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New Tom Clancy Book Set

Jack Ryan, John Clark and Chavez will be back in Tom Clancy's Dead or Alive.

By Jarrod Sarafin     April 07, 2010
Source: Penguin Group Publishing

Tom Clancy's next Jack Ryan and John Clark novel DEAD OR ALIVE(2010).
© G. P. Putnam's Sons

Tom Clancy, #1 international bestselling author, bestselling videogame presenter and one of the preeminent and most prescient storytellers of our time, has written a modern-day techno-thriller like nothing he has ever done before called Dead or Alive. The eagerly-awaited novel will be published by G. P. Putnam's Sons in the U. S. and by Michael Joseph in the U.K. on December 7, 2010, it was announced today by David Shanks, CEO of Penguin Group (USA) and Tom Weldon, Deputy CEO of Penguin U.K. The publication of Dead or Alive will be a global publishing event, featuring, for the first time ever, many of his greatest characters, including Jack Ryan and John Clark, and brings readers inside the present-day war on terror. Berkley Books will publish the paperback edition of the title in the U.S. in 2011.

David Shanks commented, "Tom's genius for telling a story with exceptional realism and cutting edge authenticity are his hallmarks as a writer. He has created some of the best known characters in contemporary fiction and has mesmerized tens of millions of readers worldwide with his frighteningly real scenarios. We are very excited to be publishing him again in the fall. In his latest novel, he turns up the tension between U.S. forces and their most lethal rivals."

Tom Weldon said, "We can't think of a better Christmas present than the return of one of the world's greatest thriller writers, Tom Clancy. This will be a huge piece of event publishing."

In Clancy's new novel, written in collaboration with U.S. Navy veteran Grant Blackwood, Jack Ryan, Jr. and his colleagues at the Campus, a secret U.S. counter-terrorism organization, have been waging an unofficial and highly effective campaign against the terrorists who threaten Western civilization. As Dead or Alive opens, the war on terror is far from won, but winning it doesn't appear to be a priority for President Kealty, Jack Ryan's successor in the Oval Office. The Emir, a sadistic killer who has masterminded the most vicious terrorist attacks on the West, has eluded capture by the world's armed forces and law enforcement agencies. Now the Campus is on his trail. Joined by their latest recruits, John Clark and Ding Chavez, Jack Ryan, Jr. and his cousins Dominick and Brian Caruso are ordered to catch the Emir and they will bring him in...dead or alive.

Tom Clancy has written thirteen #1 New York Times bestselling novels, all published by G. P. Putnam's Sons and Berkley Books in the U.S.: The Hunt for Red October (Berkley only, 1985), Red Storm Rising (1986), Patriot Games (1987), The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988), Clear and Present Danger (1989), The Sum of All Fears (1991), Without Remorse (1993), Debt of Honor (1994), Executive Orders (1996), Rainbow Six (1998), The Bear and the Dragon (2000), Red Rabbit (2002) and The Teeth of the Tiger (2003).

Grant Blackwood, a U.S. Navy veteran, spent three years aboard a guided missile frigate as operations specialist and pilot rescue swimmer. He is the author of the Briggs Tanner series — The End of Enemies (2001), The Wall of Night (2002) and An Echo of War (2003) — published by Berkley. He has also collaborated with Clive Cussler on Spartan Gold, published by Putnam in 2009, and Lost Empire, which Putnam is publishing in August 2010.


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Calibur454 4/7/2010 3:48:57 PM

HOT DAMN!!!!! finally. I thought another Jack ryan John Clark and Ding CHavez book would come out. Already put on my x-mas list.

Even if it is Ryan's son who cares. he has finally brought everyone backl

I have every fiction book Clancy has ever wrote down and I will gladly add this to my library collection

WarCry 4/7/2010 4:40:12 PM

I hope it better than Teeth of the Tiger. That book seriously seemed like it was phoned in. The way this is written, I'm wondering if Mr. Blackwood has written a Jack Ryan story and gotten Clancy to sign off o it.

Not that it matters. I'll still be there to grab it when it drops...

Hobbs 4/7/2010 9:31:47 PM

"In Clancy's new novel, written in collaboration with U.S. Navy veteran Grant Blackwood."

That's all the danger/warning sign I need that this isn't going to be very good.  Clancy has gotten so lazy he needed a collaborator for one of his Ryan novels?  WTF???

There was no better cold war author out there.  My personal opinion is that Clancy won't be able to make the transition to current day events.  The Teeth of Tiger novel showed us those signs and the fact its been what, 8 years or so since he wrote it...and now he is collaborating?  I think his time has come and gone.

thorin02 4/8/2010 6:07:29 PM

 Clancy's biggest problem is that nobody edits his novels any more.  They've gotten more and more bloated each time out and to their (and the reader's) detriment.  Starting with Sum of all Fears a good editor should have told him to trim the page count by about a quarter and the book would have been much better.  Clancy's earlier novels were among the tightest and most tense reads I've ever had.  The plots weaved together, seemingly unrelated items became critical in later chapters.  I honestly believe you can just cut the middle 500 pages out the over 1,300 page tome and book would have been improved immensely.  

Don't get me wrong I like a good long story.  But Clancy started adding in so many unrelated plot threads, absurd red herrings and just random tangents that the tension just went away.  

WarCry 4/10/2010 7:24:42 AM

I recently re-read all of Clancy's work, and you can definitely see a downward trend is quality. I disagree about Sum of all Fears. Yeah, it's a big, long book, but it's moves quickly and I would probably place it close to, if not at, the top of my list. Debt of Honor/Executive Orders (I see these as one story split in two books) was a strong story, but with Rainbow Six, then Bear and the Dragon, it just felt like he was writing to give fodder for the video games.

Red Rabbit was just a little....strange. Trying to shoehorn another story into a history we already know....Not saying it was poorly written, just a strange thing to do. It does, however, show that Clancy's more comfortable (as Hobbs said) writing in a cold-war world, to the point that he'll go back and write older stories. Red Rabbit has some pretty serious anachronisms, though. Like, there's a mention of Transformers toys and/or cartoons in the book, but they didn't come out until 1984, and the Pope's assasination attempt was in 1981. I don't completely blame Clancy - he's probably not that big of a geek - but publishers higher story-editors for just this reason.

Anyway, now that my long-winded stuff is out of the way, I'll still give it a shot. Ding and Clark in the war on terror sounds like it should be a good time to me!

lracors 4/12/2010 8:10:49 AM

I liked the Clancy books when they mirrored real life events... Once Jack elevated to president and beyond it's alright but not as good as the early books.  I found the gritty parallel real-world much better then the alternate history.

Calibur454 4/12/2010 8:20:22 PM

Hobbs collaborating on a novel could be a good thing for clancy-

guys like Richard Marcinko and Clive Cussler have been doing that for years and the sales haven't been affected. I'll be buying this one

Hobbs 4/13/2010 8:28:31 AM

I wouuld disagree with you Calibur only because I've read one of Clancy's collaborating efforts and thought it sucked.  So to hear a Ryan novel is going to co-written turns my stomache.  To me the Ryan universe should not be visited by anyone but Clancy but we'll see.

I'm not fan of collaborating efforts in general.  You bring up Cussler and I feel just the opposite, I thought his novels went down hill after he brought in another writer and I stopped reading them.  To me, the only person that truly knows how to write an established series is the person who started it.  Anything else is just a hack job.

But to each their own.  I'll be picking up this one myself but I have a feeling this will be the last Clancy novel and depending on how old this retired Navy guy is he might be the one who continues Ryan stories from here.

Calibur454 4/19/2010 1:14:30 PM

Um to my knowledge Clancy has never written a Jack Ryan story with someone else. He has Collaborated with authors on nonfiction work that dealt with military aspects the only other projects that have been done like splinter cell Just have Clancy's name attached to the series while other authors write them....

I could be wrong about this but I dont think so

Hobbs 4/22/2010 7:12:08 AM

Calibur, you misunderstood.  I never said he wrote a Ryan novel with anyone else.  I just said I read his collaborating novel before and I can't remember the name of it.  They actually made it into a TV movie.

This is the first time he's doing that with a Ryan novel and I'm not thrilled about it...but like I said, I'll be reading it too so I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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