- Taschenbuch: 1152 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin; Auflage: New Ed (30. August 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0140274065
- ISBN-13: 978-0140274066
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11,1 x 4,9 x 18,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 27 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 252.109 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Power is delightful, and absolute power should be absolutely delightful--but not when you're the most powerful man on earth and the place is ticking like a time bomb. Jack Ryan, CIA warrior turned US president, is the man in the hot seat, and in this vast thriller he's up to his nostrils in crazed Asian warlords, Russian thugs, nukes that won't stay put, and authentic, up-to-the-nanosecond technology as complex as the characters' motives are simple. Quick, do you know how to reprogramme the software in an Aegis missile seekerhead? Well, if you're Jack Ryan, you'd better find someone who does, or an incoming ballistic may rain fallout on your parade. Bad for re-election prospects. "You know, I don't really like this job very much," Ryan complains to his aide Arnie van Damm, who replies, "Ain't supposed to be fun, Jack."
But you bet The Bear and the Dragon is fun--over 1,000 swift pages' worth. In the opening scene, a hand-launched RPG rocket nearly blows up Russia's intelligence chief in his armoured Mercedes, and Ryan's clever spooks report that the guy who got the rocket in his face instead was the hoodlum "Rasputin" Avseyenko, who used to run the KGB's "Sparrow School" of female prostitute spies. Soon after, two apparent assassins are found handcuffed together afloat in St. Petersburg's Neva River, their bloated faces resembling Pokémon toys.
The stakes go higher as the mystery deepens: oil and gold are discovered in huge quantities in Siberia, and the evil Chinese Minister Without Portfolio Zhang Han San gazes northward with lust. The laid-off elite of the Soviet Army figure in the brewing troubles, as do the new generation of Tiananmen Square dissidents, Zhang's wily, Danielle Steel-addicted executive secretary Lian Ming, and Chester Nomuri, a hip, Internet-porn-addicted CIA agent posing in China as a Japanese computer salesman. He e-mails his CIA boss, Mary Pat "the Cowgirl" Foley, that he intends to seduce Ming with Dream Angels perfume and scarlet Victoria's Secret lingerie ordered from the catalogue--strictly for God and country, of course. Soon Ming is calling him "Master Sausage" instead of "Comrade," but can anybody master Ming?
The plot is over the top, with devastating subplots erupting all over the globe and lurid characters scaring the wits out of each other every few pages, but Clancy finds time to insert hard-boiled little lessons on the vileness of Communism, the infuriating intrusions of the press on presidential power, the sexual perversions of Mao, the poor quality of Russian pistol silencers ("garbage, cans loaded with steel wool that self-destructed after less than ten shots"), the folly of cutting a man's throat with a knife ("they flop around and make noise when you do that"), and similar topics. Naturally, the book bristles like a battlefield with intriguingly intricate military hardware.When you've got a Tom Clancy novel in hand, who needs action movies? --Tim Appelo -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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There are also several anti-Clinton side-references in the book, making subtle condemnations of some of the more outrageous Clinton escipades. But in Clancy's world there never was a President Bill Clinton, so his obvious references really corrupt the plot. You know what the author is trying to say, but a fiction-novel is not the format for a manufactured political diatribe.
Usually I'm amazed by the subtle way Clancy brings all the sub-plots together, but in this book everything feels contrived. It's painfully easy to figure out what's going to happen next, and one of the better sub-plots in the book just fizzles out in the end. The chilling tension that is the hallmark of a Clancy novel just isn't there.
The characters felt contrived as well; cookie-cutter. Sometimes I felt like Clancy was preaching (at one point quite literally)through the mouths of his characters.
Overall, The Bear and the Dragon was a great disappointment. Any serious Clancy reader knows about the "Clancy Experience" - the nail-biting tension, the total immersion in his world, that keeps you reading until beyond 3am. I've read through the night many times with a Clancy novel in hand.
Sadly, The Bear and the Dragon didn't capture me at all. I found myself wanting to skip to the end just to be done with it, but I plodded through because I owe Clancy that. I hope the next one will be better because Tom Clancy is a great writer, and it pains me deeply not to recommend this book.
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ganz interessant; an einigen Stellen zu langweilig; manchmal hat man den Eindruck, dass Clancy zu einem gewissen Grad die Zukunft vorhersehen kannVor 9 Monaten von LEZ veröffentlicht
Since I started reading Jack Ryan somewhere in the middle it is nice to know where all the references point to.Vor 15 Monaten von MS veröffentlicht
Ich finder Clancy ist eine von die beste Authoren heute zutage. Wird auch sein naechste buch kaufen.
Und die Jack Ryan serie ist einfach super.
The Bear and The Dragon combines five novels -- one about a murder mystery in Moscow, one about espionage in Bejing, one about Chinese-American trade diplomacy, another about... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 21. Juli 2007 von Donald Mitchell
I can't say that this is the worst book by Clancy i ever came across, since i put it away after page 137. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 25. September 2002 veröffentlicht
Another really great novel by Clancy. The details are (as always) very accurate and the whole szenario is built up in a way, that it could happen tomorrow. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 22. Juli 2002 veröffentlicht
He's done it again!!!! I thought it couldn't get worse after Rainbow Six. I was mistaken. I love Tom Clancy's early books, I have read them several times and will do so in the... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 20. Januar 2001 von Peter Kreft
The Bear and the Dragon is, in my opinion, Tom Clancy's weakest book, mainly because I couldn't get rid of the "been there, read that" voice that kept nagging inside my... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 30. November 2000 von S. Laubinger
Ok maybe "the bear and the dragon" is not THE book written by tom clancy but it is a book which keeps the reader captured with the beginning up to the end. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 18. Oktober 2000 veröffentlicht