Dead or Alive

Dead or Alive

eBook - 2010
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Jack Ryan, Jr. and his Campus colleagues, John Clark and Ding Chavez, go after a vicious terrorist mastermind--the Emir--and they will bring him in ... dead or alive.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781101541470
1101541474
9781101544358
110154435X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (950 p.)
Additional Contributors: Blackwood, Grant

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teemsum
Sep 22, 2017

Numerous spelling, grammatical, and story line errors.

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JackPurcell
Apr 05, 2015

Clancy is suffering from too much success. His editors no longer trim his books down to remove the 100 or so pages of dialogue and narration entered for padding and not contributing to plot movement, characterization, anything except more pages to flip past to get where it moves again.

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TVneher
Jun 22, 2014

Not as good as his other books I've read. Not as much action, too much cyberspace talk about coding and decoding computer languanges so I didn't get much out of that.

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johnmonson
Mar 02, 2013

Typical Clancy book. What he takes 800 pages to say, can be said in 350. Even the most minor character is expounded upon to take up a whole chapter. My god, get on with it, the character gets killed off quickly and you have the impression that this background story could have been told in less than 500 words. Bottom line, too much information (TMI). I don't care what store is on what street, and what direction the hero is going. GET ON WITH IT.

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Jacob Prest
May 21, 2012

Very good book...Clancy brings together his most trusted and respectable characters to date...he brings both action, suspense, and humor together!

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ScottMcClare
Jan 15, 2012

Dead or Alive has the elaborate criminal plots and familiar characters that are so characteristic of a Tom Clancy techno-thriller. In and of itself, it's a decent story. However, since the elder Ryan became President in Executive Orders, Clancy's novels have become virtual wish-fulfilment fantasies, with Ryan (or the Campus) standing in as Mary Sues. The didactic, how-I-would-run-things elements have, since then, weakened the stories as a whole (excepting the intense Rainbow Six.

Dead or Alive sets itself up neatly for a sequel (which Clancy's latest, Against All Enemies is apparently not). This was an enjoyable enough read, but I yearn for Clancy's glory days of Clear and Present Danger or The Sum of All Fears. I also wonder why he has started working with co-authors (Grant Blackwood for this book and its predecessor, and Peter Telep for the latest), since I don't perceive that the style or substance of his novels has changed much. Is this perhaps how he manages to crank out one of these 2-inch-thick volumes twice a year?

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crushem
Dec 18, 2011

i read somewhere that he had an ugly divorce settlement and she got proceeds of future books.. not sure how much of the proceeds... so he co-authors to avoid the settlement ... wonder if that means he is part of the book in background and name only.... further reseach is required to verify though

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rahmmie
Dec 15, 2011

I thought it was simply okay but definitely not even close to the really good Clancy books

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karcher
May 25, 2011

SPOILERS

I've been dedicatedly reading Tom Clancy since Red October.
Yup, DOA is a fast read alright and only moderately recommended for the diehard TC fan.

Even with a co-author, the latest TC is a watered down version from his post cold war epics of the 80s and 90s. At 950 pgs, I was hoping that the ending wouldn't be another rush job like TC other recents. Unfortunately, DOA leaves the reader kinda hanging yet again.

So much more could have and should have been written. Although the Campus ultimately captures the Emir, the terrorist's plan partially succeeds. So what about what the psychological impacts of the Heartland attacks on the nation, what about the fall-out to the Kealty administration, what about Ryan Sr re-ascension to POTUS, and yes the Campus succeeds in capturing the most wanted terrorist in the world, trumping all other agencies and militaries, yet nobody questioning or digging for their identity? And the build up of Sgt Driscoll, it would have been great to showcase the Special Forces Ranger's skills and even maybe teach something "new school" to Clark and Chavez, or even a scene with Driscoll and Kealty, the latter who tried to make an example out of the Ranger.

DOA is a missed opportunity. The Ryan/Clark universe could probably go on without TC at the helm. But TC owed it to his legacy and his rich character universe to personally wrap his stories more satisfactorily. Having waited 7 years of DOA to arrive on the bookshelf, I just haven't got any hoo-rah left anymore.

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Keogh
Apr 26, 2011

Clancy's better days are well behind him, as this book clearly demonstrates. He's still running with the worst case scenario, which can be a good thing, but as usual, spends far too much time explaining little bits of technology or facts that fascinate him but distract the reader. If he refrained from that, he could chop a couple hundred pages off the total. If not more.

He continues to mess around with his own continuity in this book, trying to fit real-world situations like 9/11 and his own right wing politics in, using an Osama-stand in called the Emir as his villain in a coordinated attack in America's heartland, one designed to cripple the US.

If you want to read some good Clancy, pick up one of the earlier books.

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Keogh
Apr 26, 2011

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