So much written in the Tom Clancy novels is prescient and his final book, Command Authority, written before his death in late 2013 , is no exception. The latest Jack Ryan novel written with fellow writer and researcher Mark Greaney is all about the future aims of Russia connected to the emergence of the Russian mob following the collapse of the USSR. Who fills the vacuum and what are the aims of Clancy’s new villains?
Clancy casts a wide net in Command Authority including Swiss bankers and secret organizations formed from the remnants of the old KGB. There is government corporate takeovers with millions of unaccounted funds to trail to money laundering though numbered Swiss accounts. Topping the greed list is the lust for power by the new elite in the Kremlin eager to reclaim lost Russian territory and international prestige. Of course there is abundant hardware in hand and in the air.
In the middle of all of the intrigue is President Jack Ryan, Jack Ryan Jr. and of course important roles for John Clark, Ding Chavez, Dominic Caruso and Sam Driscoll. Clancy cleverly creates a flash back sub-plot to Jack Ryan Sr’s former career at CIA in England which directly connects to the present day un coverings there by his son Jack Ryan Jr. The stories intersect perfectly in typical Clancy fashion.
For Clancy fans, place me at the top of the list, it is sad contemplate the end off this wonderful series. It has always been difficult to choose favorites because each resonates with its place in time. Tom Clancy was brilliant in introducing his characters squarely in the middle of the action , always on the edge of reality. I will miss wondering if the Clancy story unfolding in his novels will be on the front page of the morning paper. In many cases Tom Clancy has come very close!
Enjoy Command Authority and reflect on the previous seventeen wonderful Tom Clancy adventures.