- Paperback: 1273 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (6 April 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006479758
- ISBN-13: 978-0006479758
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 5.6 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Executive Orders Paperback – 6 Apr 1998
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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 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 ›
Unlike Ford, however, Ryan had never been elected to any public office at all. Asked by President Durling to serve as Vice President, after the previous Vice President is forced to resign in the wake of a sex scandal, Ryan reluctantly agrees to take on a largely ceremonial office. The catch for the non-politician Ryan, however, is that the Vice-Presidency is only a heartbeat away from the most burdensome job in the world, and one which Ryan shivers at the thought of undertaking.
Then the incredible happens, when a grief-striken Japanese pilot who lost family in a brief Japanese-American shooting war, mans a jumbo jet during Ryan's swearing-in ceremony and crash lands into the Capitol, thereby all but obliterating government. The President, First Lady, the entire Supreme Court, nearly all the Cabinet and most Senators and members of Congress are killed in a few calamitous moments.
This leaves Ryan, who survived by a sheer fluke, to assume an office which he frankly dreads approaching. A complete political outsider, Ryan has an excellent working knowledge of the government, but close to zero political instincts. A populist and technophile of the sort both idolized and unelected by America, Ryan must bumble through his grief and shock at the horror which has befallen his nation and attempt to lead it. His hostility toward any form of ideology that appears other than starkly pragmatic, however, is ultimately disappointing. In the guise of non-partisan vigor, Clancy has Ryan deliver a series of startlingly conservative speeches praising a flat tax and denouncing abortion rights.Read more ›
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Supposed to be unabridged. Instead found large sections of background scenes have been removed. Most of the dialogue sections have been kept and it doesn't really affect the story... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. S. Robinson
Slightly gory in parts. The dangers of Ebola illustrated years before the current tragic outbreak.Published 10 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 13 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 17 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 21 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 22 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear