While as a collection of movies based on the one iconic character by the late great Tom Clancy, there is a lack of consistency among the movies and all are better thought of as stand alone. As Baldwin, Ford and Affleck all play a drastically different version of Ryan. Baldwin and Ford are in the one series whereas Affleck's Ryan is a reboot. Still there is plenty to be had in these great films. While they do depart from the books they still are highly entertaining.