Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger

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By (author) Tom Clancy

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 816 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 175mm x 48mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 28 June 1990
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0006177301
  • ISBN 13: 9780006177302
  • Sales rank: 217,793

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The CIA take on Colombian drug lords in Tom Clancy's fifth No 1 bestseller - now reissued with a new cover. Colombian drug lords, tired of being harassed by US law enforcement agents, have assassinated the American Ambassador and the visiting head of the FBI. Their message is clear: leave us alone. But they have pushed too far. The decision is made to send undercover teams into Colombia. Back in the USA, men armed with the most sophisticated tools their country can devise prepare to take the fight to the enemy. But does anyone know who the real enemy is? Jack Ryan and CIA field officer John Clark must find the answer. They expect danger from without, yet the greatest danger of all may come from within...

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Since the publication of The Hunt for Red October, Tom Clancy has established an unrivalled position as the world's leading thriller writer, with a string of million-selling novels and three major Hollywood films to his name. He is also the author of SSN and the non-fiction books Submarine, Armoured Warfare, Fighter Wing and Marine, and the co-creator of the Op-Centre series.

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From the reviews of Clear and Present Danger: 'A jump ahead of the headlines - moves with the speed of light.' New York Times 'Clancy's most politically sophisticated and philosophically complex thriller.' Time

Editorial reviews

The Great Clancy Thriller Machine rumbles on, engines on full. This time out, the best-selling ace swivels his big guns away from his usual Russian targets (glasnost fallout?) and toward a nearly homegrown menace: the cocaine lords of Colombia and their deadly white powder. So complex, so intricately researched and detailed is Clancy's newest battle plan that his main hero - CIA-agent Jack Ryan, veteran of three past Clancy novels - doesn't appear until about 100 pages of this 500-page juggernaut have rolled by. That's no problem, though: the front of the novel, like the rest, is built of geared subplots, each of which has teeth enough to snag the reader. The stirring action begins in the White House, in a typical Clancy scene that not only sets up the premise - a radical American initiative against Colombian drug traffic - but also offers nifty inside-info: that the Oval Office's windows are made of light-distorting, bullet-resistant polycarbonate; that the President's chair is backed with bullet-proof DuPont Kevlar. Neither the detailing nor the action lets up as Clancy moves his focus to the high seas - where a Coast Guard skipper captures, tries, and mock-executes a pair of drug-smuggling pirates; to the Rockies - where an ace Ranger trains for a secret mission with other Hispanics under the gaze of dark-souled CIA-agent "Mr. Clark"; to Medellin - where a vile drug lord and his ex-KGB advisor counterplot against the Yanks; to Langley - where a newly promoted Ryan gets wind of the White House plan and its murderous excesses by the hand of a cruelly ambitious presidential advisor. Before the dust Clears, America will secretly invade Colombia; drug lords will assassinate the US attorney general; America will bomb Medellin; and many more will die as Ryan and Clark kill lots of drug lords and serfs to save American boys and honor. Dazzling macho-entertainment, and a rousing farewell present to his fans from the author - who now, as he has announced, caps (for how long?) his astonishingly popular pen. (Kirkus Reviews)