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Tom Clancy's Under Fire: INSPIRATION FOR THE THRILLING AMAZON PRIME SERIES JACK RYAN Hardcover – 29 July 2015
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- Publisher : Michael Joseph; 1st edition (29 July 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0718181867
- ISBN-13 : 978-0718181864
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 4.3 x 24 cm
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From the Inside Flap
On a routine intelligence gathering mission in Tehran Jack Ryan, Jr. has lunch with his oldest friend, Seth Gregory, an engineer overseeing a transcontinental railway project. As they part, Seth slips Jack a key, along with a perplexing message.
The next day Jack is summoned to an apartment where two men claim Seth has disappeared, gone to ground with funds for a vital intelligence operation. Jack's oldest friend has turned, they insist, leaving Jack with a warning: If you hear from Seth Gregory, call us immediately, and do not get involved. But they don't know Jack. He won't abandon a friend in need.
Joined by Seth's primary agent Ysabel, an enigmatic Iranian woman who is his only clue to Seth's whereabouts, Jack's pursuit of the truth leads him across Iran, through the war-torn Caucasus, and finally deep into territory coveted by the increasingly aggressive Russian Federation.
Jack soon finds himself lost in a maze of intrigue, lies, and betrayal where no one is who they seem to be - not even Seth. It seems Seth has a secret of his own. A secret that is driving him to the brink of treachery.
Racing against the clock, Jack must unravel the mystery: Who is friend and who is foe? Before it's over, Jack Ryan, Jr., may have to choose between his loyalty to his friend and his loyalty to his country.
About the Author
Grant Blackwood is the author of the Briggs Tanner books and the co-author along with Clive Cussler of Lost Empire and Spartan Gold. Blackwood is a US navy veteran who lives in Colorado.
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Oh dear. This is what happens when you turn a Tom Clancy novel into a police procedural. It sticks out like a badly-made bed in the canon of Jack Ryan Jr books. It is so different from the rest of the series it must have been an experiment to see how far you can push your readership into accepting something that is off-piste in terms of style and pace.
Maybe this is a more realistic take on the cloak-and-dagger world, but I found it unduly complicated and I got lost after the first few chapters. The plot was unconvincing. I never quite understood why Jack Ryan Jr felt so strongly about his friendship with Seth who I wanted to double-tap because he had "trouble maker" written all over him from the start. Ysabel started off as what I thought was the potential love interest and ended up as an operative with good tradecraft.
And it was boring. I wish I'd read the reviews before I bought this book and not succumbed to my need to read all the Jack Ryan Jr books because the early ones were so fantastic. My only consolation is that I bought it second-hand and so didn't pay full price.
The main character just isn't his Dad, or Clarke, or even Dom.