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The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy

The Sum of All Fears (1991)

by Tom Clancy

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a guilty pleasure, but this series is getting weird ( )
  bke | Mar 30, 2014 |
Excellent read. He keeps you wanting to read more. Edge of your seat suspense. What is possible & how easy it is today to build a nuclear bomb. We are brought to the brink of a Third World War by just a few individuals and panic by the most powerful man in the world. Jack Ryan at his best. It is unfortunate, we will no longer benefit from the writing of Tom Clancy who passed away in 2013. ( )
  DocWalt10 | Jan 4, 2014 |
Most remarkable novel by Tom Clancy constructs and gets a surprisingly satisfying reinvention,from forget everything you know about the literary works in this years, storyline and movie synopsis. ( )
  tonynetone | Oct 11, 2013 |
The Sum of All Fears is yet another terrific read from renowned novelist Tom Clancy. Jack Ryan returns in his fifth novel, and is yet again at close to war tensions with the late Soviet Union. After setting up a treaty in the Middle East to ease tensions between Israel and Palestine, a group of Palestinian terrorists uncover an old nuclear bomb and start the process of rebuilding it. Several months later, the terrorists manage to explode the super bowl, sparking military conflicts between Russia and the United States to the brink of nuclear war.
I found this book to be intriguing, but also very dry and uninteresting. As Clancy’s longest book in the series, it was full of his usual textbook facts about everything from machine guns to nuclear bombs, and of course submarines. Despite Clancy’s sometimes disconcerting knowledgeable facts, the book was very intense and extremely exiting to the point where the last hundreds of pages kept me from sleep. I would have to warn that a reader of this book should have extreme perseverance to stay reading it, as I had put it down for some time.
  ctmscofr | Feb 1, 2012 |
It always throws me off when I read this that the last third of the book takes place within just a few hours.

As Mr. Clancy notes at the end of the book, it's interesting how easy it is to get information about nuclear weapons now a days. The book is fairly detailed which makes it interesting. I didn't notice any real plot holes like in some of his other books. ( )
  theapparatus | Jul 18, 2011 |
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Why, you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together – what do you get? The sum of their fears.

Winston Churchill
[T]he two contenders met, with all their troops, on the field of Camlan to negotiate. Both sides were fully armed and desperately suspicious that the other side was going to try some ruse or stratagem. The negotiations were going along smoothly until one of the knights was stung by an asp and drew his sword to kill the reptile. The others saw the sword being drawn and immediately fell upon each other. A tremendous slaughter ensued. The chornicle ... isquite specific about the point that the slaughter was excessive chiefly because the battle took place without preparations and premeditation.

Herman Kahn, On Thermonuclear War
For Mike and Peggy Rodgers, a sailor and his lady - and all the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, for the noblest of ideas have always been protected by warriors
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Once again, Tom Clancy manages to add new twists to the alternate U.S. history he initiated in The Hunt for Red October. In The Sum of All Fears, the center of conflict is the perpetual hot spot the Mideast, where a nuclear weapon falls into the hands of terrorists just as peace seems possible. Clancy realistically paints an almost unthinkable scenario--the bomb is planted on American soil in the midst of an escalation in tension with the Soviet Union; the terrorists hope to rekindle cold war animosity and prevent reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

Despite such a dramatic story line, Clancy doesn't neglect the individuals who drive his tale. Jack Ryan's problems are as much domestic as they are part of the international crisis that is the ostensible narrative: National Security Director Elizabeth Elliot has the president's ear, and she has convinced him that Ryan's ethics are questionable. She hints at marital infidelity and an insider-trading scandal. Of course, both accusations are false, but her arguments have enough evidence behind them (e.g. some photographs of an innocent embrace with a friend) to cause a strain in the Ryans' marriage and a flurry of media attention. While "Mr. Clark" tracks the terrorists, he also provides some needed intelligence to heal the Ryan family.

The Sum of All Fears is the stuff of nightmares but contains enough verisimilitude to terrify sober minds. Ryan has matured into a complex protagonist as Clancy's writing, too, has matured. Ryan is plagued by stress and self-doubts that test even his dauntless moral compass and make him a more interesting subject for readers' attention. Those fascinated by military hardware, from nuclear submarines to atomic weapons, will find almost enough here to start their own army. And Clancy's understanding of international politics seems chillingly correct. --Patrick O'Kelley

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One terrible act plunges the world into an instant nuclear crisis, and with the American president accused of incompetence, Jack Ryan calls on FBI head Dan Murray to help him avert disaster.

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