The Bear and the Dragon

The Bear and the Dragon

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Time and again, Tom Clancy's novels have been praised not only for their big-scale drama and propulsive narrative drive but for their cutting-edge prescience in predicting future events.

In The Bear and the Dragon, the future is very near at hand indeed.

Newly elected in his own right, Jack Ryan has found that being President has gotten no easier: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to take out the chairman of the SVR--the former KGB--with a rocket-propelled grenade. Things are unstable enough in Russia without high-level assassination, but even more disturbing may be the identities of the potential assassins. Were they political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or, Ryan wonders, is something far more dangerous at work here?

Ryan is right. For even while he dispatches his most trusted eyes and ears, including black ops specialist John Clark, to find out the truth of the matter, forces in China are moving ahead with a plan of truly audacious proportions. If they succeed, the world as we know it will never look the same. If they fail...the consequences will be unspeakable.

Blending the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his hallmarks with intricate plotting, razor-sharp suspense, and a remarkable cast of characters, this is Clancy at his best--and there is none better.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2000.
ISBN: 9780399145636
Characteristics: 1028 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jan 06, 2019

"The Bear and the Dragon" is a very interesting and informative novel. It is dated, but the topics in the story are still very current. A new president. White house routines. China's communist government. China building its military with funds obtained from their unbalanced trade with the United States. China's desire to take back Taiwan. All these are very current items in today's world and our current president Donald Trump. How do you think China views our president today?

Jan 11, 2018

Hmm where to start? First it’s WAY too long with WAY too much repetition. It was difficult to read in parts due to poor use of language and unnecessary military acronyms. Why for instance the fascination with shouted codenames? Felt like the author was trying to show off. Well it didn’t work, in fact quite the opposite (and I’m former military). The portrait of an “Elite” Rainbow Force was truly laughable (why even base it in Hereford?). Straight out of an All American Marvel comic more like! Having said all that I pressed on and eventually finished the book. Some of it made for a gripping tale and the overall plot had real potential but even that was spoilt by some ridiculous premises. Complex circumstances related to the plots progress were founded on events which believe it or not might even have been possible if only the author had crafted them more carefully with greater detail and a believable background. But no, too much time was spent on tedious and frankly boring detail (and repetition) without enough substance to the key points of the story.

In conclusion a poorly written, verbose, inadequately researched book. How can an author write so many words yet leave so much out?

Oct 21, 2017

Clancey owned the 7 words you can't say on TV, not to mention others equally egregious as well. Hard to be interested in people who're so crude to begin with even if they're the, "good guys" not to mention "christians" in this story praying for somebody after they're gone? Why what's the point? They're where they chose to be r/t to what they believed on earth so no point praying for them now that they're there, though survivers need prayer for comfort I assume.

Mar 30, 2017

Then, it was crackling fast paced book.
Today? "USA, ra, ra, ra" Pollyanna book so dated with implied feeble China cybersecurity or reform minded Russia. Siberia still woefully underdeveloped.
Current hidden cyber arms race with China groping with indigenous chip designs. China now sponsored state run industrial espionage that steal United States civilian & military technological secrets to be reverse engineered.
Sure China have most powerful supercomputer. However, their computer scientists used it 24/7 for whatever projects?

Mar 20, 2017

I totally disagree with two of the negative comments below. While the book was +1400 pages, it was a wonderful read. I am reading the 'Jack Ryan' novels in order. Lots of good surprises. China invades Russia to capture newly discovered oil and gold reserves. The USA teams up with Russia to defeat China in the War.

Apr 20, 2015

Terrible book. Stopped reading it after about 200 pages. It seems all commies [ both Russian and Chinese] are greedy perverts but the Americans are hard working nice guys just trying to make the world a better place. Talk about Western propaganda.

BookReviewer2015 Nov 08, 2014

One of Clancy's last great books. Focuses on espionage and a terrifying global conflict, with Jack Ryan in a very important role.

Clancy's descriptions of military machinery and history is impressive and well researched as always.

Apr 13, 2011

Overlong, as Clancy books tend to be. He'd do better if he wasn't so enthusiastic about explaining jargon and how things work; that's a really annoying habit of his. Still, it's a sprawling, epic book, and the last good Clancy novel. His more recent work, sparse as it is, is much more inferior.

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