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on 21 June 2017
Tom Clancy does it again excellent plot line and believable characters
book condition as described great service
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on 19 July 2017
Excellent book
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on 6 April 2017
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on 13 June 2017
As described
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on 26 April 2017
Another great Clancy book
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on 27 June 2017
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Clancy has been writing the life history of Jack Ryan for many years. With each new book in the series, new aspects of Ryan are displayed, from his own internal doubts about the moral correctness of some of his actions to a dazzling display of competence in each endeavor that he attempts. Here we find Ryan involved, as a first order plot, in an economic war with Japan, waged with all the tools of modern electronic markets, where Ryan's prior experience as a Wall Street analyst is useful, believable, and comprehensible to the reader. This alone is no small feat for Clancy, as Wall Street jargon is a language all its own, and the internal workings of the markets are mainly a dark mystery to most. Of course, this being a Clancy novel, there is far more than just one main plot, and when things deteriorate to a shooting war, he does his usual fine job of delineating actual tactics, weapons, squad level and executive decisions to the point of making the reader feel that he is there on the front line. The characterization of Yamata, one of the main driving forces on the opposing side, is very well done, and lends a sense of inevitability to the surprising and traumatic conclusion to this book. After reading this, Executive Orders is a must read, if just to find out "Now what?" (and you won't be disappointed, as Executive Orders is as good or maybe slightly better than this one).

There are a few places where I felt Clancy could have been more concise; at times the level of detail he throws at the reader is overwhelming, and not truly necessary to developing his plot, characters, or theme. This is a typical Clancy failing (which seems to have become much worse in his latest couple of novels) -- here it is quite bearable, and it is fairly easy to recognize those sections where it is safe to do some skim reading.

Some readers of this have felt that the depicted scenario is too far out, that this could never happen in the real world. This is not a failure on the author's part, but rather the failure of too limited an imagination on the part of these readers. Events as they have occurred since this book was published in 1994 have, unfortunately, shown just how possible this kind of thing is, if not exactly right in all its details. But it is clear that America can be attacked in many more ways than the traditional military methods, from economics to bio-war to terrorists. How we can maintain our traditional freedoms while nullifying these threats is a continuing question that so far does not have any simple answer.

---Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
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on 7 August 2010
Like a proper military operation, nine-tenths of the plot of this novel is preparation, and the remaining tenth is execution. The novel starts off slowly, opening many detailed sub-plots showing off a lot of technical detail about the US economy, CIA, US defence and military hardware. The book alternates between these different sub-plots, some of which are concluded during the novel, while others are woven together in an enjoyable military climax.

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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on 2 May 2011
It all depends on what you want. Some stories are fairly superficial and easy to read. Other are meaty and require the reader to concentrate and remember a great many diverse elements. Debt of Honour is such a book. It is the sort of book you need to read several times, each read helping to unravel the depth of the story. It's quality writing well worth the effort.
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on 25 February 2005
Debt of Honour brings back Jack Ryan as National Security Adviser, just in time for a war between the US and Japan. A breakdown of relations concerning trade threatens to bring economic chaos to Japan. A new Japanese Prime Minister is elected, but is little more than a mouthpiece for an ultra-nationalist businessman who orders an attack on US warships in the Pacific, the invasion of the Mariana Islands, and the sabotage of the US economy. However, things aren't about to stop there, as Ryan learns that there's another part to the plan - a joint-Japanese/Chinese invasion of Siberia. The threat of World War III has come back. Will Ryan prevent it? What do you think?
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".
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