Command Authority

Command Authority

Large Print - 2013
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Decades ago, when he was a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan, Sr. was sent on what was supposed to be a simple support mission to investigate the death of an operative who had been looking into suspicious banking activities at a Swiss bank. Ryan's dogged tenacity uncovered not only financial deceit, but also the existence of a KGB assassin, code-named Zenith. He was never able to find the killer. But in the shadowy world of covert operations, nothing stays hidden forever. In the present, a new strongman has emerged in the ever-chaotic Russian republic -- the enigmatic President Valeri Volodin. His rise to power was meteoric, but shrouded in deception and treachery. The foundations of his personal empire are built on a bloody secret from his past, and he will eliminate anyone who comes close to that truth. For he has set in motion a plot to return Russia to its former glory and might, with the rest of the world once again trembling in fear of the mighty Bear. When an old friend of the Ryans is poisoned by a radioactive agent, the trail leads to Russia. And Jack Ryan, Jr. -- aided by his compatriots John Clark and the covert warriors of the secretive Campus -- must delve into an international conflict thirty years in the making, and finish what his father started.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410464972
Branch Call Number: CLANCY T LP
Characteristics: 783 p. (large print) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Greaney, Mark


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akasq Aug 30, 2014

great book, little to long, to many
names and detail.
A good book for todays times.

May 25, 2014

Simply thrilling, with clever use of flashbacks, this installment definitely lives up to Tom Clancy standards.

May 16, 2014

Well, RIP Tom Clancy. You had a good run.

There were prescient elements in this book that harkened back to Clancy at his best.

He will be missed.

Apr 30, 2014

A bit of an improvement over some of his more recent work. Perhaps that has more to do with a fairly decent second half of the book, and the use of a young Jack Ryan in sequences set in the past. This has both President Ryan and his son and colleagues at the black ops agency the Campus dealing with a resurgent Russia and a mystery dating back to the Cold War involving a shadowy Russian operative. Still, the problems remain that have plagued Clancy books since the post Bear and the Dragon era. He's disregarded continuity, inserted too much of his political leanings into things, and has created characters in the Campus era that just aren't that interesting. Jack Ryan Jr., Dominic Caruso, Sam Driscoll, and others just aren't compelling when you compare them to Jack Ryan and John Clark, and that's been a persistant problem in these books since the last good one. That said, however, the political and military situation he sets out here with his collaborator are eerily predictive of the current situation on the world stage, a gift Clancy has always been exceptional at. If this is indeed the final Jack Ryan book, at least the second half of it uplifts a slow start.

Mar 01, 2014

It would never be fair to hold Clancy to a literary set of standards. He is the "everyman's" master story teller, and I use yarn spinning criteria when I measure his works. This book contains one heck of a good yarn as told by the best of the best. I am stunned and mystified at how his plot points, almost perfectly, recount the events occurring today in the Ukraine. I hope the outcome of the current situation may be less bloody than the (optimistic) finale of Clancy's fast and furious novel. Even though the real situation is dangerous, deadly, and potentially catastrophic, neither reporters nor historians will ever be able to recount the history of todays events as well as Clancy foretells it, in this, his last and gut-wrenching novel.

Feb 02, 2014

I rated this book 5 stars as the story line and ending are superb. A wonderful closing for a great writer. Thank you Mr. Clancy, RIP.
I'm hoping a screen play is produced for what I'm sure will be an electrifying movie!

pw1040 Dec 28, 2013

Another great read. Hopefully Mr. Clancy's estate will continue his Jack Ryan series. RIP, Tom Clancy.

Cait_Sidhe Oct 02, 2013

This is the last book that Tom Clancy wrote before his death on 1st October 2013. Being released on 3rd December 2013


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Feb 24, 2014

Surviving is much more painful than death.

Feb 24, 2014

Strategy is a system of expedients.

Feb 24, 2014

Europe wants their oil and their natural gas, and Russia supplies it.

Feb 24, 2014

Central power is a snowball that picks up snow as it rolls downhill. It will get bigger and bigger and it will move faster and faster.

Feb 24, 2014

If it ain't rainin', you ain't tranin.

Feb 24, 2014

Each corrupt member of the apparatus is another powerful person in society who has a stake in the status quo.


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