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New Clancy Thriller Contains the Sum of All Characters
artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com ^ | April 7, 2010 | DAVE ITZKOFF

Posted on 04/08/2010 2:01:54 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

Super groups: They worked for Blind Faith, the Avengers, Them Crooked Vultures and the 1992 men’s United States Olympic basketball team, so why not Tom Clancy? On Wednesday, Penguin Group said it would publish a new thriller by Mr. Clancy that would bring together many of his best-known characters from his last-quarter century of literary output.


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1 posted on 04/08/2010 2:01:54 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I’m sort of glad the “Son of Jack Ryan” series never took off (Teeth of the Tiger). The book and story seemed kind of vague, yet forced.


2 posted on 04/08/2010 2:05:20 PM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I’m sort of glad the “Son of Jack Ryan” series never took off (Teeth of the Tiger). The book and story seemed kind of vague, yet forced.


3 posted on 04/08/2010 2:05:20 PM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Tom Clancy is still around? Last book of his was written by so many different ghost writers and was so incoherent that I had to toss it not even halfway through it.


4 posted on 04/08/2010 2:05:28 PM PDT by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: RabidBartender

I loved his early Jack Ryan books, but the last few have been awful.

I’ll read this one only after I hear it’s worth my time.


5 posted on 04/08/2010 2:19:51 PM PDT by Jedidah (Character, courage, common sense are more important than issues.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The Hunt for Red October (1984)
Red Storm Rising (1986)
Patriot Games (1987)
The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988)
Clear and Present Danger (1989)
The Sum of All Fears (1991)
Without Remorse (1993)
Debt of Honor (1994)
Executive Orders (1996)
SSN: Strategies for Submarine Warfare (1996)
Rainbow Six (1998)
The Bear and the Dragon (2000)
Red Rabbit (2002)
The Teeth of the Tiger (2003)
Dead or Alive (2010)


6 posted on 04/08/2010 2:19:53 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Figures.)
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To: cll

Tom Clancy is still around? Last book of his was written by so many different ghost writers and was so incoherent that I had to toss it not even halfway through it.

No joke! I never went from being a fan to loathing someone
as fast as I did with Clancy. I was lucky enough to get a
tour by the skipper of a L.A. class sub in when “Red
October” was a big hit. He was a big fan also. Kept pointing
things out and prefacing his comments with, “remember in the book when.....”


7 posted on 04/08/2010 2:23:46 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: All
Don't attack Clancy too quickly.

I suspect this book will be quite good. I ENJOY the fact young Jack is following the lead of his Dad. It adds a new character to develop. Clark and Daddy Jack are getting old; I would not be surprised if Clark is killed off in this book.

I suspect we will see the emergence of young Jack and Ding in this book.

8 posted on 04/08/2010 2:27:41 PM PDT by boss man
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To: Berlin_Freeper
His first few novels were very good. I especially liked Red Storm Rising. With fame and fortune, his desire to work at producing god books started to fade.

His last decent novel was Rainbow Six. Everything after that I found to be not worth reading.

9 posted on 04/08/2010 2:28:46 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Is he still married to his young and rich second wife?


10 posted on 04/08/2010 2:33:54 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: PapaBear3625; cardinal4

Agree that “Red Storm Rising” was his best work, followed closely by “Red Rabbit.” The rest of them were all pretty exciting as well. I’d like to see Hollywood turn those into movies, as well as “Cardinal in the Kremlin.” I’m sure they’d ruin the plot lines, though.


11 posted on 04/08/2010 2:44:11 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I got The Hunt for Red October the day after Thanksgiving of 1984. Then I watch Doug throw the Hail Mary against Miami. What a day.


12 posted on 04/08/2010 2:48:49 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Used to be a big Clancy fan and voracious reader of everything he wrote, but like many have opined, his books became boring and blah!

IF anyone wants to read a GREAT author and FANTASTIC books (especially for you ex Military types) I higly recommend anything by W.E.B. Griffin.

This guy makes all of his characters come to life and his "Men at War" (from the Lieutenants thru the Generals) is exceptional

Check his web site out as he has a whole different series and every one is better than the rest.

13 posted on 04/08/2010 2:50:04 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Kind of like one of those sucky ensemble-cast movies with fifteen name-brand actors and an imaginary plot and character development.
14 posted on 04/08/2010 3:22:54 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (FYBO: Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Bang for the buck and an enjoyable read I will take WEB Griffin over Clancy. Clancy and his ghost writers could learn a lot about character development from WEB Griffin (pen name), especially his series on the USMC. Unfortunately my entire hardbound collecion of WEB Griffin was wiped out during Katrina. Slowly putting it back together, not so with my Clancy’s or Ludum’s (why bother).


15 posted on 04/08/2010 3:29:11 PM PDT by libertyhoundusnr
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To: PapaBear3625; Ax
I especially liked Red Storm Rising.

Probably as close to depicting what a real NATO-Warsaw Pact conflict in the '80s would have looked like as any genuine scenario.

16 posted on 04/08/2010 3:39:04 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
it would publish a new thriller by Mr. Clancy that would bring together many of his best-known characters from his last-quarter century

Sweeeeet! That is what he has been needing to do for many years. The "community" of "operators" has always been pretty small, no reason why they would not have, after an entire career, knew of each other.

17 posted on 04/08/2010 3:41:03 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: libertyhoundusnr
One reviewer called Matthew Bracken's “Foreign Enemies and Traitors” as a cross between Tom Clancy and George Orwell and was the pick of the month.
18 posted on 04/08/2010 4:00:59 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: apocalypto

Based on your recommendation I will seek a copy today. Thank you....


19 posted on 04/08/2010 4:14:04 PM PDT by libertyhoundusnr
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To: buccaneer81

Another good book about what a NATO-Warsaw Pact conflict would have looked liked is “Team Yankee” by Harold Coyle. I thought it was a great read at the time. However, with the fall of the Soviet bloc, I just cannot get into those type of books anymore.


20 posted on 04/08/2010 4:31:37 PM PDT by eeman
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To: CrazyIvan
Tom Clancy is still around? Last book of his was written by so many different ghost writers and was so incoherent that I had to toss it not even halfway through it.

Same here - it's been decades since he put out anything readable.

21 posted on 04/08/2010 4:36:43 PM PDT by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Hmm. I haven’t read anything of his since Executive Orders, which I thought was awful. I do have a 1984 printing of Hunt for Red October from the Naval Institute Press.


22 posted on 04/08/2010 4:44:02 PM PDT by Doohickey (I try to take my days one at a time, but occasionally several days attack me at once.)
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To: libertyhoundusnr

It got great reviews.


23 posted on 04/08/2010 6:17:14 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: eeman

“Team Yankee” by Harold Coyle was an excellent read.


24 posted on 04/08/2010 6:24:17 PM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: TLI

i don’t see the big deal here. most of the same cast is usually in all of the books. Ryan, Clark, Chavez, Mary Pat, etc... they’re all in Cardinal, Sum of, Clear And, Debt of, Execu to some degree or another. I guess teaming Ryan with his son is new. But Jack Ryan is now an ex-President and likely over 60. I can’t imagine him going into the field or anything. I suspect he’ll be more of a player behind the scenes, using his contacts to help out the guys in the field. He’ll probably have some meeting with his old KGB buddy who’s now the President of Russia or something like that.


25 posted on 04/08/2010 6:31:25 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: Travis McGee

new Clancy book ping and you’re mentioned


26 posted on 04/08/2010 6:53:43 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: cll

Yep, the last one was just not the same. Put me off waiting for the next one.


27 posted on 04/08/2010 7:18:08 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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To: apocalypto; Tainan

Thanks for the ping. I think that folks who enjoyed Clancy’s early stuff will like my three novels.


28 posted on 04/09/2010 7:26:58 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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