Locked On


Title:                  Locked On

Author:                Tom Clancy

Clancy, Tom (2011) with Mark Greaney. Locked On. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

LCCN:    2012371493

PS3553.L245 L63 2011

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Date Updated:  March 13, 2015

This book is a follow-on to Clancy’s Dead or Alive[1]. Clancy gets more and more ideological as he writes more books. Churchill once said that a man is a fool if he is not a liberal when young and conservative when he is old. I guess Clancy is either so far right because he is old, or because he figured his readership (people who buy books) want his liberals to be namby-pamby, and his conservatives to be heroes.

Though his father had been reluctant to become a heroic field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with special forces, he’s honing his combat skills to continue his work within the Campus, hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns to become President of the United States again.

But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and personal have just become equally dangerous. A devout enemy of Jack Sr. launches a privately-funded vendetta to discredit him and connect him to a mysterious killing in his longtime ally John Clark’s past. All they have to do is catch him.

With Clark on the run, it’s up to Jack Jr. to stop a growing threat emerging in the Middle East, where a corrupt Pakistani general has entered into a deadly pact with a fanatical terrorist to procure four nuclear warheads they can use to blackmail any world power into submission—or face annihilation.

Clancy wrote this one with an intelligence studies wonk (or so Mark Greaney’s bio on the book flap would attest) with firearms and combat training from around the world. The novel picks up the Jack Ryan family saga without missing a beat from Dead or Alive. Ryan Sr. is trying for a return to the White House while son Jack has become deeply enmeshed in the anti-terror forays of The Campus, the off-the-books covert intelligence unit staffed by alums of various other Clancy novels.

[1] Clancy, Tom (2010) with Grant Blackwood. Dead or Alive. New York: Berkley Books

 

This book is a follow-on to Clancy’s Dead or Alive. Clancy gets more and more ideological as he writes more books. Churchill once said that a man is a fool if he is not a liberal when young and conservative when he is old. I guess Clancy is either so far right because he is old, or because he figured his readership (people who buy books) want his liberals to be namby-pamby, and his conservatives to be heroes.

Though his father had been reluctant to become a heroic field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with special forces, he’s honing his combat skills to continue his work within the Campus, hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns to become President of the United States again.

But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and personal have just become equally dangerous. A devout enemy of Jack Sr. launches a privately-funded vendetta to discredit him and connect him to a mysterious killing in his longtime ally John Clark’s past. All they have to do is catch him.

With Clark on the run, it’s up to Jack Jr. to stop a growing threat emerging in the Middle East, where a corrupt Pakistani general has entered into a deadly pact with a fanatical terrorist to procure four nuclear warheads they can use to blackmail any world power into submission—or face annihilation.

Clancy wrote this one with an intelligence studies wonk (or so Mark Greaney’s bio on the book flap would attest) with firearms and combat training from around the world. The novel picks up the Jack Ryan family saga without missing a beat from Dead or Alive. Ryan Sr. is trying for a return to the White House while son Jack has become deeply enmeshed in the anti-terror forays of The Campus, the off-the-books covert intelligence unit staffed by alums of various other Clancy novels.

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