Support and Defend

Support and Defend

A Campus Novel

Large Print - 2014 | Large print edition.
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A New York Times Bestselling Author Dominic Caruso: nephew of President Jack Ryan, FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency. Ethan Ross: former mid-level staffer for the National Security Council, now a fugitive on the run with a microdrive that could wreck American intelligence efforts around the world. The CIA is desperate to get the drive back, but various terrorist groups are closer to catching Ross. And only Caruso stands in their way.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410471819
1410471810
Characteristics: 693 pages.
Additional Contributors: Clancy, Tom 1947-2013.

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lisatofts
Apr 27, 2015

Mark Greaney continues Tom Clancy’s legacy with character Dominic Caruso (Jack Ryan’s nephew). Jack Ryan was such a pivotal character in Clancy’s most notable books. The stories have now been passed on to his nephew.

Not only does Greaney have to emulate Clancy’s writing and style, he has to follow the same mystery/thriller/suspense template all Clancy readers now rely on. Add in convert military operations and you have an instant Clancy hit.

Greaney definitely has large shoes to fill and fulfills this role tremendously. Going forward, he must remember not to create a sleeper with the same general plot, with the same generic characters, and with the same ‘damsel in distress’ as his partner in crime. While this formula for writing creates familiarity, it also creates frustrated readers who follow series. (Even after completing two Clancy books, readers get annoyed with this same old story line).

Clancy’s main characters are infamous for being over the top, impossibly macho, can do anything and everything super heroes. Dominic Caruso fits this description as Jack Ryan did in previous stories. This makes for a reliable tough guy protagonist who saves the world. This also makes for a great (imaginary boyfriend) object of desire for female readers. What woman doesn’t want a sexy, ripped, rugged, handsome tough man in their life?

Greaney takes the reader on a great (albeit familiar) adventure in Tom Clancy Support and Defend (A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel). Readers who love stealthy, fast-paced thrillers will love this book.

-- Tofts Reviews

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Keogh
Nov 18, 2014

A mediocre follow-up, the first new novel since the death of Clancy, by his collaborator Mark Greaney. He makes use of one of the Campus characters for a solo tale, setting him off after an Edward Snowden stand-in mole in a continent spanning hunt. It doesn't help that Dominic Caruso is a painfully boring character, which has been the standard since Clancy first created him along with other Campus characters. They were established in the late career nosedive off a cliff in terms of quality phase of his career, and they're just not interesting when you compare them to characters Clancy first created when his work was better.

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AlmadenAFS
Aug 14, 2014

A decent read but not a Clancy. Story ebbs and flows but not a Clancy. Greaney tries using a single character to carry the story but not in the Clancy style

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Apr 27, 2015

lisatofts thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 99

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