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This review is from: Command Authority (Jack Ryan Book 9) (Kindle Edition)
With a view that this book was published before the events in Ukraine, there are uncanny similarities. We have a Putin-like president, his connections to the old Soviet secret services, a crisis in Crimea which would seem the escalate to the whole of Ukraine. There is also an attack on Estonia which fails, thanks to Nato. And the Russian mafia, which has as a fundamental principle that its people must not come from the KGB (they can infiltrate it, but not originate from it). The climax has many resemblances to the present crisis And there is a lot of action. And a connection to the US President (the protagonist is a president's son). And of course greedy European capitalists who work together with the enemy.
BUT then there is the military, violent, side. The book is chock full of weapons, military exploits, technologies, surveillance etc. From the technological point of view this may be realistic, but from the point of view of actual battles, there is a very strong propagandistic elements. The Americans are intelligent, human, etc, whereas the Russians are bullies and rather stupid and love to kill unnecessarily... At times it is almost that the book has been financed and written by the CIA. At least they should be thankful to Clancy and his military companion (who probably works for CIA...).