Executive Orders Hardcover – 14 Oct 1996
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Tom Clancy goes to the White House in this thriller of political terror and global disaster. The American political situation takes a disturbing turn as the President, Congress and Supreme Court are obliterated when a Japanese terrorist lands a 747 on the Capitol. Meanwhile, the Iranians are unleashing an Ebola virus threat on the country. Jack Ryan, CIA agent, is cast into the middle of this maelstrom. As a result of a recent sex scandal, Ryan had been appointed vice president, but it's an office he doesn't hold for long when he finds himself suddenly thrust into the Chief Executive's chair. He goes after the Iranians and then tries to piece together the country and his life the only way he knows how--with a fury, which is what we've come to expect in Clancy's intricate, detailed and accurate stories of warfare and intrigue. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘Ryan is back, and not just for an encore. The pace is frantic, the detail, as ever, exhaustive… a relentless, plot-packed blockbuster.’
‘A potent mixture of thriller and Washington power novel. Everyone who has ever fantasised about cleaning up government… will enjoy the way that Clancy’s hero fights his corner… just the thing.’
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The circumstances of Ryan's elevation to the presidency were remarkably prescient, given 9/11, and the passage describing Saddam's assassination, and the religious motivation for it, was especially well written, if a little dated. Perhaps Clancy's crystal ball let him down on this one. He takes an almost pornographic interest in military hardware, but you cannot accuse him of not doing his research.
Where the book falls down is that, as the book unfolds, you can never be in any doubt that however much crap is thrown at the US of A, truth, justice, and the American way will always triumph in the end. The idea that someone like Darayei might think "Let's take on the world's biggest superpower, they're bound to take it lying down." is, frankly, laughable.
Overall, a gripping read, and I zapped through it whilst on holiday.
Tom Clancy does have a habit of having too many sub-plots at times, but I guess I'm used to it and quite like it, particularly as it keeps me interested and thinking.
I have to say I really did not enjoy the book for the last 200 pages or so. I found it very slow, and it took me a week to read the last 150 pages (I would normally expect to do all of that in one night, as he normally weaves together the themes brilliantly in the end)
Another annoying feature at the end was the overuse of military jargon. I don't mind it, and enjoyed Red Storm Rising. However, I did feel that tom was using far too many TLAs (three letter acronyms), which made for EVEN slower reading (some of them were not even explained - which was frustrating to someone as ignorant of current military terms as I am)
I guess overall the book is definitely worth a read - I would give the first 800 pages 5 stars. I guess the disappointing last 200 just ruined the experience for me - I won't hurry to read it again because of that.
Tom Clancy writes large, sprawling novels. This one is actually a bit longer than most other Clancy novels, coming in at nearly 900 pages (hardcover). There is a lot of storyline to cover. Clancy likes to have the main plotline with several sub-plots that eventually tie in to the main story and also augment what is going on. Only one of these sub-plots felt truly superfluous (that being the Mountain Men sub-plot) as it did not actually add anything to the main plotline nor did it even touch the main story.Read more ›
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Slightly gory in parts. The dangers of Ebola illustrated years before the current tragic outbreak.Published 7 months ago by Peter H. Mussell
Executive Orders was an excellent read, I would recommend this to anyone, great book for taking on holidays, absolute bliss lying on a lounger at the beach, the water gently... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Julia McAlister
In my opinion the best Clancy by quite a mile. It's amazing. Nothing is left to chance here and the ride is simply jaw dropping. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Eddie Sullivan (EddieStudy)
I really enjoyed this book. It is the longest book I have ever read at 1273 pages. As usual Tom Clancy builds his stories with lots of pages. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mark Kaye
It’s not often I choose a book purely for reasons of size, but knowing I would be away for a week over Christmas and not wanting to pack too much, being already laden down with... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear
This was bought to replace my original copy which had almost fallen apart due to over use. I really enjoyed the book on publication and am very pleased to, once again, have a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by C.M.Brown