By Tom Clancy
Berkley Books, 990 pp, 1994
My quest to read the Tom Clancy books
continues. I will read them in order as they were published. I'm referring
to his Jack Ryan books, including Rainbow Six. I'll start the Ops Center
and other series afterward. That is the plan and I am sticking to it.
Because this book is almost ten years old
and I'm the last reader in the world to read it, I won't say much about
it. Most know what it's about. I enjoyed it, found it hard to put it down,
and finished it faster than I've ever finished such a long book.
Clancy's main talent is plotting. He weaves
several divergent storylines into one coherent whole, with a wonderful
sense of timing. He knows just when to merge plot elements. I still
maintain, and probably always will, that his books are too complex, that
he includes way too many characters and situations that add little to the
book. For example, did he have to spend so much time on Ed Kealty's
problems - couldn't the vice-president had just died?
And the now famous ending is eerily
reminiscent of the real terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Same
weapon, different perp.
I can't wait to read Executive Orders
- look for it soon, faithful readers.