Title:                      True Faith And Allegiance

Author:                Mark Greaney

Greaney, Mark (2016). Tom Clancy: True Faith And Allegiance. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

LCCN:    2016040954

PS3607.R4285 T76 2016


  • “The #1 New York Times-bestselling series is back with the most shocking revelation of all. After years of facing international threats, President Jack Ryan learns that the greatest dangers always come from within… It begins with a family dinner in Princeton, New Jersey. After months at sea, U.S. Navy Commander Scott Hagan, captain of the USS James Greer, is on leave when he is attacked by an armed man in a crowded restaurant. Hagan is shot, but he manages to fight off the attacker. Though severely wounded, the gunman reveals he is a Russian whose brother was killed when his submarine was destroyed by Commander Hagan’s ship. Hagan demands to know how the would-be assassin knew his exact location, but the man dies before he says more. In the international arrivals section of Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, a Canadian businessman puts his fingerprint on a reader while chatting pleasantly with the customs official. Seconds later he is shuffled off to interrogation. He is actually an American CIA operative who has made this trip into Iran more than a dozen times, but now the Iranians have his fingerprints and know who he is. He is now a prisoner of the Iranians. As more deadly events involving American military and intelligence personnel follow, all over the globe, it becomes clear that there has been some kind of massive information breach and that a wide array of America’s most dangerous enemies have made a weapon of the stolen data. With U.S. intelligence agencies potentially compromised, it’s up to John Clark and the rest of The Campus to track the leak to its source. Their investigation uncovers an unholy threat that has wormed its way into the heart of our nation. A danger that has set a clock ticking and can be stopped by only one man…President Jack Ryan”– Provided by publisher.


Date Posted:      January 13, 2017

Reviewed by: Jerry Lenaburg[1]

Mark Greaney has continued Tom Clancy’s iconic characters in his sixth novel featuring the Jack Ryan father and son duo, and it is a magnificent page turner.

The novel starts at 100 mph and maintains that speed throughout, weaving a compelling plot, plenty of tension and suspense, and the cast of characters that Clancy fans have followed for nearly 30 years.

The basic plot of the novel is both compelling and frighteningly realistic, and is, as the saying goes, ripped straight from today’s headlines. Needless to say, anyone who has worked in the defense or intelligence industry will shake their heads at Greaney’s twist to the story and ask themselves, “Wow, could something like this really happen?”

The mark of a good techno-thriller is that the technology and lingo compliment and not distract from the story, and this book handles this story challenge quite well. Readers expect high tech weaponry, techno heavy plots, and realistic actions scenes, and Greaney masters all of these, keeping the jargon down to the minimum while using it to augment the story.

One of the best things about sticking with this series is the books offer a continuum of characters and events, with Greaney tying them together throughout this book to provide a seamless story arc of characters and events across all of his volumes.

Certainly there no anti-heroes nor no moral complexity to these books: the good guys are good, the villains are villainous, although Greaney does grant that being a villain does not mean a character can’t be devious and cunning. A reader may certainly gnash their teeth at the ease with which the villain seems to be able to carry out the plan of mayhem and destruction.

Most importantly for a book like this, Greaney has mastered the art of weaving four or five different subplots and their associated minor characters into an artful mosaic that converges with breakneck speed toward the end of the book, bringing the story to a climax and conclusion that are ultimately very satisfying when the final page is finished.

For Tom Clancy fans, and now for those of us that have become Mark Greaney fans of Tom Clancy’s characters, this will make an excellent holiday page turner, providing just the right mix of plot, character, and pacing to keep you turning the pages by the Christmas tree lights.

[1] Jerry Lenaburg in New York Journal of Books, downloaded January 13, 2017. Jerry D. Lenaburg is a Project Manager and Senior Military Analyst with Northrop Grumman. A 1987 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served as a Naval Flight Officer from 1987–1998 and has published in the Journal of Military History.


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