I read Tom Clancy’s name when I was reading the review of a book by different author and it caught my attention. I had seen his books in bookshops but never paid any attention to them before. The first book that I picked up was “Executive Orders”. It was quite a surprise to me in terms of scale, detailing and scope of plot. I have read many more books by him after that and I will write about them separately but this is the one that got me hooked to Tom Clancy.
The first thing that attracted me in the book was the characterization of Jack Ryan’s secret service agent Andrea Price. She has the job of personal security of president after the disaster that makes Jack the President in the book. Even though Tom has kept this relationship purely professional in the book, it does strike your mind many times “What if”.
It did take me quite a while to finish this book since it is very long and tend to get too detailed at times. I did learn many things. I know that authors can exaggerate the lot of stuff while writing fictional books but at the same time, I also feel that at some level it reflects their understanding of current situation of their country and world. The book manages to describe how terrorism can cripple a country as strong as America and at the same time, how a determined nation and push back that attack.
Interesting part of Tom’s writing is that he is very truthful to his characters. Once he creates a character, he maintains it across many of his books and you never feel that you are reading a different book. So the books are not sequels but there is continuity of characters.