Prescient is my favorite description of Mark Greaney, Jack Ryan/ Tom Clancy novels.
TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE , although written in 2016 , speaks to 2017 cyber theft, the ISIS crisis, Saudi hidden agendas and terrorism inside the United States. The book can only be described as another Greaney, Clancy page by page gripping thriller.
The entire Hendley Associates and White House cast is present and even if you have not read the majority of this series, TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE can work as a stand alone.
It is not summer yet but put this one on your reading list. It will not disappoint.
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Support and Defend is the first Tom Clancy novel written exclusively by Mark Greaney following Clancy’ s death in October of last year.z
In this new book, Greaney captures present day fears by building a tale around the theft of top-secret CIA files by an underling within the department. Shades of Edward Snowdon’s exploits are ever-present as Dominic Caruso , a familiar hero to all Clancy fans, embarks on a personal mission to retrieve access codes to the data before CIA human assets throughout the world are compromised. Dominic is the primary character throughout this adventure with The Campus playing only a supporting role. The President and son are missing from this adventure.
Support and Defend is fast paced and straight forward in its plot development as compared to other Clancy books. However, Greaney puts a surprising human face upon ” Transportation Director” Adara Sherman! Not always ,” all business!”
Mark Greaney is carrying on the Tom Clancy tradition. A daunting task!
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.
Tom Clancy teams with close range combat expert Mark Greaney to bring fans a new work of fiction that touches the edge of reality in a world of cyber warfare! The players from his previous best seller Locked On return in the new Clancy book Threat Vector. Jack Ryan is now president, his son Jack Jr. is even more deeply involved in The Campus black ops. Hendley, Mary Patricia Foley, Ding Chavez, John Clark and Sam Driscoll carry on.
The new bad guys are the Chinese Communists operating a cyber warfare ghost ship called The Center, run by a Dr No like character, Dr. Tong Kwok Kwan. Kwan infects U.S. military computer networks, takes control of U.S. Air Force drone aircraft, invades CIA secret files, destabilizes a U.S. nuclear power plant and shuts down America’s power grid with the click of a mouse.
No Clancy fan will be disappointed with the pace of the novel and all will admire the accuracy of the military, scientific and cyber research provided by co-author Greaney.
President Ryan is faced with an all out land war against the Chinese Communists as they re-claim the South China Sea and threaten U.S. Military presence in the region, all in preparation of an elaborate plan to capture Taiwan! The threat is escalated when it is discovered that The Campus itself has been compromised, with The Center bad guys one step ahead of The Campus good guys. Who, where, when, why and how could that happen? For Jack Ryan Jr., it may be closer than he could imagine.
Enjoy every page as the authors pull together all of the elements of good against evil to develop a plan and strike force involving assassinations , Taiwanese Air Force planes secretly flown by U.S. Pilots, a surgical bombing in the center of Beijing and the tactical planting and withdrawal of the Campus black-ops including the president’s son Jack Ryan Jr.
Clancy is the master in turning contemporary issues into reality. Who but Clancy would have cyber hackers hijack drone aircraft? What is the level of vulnerability of U.S. top-secret communications networks? Are nuclear power plants subject to cyber attacks? The good guys in Threat Vector win but many of the issues raised remain outside the pages of the novel. Suspense from the master, and high marks from this Tom Clancy fan.