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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tom Clancy at large!
This book is pure dynamite. Clancy, better than ever before, never lets you put down the book to take a breath. Several plots, all in themselves superbly told, closing in on each other towards the last third; a detail in writing that gives you an insight not only in the daily job of POTUS, but also in controlled virus-mutation, covert Army operations, and even a...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Yeetch
When I began reading Tom Clancy's books I was enthralled with the author's exciting plots- my summers were usually devoted to reading and re-reading his books as I'd imagine myself in the thick of the action. Since Clancy wrote 1991's "The Sum Of All Fears", his books have become longer, duller and less interesting. I found "Executive Orders" to be...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Yeetch, 17. Juni 2000
When I began reading Tom Clancy's books I was enthralled with the author's exciting plots- my summers were usually devoted to reading and re-reading his books as I'd imagine myself in the thick of the action. Since Clancy wrote 1991's "The Sum Of All Fears", his books have become longer, duller and less interesting. I found "Executive Orders" to be his worst work to date. The slow meandering plot is pretty hard to follow- not because it's so complicated. It's not. The problem is that the plot takes so much time getting going that you lose interest as Clancy positions the pieces one-by-one. The actual plot is pretty derivative of all of Clancy's other books, so the ending isn't much of a surprise. The most basic problem with Clancy's work is in his characters. Clancy obviously envisions Ryan to be a blue-collar everyman, just one that slipped into the White House through extraordinary circumstances. Much is made by the author of his hero's status as an "independent". It's too bad that Ryan comes across, consistently, as a doctrinaire, by-the-numbers, straight out of the pages of The National Review, conservative. Clancy, who has always been injecting his right-of-center politics into his books (though more obviously and stridently of late), puts his politics out in front here. "Executive Orders" is more politics than policy. Clancy is on his soapbox and the plot too often gets shuffled to the back for President Ryan to give some loopy tirade about liberal "special interests" (and there aren't conservative ones?). First clue that non-conservatives won't be given equal time: the book is dedicated to Ronald Reagan, who "won the Cold War" according to Clancy. Give me a break. Too bad Clancy couldn't have made his case without his hero's preachy speeches. After hearing Ryan's 1,314th speech informing another character he "is not a politician!" the reader will want to yell back: "Then shut up already!" The character of Jack Ryan has always been a difficult one to judge- heroic by far in Clancy's other novels, Ryan makes the transition from preachy, sanctimonious hero to preachy, sanctimonious jerk in this novel. A Tom Clancy novel hits you hard and fast and the action takes your breath away, but when the plot slows down and we try to get character moments they sometimes seem painfully forced. Clancy characters are written like post-it notes: this is the Good Guy who is a conservative/soldier/CIA analyst, etc. This is the Bad Guy/Girl who is a liberal/Russian spy/terrorist/feminist, etc. Can you really tell me how much different the characters of Jack Ryan and John Clark are from one another, aside from their names and character histories? Not a whole heck of a lot. I'm sure Clancy thinks he's giving America the kind of leader (read: conservative) they want in this book, but Ryan comes across as a breezy, "I'm-doing-the-right-thing and people will see that" conservative whose politics and style bear a striking resemblance to Newt Gingrich. The old Goldwater-for-President slogan "In your heart you know he's right", is a favorite dream of conservatives and Clancy relies on it here. Why does the subplot with the "mountain men" militia group fizzle out so spectacularly? Probably because Clancy can't bring himself to make people whose political viewpoint he sympathizes with the bad guys. In the end the reader will sigh with relief when he or she finishes this monstrosity. I did. My advice to you, don't even pick this one up.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tom Clancy at large!, 8. Oktober 2002
This book is pure dynamite. Clancy, better than ever before, never lets you put down the book to take a breath. Several plots, all in themselves superbly told, closing in on each other towards the last third; a detail in writing that gives you an insight not only in the daily job of POTUS, but also in controlled virus-mutation, covert Army operations, and even a full-scale war and finally perfectly round characters (even supporting figures are described lively) make this book the best Clancy has written so far. Ryan, who has detested presidents throughout his entire CIA-career, develops into a head of state a lot of us would dream of. And even if one hasn't read a Clancy-novel before, you instantly get pulled into a thriller that doesn't let you go from the first page to the last.
IMHO, this is a book noone should miss, along with Glamorama (B.E.Ellis), The Name Of The Rose (U. Eco) and The Sum Of All Fears (guess) probably the best book I've ever read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Caveat Lector, 5. März 1998
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Caveat lector: If you haven't liked Tom Clancy books in the past - surprise - you probably won't like this one. I'm amazed at how many people who rated the book as less than a 4 still managed to plod their way through a 1400 page book; apparently just so they could write a scathing review at Amazon.Com. How can we trust people for whom it takes 1400 pages and 6 months to decide that they hate a book? We all have personal tastes in reading, and if a 1400 page is still boring you by page 500, do something better with your time. And as far as being "preachy:" I haven't read many books recently that weren't. In "Airframe", Crichton lambastes the mainstream press. In "The Rainmaker", Grisham takes on the Insurance giants. If you want pure story telling without any preaching, you might try something like Faulkner's As I Lay Dying - a wonderful book (and short). As for "Executive Orders" - I found it to be a fascinating, and, knowing Clancy, realistic view of Presidential life. Politics, war, terrorism, spying...If you like this kind of stuff, you'll like this book - just make sure you set aside enough time to read it in less than a week or two: if you read this book piecemeal over a period of months, you might forget the nuances of each of the subplots (at least 7) and the book will lose its pace. If you're like me, and a lot of other reviewers on this page, you'll have a hard time putting it down.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Clancy has done it once again!, 3. Januar 1998
An electric and fascinating insight on the US Presidency. This was superb, the only flaws being the India-China angle which seemed to go nowhere and the Grade Z Mountain Men which are right out of a junior school essay. Ignoring those, the way Jack Ryan becomes President, forms a government out of the people that are left after Sato`s kamikaze attack on the Capitol, and the way he slips up when dealing with issues such as criminal justice and abortion are highly realistic. The Ebola Zaire plot and the United Islamic Republic angle are both extremely well crafted, even if the idea does seem as though it was copied from the movie Outbreak at times. Mind you, the monkey culling scenes and the description of the effects of the disease made that movie seem like pure Disney. Overall though, this book is one you`ll need plenty of time to read because despite the odd flaw, it has the Tom Clancy trademark of being extremely hard to put down! Jack Ryan should return for another term of Presidency, but what crisis can Clancy cook up this time?!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent thriller - one of his best!, 29. Dezember 2001
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Tom Clancy did it again: "Executive orders" is pretty long, but extremely gripping and combines in a sophisticated manner so many different story-lines to a well-woven novel that the reader stays alert and interested throughout the complete book. All schemes are highly believable and after September 11th even more to be thought about. The end is excellent as well... well done! If you have got enough time, don't hesitate to pick this novel!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Contrived, cliched, tired junk, 21. April 2000
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Let me begin by stating that I am a big Tom Clancy fan, at least through Patriot Games. However the clumsy dialogue that first appeared in that novel (Jack getting chummy with Prince of Wales) has exploded through Clancy's novels like a weed on Miracle-Gro. Clancy did not write this book so much as spew it forth, counting the dollars to be earned with each keyboard stroke.
Much of this book is stuff we have already seen, not just from other authors, but from Clancy himself. The military aspects of the plot, which is probably TC's strongest suit, are basically ones that we have seen before. The plot twists just aren't there like they used to be in his earlier works.
This book annoys beyond endurance by: 1) constantly flipping back and forth between the various subplots; 2) Clancy heavy-handedly crams his sophomoric political views down the reader's throat at every possible opportunity (although he absurdly tries to assert that Ryan is nonpartisan). Clancy makes Rush Limbaugh look like a more liberal George Will. 3) Clancy cannot write a single decent, credible female character. I am sure that various feminists have crucified him in his first four or five novels for not portraying women at all (or when he did, portraying Jack Ryan's physician wife as a ditzy little arm ornament). However, Clancy's efforts to cure that problem are just so clumsy that it is painful. One of Clancy's biggest problems is that none of his characters are at all normal or average - they are caricatures, often childish ones. Clancy's female characters are even less realistic - they are either simpering bimbos or ultra cool, ultra hip-but-pretty-but-tough dudettes.
It sure would be nice to see Clancy return to the quality of books like Red Storm Rising, Hunt for Red October and Cardinal of the Kremelin. This is one to be obtained from the library.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Realism? - I don't think so..., 22. Januar 2000
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I've read a lot of Tom Clancy books and generally find them entertaining - but don't take them seriously. "The Darling of the Pentagon" has developed an undeserved reputation as one who includes meticulous accurate detail in his fiction. If that were ever true, it is certainly hokum as far as this book is concerned. How accurate can the man be if he places Peoria in Indiana?
Briefly, the book is about terrorism on a massive scale - particularly the introduction of the ebola virus into the U.S. This is just one of the many nation-destroying crises President Ryan must deal with, and he successfully does so because, after all, he's not a politician.
And therein lies one major weakness to this book...it is basically a platform from which Mr. Clancy can espouse his political views. I really don't care about Mr. Clancy's political views - I just want a good, entertaining read when I pick up a book such as this.
Once again, the Middle East is the source of most of this evil, and once again, Clancy pays lip service to issues of diversity while the main message is "don't trust anyone who isn't like you". It wouldn't be such a bad thing if people didn't take these books for more than they are - but Clancy gets tours of American warships and senators like to talk to him because they think he knows something about defense. C'mon people, the guy just writes fictional action novels!
One last thing - Clancy clearly doesn't know his biology. For example, he has a top gun in infectious disease research (Col. Alexandre) expounding on the genetic code made up of amino acids (it's not..and that's something that is so basic it's hard to believe Clancy screwed it up). He's researched the surface of biological warfare, but not its substance.
The book is entertaining enough, but take it for what it is, a way to spend a few hours escaping from reality, and not an exposition of how reality might be.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Tom Clancy Should Retire! He's Run out of Steam & Stories!!, 18. Oktober 1999
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Like reviewers before me on other books, I would've rated this book at less than one star but Amazon doesn't allow that sooooo, here it is. I was tooling along through this book's immediate predecessor (Debt of Honor) and really enjoying the book, wondering how it would end. Then, in the last 75 pages I saw where Clancy was leading all of us, his loyal readers. I groaned to myself and said, oh nooooo, not thattttt! And guess what? He did it. He took Jack Ryan from National Security Advisor to Vice President to President in less than 5 pages. Isn't popular fiction wonderful? You can put sh*t between two covers, put Tom Clancy's name on it and the general reading public will think it's wonderful. Well, I'm here to tell you it wasn't and isn't and Tom Clancy should be ashamed off himself for putting such truly bad prose on paper. Debt of Honor ended badly and that's when I knew Clancy was well past his prime. I should've guessed that Executive Orders would not be any better.
Executive Orders picks up where DoH left off with our stalwart White Knight, Jack Ryan taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I couldn't believe the story line but I plugged along. Ryan started out admirably and in some ways stayed that way in EO but, the entire premise of his ascension to power was just so preposterous as to make the novel laughable.
For someone who writes detail so well, Clancy lost sight of the fact that there would have been so many factors that would have had to fall into place (exactly) to permit this type of event to take place. A 747 jumbojet into the capital would just not happen, especially on the night the President is addressing a joint session of Congress. Air traffic is vectored away from downtown DC to make just such an event implausible.
I really had a difficult time swallowing what TC was peddling in this overly long tome. Readers may have noticed that Tom has also developed a devoted following with his non-fiction books such as "Marine," "Submarine," "Armored Cav," "Airborne," "Into the Storm" and "Every Man a Tiger." He does a great job with those books because he can get into all the techno-detail that he puts in his novels and he doesn't have to make it all seem believeable. The stuff he writes about in those books is here today and he doesn't have to make it plausible. He can write those books like the thoughtful student of the military that he has proven he once was. He should stay with the non-fiction, special interest books he does so well.
With Debt of Honor, Executive Orders and Rainbow Six, Tom Clancy has proven to be a caricature of the author he once was. He's really stinking rich now and apparently given up on giving his readers a good read. Now he just wants to peddle Sh*t and get paid for it.
Tell you what, Tom. Why don't you take your wealth, dabble in whatever it is rich folks like you dabble in and forget writing fiction. You had a few good books in you and you wrote them. Now you have nothing left. It's time for a new hobby.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An encyclopedia that is as entertaining as a novel, 24. Februar 1999
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And I thought "Debt of Honor" was long! That book was 300 pages longer than anything Tom Clancy had written before, and "Executive Orders" surpassed DOH in length by 350 pages! This book is longer and of greater content than most dictionaries, but is infinitely better.
"Debt of Honor" ended in a cliffhanger with the entire US government wiped out in one foul swoop by a vengeful Japanese pilot. Only Jack Ryan, Clancy's protagonist throughout his best-selling books, and newly inaugurated Vice-President, survives, and takes the reins of a country devasted by economic and military attacks. As shown in Clancy's previous works, Jack tries to avoid politics as much as possible, but now he is in a job that is the most political in the free world. And internationally, Jack also made some enemies along the way, and they decide the time is right for them to take their vengeance.
Old enemies India and China again rear their ugly heads as they challenge the US militarily, and they are joined by the Ayatollah Daryei of Iran, who is driven by his religious convictions. The America hating Ayatollah derives a gameplan to strike at the heart of both the US and its new leader (I won't give away the plotlines)
My first interest in Tom Clancy's books came because I was interested in the workings of the military and the technologies they use. "Executive Orders" serves up another military extravaganza, with the best land battle Clancy has written since "Red Storm Rising".
I believe that with "Executive Orders", Mr. Clancy has reached the pinnacle of the Jack Ryan series. I don't think Jack can go much higher than President of the United States, unless Clancy wants to make him King of the World. Also, Mr. Clancy has destroyed so many of the world's enemies in his books. The Soviet Union, the Middle East, Japan, and Iran are places that have been pacified in Tom's literature. So unless he wants to make Indonesia a superpower and turn them against the US, he is going to run out of ideas. I forsee at least one or two more books of the Ryan series (besides Rainbow 6) that will resolve the whole China-India thing, and after that the world will live happier ever after and Tom Clancy will have to start anew.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Zzzzzz..., 18. Januar 1998
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I begin this review with a quick defense of Mr.Clancy. In many of these reviews, readers have criticized Clancy's at-times clunky writing style, his one-dimesional characters, his stilted dialogue, and his intrusive political diatribes. It's hard to argue these points. But Clancy is not creating high art. If I want to have my soul uplifted or my eyes opened to a wider world, I'll read Proust or Austen. When I want to read about an A-10 firing a Maverick missile at a T-80 main battle tank (MBT), I'll pick up one of Clancy's books. The way he's going, however, I'll need a forklift next time.
Granted that all of Clancy's characters (the good-guy American ones, anyway) speak like John Wayne after a few shots of Redeye, and Jack and Cathy Ryan are the most absurdly and disgustingly perfect couple this side of Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford (pre-stewardess scandal), and Clancy's politics are Cro-Magnon and his attitudes toward women are Neaderthal, I am still willing to forgive him all this if he is ENTERTAINING! When I pick up a Tom Clancy novel I expect jets will be dropping bombs and Presidents will be ordering bombs dropped and spies will be, uh, finding out where the bombs should be dropped. I want to read about ridiculously expensive high-tech weapons and what happens when they get pointed at people and used in anger. I'm willing to forgive his faults if Clancy brings his obvious skills as a plotter and detailer of neato high-tech wizbangs to bear.
But somewhere along the way, I think it was somewhere in the middle of "Clear and Present Danger", something went terribly wrong. Apparently, Clancy started believing that everyone bought his books because of HIM, not because of what he was writing about. And so he cranked out the laborious "Sum of All Fears", in which he wiped out the Super Bowl with a nuke (I'm from Pittsburgh, I wouldn't have any problems if that happened this year. Stupid Broncos). Then came "Debt of Honor", which ends with a kamikaze (of course) enacting his own term-limitation legislation with a 747. After lugging that tome around im my bag for three weeks I had people asking me if I was working out, I had bulked up so much.
And then came along "Executive Orders". This book makes "Debt of Honor" look like Cliff Notes. The print is even smaller, for cryin' out loud. In normal format it's like 4,000 pages long. It looks like a copy of the Federal Tax Codes. The book frightened me, just by it's size.
But I live on the edge, and after a trip to my doctor for a physical I attacked. I did want to see just what would happen to poor Jack Ryan, to poor America, after the decapitation of our government.
What happens in the book? Wrong question. What DOESN'T happen? Clancy takes 30 or 40 plots and weaves them together with the skill of a master egotist. Can someone explain why the Iranians would want to kill Ryan AND kidnap his daughter? You have a country that's already a bit edgy over the murder of the entire government and is bristling with enough nukes to flash-fry your entire country, and you're gonna snatch his kid? The idea could be expanded into a thriller of its own, but that is but one of the countless stories going on and on and ON in this mess of a book.
Many of these reviews have mentioned that there was obviously no editing for this book. Well, what did you expect after "Debt of Honor". I mean, come on, what editor is going to tell mega-seller Clancy, "Uh, Tom, you could cut the entire part with the Mountain Men, and it wouldn't change the rest of the book and it would keep the pulse of the book from stopping completely." Right. You just know that some poor slob at Clancy's publishers had to edit this (I doubt the bigwigs would wade through 700 pounds of galleys). The editor probably makes $35,000 a year and lives in some painted-over crack house in Manhattan and he's going to be the one to offend Mr.Megaseller? No way.
In the end, "EO" committed the cardinal sin of fiction--it bored me. I was 500 pages in, with 500 to go, and I didn't want to continue. I finished the book out of pure spite, to see how bad it would get, and it got plenty bad.
I dread the newest Clancy book, because I'll probably buy it. And I'll probably waste $30 and countless hours getting through it. I'll buy it because I'm an optimist. I'll buy it hoping that Clancy will learn from the criticism of his last few books, that he'll tighten up his plotting and not try to shoehorn every thought that has struck him the past 3 years into the book. But I bought the last few books, and if I buy this one, all I'll be doing is reinforcing his crummy writing. Sigh. What can you do?
I close by apologizing for going on so long in a review complaining about an author going on for so long. I will do my best to keep my next review under 800 pages.
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