By Tom Clancy
Berkley Books, 914 pp, 1991
I know I'm about ten years behind the
Clancy books, and am probably the last person in the known world to read
this book. The subsequent Jack Ryan books are sitting on my bookshelf
and patiently waiting their turn.
Based on this one, they may move up in
line. This was a wonderful book, typical Clancy, but with higher stakes.
Clancy is a master of plot, weaving seemingly disconnected and random
strands until he ties it all together. I could hardly put the book down
during the last two hundred pages.
Of course, the events of September 11
show us that not even Clancy can keep up with reality. But unlike in
this book, I think we now have a serious president who won't let ego or
pride get in his way. If only President Fowler were so inclined, we
wouldn't need Jack Ryan's heroics!
But then we wouldn't have the book,
and that would be a pity.