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The Teeth of the Tiger [Hardcover]

Tom Clancy
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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28 Aug 2003
The old rules no longer apply - anybody with a spare AK47 or a knowledge of kitchen chemistry can become a player. In a nondescript office building in suburban Maryland, "The Campus", set up with the knowledge of President Jack Patrick Ryan identifies and locates terrorist threats - then deals with them, in whatever manner necessary. It's an organisation always on the lookout for new recruits - men like Jack Ryan Jr., the President's son.


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; First Edition edition (28 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071814502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718145026
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,642 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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The Teeth of the Tiger answers, vigourously, the question of what a Tom Clancy thriller would look like in the post-9/11 era. A new generation of the Ryan family takes the field, operating with considerably more ruthlessness and fewer constraints against Islamic fundamentalist killers and the money men who fund them. Jack Ryan's nephews, a Marine and an FBI man, are the hit men and his son the controlling intelligence behind their choice of targets, as revenge is taken for a set of vicious assaults on American civilians. There is a lot of background knowledge at work here--Clancy knows his stuff when it comes to people-smuggling and financial transfers--and a certain understanding of what makes both kinds of killer tick. Both religion and the idea of America are things for which men are prepared to kill and die--Clancy is at times scarily certain politics give him insight into the modern world. You read him for the occasional flurries of exciting action, but he also has something interesting to tell us about the frame of mind of his more devoted fans. --Roz Kaveney

About the Author

Tom Clancy lives in Maryland. His books include The Hunt for Red October, Rainbow Six, The Bear and the Dragon and Red Rabbit, all of which have been international bestsellers.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 15 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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…
“You packin?”
“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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did Clancy really write this book? 24 April 2004
Format:Hardcover
I have always been a Clancy fan and eagerly await each offering. Iactually liked Red Rabbit although his recent work has certainly not beenchallenging. I used to have to work to get through the first third of aClancy novel and then became obsessed by it. Now it has all the pull ofchick lit and my 8 year old son has been reading bits of it! I kept TOTTuntil I had a weeks holiday and was really looking forward to it. I keptwaiting for it to get better and it never did. In places it was totallyimplausible and like a plot a child would come up with that hasn't beenthought through. Then I began to think that it must have been a ghostwriter. I can't believe that a master such as Clancy could produce thisand let it be printed. THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE LEFT NEGATIVERESPONSES - it made me realise that it was really as awful as I thought!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of Clancy 18 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
Compared to Rainbow Six, Sum of all Fears and Red Storm Rising, I found this book very disappointing. It took far too long to get into, with very few action scenes, and an ending that caused me to check I hadn't lost a chapter or ten!
The story had a lot of potential, but went nowhere!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but a cyncial marketing / sales exercise? 15 Sep 2003
Format:Hardcover
Make no mistake - as an avid Clancy fan I still found this book a good read. Clancy is, for the most part, still in a different league for details and well constructed plots.
But.......I was left, ultimately, feeling disapointed on 2 counts. (1) whilst good, and definately better than Red Rabbit, it is no where near as good as the Jack Ryan and Clark novels; and (2) it's a bit short: the book seems to come to an end at an unnatural point, just as things are getting more interesting; this book is half the thickness of previous Clancy epics and I was left wondering if the original book had been split in two for the benefit of sales and profit. Probably just me being cynical!
To sum up: still good, but could be so much better. Lets hope Clancy returns to his own high standards with his next book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful beyond belief 15 Aug 2004
Format:Hardcover
I can't remmember the last time I was this dissapointed with a book. It's nothing more than a knee jerk reaction to 9/11 and I wouldnt be surprised if Clancy wrote the entire book on 9/12 while watching CNN. It's racist, offensive and contains nothing that makes his earlier books so enjoyable. The plot is EXACTLY the same as red rabbit! A Ryan being introduced to the intelligance community and then jaunting around Europe. But the line that most annoyed me is when of our 'hero`s' uses the line "what have we ever done to them?" when viewing the carnage at the mall. I'm not condoning terrorist actions but this clown seems to think that the US sends marines all over the world to feed the hungry and clothe the poor! I pray to God that rather than this being Clancy`s personal view that he is instead trying to tell us how ignorant Americans are; but I wouldn't bet on it. Petty, boring and anti everything non-american; avoid this as you would do the black death.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By R. Booth VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
What is going on with Tom Clancy? I haven't read "Red Rabbit" yet but judging by the reviews I don't think I'll bother. His first five books were excellent but this is absolute, complete, rubbish. The story is so thin as to be almost transparent, based around a whole bunch of unlikely coincidences. The characters have no real development, and two brothers who end each sentence with "bro" and use phrases like "Bet your bippy, bro" and "Hang a big rodger on that" become increasingly annoying to the point of severe irritation the more you read on. The book also ends (nowhere?) where one of the earlier books would have just started getting going - it's like he was in a rush to finish writing it. Having said all this, I did find it hard to put down after I got to the last third of the book, but overall it was a disappointment and relief to finish it - know what I mean 'bro?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
As always a great read and this is no exception always buy his books to read at Christmas wish he wrote more frequently
Published 3 months ago by Jac
1.0 out of 5 stars This is so bad...
I have downloaded this as an audiobook book for my phone as Tom Clancys' are usually good for commuting and going to sleep but this is just totally pants. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr
3.0 out of 5 stars Book is good
The Story line is good but the condition of the 'used' book described as good left a lot to be desired.
Published 5 months ago by David Hinds
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
The story is biased and quite offensive for non-Americans as well as to anybody who cares about any kind of constitution. Read more
Published 10 months ago by JLB
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Presant
Got Hubby this one to go with Jack Ryan Jr 2 so that he could read them one after another. However he has already read it but it refreshed the story
Published 13 months ago by peps
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy writing from a previous great
Tom Clancy has really gone downhill with this book. A very thin plot line and some excruciating bits of dialogue between Jack Ryan Jr and his cousins. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2012 by TJ Birchall
1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful-A literacy Low
The moment when a suspect is shot and its deemed okay indicated the fascist intentions of this book. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2011 by Bluepencilreview
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the effort
Finally got round to reading this book and now wish I hadn't really bothered. Compared to his early work this is a real big step down in quality. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by Manx Physicist
2.0 out of 5 stars Whoops
Did Tom Clancy really write this!!?, repetitive sometimes treats you like a bit of a moron ,perhaps I am a moron ,can't say it was rubbish , but it's not his best
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by Stef
4.0 out of 5 stars The Teeth of the Tiger
The book arrived promptly and in very good condition as described by seller. It is a excellent read as you would expect from Tom Clancy.
Published on 29 Mar 2011 by Desmond Robinson
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