Unfortunately Teeth of the Tiger can only be described as another downward step on the alarmingly declining career of Tom Clancy. Much shorter than most of his earlier work, this novel still takes an age to really get going and much of the book seems to be used as little more than a platform for the author’s own political (very right wing) agenda.
The story is based on the highly improbable premise that America’s secret new spy agency will employ, purely by coincidence, Jack Ryan’s son and two of his cousins. Little effort is made in the development of these characters and some of the dialogue between them is excruciatingly, painfully, embarrassingly bad with…
“Bet your bippy bro. You?”
“Hang a big roger on that.”
…typical of the sort of rubbish perpetrated in this book.
The plot is one of Islamic terrorists attacking America and an unofficial new agency which executes them without reference to judge or jury. This is far from ambitious compared with Clancy’s earlier work and the entire novel comes across as being a very transparent attempt to articulate and justify his own, obviously extreme, ideas. The action scenes are neither original nor particularly exciting and the story frequently becomes lost in meaningless descriptions of car journeys and other unnecessary digressions.
As a former Clancy fan I take no pleasure in dismissing this book as dull, repetitive flag waving rubbish. Much the same can be said of Clancy’s last few books such as Red Rabbit, The Bear and the Dragon and Rainbow Six and it is amazing to think how far this author has declined from his peak with classics like Red Storm Rising and The Cardinal of the Kremlin.