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am 25. März 2015
Mehrere, anfänglich scheinbar zusammenhanglose Handlungsstränge laufen zusammen. Viel Pathos, viel Gut und Böse in Schwarzweißmalerei. Viel Blei in der Luft, zu Lande und auf dem Meer.
Und trotzdem – spannend ist die Geschichte.
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am 23. Juni 2000
I have always been an avid reader, but for me I have to find a book that not only peaks my interest, but also keeps it. I can't tell you how many unfinished paperbacks I have lying about my house because I just couldn't identify with the book. "Clear and Present Danger" has not been left unread. In fact I have re-read this book on several occasions. I had started to read the Jack Ryan series of novels out of sequence, and then I decided to read them in order. Once I got to this book, I literally could not put it down. It is full of the Clancy trademark "Techno Jargon" but at the heart of it all was a very well told story. If you are not familiar with any of the Tom Clancy novels, this book is one of many in what has come to be known as the Jack Ryan series of books. Jack Ryan is a former Marine, who currently works for the CIA as an analyst. Through a series of very exciting and often sad circumstances, he begins to move up through The Agency and becomes involved in many exciting adventures. Along the way he befriends an operative known as Mr. Clark. Clark is a very mysterious, often ominous figure that appears more frequently as the Jack Ryan series progresses. In this installment the President declares and unofficial and perhaps illegal war against the Columbian drug cartel. The action that takes place deep in the mountains of Columbia is explained in great detail and can often be difficult to read, but when you reach the climax, you will be glad that stuck with this book. If you think you know this story because you saw the movie staring Harrison Ford, you are wrong. The book was so good that I could be nothing but disappointed when I saw the movie. I know several people who have read this book and said they loved it. From older adults to high school and college students, if you are looking for a really good book, full of action and suspense, then this is the book for you. And if you haven't already read "Patriot Games" you might want to think try it, because it too was far better than the movie version.
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am 2. März 1999
An American family is brutally murdered on a private yacht in Caribbean waters. Three American officials are killed on a visit to Columbia. And an undercover war is started between America and the drug empire in Columbia.
Despite its length, this book was real page turner. The plot was very exciting and full of breathtaking suspense. It was also full of specifics about many subjects, from politics to the way a special type of infantry works. I am the type of person who loves that kind of detailed information. Clear and Present Danger also provides an interesting political outlook. In the book, the president begins an undercover war simply because it is election year and he wants to get re-elected. And a high government official gets blackmailed and decides to secretly kill more than 40 people so that he won't be sent to jail. It gives a new and horrible spin to politics.
Tom Clancy is the master of suspenseful action and hasn't let his readers down with this book. This was a great book and one of my favorites. I would definitely recommend Clear and Present Danger to people who enjoy details, suspense, action, and food for the brain.
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am 28. Juni 2012
I am a big fan of Tom Clancy, have read most of his books, and one thing I like about him, is the way he can start a story with something small, suck you into it and spit you out at the end. I like how he can make you feel it actually happening and the thrill and suspense he can build up. My favourites are Red Storm Rising, Without Remorse and Hunt for Red October...

This book here is not really like the others. I don't know if he had to force it out of himself for meeting a deadline or what's the problem. It's dull, too much talking, too little action, but mostly it's too much telling a story and not enough pulling me _into_ the story. Also Jack Ryan is not his usual self, way too indecisive.

It's not a bad book, but let's say I only keep reading it, because it stands in line with all the other Tom Clancy books on my book shelf.
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am 24. September 1999
'Cause I think there's a LITTLE more to say! This is not a super-patriotic book; on the other hand it IS heavy in detail and there are just a few too many plotlines, IMHO. If you have the patience to skim through a bit of technical jargon, however, this is a great action novel!
The facts behind this story are these: in the late '80's Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar blew up a plane with 3 American nationals aboard. He wasn't interested in them but in a Columbian who had crossed him! George Bush responded by creating a secret unit of Colombian commandos dedicated to taking out the druglords. Despite many casualties Escobar was finally cornered on the roof of his Bogata mansion and riddled with assault-rifle bullets. The squad went on to mop up the Medellin and Cali drug cartels - but of course, new narco-trafficers simply stepped in!
Clancy gives us a fictional version with perhaps a few too many reasons to consider military intervention, and his commandos are U.S. Army Rangers, using satellite uplinks to call in laser-guided missile strikes - this is definitely a novel for techno-freaks! CIA agent Ryan's (almost) single-handed rescue of the survivors, and a U.S. Secretary of State flying down to hobnob with a rogue Cuban Colonel, are a bit hard to swallow; still, this is a ripping yarn!
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am 29. Januar 1999
As Terry Pratchett said, a Tom Clancy novel is an essential piece of equipment for a flight to Australia. Not only are you still reading it when you get there, but you can use it to hit snakes with afterwards.
This isn't a negative comment. It's a positive one :)
Some people complain about the amount of technical detail in Mr. Clancy's books, but I find it adds realism. You're never worried about not understanding how a peice of equipment works in one of his books!
As for this particular one, I've pretty well managed to read the Jack Ryan series backwards, starting at Red October, then Executive Orders and so on back down the line. This book answered so many questions for me it was incredible.
The characters are realistic - even though I wasn't entirely sure who the hero was until I realised it was Ryan. And Clark. And Chavez. And occasionally Moira Wolfe, Captain Wegener, Colonel Johns. And various others I can't remember at the moment. The equipment is lovingly detailed, the locations lavishly described, the total effect quite bewitching.
However...don't try to compare this book to the film. Not only does Dan Murray (look away if you don't want spoilers), who becomes director of the FBI in the last book of the series, get killed (look back now), but Bob Ritter is the semi bad guy who devolps a conscience in the book, versus the snarling, gloating, ruthless ba...person in the film, and so on down the line.
Basically: This book is GOOD! Read it!
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am 6. März 1997
Yes, the novel CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER is about witchunts. The drug war angle only serves to contemporize this serious parody of the of the McCarthy era. Even the name CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER reminds this author of the national situation at that time (as related to me by parents and grandparents). McCarthy used the Clear and Present Danger yardstick as set forth by the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendel Holmes in the very earl part of the nineteenth century. So does the president of the U.S. in the novel. In one part of the novel he says that the drug cartels "represent a clear and present danger to national security" and should be handled as such. Justice Holmes said the same thing in his statement speaking for the court he said almost exactly the same thing (some of it EXACTLY the same thing) that Clancy would write under the character of the Commander in Chief.
As a parody of the McCarthy era I think this novel is written exceptionally well. Clancy knows his history and he pays attention to current events. His attention to detail and knowledge of military hardware and the infrastructure of the military society are once again apparrent in this novel. As before Clancy uses well developed characters who are very lifelike. Some of whom his readers have seen before and even some new ones. This authors personal favorite is Army Ranger Commando Domingo Chavez. His reasons and moivations for getting involved are as realistic as any I've seen. He knows drugs are ruining his country-he's seen it on the streets of his hometown-and jumps at the chance to actually do something about it.
I rated this movie a ten without much consideration. And I don't think any consideration was necessary. On a scale of
One to ten, I'd rate this book about a fifteen.
Thank you for you time gentle reader, I will write again.
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am 4. Juli 2000
Once again I feel compelled to speak to those of you who only know Tom Clancy as a "based on" credit from a movie.
My problem with the film version of this book can be summed up thusly: Hollywood's Bob Ritter is a disloyal douche bag who cuts off the commandos simply because it's easier than fighting for them. Clancy's Bob Ritter holds loyalty as the highest virtue. He made his name in the CIA by going against orders behind the Iron Curtain to effect the escape of one of his agents whose cover had been blown.
So, if you've only seen the movie, buy the book and meet the real Bob Ritter.
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am 21. Mai 1999
The fourth book, in chrological order, of the Jack Ryan novels. Jack Ryan returns in an exciting thriller. In Tom Clancy's usual form the pace of the book is hot and fast, switching between Columbia and the USA. Technological information abounds so everyone can understand how the gadgets and weapons really work. With orders to strike elements threatening the National Security of America, the military and CIA start an operation. The elements (predictibly) take offence at this and strike back, eliminating key personel. In return the military operation is stepped up until it is pulled out from under the soldiers' feet. Ryan, Murray (from Patriot Games) and Jackson (Patriot Games and Red October) plan and excecute an evacuation, but not before the military have taken heavy casualties. Finally, the book ends with some heafty changes at higher levels. This book develops the character of Mr "Clark", and finds him an assistant, "Ding" Chavez, and also introduces FBI Inspector Day.
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am 14. April 2009
Neben "Without Remorse", der uns in die Geheimnisse einweiht, wer dieser John Terrence Kelly alias Mr. Clark eigentlich ist, wo er herkommt und was seine Beweggründe sind, ist "Clear and Present Danger", der auch Jack Ryan sowie den späteren son-in-law des Mr. C, Domingo "Ding" Chavez, erstmals aufs Tapet bringt, m. E. der wahre Clancy! Wie er mehrere, zunächst scheinbar zusammenhanglose, Fäden zusammenspinnt um sie am Schluß unter Hochspannung glühen zu lassen, ist wahrhaft meisterlich. Es fällt mir immer wieder schwer, einen Clancy aus der Hand zu legen. Aber bei rund 800 Seiten muß das leider ab und zu mal sein :-)
Auf gleichem Spitzenniveau liegt für mich noch "Rainbow Six". Diese drei Titel heben sich nochmals deutlich von den anderen sowieso schon sehr guten Romanen von Tom Clancy ab.
Wer kann sollte sie aber auf Englisch lesen. Auch wenn die Übersetzung noch so gut ist, sie nimmt dem Roman immer wieder Feinheiten, die nur im Original rüberkommen.
Und nun viel Spaß beim Lesen! :-)
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