DEBT OF HONOR by Tom Clancy [Review]

The world is turning into a safer place as the United States and the Soviet Union are ready to eliminate their last ICBMs. This would seem to make Jack Ryan’s new job as National Security Advisor easier. Yet as a series of events leads to a trade war with Japan, an incident at sea could spark a shooting war.

Ryan works to try to defuse both incidents, but a new secret is revealed that makes that impossible. As the US tries to fight a new war with new limitations, the military and the CIA are forced to find new and creative ways to defeat their enemies. When it appears that victory is at hand, a surprise ending will leave you breathless.

I gave Debt of Honor 4 out of 5 stars due to the great plot, the pacing of the story, and the incredible surprise ending. This makes for a great reading experience–I found myself not being able to put down the book, even when on my fifth or sixth reading.

Tom Clancy is one of my favorite authors, and he is considered one of the best at writing the techno-thriller. Debt of Honor highlights his skill for taking complicated concepts and distilling them into easy to understand language. In the novel, topics from trade negotiations to fiscal policy to the workings of Japanese society are covered without bogging down the story.

Debt of Honor is age appropriate for older teen readers and above. The subject matter is too complicated to follow for younger readers, and there are some adult topics covered. Fans of action books (especially with a military theme) would like Debt of Honor very much, though it could also appeal to folks that like Dan Brown or James Rollins novels.

Now is a great time to start reading Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels since he will be releasing the thirteenth installment, Dead or Alive, on December 7, 2010. Debt of Honor is the eighth book in the series (in chronological order), and kicks the series in a new direction from the previous books.

Have you read Debt of Honor? Tell me what you think in the comments!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Putnam | Pages: 768 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon

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