Clear And Present Danger: Book Review

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Clear and Present Danger: Book Review
The book ‘Clear and Present Danger’ is a novel written by Tom Clancy in 1989 and published in 1990 by Thorndike-Magna Publisher (Beetz 824). This book has one thousand one hundred and forty pages, with the latest edition published by Berkley Books having six hundred and eighty eight pages. This novel like most of Clancy’s writings relies on a basic formula of good versus evil where the United States is represented as a nation that is on the right side (Sharp 398). In this novel, a United States ambassador and the visiting chief of the Federal Investigation Bureau are assassinated by Colombian drug lords. This assassination prompts a mystifying underground response and a series of investigations of the actions by the United States and the Colombian drug lords by Jack Ryan, the main character in the book (Clancy 524). This paper is review of this literary work by Tom Clancy.
The Author
Thomas Lanier Clancy was born on April 1947 at Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in a middle class Irish Catholic dominated neighborhood (Sharp 382). In his childhood years, Clancy was a voracious reader especially of science fiction and military adventure stories. After graduating from Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland in 1965, he joined Loyola College in Baltimore to study English Literature. He had hopes of becoming a writer, and he occasionally submitted short stories for publication, but they were never accepted.
His college years took place during the height of the Vietnam War, which he personally supported. Subsequently, he joined the United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, but unfortunately his military career was short-lived due to his poor eyesight. After graduating in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in English, he got married to Wanda and decided to postpone his dream of being an author since raising the family required a steady income (Sharp 382).
After working in the insurance sector for nearly twelve years, he resigned and embarked on his writing career, having garnered a lot of knowledge from the military and intelligence community, who formed a greater percentage of his insurance agency’s clients. It is from this military and intelligence exposure that he started writing about fiction starting with ‘The Hunt for Red October’ published in 1984, ‘Submarine’ that was done in 1993, ‘Debt of Honor’ in 1994, and ‘Into the Storm’ in 1997 (Sharp 382). The novel ‘Clear and Present Danger’ was published in 1990.
Book Summary
This book; ‘Clear And Present Danger’, just like most of Thomas Clancy’s novels, is fiction based, justifying the fact that the author took most of his writings from the military and intelligence experience and exposure that he had gained. The author received this exposure from his experience with the United State’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, and from most of his clients who came from the military and intelligence fields of study. Probably the title of this book...

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