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Clear and Present Danger

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Prologue - Situation
1 - The King of SAR
2 - Creatures of the Night
3 - The Penache Procedure
4 - Preliminaries
5 - Beginnings
6 - Deterrence
7 - Knowns and Unknowns
8 - Deployment
9 - Meetings Engagement
10 - Dry Feet
11 - In-Country
12 - The Curtain on SHOWBOAT
13 - The Bloody Weekend
14 - Snatch and Grab
15 - Deliverymen
16 - Target List
17 - Execution
18 - Force Majeure
19 - Fallout
20 - Discoveries
21 - Explanations
22 - Disclosures
23 - The Games Begin
24 - Ground Rules
25 - The ODYSSEY File
26 - Instruments of State
27 - The Battle of Ninja Hill
28 - Accounting
29 - Fill-ups
30 - The Good of the Service
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 Jack Ryan World*
#4 of 17
Jack Ryan World*   See series as if on a bookshelf
A series of novels written by Tom Clancy featuring the character Jack Ryan or taking place in the same fictional world.  I've only included books written by Tom Clancy in this list.

1) The Hunt for Red October
2) Patriot Games
3) Cardinal of the Kremlin
4) Clear and Present Danger
5) The Sum of All Fears
6) Without Remorse
7) Debt of Honor
8) Executive Orders
9) Rainbow Six
10) The Bear and the Dragon
11) Red Rabbit
12) The Teeth of the Tiger
13) Dead or Alive
14) Locked On
15) Threat Vector
16) Command Authority
17) Support and Defend
Copyright © 1989 by Jack Ryan Enterprises, Ltd.
To the memory of John Ball,
Friend and teacher,
The professional who took the last plane out
The room was still empty.
May contain spoilers
But before they dragged him off, Félix turned one last time, seeing Moira, just standing there with the man he didn't know, and his last thought as he turned away was that once again she'd understood: silence was the greatest passion of all.
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Last Updated: 12-Dec-2023


G P Putnam's Sons
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Cir 17-Aug-1989
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Remarkable praise for Tom Clancy's
The Cardinal of the Kremlin

"Tom Clancy has a genius for big, compelling plots, a passion for research, a natural narrative gift."
- The New York Times Magazine

"Tom Clancy is a master storyteller."
- Newsweek

"Tom Clancy has written a great spy novel.  It has the authentic feel of espionage.  It moves on at least ten action fronts.  It offers a marvelous portrait of the Soviet Union and Moscow.  It delivers with the nitty-gritty detail of spy work in the field.  And, as always, it does a superlative job of clearly rendering a nearly unfathomable subject: the high-technology of modern warfare."
- Washington Post Book World

"Clancy is known for his abilities to take technical details and weave them into a gripping and fascinating story.  Here, he is in top form as he takes Jack Ryan through his paces, including an incredible heart-stopping scene on a Russian runway.  Stunning."
- Associated Press

"A military-political adventure with enough suspense and surprise to awaken even the most sated of readers of spy novels.  In its recipe of plot, characters and technology, Cardinal may be the best of the Clancy novels - high praise indeed."
- The Dallas Morning News

"An adventure of high quality.  The unmasking of the Cardinal is as sophisticated an exercise in the craft of espionage as I have yet to encounter."
- The New York Times Book Review

"Clancy proves himself as capable as John Le Carré at spinning the complicated web of spy vs. spy.  It's great reading."
- Milwaukee Journal

"Like its three predecessors, a terrific piece of storytelling.  Its action sequences are as good as anything Clancy has written.  A tightly plotted and delightfully complex tale."
- The Detroit News

"A big, involving spy saga that delivers the goods.  It will satisfy Clancy's many fans and will surely earn him legions of new ones."
- San Francisco Chronicle

Front flap:

Clear and
Tom Clancy

"Tom Clancy is the best there is.  He is a master."
- San Francisco Chronicle

The Hunt for Red October... Red Storm Rising...  Patriot Games...  The Cardinal of the Kremlin...  Tom Clancy's novels now total, remarkably, over 15 million copies in print, and The Cardinal of the Kremlin was hailed by reviewers as his finest novel yet.  "Terrific characters... the authentic feel of espionage... a superlative rendering of modern warfare... Clancy delivers," wrote Bob Woodward in The Washington Post.

And now Clancy delivers again, with a novel as explosive as today's headlines.

At what point does criminal activity threaten national security?  When can a nation respond to it as to an enemy?  These are the questions Jack Ryan must consider
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when he hears the awful news: Colombian drug lords, tired of being harassed by U.S. law enforcement agents, have assassinated three high American officials, and that is just the beginning.  The message is clear: Leave us alone.

But they have pushed too far.  Someone steps quietly over the line they have drawn, deploying covert-action teams in Colombia.  At home, too, men armed with the most sophisticated tools their country can devise begin to take the fight to the enemy.  But does anyone know who the real enemy is, and how much action is too much?  Who is doing what?  Which line has been crossed?  Ryan and his "dark side," a shadowy field officer known only as Mr. Clark, must find out.  They expect danger from without - but the danger from within may be the greatest of all.

As Clancy takes us through the twists and turns of Clear and Present Danger, he blends the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his hallmarks with intricate plotting, knife-edge suspense, and a remarkable cast of characters.  This is Clancy at his very best - and that is "the best there is."

Tom Clancy is the author of The Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising, Patriot Games and The Cardinal of the Kremlin.  He lives in Maryland.
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Tom Clancy  
Birth: 12 Apr 1947 Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Death: 01 Jan 2013 Baltimore, Maryland, USA


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