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Dead or Alive (Jack Ryan Jr 2) Paperback – 15 Sep 2011
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Heart-stopping action entertaining and eminently topical. The Washington Post
The best characters from all of Clancy s previous novels are on the case. For fans of the genre, Dead or Alive is likely to provide a long weekend s pleasure. Los Angeles Times
Clancy is back at the top of his game In-depth research, continuous suspense, and scores of fascinating characters. Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
-Heart-stopping action...entertaining and eminently topical.- --The Washington Post
-The best characters from all of Clancy's previous novels are on the case....For fans of the genre, Dead or Alive is likely to provide a long weekend's pleasure.---Los Angeles Times
-Clancy is back at the top of his game...In-depth research, continuous suspense, and scores of fascinating characters.---Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Heart-stopping action...entertaining and eminently topical." --The Washington Post
"The best characters from all of Clancy's previous novels are on the case....For fans of the genre, Dead or Alive is likely to provide a long weekend's pleasure."--Los Angeles Times
"Clancy is back at the top of his game...In-depth research, continuous suspense, and scores of fascinating characters."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tom Clancy (Author)
Thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. But he had always dreamed of writing a novel, and his first effort, The Hunt for Red October, catapulted on to the New York Times bestseller list. From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.
Grant Blackwood (Author)
Grant Blackwood is the author of the Briggs Tanner books and the co-author along with Clive Cussler of Lost Empire, Spartan Gold and The Kingdom. He has also co-written Dead or Alive with Tom Clancy, and now writes novels in the Tom Clancy series alongside Mark Greaney. Blackwood is a U.S. Navy veteran who lives in Colorado.
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Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
My wounds are foul and festering
Because of my foolishness." -- Psalm 38:4-5 (NKJV)
Dead or Alive pits the Emir and his global terror network against the United States, with only the hope that the secret group, The Campus, can act in time to avoid horror. If that plot sounds familiar, you've read some variation on it several times in the last decade by other authors. What's different here? Authors Tom Clancy and Grant Blackwood work in the major surviving characters from the earlier Jack Ryan novels. Although the names are familiar and friendly to the memory, the characters themselves are more similar in name than in reality. So if you think you are going to enjoy a vintage Jack Ryan thriller, think again.
If that puts you off, realize that you'll be disappointed if you are looking for the old zing in this series. It's just not there. You'll probably grade the book as one or two stars, as a poor imitation of "the prior characters and stories."
If you can put that feeling aside and focus on the book itself, it's about a two-and-a-half star effort that's mainly marred by taking forever to develop over the 950 pages in my edition. The strength of the slow development is that your curiosity will grow about what the terror plot involves, but I doubt if you'll be intrigued. If you enjoy learning how to run a terror network over the Internet, the book becomes a little more interesting. If you want to gain a little paranoia about American vulnerability to terrorists, the book is decent in that regard.
The test for me with such a "thriller" is whether I can put it down in the middle for a few days and feel relaxed about not knowing what's coming next. I did such laying aside with no problem.
The book opens on a high point, as an Army Ranger team strikes into the cave network along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border seeking to capture a potentially high-value terror suspect. They come across something quite unsuspected, which begins to slowly reveal a mystery in motion. Terror cells are described in action, moving towards undefined objectives with great remorselessness. Treasure those parts of the book. What's coming isn't nearly as fast-paced and interesting.
What's the nicest thing I can say about the book? It's definitely better than The Bear and The Dragon.
What's the worst thing I can say? The Kindle version is overpriced.
Should you read it? You'll probably enjoy the trip if your expectations aren't set by the best of the prior Jack Ryan books.
Over the past decade Clancy fans have already had to be wary of the myriad of "created by Tom Clancy" books, which were actually authored by unknowns. We used to wait with baited breath for the rare releases of novels actually written by Clancy. Unfortunately, it seems even the original is no longer up to par. I regret to say that it seems obvious that Clancy has now completely sold out for money and forgotten all about his artistic integrity. I think its time Clancy either holsters his pen, or goes back to writing his own books. Oh, and since he has so much money now he might want to spring for a decent editor. Shame on you Tom
For many, Clancy went off the boil and in some cases the later books were poor by his standards. This new novel, co-written by someone I confes i have never heard of, is moving that quality line back towards where it once was. OK, so it's not Clear & Present Danger or Executive Orders, but it is better than some of the later offerings.
In places, you might be able to spot the Clancy chapters and this makes the book a little patchy but the characters are old friends and the plot in well put together. At 600+ pages it is a 'shorter' Clancy, but the fact that I finished this in under a week means it held my interest and was clearly a good read.