Tom Clancy Under Fire - Grant Blackwood

Tom Clancy Under Fire

By Grant Blackwood

  • Release Date: 2015-06-16
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Tom Clancy Under Fire book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 452 Ratings)

Tom Clancy Under Fire Grant Blackwood Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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 gives 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.

They leave 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. 

His pursuit of the truth will lead him across Iran, through the war-torn Caucasus, and finally deep into territory coveted by the increasingly aggressive Russian Federation. Along the way, Jack is joined by Seth’s primary agent, Ysabel, a enigmatic Iranian woman who seems to be his only clue to Seth’s whereabouts. 

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, who’s harboring a secret of his own that harkens back to the Cold War. 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 Seth and his loyalty to America.

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User reviews about this book

  • Not bad

    By Villeboy
    Good read for completists
  • Incoherent

    By Fitzgoethe
    Boring, implausible, poorly researched drivel. Skip this one. I'm going to skip any others by this author. The only intrigue is trying to make sense of the sloppy plot. Clancy would be ashamed.
  • First TC novel.

    By Will Stryker
    Good story, lots of names to remember and a little tedious at times. However, the details allow for vivid action scenes that only occasionally get bogged down in detail. Highly recommend this book.
  • Tom Clancy Under Fire

    By Say-Say Jane
    I would not by another by this author. The family ought to be ashamed.
  • Not as good as a Clancy original

    By JTurner1
    The book is a decent read, however the lack of use of the many good and colorful characters that Tom Clancy would have brought is disappointing. Jack Jr. Is left on his own against horrible odds and a war is averted by a brief conversation in a battle field confrontation. Not only surreal, but not credible enough in practice to follow the story line. The book fails to reach the level of believability of a Tom Clancy original. Also, the bad guys are so convoluted in construct I gave up trying to keep them separate another failing in a effort to engender intrigue.
  • Disappointing

    By mug_kid
    It is not the highly-detailed, meticulous work that Tom Clancy novels are known for. This tome would have made the late Mr. Clancy spin in his grave as it makes the reader feel the story is being rushed; or to put it another way, it was written just to meet a deadline. To live up to Mr. Clancy's legacy and for his great legacy to go on, perhaps a review of the selection process for writers is in order.
  • Sad

    By Just anotherr singer
    Well, the Tom Clancy genre is officially dead with this one. Jack Ryan getting a gunpowder test less than 12 hours after letting off a fusillade and coming up negative? Clancy would never have missed that detail. And the improbable pairing of Jack and beautiful Iranian woman. Give me a break! Plus the gratuitous wedging of prior characters like Clark and Ding. Sad Miss this one. Last I will ever bother with. Former Fan
  • Under Fire

    By Oz:1
    Certainly the worst purported Clancy book ever written. The challenge is trying to force yourself to finish it just to write a review to warn others. Stay away, it's more productive to watch reruns of F Troop.
  • Under fire

    By Cap. Tom
    Want to hear more jack! At last he also has a love life. I hope that continues.
  • Under Fire

    By Super Clock
    Good book easy reading. Makes the reader wonder

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