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Than the two men charged with assessing the Soviets' capabilities Colonel Mikhail Filitov of the Soviet Union an old line warrior distrusted by the army's new inner circle of technocrats and CIA analyst Jack Ryan hero of the Red October affairEach must use all his craft to arrive at the truth but Filitov gets there first and that's when all hell breaks loose Be. The short short version of what became my review A gripping spy thriller that brings back all that Cold War Nostalgia; but Tom Clancy has obviously never met a lesbian before in his life Perhaps it goes without saying but Tom Clancy's work is not high literature He will never rank up there with Ernest Hemingway 1 or David Foster Wallace or Angela Carter He'll be published long after his death as an historical literary study a snapshot of late stage Cold War Paranoia but those are elective seminars in the History annex and not part of the upper division English rubric That is totally fine though; this is why we bother cracking the covers on a Tom Clancy novel for the thrill ride that is his particular flavor of militarypolitical techno thriller His schtick is to razzle dazzle his readers 2 with the nitty gritty details of this or that weapon real or hypothetical and to go on tangents that involve world history as told through the lens of the Military Industrial complex andor to speculate on then contemporary socio political machinations as told through the lens of world history as told through the lens of the Military Industrial complex We're not in it for the metaphors we're in it for the bombs And the lasersMy first exposure to Clancy was in the late 80s or early 90s starting with Red Storm Rising and working my way through his books At some point between ages 10 and 14 I read The Cardinal of the Kremlin 3 Having re read RSR back in 2006 I thought it might be worth re reading another Tom Clancy book A re read 20 years in the making I thought to myself I had only two memories of this book one vague 4 and one specific 5 and thought that if nothing else at least it would be like reading a book for the first timeSo I borrowed my Dad's paperback and ueued it up for a January read 6 My vague recollection footnote #4 vide infra turned out to be pretty close so at least that much was memorable but I'd forgotten some of the other depth Though calling it depth is maybe too generous What Clancy does with this book is go bonkers with the espionage and counterintelligence business He goes out of his way to include every facet the analysis and speculation the field operations agents double agents counter agents double counter agents spy satellites submarines extractions kidnapping disguises botched missions and the kind of at the highest levels manifestations of what can only be boiled down to extortion It's all in thereAndbut I had completely forgotten about the whole sub plot with the Archer and all the Afghan mujahideen stuff The spy junk that makes up 70 80% of the book is great but it would have been a completely two dimensional arc It helps to be reminded that the conflicts between the super powers did not take place in a vacuum and what was it that Archimedes said about long enough leversBut there was also a huge let down here The big Act Two climax that bridges us into those closing chapters had a bizarre and almost nonsensical setup view spoilerClancy presents us with Bea Taussig who works in the administrative staff at the Tea Clipper project and is a lesbian who has fallen in love with Candace Long one of the scientists on the project who happens to be engaged to the brilliant lead scientist on the project Alan Gregory On the surface the whole secret unreuited love bit is not all together awful or implausible What's awful about it is that it seemed hastily tacked on to give her a motivation for her treason only it doesn't explain it all There is a bunch of narration in there about how Bea dislikes Alan Gregory and how her friend Candace can do better but it's all framed pretty hetero normatively as though Bea were simply a prissy spoiled brat who looked down on the geek and that same narration is lacking any sort of outward disdain for men in a general sense 7 But even if an outward disdain for men in a general sense were a good marker for us that Bea were a lesbian and I'm saying that it's not then we still have the problem of motivation because why would she sell state military secrets to the Soviets to a totalitarian regime even one in the middle of liberalizing itself that had a history and an active policy of sending ueers to labor camps Was it then just the money If she were motivated simply by the money I could get by on that I could give Clancy a pass Now clearly Bea is not motivated by ideology because there is no evidence in the text for that and because we're assuming that she is motivated first by the money and maybe just maybe she is motivated by the excitement that comes with the danger of spying there's some evidence in the text for that too but we still have that long last mile to bring us up to that final mark where she assists in Gregory's kidnapping Suddenly we go from spoiled materialistic chick with a mis guided sense of adventure to lovesick to the point of delusional lesbian accomplice kidnapper; passing microfilm with state secrets in the dressing room is one thing but assisting in a KGB sponsored kidnapping is uite another Especially since the follow on was for her to start awkwardly groping Candace with Federal agents right downstairs not 24 hours after Gregory is reported missing And even if you were still on board after that you have to then accept that she would completely foldbreak down and spill everything to the Feds about her crimes Right the woman who was in it for the thrill the woman who didn't bat an eyelash when the KGB proposed an on American soil kidnapping was going to hastily and predatorily move in on her distraught friend and then and then just spill everything hide spoiler In The Presence of Enemies use all his craft to arrive at the truth but Filitov gets there first and that's when all hell breaks loose Be. The short short version of what became my review A gripping spy thriller that brings back all that Cold War Nostalgia; but Tom Clancy has obviously never met a lesbian before in his life Perhaps it goes without saying but Tom Clancy's work is not high literature He will never rank A Sacrifice of Praise up there with Ernest Hemingway 1 or David Foster Wallace or Angela Carter He'll be published long after his death as an historical literary study a snapshot of late stage Cold War Paranoia but those are elective seminars in the History annex and not part of the Zero upper division English rubric That is totally fine though; this is why we bother cracking the covers on a Tom Clancy novel for the thrill ride that is his particular flavor of militarypolitical techno thriller His schtick is to razzle dazzle his readers 2 with the nitty gritty details of this or that weapon real or hypothetical and to go on tangents that involve world history as told through the lens of the Military Industrial complex andor to speculate on then contemporary socio political machinations as told through the lens of world history as told through the lens of the Military Industrial complex We're not in it for the metaphors we're in it for the bombs And the lasersMy first exposure to Clancy was in the late 80s or early 90s starting with Red Storm Rising and working my way through his books At some point between ages 10 and 14 I read The Cardinal of the Kremlin 3 Having re read RSR back in 2006 I thought it might be worth re reading another Tom Clancy book A re read 20 years in the making I thought to myself I had only two memories of this book one vague 4 and one specific 5 and thought that if nothing else at least it would be like reading a book for the first timeSo I borrowed my Dad's paperback and The Parachute Drop ueued it Love and Other Theories up for a January read 6 My vague recollection footnote #4 vide infra turned out to be pretty close so at least that much was memorable but I'd forgotten some of the other depth Though calling it depth is maybe too generous What Clancy does with this book is go bonkers with the espionage and counterintelligence business He goes out of his way to include every facet the analysis and speculation the field operations agents double agents counter agents double counter agents spy satellites submarines extractions kidnapping disguises botched missions and the kind of at the highest levels manifestations of what can only be boiled down to extortion It's all in thereAndbut I had completely forgotten about the whole sub plot with the Archer and all the Afghan mujahideen stuff The spy junk that makes Kavya Comics (Poetry Comics) Series up 70 80% of the book is great but it would have been a completely two dimensional arc It helps to be reminded that the conflicts between the super powers did not take place in a vacuum and what was it that Archimedes said about long enough leversBut there was also a huge let down here The big Act Two climax that bridges زن معمار جامعه ی مرد سالار us into those closing chapters had a bizarre and almost nonsensical setup view spoilerClancy presents Financial Reckoning Day us with Bea Taussig who works in the administrative staff at the Tea Clipper project and is a lesbian who has fallen in love with Candace Long one of the scientists on the project who happens to be engaged to the brilliant lead scientist on the project Alan Gregory On the surface the whole secret I Can! unreuited love bit is not all together awful or implausible What's awful about it is that it seemed hastily tacked on to give her a motivation for her treason only it doesn't explain it all There is a bunch of narration in there about how Bea dislikes Alan Gregory and how her friend Candace can do better but it's all framed pretty hetero normatively as though Bea were simply a prissy spoiled brat who looked down on the geek and that same narration is lacking any sort of outward disdain for men in a general sense 7 But even if an outward disdain for men in a general sense were a good marker for Fever us that Bea were a lesbian and I'm saying that it's not then we still have the problem of motivation because why would she sell state military secrets to the Soviets to a totalitarian regime even one in the middle of liberalizing itself that had a history and an active policy of sending Wilders Classic One Acts ueers to labor camps Was it then just the money If she were motivated simply by the money I could get by on that I could give Clancy a pass Now clearly Bea is not motivated by ideology because there is no evidence in the text for that and because we're assuming that she is motivated first by the money and maybe just maybe she is motivated by the excitement that comes with the danger of spying there's some evidence in the text for that too but we still have that long last mile to bring Last Day us Blame It on Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing with an Opinion on Everything up to that final mark where she assists in Gregory's kidnapping Suddenly we go from spoiled materialistic chick with a mis guided sense of adventure to lovesick to the point of delusional lesbian accomplice kidnapper; passing microfilm with state secrets in the dressing room is one thing but assisting in a KGB sponsored kidnapping is One September Morning uite another Especially since the follow on was for her to start awkwardly groping Candace with Federal agents right downstairs not 24 hours after Gregory is reported missing And even if you were still on board after that you have to then accept that she would completely foldbreak down and spill everything to the Feds about her crimes Right the woman who was in it for the thrill the woman who didn't bat an eyelash when the KGB proposed an on American soil kidnapping was going to hastily and predatorily move in on her distraught friend and then and then just spill everything hide spoiler

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Cause Filitov code named Cardinal is America's highest agent in the Kremlin and he is about to be betrayed to the KGB His rescue could spell the difference between peace and war and it is up to Jack Ryan to accomplish it if he can as in a breathtaking seuence of hunter and hunted Filitov's life and Ryan's and that of the world itself literally hang in the balan. Executive Summary I found this one a bit uneven The start was pretty slow but the pace picked up as it went on Good but not greatAudiobook Michael Prichard did a decent job narrating He spoke clearly with good inflection and volume but didn't really add anything to the book Audio a good option but definitely not a must listen Full Review I mostly read SFF so it's always nice to take a break with another genre I hadn't exactly planned to listen to this one but I had put a hold in for this awhile back because the wait list was pretty long The timing on my hold worked out pretty well to fit this into my scheduleWhen I was younger I probably read thrillers than any other genre but I never read and Tom Clancy apart from Net Force and in writing this review I discovered he didn't even write that I had watched all the Jack Ryan movies however I'm still working my way slowly through the entire series in publication order and this one was up next It certainly doesn't have the name recognition of several of the other Jack Ryan books but it was a fairly solid entry I found it slow in the early going and wasn't really getting into it There were a few different subplots including a random Afghani mujahideen whose name we never learn and is simply referred to as the Archer I had no idea how that was supposed to tie in with everything else going onAs someone who was born in the 80's I didn't learn about our involvement with helping the mujahideen until much later I must admit it seemed a bit strange to me reading this after we've been fighting in Afghanistan ourselves for so many years That aside it took uite some time for the relevance of Archer's storyline to fit into the larger pictureJack Ryan is once again at the center of the story but one could argue not the most important character That may be the titular character the Cardinal himself or possibly one of the other players in Russia That doesn't mean he isn't a key player but there is a lot of time spent away from Jack and his actions in this oneThis book certainly had a lot espionage than the previous books I liked how Mr Clancy presented both the American and Soviet sides At times I felt he was a bit too eager to paint the Americans as lagging behind the Soviets This isn't from any sense of superiority as an American but simply that it felt like he was doing it try to ratchet up the stakes a bit too much In the end though I thought it was a pretty well balanced with people on both sides of the conflict who simply wished to avoid further escalation of conflict between the US and the Soviet Union Both sides made mistakes and both sides took advantage of their adversaries mistakesThere wasn't a whole lot of action in this one Most of the tension comes from the various spy plots Don't get me wrong there are still a few gunfights explosions and a car chase but I felt like they aren't as prevalent as other Jack Ryan storiesI thought the end of the book really picked up the pacing likely because the early part spent so much time moving the pieces into place and setting up the stakes of the bookI enjoyed the book but I didn't love it I'm glad my library seems to have the whole series in digital audio now so I can simply borrow these books rather than buying any of them I suspect most of them will be in the fun but not spectacular category that I'd place this book Crabby Gabby up to Jack Ryan to accomplish it if he can as in a breathtaking seuence of hunter and hunted Filitov's life and Ryan's and that of the world itself literally hang in the balan. Executive Summary I found this one a bit A Harappan Adventure uneven The start was pretty slow but the pace picked Dear America up as it went on Good but not greatAudiobook Michael Prichard did a decent job narrating He spoke clearly with good inflection and volume but didn't really add anything to the book Audio a good option but definitely not a must listen Full Review I mostly read SFF so it's always nice to take a break with another genre I hadn't exactly planned to listen to this one but I had put a hold in for this awhile back because the wait list was pretty long The timing on my hold worked out pretty well to fit this into my scheduleWhen I was younger I probably read thrillers than any other genre but I never read and Tom Clancy apart from Net Force and in writing this review I discovered he didn't even write that I had watched all the Jack Ryan movies however I'm still working my way slowly through the entire series in publication order and this one was Karikatürkiye up next It certainly doesn't have the name recognition of several of the other Jack Ryan books but it was a fairly solid entry I found it slow in the early going and wasn't really getting into it There were a few different subplots including a random Afghani mujahideen whose name we never learn and is simply referred to as the Archer I had no idea how that was supposed to tie in with everything else going onAs someone who was born in the 80's I didn't learn about our involvement with helping the mujahideen Mežonīgie pīrāgi. Dienvidjūras pasaka until much later I must admit it seemed a bit strange to me reading this after we've been fighting in Afghanistan ourselves for so many years That aside it took In The Presence of Enemies uite some time for the relevance of Archer's storyline to fit into the larger pictureJack Ryan is once again at the center of the story but one could argue not the most important character That may be the titular character the Cardinal himself or possibly one of the other players in Russia That doesn't mean he isn't a key player but there is a lot of time spent away from Jack and his actions in this oneThis book certainly had a lot espionage than the previous books I liked how Mr Clancy presented both the American and Soviet sides At times I felt he was a bit too eager to paint the Americans as lagging behind the Soviets This isn't from any sense of superiority as an American but simply that it felt like he was doing it try to ratchet A Sacrifice of Praise up the stakes a bit too much In the end though I thought it was a pretty well balanced with people on both sides of the conflict who simply wished to avoid further escalation of conflict between the US and the Soviet Union Both sides made mistakes and both sides took advantage of their adversaries mistakesThere wasn't a whole lot of action in this one Most of the tension comes from the various spy plots Don't get me wrong there are still a few gunfights explosions and a car chase but I felt like they aren't as prevalent as other Jack Ryan storiesI thought the end of the book really picked Zero up the pacing likely because the early part spent so much time moving the pieces into place and setting The Parachute Drop up the stakes of the bookI enjoyed the book but I didn't love it I'm glad my library seems to have the whole series in digital audio now so I can simply borrow these books rather than buying any of them I suspect most of them will be in the fun but not spectacular category that I'd place this book

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In a rolling sea off the coast of South America a target disappears in a puff of green light In the Soviet hills of Dushanbe near the Afghanistan border an otherworldly array of pillars and domes rises into the night To the two greatest nations on earth no contest is urgent than the race to build the first Star Wars missile defense system and no one knows that. After writing my Clear and Present Danger review I decided I ought to add a few Clancy opinionaires So let's continue with this one A very solid entertaining book Le classiue as the French would say It's got the right dose of technology warfare sci fi hi tech stuff espionage bad Russians good Russians noble Russians Afghanistan satellites LASERS friggin' lasers narrate that Dr Evil style everything you can expect from an 80s cocktail of Texas Ranger meets MIT postgrad meets someone who's read about Soviet interrogation methods and how women think on USENETThe book is uite good in that it lacks the later taint of too much White House politics that became Clancy's calling card making him the favorite reading slash fapping material among politicians ahead of Playboy and Good Housewives You enjoy the Janes' Monthly expose plus John Wayne western like attitude to problem solving plus lesbians YES Clancy had a dirty mind onceWe do need a limerick nowWith cliche names as sharp as razorRyan wore a Navy blazerRussian spiesLesbians and liesIn the end 'twas a friggin' laserHave much funskiIgor