Books by Tom Clancy

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How did you guess that I am a tom Clancy fan?

If you look at my Tom Clancy bookshelf, you could believe so.

Although I must say I enjoy Tom Clancy's books, he irks me no end with some of his generalisations. We may not always see eye to eye on politics and his opinion of Europe - but he certainly has tons of talent and writes some great books.

I just wonder sometimes - how many books a year can a good author produce? Clancy is a one-man factory - or is it a factory?

However implausible some of his plots or situations (such as in Balance of Power, in which Spain is torn by civil war), sometimes I have a double-take, when reading the news: did it actually happen, or did I just read it in a book? It was fiction, but extraordinarily well researched and written with talent.

cover The Deadliest Game (Tom Clancy's Net Force)  
cover Virtual Vandals  
Tom Clancy's Net Force : One Is the Loneliest Number  
The Ultimate Escape (Tom Clancy's Net Force  
The Great Race : Tom Clancy's Net Force  
End Game (Tom Clancy's Net Force)  
Cyberspy (Tom Clancy's Net Force)  
Shadow Watch (Tom Clancy's Power Play, 3)  


Hidden Agendas  


Rainbow Six  


Executive Orders  


Debt of Honor  


Without Remorse  


The Sum of All Fears  


The Cardinal of the Kremlin  


Clear and Present Danger  


Patriot Games  


Every Man a Tiger This Tom Clancy real-life military thriller is more nuanced than his novels, because its object is not simply to dramatize armed conflict but to relate the life lessons of his source, jet-pilot-turned-Desert-Storm-air-commander General Chuck Horner. Horner is no war cheerleader like General "Buck" Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove. He loathes the arrogance of the backwards, nuke-happy Strategic Air Command and the madly out-of-touch Vietnam War planner Robert McNamara. McNamara confesses his folly in two books, Argument Without End and In Retrospect, but Horner's you-are-there account more vividly demonstrates Vietnam's grim lessons. He flew an F-105 Thunderbird "Thud" fighter in the Wild Weasels, the unit with the highest medals-per-aircrew ratio, knew pilots who were stoned to death by villagers, and realized all the bombing did zero good. "All we really had to do was befriend Ho," says Horner sensibly. "Seems he wasn't part of a monolithic Communist plot, and hated the Chinese more than anything else." Horner is savvy about the screwups, the achievements, and the political maneuvering in and after the Gulf War, as leaders and branches of service battled for PR victories. His idea of a hero is Boomer McBroom's pilot Captain Gentner Drummond, who won a Flying Cross medal for refusing AWACS orders to down a jet that turned out to be a Saudi ally. Horner thinks the interservice and international cooperation in the Gulf War was way better than in Vietnam, but there's ample room for improvement. The action scenes aren't quite as brilliant as those in Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, but Clancy fans will find plenty to admire. Horner's improbable survival of a 150-m.p.h. near-crash in Libya in 1962 belongs in a Tom Clancy film. --Tim Appelo


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