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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for most of the way, disappointing towards the end., 25 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Executive Orders (Paperback)
Executive Orders sees Jack Ryan take office as President of the United States of America. And he gets one crisis after another - those nasty media people, corrupt politicians, scepticism, foreign crises, and eventually a biological warfare attack from Iran, and then WAR!!!
Its hard not to like this book. The political stuff is actually quite good, and for about two-thirds of the book, it manages to keep attention from flagging. The kidnap attempt on Ryan's youngest daughter is tense and shocking. The assassination of Saddam unfortunately has dated the book rather badly, but still it makes for a good read. The biological warfare attack when it happens is quite scary, but its really just a variation on Outbreak (which is refered to about a dozen times).
Where the book begins to fall apart is at the climax when the US goes up against the "United Islamic Republics" Iran and Iraq(controlled by Iran). After awhile, it seems like the author is just going through the motions. At times it reads more like a textbook than a thriller, with very little emotional involvement. The war is won far too easily. The final bit, when Clark and Chavez guide bombs dropped by F-117s into the Ayatollah's house is pretty good, but its been done before in Clear and Present Danger.
It makes interesting reading, and is surely recommended for Clancy fans. But he should have spent more time on the thriller part of the book (the bit the fans most want to read) rather than the political aspects which dominate much of the book.
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