Tom Clancy's Under Fire Paperback – 13 Oct 2015
|Paperback, 13 Oct 2015||
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Grant Blackwood is the author of the Briggs Tanner books and the co-author along with Clive Cussler of Lost Empire, Spartan Gold and The Kingdom. He has also co-written Dead or Alive with Tom Clancy, and now writes novels in the Tom Clancy series alongside Mark Greaney. Blackwood is a U.S. Navy veteran who lives in Colorado.
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Tom Clancy’s Under Fire by Grant Blackwood is a typical Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan thriller, albeit the main protagonist this time is Jack Ryan, Jr. The story is set in the Middle East where Jack is trapped in a case concerning the disappearance of a friend. Undeterred by the hostile environment Jack searches for his friend and soon uncovers a web of deceit, lies and conspiracy. With no one to trust except his gut instinct, he must tread cautiously if he hopes to survive but must act fast before things go out of hand.
Grant Blackwood has done a commendable job in writing a tight, taut and terrific thriller that will delight Clancy’s fans and also cement his own place as a solid writer in the mold of the late master storyteller.
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2-3 books a week. You name it.
I quit on this one.
Tom Clancy would be embarrassed to have name associated with this drivel but I guess he's dead and can't complain.
Someone is looking for bucks using his name.
Boring, boring, stupid boring plot which makes no sense.
Characters without soul.
I hated this.
Thing is, I always wanted to enjoy reading Tom Clancy novels. Problem was whenever I tried, I lost track of which character was which --all the names sounded the same. All of the names sounded Russian. There was always so much detail --for me-- that it bogged down the story,
Two things happened to (re)spark my interest.First I saw that John Krasinski would be staring in a new Jack Ryan TV show exclusively on Hulu, and then I stumbled onto the Jack Ryan Jr. series. Like all these signs telling "okay, let's give this another go."
I am thrilled that I did. I loved Under Fire by Grant Blackwood. Jack Ryan's son works for the Hendly Associates, an arbitrage firm. They buy and sell securities among other things. To a select few the Hendly Associates also goes by another name. The Campus. Jack, Jr. also does this and that for The Campus. It is the This and That could get him killed.
After meeting with Seth Gregory, an old friend, for lunch, Jack Jr. is brought in for questioning. The British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and the C.I.A. want some answers. Seth is into something and the men from the agencies need to find him. Seth was working on something for them. He took their money and vanished. They believe Jr. knows where Seth might have gone.
Jr. has no idea where Seth went. But he thinks he knows how to start tracking him. Thing is, he isn't going to do it for the agencies asking. He starts looking for Seth because he can't imagine how a simple engineer for Shell working on drilling for oil could be caught up with anything that has to do with the S.I.S. and the C.I.A.
Russia is in unrest. They have made many aggressive moves across nearby borders. The Dagestanis do not realize it, but they are a chess piece now in play. A coup is in the works. AGreeing governments might be behind the staging of the political take-over. For things to go as planned, a lot has got to happen in a specific order, and with specific results.
I've tried planning a shopping list before going to the store and messed up getting what needed buying . . . Just saying.
And now Jr. and his friends at The Campus, along with some others find themselves in the middle of a country's chaos. With kidnappings, and death threats, presidents, and body guards, Jack Ryan Jr has no idea to who he can trust. There is know telling who is loyal to who(m).
What Jr. does know is that time is running out. The game is in play. The coup is going to happen. There could be deadly riots and absolute anarchy
Under Fire was a fast. (Still a thousand names. Thankfully, not all Russian)! The pacing was tight, and fast. Like Tom Clancy there is plenty of detail, and specifics, but I did not find them overbearing and was able to keep my head above water while reading with minimal effort.
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