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Razio Yamata is one of Japan's most influential industrialists, and part of a relatively small group of authority who wield tremendous authority in the Pacific Rim's economic powerhouse.He has devised a plan to cripple the American greatness, humble the US military, and elevate Japan to a position of dominance on the world stage.Yamata's motivation lies in his desire to paRazio Yamata is one of Japan's most influential industrialists, and part of a relatively small group of authority who wield tremendous authority in the Pacific Rim's economic powerhouse.He has devised a plan to cripple the American greatness, humble the US military, and elevate Japan to a position of dominance on the world stage.Yamata's motivation lies in his desire to pay off aDebt of Honor to his parents and to the country he feels is responsible for their deaths—America. All he needs is a catalyst to set his plan in motion.When the faulty gas tank on one Tennessee family's car leads to their fiery death, an opportunistic U. S. congressman uses the occasion to rush a new trade law through the system. The law is designed to squeeze Japan economically. Instead, it provides Yamata with the leverage he needs to put his plan into action.As Yamata's plan begins to unfold, it becomes clear to the world that someone is launching a fully-integrated operation against the United States. There's only one man to find out who the culprit is—Jack Ryan, the new President's National Security Advisor....

Title : Debt of Honor
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Number of Pages : 990 Pages
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Debt of Honor Reviews

  • Stephen
    2019-06-23 11:16

    5.5 to 6.0 stars. This is my favorite Tom Clancy book. I don't want to give away any spoilers but the scope of the plot and the multi-pronged attack on the U.S. was amazing. Add to that the superb way in which the good guys fight back and an "over the top" ending and you have a memorable piece of fiction by one of the masters of the genre.

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-06-04 05:25

    The last of the Clancy/Ryan books I liked and I'm very happy I put that 4-star rating for it there way before writing this review. Because trying to remember it now, it kind of blends, not surprisingly, with Executive Orders - the first one I really disliked. My gut tells me 4 stars is probably way generous, but I'll stand by them I guess. I will, however, say that if you ask me, this is as far as you should venture...

  • Todd Hickman
    2019-06-16 09:09

    OK, maybe two stars looks harsh, but the book was OK and that is the best I can say about it.The spy plot thread, with underground operatives in Japan was actually pretty good. I liked the air war thread. But the long, long, LOOONG, parts about financial double dealing left me cold.I will say this, it had a slam-bang ending that caught me by surprise.

  • Paul Cude
    2019-06-21 13:05

    The very first Tom Clancy book I ever bought, and by mistake as well. (Through a book club in case you were wondering. I was too lazy to send it back) After reading this, I had to go back and get all of his previous books. Having reread this recently, I marvelled at the complexity of everything going on, and how wonderfully well it all comes together at the end. It's hard to fathom how the author can write in some much detail, with so much knowledge, combining it all in an intricate plot. Great imagination, wonderful characters. While I like Ryan.....he has a lot of qualities to admire, I always find myself intrigued by John Clark and Domingo Chavez. Having gone back and read the books before this, you get a real sense of what drives Clark on, while the relationship between Clark and Chavez is almost father to son, rather than two soldiers working together, one outranking the other. A relationship that changes further into the series.......particularly in my favourite book of his...............Rainbow Six. Great book, fab read. But perhaps you should start with one of the others further back to really get into the story.

  • Nick Black
    2019-06-20 05:24

    A more enjoyable outing than The Sum of All Fears or the lamentable Without Remorse; Clancy managed here to get it up one last time following the CCCP's dissolution, and I've got to admit that one of my first thoughts on 2001-09-11 was "holy gawd some Montana nutcase has brought his Debt of Honor recreation society to a horrible climax". Everything fell apart in the followup effort Executive Orders, which was to close the door on my teenage fascination with Old Man Clancy.One of the best essays in 2008's War Nerd (derivative of, which we all sadly miss :/) is the absolute threshing of Tom Clancy -- well worth the price of admission.

  • Mike Edwards
    2019-05-25 13:09

    Perhaps 1 star is a bit harsh; maybe I should give it 1.5 instead. Clancy remains a skilled writer, in terms of dialogue, character development, and the build-up of suspense. If you've gotten this far in the Jack Ryan series, Debt of Honor will be an easy and enjoyable read for you.The problem is the plot. The gymnastics that Clancy needs to go through to set up a half-way plausible explanation for a war between the United States and Japan--not to mention a reason why Japan has half a chance against a country with a larger military, better military technology, and a larger population and economy--are gargantuan.And then there is the politics of the book; Clancy's personal beliefs about the need for a strong and independent military capable of global domination increasingly assert themselves. Finally, there is the problem of the Ryan character, who in this book is vaulted from a skilled technocrat to... well, I won't spoil anything, but let's just say this series of events also defies belief. In my opinion, this is clearly where the Jack Ryan series jumps the shark.

  • Corey
    2019-06-25 08:16

    Another solid Clancy novel! A lot of parts in the book seemed to drag because Clancy would get into long and lengthy descriptions but the plot really held my interest. What I didn't see coming was the ending, I won't say what happens for those of you who like Tom Clancy and haven't read Debt of Honor yet, but I'll just say this, you'll never see it coming!I'm guessing that the next book in the series, Executive Orders will pick right up where this book ended. I was gonna read it next but after how lengthy and descriptive Debt of Honor was, I'll have to wind down a bit, HAHA! But it's on my to read list.

  • John
    2019-05-30 10:31

    If not for the last 200 pages, this might've earned a one-star rating. It's just incredibly boring. The first 400 pages could've been 200 pages, and everything after that could've been heavily trimmed. This is a general complaint I've had with Clancy, but he usually overcame it with good plot, thrills, action, etc. He always included extraneous information and plot lines that could've been cut, but this was the worst example I've seen so far. As one reads through the first 400 pages (the story starts to move along after that), the general plot of the story and the important details are pretty clear. Dragging the reader through 400 pages of bloated story and description is just unnecessary. His descriptions of economic and banking maneuvers are hard to follow, and his attempts at humanity and internal dialogue are clunky. He is only redeemed by his outstanding ability to describe military action and technology with clarity and wit (including the ubiquitous submarine). I'm one novel away from having read all of Clancy's works prior to the year 2000, and some of them are very good yarns (Without Remorse is one of my all-time favorite books). Debt of Honor, however, is a poor piece of drama and a poor piece of writing.

  • Daniel
    2019-05-27 10:26

    Absolutely great! If you love Clancy, you'll love this one too.

  • Victoria Moore
    2019-06-15 08:01

    I don't usually read espionage novels but once I started reading Tom Clancy's "Debt of Honor" I felt ready for the challenge. Written in a lengthy format where a wide range of characters in the United States, Japan, Saipan and Russia struggled to exist in a world changed by war, technology and loss it was both detailed and intense. Central to all of the action, was the continuing saga of John (Jack) Patrick Ryan who impressed me immensely with his superior political skills. He handled himself so well his rapid rise up the career ladder didn't surprise me or seem unbelievable, because his achievements were sincerely earned. Paced to be read slowly, so as to absorb all of the information Clancy packed into his pages, I enjoyed the parts about Japan the most. Somehow those sections stood out against the starkness of the rest of the story and added a nice bit of poetry. At 766 pages "Debt of Honor" took me a little bit longer to read and get into than most books do, but after finishing it, I felt I'd spent a significant amount of quality leisure time with an excellent story created by a great American author.

  • Curtiss
    2019-06-25 11:26

    This is by far my favorite of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, in which Jack and the NSA 'discover' that Japan's business interests have coerced their government into launching a modern-day sneak attack on the US and get away with it almost without the US even being aware of it. Together with the usual supporting cast from the previous novels, Jack is able to restore the status-quo-ante by the end of the book, that is up to the surprise finish which leaves Jack 'in charge.'My favorite scene is the surprize reunion between John Clark and "Portagee", a retired Chief Bosun's Mate who had once upon a time attended John's funeral - at the end of John's 'previous life' as a renegade vigilante in the novel "Without Remorse".I also enjoyed having Captain Nick Mancuso get the opportunity to salvage his career as a sub driver aboard a down-graded 'boomer' that is to be pressed into service as a makeshift 'attack' submarine/aircraft carrier. His boomer ends up sinking 1 enemy sub, 1 enemy tin can, and even chalks up an air-to-air combat kill (trust me, read the book).

  • Matthew
    2019-06-15 06:03

    I enjoyed this book - but for how long it is, not a whole lot really happened. When I was done, I though "It really took 990 pages to tell that story"? There was a lot of really intricate military information that was not as interesting to me, but showed that Clancy put a lot of thought into that sort of thing - at times it felt like he had been working on this great idea for a military engagement, and somehow he was going to fit it into a novel somewhere. These parts greatly contrasted with the plot lines (of which there were several) so there was a lot of jumping back and forth from story to military stuff. Also, some of the plots lines came and went without me realizing they were over or that they were coming back. There is one major storyline (view spoiler)[ about the financial crash(hide spoiler)] that was suddenly over about halfway through the book. Another one (view spoiler)[vice president storyline (hide spoiler)] was a major part early on in the book but then disappeared until the very end until it came back in a single paragraph.

  • Wesley
    2019-05-28 06:22

    Debt of Honor, among other things, is the story of Jack Ryan and his role in a conflict between the Japan and the United States that eventually leads to war between the two countries. Personally, I found this book to be very boring because of the fact that it was overly long. Throughout the book, I saw multiple parts where the author, Tom Clancy could have just ended the book, but he kept going on and on. Eventually, I just found that he dragged out the events to the point where I was, instead of being excited and on the edge of my seat, was just waiting for the book to end. Prior to reading this book, I had read the series, Net Force, which is also by Tom Clancy. I found that series of books to be quite entertaining. They also were just the right length, not too long and not too short. I thought this book would be almost like it in terms of length. Alas, I was wrong.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys LONG books or anyone who likes Tom Clancy or the Jack Ryan series in general.

  • Lauren
    2019-06-15 06:25

    Debt of Honor is basically about what happens when the Americans mess with the Japanese. Our main character, Jack Ryan, has been called in as the National Security Advisor and must deal with all the problems that take place over the course of the book. Ryan was a pretty boring character (at least for me, though this is the only Jack Ryan book I've read)and though he always knew what to do, he really had to flaws and was pretty flat. It seemed like Clancy just wanted to show off his favorite character too much (when he was focused on him, anyway).The writing itself of this story was decent, but wasn't particularly focused on the plot and Clancy changed point-of-views constantly(his record was five times on one page in this book), which is pretty ridiculous when he obviously had a lot of things to say.Overall, I liked the ideas that Clancy had and the intricate details but it felt like someone just needed to shot "get to the point already!"or something.

  • Sindre
    2019-05-28 05:29

    The first of a mini trilogy within the Ryanverse, this book sets of a chain of events that culminate in the end of "The Bear and the Dragon". Poorer than its sequel "Executive Orders" but better than "The Bear and the Dragon", it details a war between Japan and the United States, triggered by a revengefull political mastermind. I'll cut straight to it: a lot of the events leading up to the war are, to say the least, highly unlikely, and without a doubt written with American patriotism as the driving factor. As such I found it very hard to actually embrace, as I felt that a lot of it was a bit too cheesy. On the other hand, the way Clancy details the Japanese attack on the US economy is hugely interesting, clearly showing that he has done his homework properly regarding global finance. On the whole a good read, but a bit too coloured by blatant patriotism to be a five star

  • Trevor
    2019-06-20 06:17

    This was by far my most favorite of the Jack Ryan series! Uniquely, as I was enjoying the whole thing, I thought to myself that one would be hard pressed to enjoy it as much without the entire backstory of all the collective other Jack Ryan books, up to that point.So, in light of all the others, this one stands on the mountaintop as a shining crown!

  • Harv Griffin
    2019-06-01 08:10

    With Clancy, I usually have to skip through the boring parts, but the interesting stuff more than makes up for it. At the end of this novel, (view spoiler)[Jack Ryan (hide spoiler)] becomes President of the United States.

  • itchy
    2019-06-09 06:05

    p406: a few people, none closer than half a block away, would remember the vehicle, a small white delivery truck that had been big enough to contain half a ton of amfo, an explosive mixture composed of nitrogen-based fertilizer and diesel fuel.

  • Stewart Sternberg
    2019-06-02 09:11

    Too many characters, too much tech, too convoluted, too contrived. This isn't his best book. A failed epic.

  • Edwin Kort
    2019-06-15 10:16

    Voor de tweede keer gelezen 2017Even geen zin om een review te schrijven. Sorry

  • Cindy
    2019-06-06 09:13

    Highly usual for this author! Glad to say this segment of the Jack Ryan series holds up. Although it has a cliffhanger ending, it does not disappoint.

  • Ron
    2019-06-18 06:31

    900 pages of waffle, very disappointing.

  • Bjoern
    2019-05-27 07:08

    I've read this before. In german and almost 20 years ago. But it did not take long into the text to get back to this Tom Clancy feelgood zone, this mixture of military jargon, meticulous technical description of almost scifi like hardware ansd all that combined with a special brand of corny but somewhat loveable and identifiable characters suffering through all the ups and downs of a crisis, this time of worldwide proportions.The plot is well constructed even if it stretches a bit the lengths and widths of most people's imagination respectively suspension of disbelief with a difficult series of interconnected assumptions, xenophobical ideologies and a great big dollop of overdramatic backwardedness in the alleged tight knit group of leading industrial company bosses or "Zaibatsu" that decide (not too subtly edged onwards by the biggest and most backwardy of them, a villain called Yamata) its time for Japan to forget all they've learned since world war two and in the panic after a tragic car accident leads to massive economic losses in their american interests and therefore a lethal thread to the japanese industry and wellfare, to try again to conquer their own natural wealth as they clearly deserve as the worlds best and most civilised nation. And so they follow their leader into a threefold attack on american sovereignty by launching a sneaky insider attack on Wallstreet, causing a mighty drop in the Dow Jones and paralyzing industry, banking sector and government at the same time, then they play a little charade leading to two damaged and taken out of business nuclear carriers and two sunk nuclear submarines and they develop and take into service a number of intercontinental rockets with nuclear warheads right as the de-escalation talks between americans and russians after the cold war ended have lead to both megapowers dismantling their own missile capacity completely.Under this threefold umbrella of protection (and aided by a sex scandal forcing the vice president out of office and thus dominating the media circus) they conquer the Marianas and Guam as a frontline base against american retaliation and they prepare aided by a secret conspiracy with India and red China to take even more resource rich land in Siberia to finally end up "independent" from outside influences and threats to their national pride and wealth.Well that's the basic plot and so far it's not bad per se. If only Clancy had slightly scaled down his villains and not made it seem as if every japanese soldier was secretly fuming against the dishonor of not being some kind of samurai vandal pillaging and raping throughout the asian landmass and instead being insulted by the forced self naming of their proud traditional army and navy as "self defence forces" oh what a shame... also the main instigator of the whole catastrophic enterprise, said Raizo Yamata, has some deep seated complexes about relatives of his that died on Saipan during the infamous "lemming" incident with japanese civilians preferring dropping into death at the foot of a cliff to being captured and interred by the invading american forces... Both of these mindsets were a bit too thickly administered to feel fully comfortale, turning his careful prepared machinations to avenge a harsh economic downturn forced upon the japanese companies by the US enacting a legal obligation to treat imports exactly the way other countries treat exports brought over their border by american companies (which was made as a reaction to said car crash that was caused by subpar car tanks the japanese insisted on shipping over the Pacific from their own plants instead of building locally as Americans had suggested)into some kind of senile or at least greatly exaggerated and glorified retribution for imagined crimes of war by the G.I.s taking back control over Saipan. And of course he's a bit single minded as he imagines that will now make him the perfect career politician (after having shown not too much respect for exactly those politicians in every meeting before, after all he is the successful head of the shadow government ruling from the business board room levels over industry AND government and they are but people having chosen that mediocre profession for their lives goal and ambition, how pitiful, of course all others are also far beyond his station meaning the soldiers he commands around, the bankers and especially the gaijin/Americans, yamata must be a lark at every thanksgiving dinner ;)) going from becoming the first japanese governor of the newly conquered islands and then aiming at being prime minister and leading Japan into a more glorious and successful future than ever imagined... and he's probably the only person on earth even remotely believing all that to be really believable.All this layout and preparation leads us to about halfway through the book. Saipan, Tinian and Guam are occupied and they are flying in japanese citizens in the bucket load (or jumbo jet load) to prepare for a "fair and open" referendum by all "residents" (including the occupation force of course) to decide about the further fate of the islands... staying with the US or willingly transition under japanese authority... I can't imagine how the UN would take such a suggestion after hearing that the invasion force itself will be able to vote for the fate of their illegally seized territory... can't see anything good coming from so openly a trick... especially since Clancy repeatedly emphasized that japanese investors already own 51% of the real estate on these islands, hinting towards a similar population dynamic from the start on.Meanwhile the indian admiral is getting kind of restless because the Americans still haven't set sail and steamed off to beat down on the new japanese defenses instead keeping his own "great and proud" fleet from filching Sri Lanka back into their small but ambitious empire... The chinese just sit and wait for any development.Which of course comes... the manipulations of the financial market are discovered, not instead but because the japanese businessmen were too thorough and tried to wipe their traces by also sabottaging the financial records proving their dangerous game. Ultimately this enables the US governemnt to turn the tide and claim that there were not enough records intact to reconstruct the catastrophic happenings of this blackest friday and they suggest a reboot based on the pre-crash data, which would lead to slight repeat of the panic inspired sellings of solid stocks and thus the massive drop in market overall value, but at least they could take out the automated computer brockerage that through prediciton model failings caused the chain reaction in the first place and maybe the human traders would be more careful and sober the second time around. (Actually the careful enacted and meticulously explained stock market crash was the most fascinating bit of the japanese attack on the US, even slightly better than the prequel sequence to it dealing with the car construction problems and the aftermath of the horrible crash that caused the first cnfrontation between Japan and the US public and the military aspects of the latter half. It was pretty disappointing that they got so easily a handle on it and could overcome the troubles before any other crisis had to be dealt with...) And of course so it comes... up front negotiations with the european partners that had been duped into selling off dangerously overpriced Dollar papers in the first stock exchange crisis now are warned to go the other way and drop of Japanese Yen shares not like but because they're going out of style and the day more or less ends on a neutral Dow development due to the same company that under japanese direction caused the crash now guiding the market carefully to bolster the most important company values and thus enlargening the effects of the pre-arranged european blow against the Yen. With this high note the financial part of the book is mostly over, it only stays to say that of course the most important idea, the "we can pretend it never happened and go back to befor eth ecrash due to corrupted data records" came from Jack of all trades Ryan who heard similar ideas from his wife who carries a small notebook because "if you don't write it down it never happened"... what does he even need the supporting cast for?Next in line is the military threat... step by step B1 and B2 stealth bombers, F22 stealth attack jets, RAH 66 Comanches (although the project died in its conception stage he has 6 prototypes finished and three of them end up smuggled into Japan with a small Ranger unit dropped by parachute for support and refueling purposes), submarines of the Los Angeles and Ohio Classes and finally the far sooner than thought repaired and returned into striking range USS John C Stennis cut down on the air shield (with a little help by the reliable team Clark/Chavez that were in Japan to repatriate a kidnapped girl that ended up concubine to the puppet PM the conspiracy brought into office right before their hidden war began) of 10 AWACS Style Boeing 767 Planes and japan-built F15(J) and F16/F3 fighters, then they take out (with "precision bombs" dropped from the Spirit stealth bombers) the silos with the waiting nuclear headed rockets and in a slight case of avenging the dead they tear apart the submarine picket the Japanese had installed both around their home islands and the newly conquered loot zone... the last mission is an epic fight of fighter based F14 and F18 against the whole force of 100 JSDAF fighterjets and E2 radar planes (the usually carrier based little brother of the "big" AWACS style birds) to take the air shield away from the Marianas, leading to the invasion force surrendering without much resistance, taking with them a handcuffed Raizo Yamata to be charged with treason (most of his co conspirators were blown away by Comanche-Strikes on their top level skyscraper apartments but he had gone to Saipan for his bid for governor and future greatness).The puppet government falls over the scandal their announcement of being a nucler power (two hours before the americans take the silo filled valley out of the equation) and threatening the US with retaliation for their counter offensive has caused and the previously disgraced PM returns right in time to end hostilities and accept the US demand of returning to the Status Quo Ante, what stays is about three hundred dead Americans (two subs, a few planes and what little resistance had to be resolved violently on the islands) and some thousand Japanese (half a dozen subs, one AEGIS destroyer/cruiser sunk to cover the retreat of the stealth helos using a submarine as refueling point right before the nose of that JSDN "tin can", the board helo shot down later and another one coming to look after the ship and helo sunk, at least 8 out of ten AWACS planes and a large number of fighters between 60 and 100 that were lost in several attacks on mainland and the Mariana garrison, plus whatever number of civilians and protective detail were at home in the ten to fifteen destroyed penthouses and the hiding place of the old PM that got kidnapped by Yamata's stooges for some time oh and the garrison at the silo valley including a full set of Patriot Defense System trucks and some small secondary targets like a radar post on Saipan and the tower of the fighter wing air field), a very shaken up japanese economy fighting both the after math of the vicious trade law America had passed and the coordinated stock exchnge attack in retaliation for their own sneaky shot at NYSE, indian and chinese governments that step back from the precipice and a US coming more or less out of the biggest crisis of the decade with only a few scratches and a bit of mental trauma... As a small reward for solving all three waves of the japanese threat sandwich Ryan gets offered the VP slot that had opened due to the predecessor's indiscretions and his wife (who won the Lasker award for medical excellence the same day) enthusiastically urges him to accept because that means only 11 more months of public service to then become basically "undraftable" for further service. Jay!Cut to Torijama Sato, one of the most brickheaded japanese characters in the book, totally applauding the whole plot, despite only being a "lowly" citizen chosing to leave the air force for JAL line pilot duties as a profession and basking laboriously in the glory and greatness the invasion of these dozen, dozen and a half of tiny islands means for his oppressed nation (the greatest in the world, yadda-yadda-yadda) and both brother to the Admiral commanding the tin can falling prey to the american submarine and father to one of the pilots that did not make it out of the big final air battle alive on Saipan... while he more or less could watch both incidents from his cockpit window... (another of the "do you really WANT us to believe this shit" moments in the book). Sato is depressed because now his country is once more mortal and merely of average importance to the outside world and he's furious due to the "cowardly murder" of his relatives taking part in a hostile invasion of foreign territory. He ends up at a newsstand of Washington D.C.s Dulles Air port and reads about the upcomming swearing in of VP Jack Ryan, instantly coming up with a plan to gatecrash this party.He kills his clueless co pilot and pretending to be on course to London for internal air line related reasons makes a big loop over the Atlantic Ocean back to the New England coast and then he calls air control (that has no way of seeing him over the ocean only in close proximity to the US territory) as allegedly dutch plane with engine troubles, begging for instructions to emergency land on Andrews Air Base but intending to dive nose first into the Capitol building hosting the inauguration for the mastermind behind his countries big dishonoring defeat... in an eerily prediction of 9/11 he manages to evade suspicion for long enough to succeed in his endeavour, lands right in the house part of the Capitol and fills the ruins with half full tank loads of jetfuel, cremating any possible survivors.Ryan who had waited for his introduction in the subbasement tunnels outside the building proper is the only higher ranked dignity to escape the assault and is promptly sworn in as PotUSm ending the novel with a glowing statement that the US will not take this cowardly attack lying down but find out who was responsible and take out their righteous retribution on them...Sooo... a thousand pages, a well and proper doorstopper and a lot of complicated and highly sophisticared subjects and motifs... in other words, Clancy at his best, maybe only surpassed by his calling card novel The Hunt for Red October and the incredible dense and detailed Red Storm Rising, which kind of compressed the plans and scenarios for a possible WW III into a thrilling narration of war and diplomacy much in the same vein as the according parts of this book. But it also was scarily more believable due to basing off really existing NATO and Warsaw pact plans to conduct exactly the kind of warfare described, while this is more the fantasy league of major league asskickery.Still, only a few bits of the narration really break out of the framework of realistic and well researched backgrounds and insider descriptions and most of these fall under artistic license to show absolutely unambivalent character traits and -motivations for a lot of the big players. Maybe some of it even is due to necessary shortening and cancelling out of parts of the manuscript as the book as it is already is MASSIVE with a round 1000 pages in paperback, so maybe some better bits of character building just landed "on the cutting room floor" ending us with just a tad too general and stereotypical worldviews for Raizo Yamata and his more outspoken minions, At least he avoided similar fall backs into WW II mentality for the american troops and politicians, avoiding any semblance of racism in the treatment japanese persons receive by others... (with a single exception of a rowdy homeless person in DC who was explicitly drunk and enraged by things he didn't understand) so the biggest sin was probably the indirect racism of painting all japanese as xenophob, eager to return ot their pre-WW-II society and "codices" and - of course - dumb, naive or misled enough to still believe in the validity of empire building and greater asian prosperity spheres...Last but not least, the book emphasizes what i already found generally to be the case with other thriller type novels like the ones written by Patrick Robinson: it works best if it is free of real world analogues and just builds upon known trends and behavioral patterns rather than conflicts we know from CNN and co...

  • Lee Miller
    2019-06-15 11:29

    This is a weaker Clancy book and quite dated. It reflects the early 1990s fear of economic dominance by Japan and the plot is among Clancy's least probable, although it does serve as a useful cautionary tale on the role of the military in projecting US power in peacetime. It was slow to build but once the action started, it was pure Clancy.This is the second time I've "read" it, this time as an audio book (I read it a second time because of a reference to it in a recent political speech). I had a difficult time with the voice artist. He was fine with dialogue but his narration (the closest thing I can think to call it is recitative) was so wooden that at first, I thought it was an electronic voice transcription. The difference between his narration and dialogue was so great that I wondered if the producers had used two voice artists. While he was good with voices and accents, at times his Indian and Japanese accents veered too close to racial stereotypes.The audio production was also weak. Clancy constantly shifts among various locales and in this version, locales and chapters run together with no break or audio cue to let you know when you are shifting to a new scene. That made for a disconcerting and sometimes confusing listening experience.

  • Bob
    2019-06-16 06:13

    I think the fact that I took three weeks to read this makes clear I wasn't as enthralled as I have been with other works by Clancy. As usual for Clancy, there were the multiple characters, some familiar and others new, layers of controversy, and technical specifications for gadgetry and armaments that were beyond my ability to fathom. All these are to be expected and do not detract in this title. I think where I tuned out was during the air and sea battles. I'm not a warrior by training or experience, so that's got to be part of it. But it's also true that I enjoyed his depictions of land engagements (I'm specifically recalling the South American jungle warfare scenes of Clear and Present Danger). Spoiler alert: the good guys win and that's usually all I need to be satisfied.

  • John Cheeseman
    2019-06-03 10:15

    Sorry Tom Clancy but this book was boring and stupid. The first third I had to try and keep myself awake for most of it, then it got really stupid having the Japanese carry out a surprise attack on the USA again, over oil again!!! If you can get over the stupidity of the plot and get through the tedium of the first part then its not terrible but I can see why this was never turned into a film as it was pretty racist against the Japanese and very poorly thought out.p.s. what happened about the nuclear bombs going off at the end of the previous book destroying most of a US city? Not one mention which was ludicrous in the story arc

  • Dave Beeman
    2019-06-01 11:05

    Once again T.C. out does himself. Although the first half of the book is slow going it is needed so that all the subplots can come together in the second half. You have crazed Japanese politicians and businessmen trying to destroy the American and world financial markets, Japanese expansion in the Pacific, CIA, FSB, more high tech military goings on than you shake a radar at and in the middle of all this; Dr. Jack Ryan. Along with Jack are numerous characters from previous works. And it all comes together in an unforgettable conclusion. It will blow you away!

  • Patrick
    2019-06-06 12:11

    This was an interesting book and full of action and intrigue. A lot of it centers around military stuff though, and that got a bit tedious after a while. It is a long book as well. I wasn't till the very end that I figured out that I'd probably read this at some time in the distant past. So that says something about the story, or about how well I remember things. The thing that made me remember is the event that caused Jack Ryan to become president, rather than just an advisor to the president. So if you enjoy stories with a lot of intrigue and military action, read this.

  • Mark Edlund
    2019-05-28 13:14

    Thriller Series - Clancy continues his American centric series with a new conflict between Japan and America. Last book he blows up the Super Bowl; this one he blows up the White House. Lots of racist characterizations of the Japanese and some condescending attitudes to women. Moves along well and weaves several plot lines fairly well. Canadian references - plane flies over Labrador; Air Canada jet over Japan; Japanese embassy evacuated to Vancouver.Pharmacy references - Merck mentioned as part of the Dow index; victim gets a prescription filled.

  • B. Jay
    2019-06-02 05:11

    My first Clancy novel- I’m not sure I knew what I was getting into with the Kindle version. I had to renew my book loan eight times. But it wasn’t too much of a struggle. Clancy balances technical details with action, and comes across as amazingly knowledgeable about a myriad of subjects, not limited to the military. Many of the events seem to accurately predict financial, technological and military events of the 2000’s.