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on 16 January 2014
I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the Jack Ryan series of books, and indeed most were absolutely brilliant page turners. This is the good news!

I have to say that Command Authority is easily the worst of the series and made me wonder on many occasions whether this book had been written by Tom Clancy at all (sadly he died in Oct 2013) because the style of writing, particularly in the first half of the book was just incredibly different.

I felt it was aimed at a 12 year old with so many cases of unbelievably obvious and simple references and wording. the first half of the book is dreary, repetitive and boring and it was a chore to plough through it. The was so little action, so little story and very little point to it.

The second half began to pick up and have a point to the story and it was back to a normal Jack Ryan novel, but boy if you we're a first time reader, you would through the book away in the first dozen chapters!

Mr Clancy's sad demise is a loss to all of his fans, and whilst I want more, I hope it doesn't become a similar franchise to whats happened to the Robert Ludlum Covert One books, where miraculously Mr Ludnum's name still heads the books as author, despite his obvious issue of him being dead!
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on 25 December 2013
I guess like most of the folks who've read this book and left a review I'm a long-term Clancy fan. I've been underwhelmed by his work of the past ten years or so but I reckon Command Authority is his best story since The Bear and The Dragon. Prescient and with an interesting thread on the days before the fall of the Wall filling in some gaps in Jack Senior's CV, this is a book which will have you up late turning the pages. Jr and Sir Basil (Bas!) remain irritatingly drawn but Clark's as reliable as ever and Jack ... is Jack.

This doesn't reach the thrilling geo-political or technological heights of Executive Orders or The Sum of All Fears but it's a good read and a fitting last entry to the canon of my favourite author of the past 25 years.

Thanks for entertaining us royally Tom, and RIP.
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on 21 December 2013
I halve enjoyed almost all of Tom Clancy's non Op--centre work, and this is another good example. The story is well paced, and fairly believe able, especially given current events as I write (December 2013). The switching in story lines is well done.

Tom Clancy died earlier this year, so this book will be remembered as his last work (probably). Not a bad way to sign off.
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on 25 March 2014
With a view that this book was published before the events in Ukraine, there are uncanny similarities. We have a Putin-like president, his connections to the old Soviet secret services, a crisis in Crimea which would seem the escalate to the whole of Ukraine. There is also an attack on Estonia which fails, thanks to Nato. And the Russian mafia, which has as a fundamental principle that its people must not come from the KGB (they can infiltrate it, but not originate from it). The climax has many resemblances to the present crisis And there is a lot of action. And a connection to the US President (the protagonist is a president's son). And of course greedy European capitalists who work together with the enemy.
BUT then there is the military, violent, side. The book is chock full of weapons, military exploits, technologies, surveillance etc. From the technological point of view this may be realistic, but from the point of view of actual battles, there is a very strong propagandistic elements. The Americans are intelligent, human, etc, whereas the Russians are bullies and rather stupid and love to kill unnecessarily... At times it is almost that the book has been financed and written by the CIA. At least they should be thankful to Clancy and his military companion (who probably works for CIA...).
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on 2 January 2014
What a fantastic read and once again a classic epic of a read from the well respected author who started the whole Jack Ryan odyssey with 'Hunt for Red October'. This eagerly awaited book was carefully read and each page teased and twisted the threads of two Ryan generations to a grand and exciting espionage climax.

'Command Authority' is a great read and balances some modern day possible political circumstances with historic spying despatches from the Cold War era. Giving a great scenario of how Ryan senior and junior come together long after some secrets were thought long consigned to the secret file dossier and sealed up?

Tom Clancy is one of the leading authors of my reading catalogue and for a number of year & the 'Jack Ryan' series has been a must have every time. I always thought that Ryan senior would have been given a great presidential send off having averted some personal distress and saved the world once again. However the sad passing of the author will leave a question of how would have Jack Ryan snr been signed off?

I think it poignant that at least in this novel both Ryan's were brought together once again with good friends both past and present. A reading excellence that turned page after page into a cracking adventure across the globe which joined two generations.

Thank you Mr Clancy, picking up 'Hunt for Red October' got me started and the reading journey has been fantastic all the way.
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VINE VOICEon 3 April 2014
A great last novel. As with all the Jack Ryan/Jack Jr co written Tom Clancy novels, it wasn't clear to me just what the other writer has contributed as it 'feels' like Tom and noone else all the way through. To date, the actual story is feeling apocryphal as the recent news shows Russia clawing back it's old states, which is the premise for the novel and the reemergence of what could be another cold war.
The other interesting thing about this book is the jump back and for between 30 years, so we have a bit more Jim Greer.
Clancy as always is a master of his game, this doesn't dissapoint other than there will never be another.
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on 26 December 2013
Started it on Christmas day and cannot put it down - follows on nicely from the previous Jack Ryan books and such a pitty that Tom Clancy has died as he was a master story teller
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on 4 November 2014
I normally love Tom Clancys' novels, however I fear the lack of research on this one spoils what should have been a good yarn woven around recent events in Ukraine and Russia. Jack Ryan living in Chatham in Kent (30 years ago) found his news paper on the lawn in a plastic bag with the comment that the news paper delivery boy had been lazy. This would never have happened, the UK does not deliver news papers in plastic bags nor left it undelivered on the lawn. As a man of the British Establishment Sir Basil Charlston would never have used the recently imported Americanism "reached out" to anyone. Crimea is just Crimea not The Crimea, it is the Crimean peninsular but the region is Crimea. The lack of attention to this sort of detail is a little disappointing and makes me wonder whether it was actually written by the author.
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on 7 May 2016
This book is a classic. The last book written by Tom Clancy and the combination of the past and the present shows how good and well detailed the books are. Thinking of what's going on in the Ukraine this book is quite accurate with presence situation although it's still fiction. When fiction almost becomes facts.
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on 19 January 2014
If you read the last book about China then this one isn't much different, but it's about Russia. However, many books ago China was trounced when Jack Ryan Senior became President; and after that I believe Russia was sorted out as well. If I remember rightly, India and Iran should therefore be coming back on the horizon again, but with Ryan Junior and new technologies involved. By current estimates Clark is about 75 and still actively killing people.

Almost becoming Dan Brown and expecting us to buy books without noticing that it is really becoming repetitive.

Gentle read, but not impressive anymore.
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