 stars). Then the outsourcing began with Teeth Of The Tiger (2 stars) and Dead or Alive (2.5 star average).

It is really important to understand that Tom Clancy `lost it' some time ago and those that claim this new book is a poor shadow of Clancy actually are referring to the golden days of Clancy because this is a lot better than the last three books Clancy actually wrote and certainly a vast improvement on the previous outsourcing.

Mark Greaney makes a good job of this, slightly ham-strung by the Clancy suits insisting (we presume) on the use of The Campus and young Jack Ryan as an all action hero. Mr Greaney presents a story where Ryan senior is trying to get back into the White House and the incumbent President is willing to resort to dirty tricks to smear him, including using ex Rainbow Six leader John Clark as a sacrifice. While Clark goes on the run, The Campus and Ryan Junior are on the trail of a rogue Pakistani intelligence chief who is orchestrating a deadly plan....

In the true style of Clancy, this is a blend of politics and action with a few familiar faces amongst the newer characters. The pace really picks up at the point Clark goes on the run and the book became increasingly hard to put down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have never read a word of a Tom Clancy book. For that reason I cannot say I am a fan of Mr Clancy's, but I am most definitely a fan of author Mark Greaney's series featuring Court Gentry. I first read The Gray Man in 2009, On Target (Gray Man Novel) in 2010, then Ballistic (Gray Man) earlier this year. When I saw Greaney's announcement on his website that he would be collaborating with Tom Clancy on a novel I must admit to having mixed feelings. I keep track of lots of forum discussions here on Amazon and I had seen comments from readers of how unhappy they were with some of the latest co-authored books published by Clancy. I waited for this novel not knowing quite what to expect.

The book began a little slowly for me because there were so many plot threads and characters which are introduced without any of them seeming to have much relationship to one another. After a short time the lives and story lines become connected and individual segments are filled in with more detail. There are a lot of characters in this novel and most of them seem to be returning from previous books. There is a young woman Jack Junior is showing some interest in and she is a new addition to the character roster. The novel is very action driven which is one of the things I like so much about the books Mark Greaney writes. That aspect did not disappoint me here at all.
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