Debt of Honour Hardcover – 1 Aug 1994
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Razio Yamata is one of Japan's most influential industrialists, and part of a relatively small cabal who exert tremendous authority in the Pacific Rim's economic powerhouse. He has devised a plan to cripple America's pre-eminent standing, humble the U.S. military and elevate Japan to a position of dominance on the world stage. Yamata's motivation lies in his desire to pay off a Debt of Honour to his parents and to the country he feels is responsible for their deaths: America. All he needs is a catalyst to set his plan in motion. When the faulty gas tank on one Tennessee family's car leads to their fiery death, an opportunistic U.S. congressman uses the occasion to rush a new trade law through the system. The law is designed to squeeze Japan economically. Instead, it provides Yamata with the leverage he needs to put his plan into action. As Yamata's plan begins to unfold, it becomes clear to the world that someone is launching a fully integrated operation against the United States. There's only one man to find out who the culprit is: Jack Ryan, the new president's National Security Advisor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the reviews of Debt of Honour:
‘Tom Clancy’s latest magnum opus – another blockbuster.’
‘With the grip of a born storyteller, Clancy casts a potent spell.’
‘Tom Clancy’s mammoth new thriller is a convoluted cracker.’
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Its more or less Red Storm Rising with Japan as the baddie. The Portagee subplot is similar to what happens with Mike Edwards on Iceland in Red Storm. There's even a Tomahawk attack on airbases.
This book is actually quite an entertaining read, but the pace is wildly uneven. It takes a long time for the plot to develop, then it kicks off big time, then it slows to a snail's pace during the really tedious economic sabotage passages, then kicks off again during some great battles - in the air, on the seas, under the seas, - and just when we think its over, something else happens, leaving us with a terrific cliffhanger of an ending.
Its not brilliant, it has a lot of flaws, but the author manages to make it work. God knows what his editors and publishing agents must have thought though when he pitched the book - "We're going to war against Japan".
This is a "Ryanverse" novel featuring the usual characters from other Clancy novels, such as Ryan, Murray, Clark and Chavez, and also the resurfacing of some submarine officers from "The Hunt for Red October" .
As with many Clancy novels, the story is thought-provoking and semi-educational due to it's philosophical reflection and accurate technical detail. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although was somewhat disappointed with the sensationalist ending, described in the last five pages or so. I felt this to be an unnecessary and far fetched addition to an otherwise plausible novel, although in one sense it was a chilling premonition of a real event that happened just a few years later...
Fortunately the story carries on directly from the aftermath of this disaster in the sequal "Executive Orders", which I am looking forward to reading next.
Like many Clancy novels, this could be scripted into an excellent TV mini-series, but is in my opinion, too long to be made into a feature film.
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