Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel (Unabridged)
by Mark Greaney
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One of Tom Clancy's most storied characters, Dominic Caruso, is the only one who can stop America's secrets from falling into enemy hands in this blockbuster new novel written by Clancy's longtime coauthor. Over the course of three decades, Tom Clancy created a world alive with prescient action and remarkable individuals. In Tom Clancy Support and Defend, Dominic Caruso is presented with the deadliest challenge of his career. Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world. The CIA is desperate to get the drive back, but so are the Russians and various terrorist groups all of whom are closer to catching the fugitive. Only Caruso stands in their way, but can he succeed without the aid of his Campus colleagues?
Generally good, but not multi-threaded
The great thing about Tom Clancy books was: he would deal a hand of five to eight scenes, like someone dealing cards. At the beginning of his books, you didn’t see the pattern or know what the cards meant. As the stories progressed, each card became important and then by the end, they had all melded into a winning hand.
This book is more linear. There are a couple of “cards” dealt, but they don’t seem unrelated. Part of the joy of a Clancy book was watching the disparate parts come together. Here, like in most books, the mystery is not how the parts unite, but simply what happens next. This is not a bad formula. That’s 95% of all books, but Clancy books were special, because the sub stories converged unlike other books.
So, the new guy isn’t Clancy. That’s fine. I’m glad we had familiar elements and a hero we know.
Like Clancy, the story is pulled from today’s headlines and adds depth to the events that are really happening (Oh, yeah, I say, I see how this could be part of the concern with Occupy or Snowden).
The story was not really mysterious, but the challenges were unforeseen and, therefore, interesting and they kept me focused on the events.
I found the hero more like a Brad Thorn character, he is unaffected by massive injuries, which don’t impede his ordinary or extraordinary efforts. I didn’t like that, but I didn’t hate it either.
I thought it was curious they way the author refused to name the president even once, as if his agreement with Clancy Inc. allowed him to use some characters, but not others. That is neither good nor bad, just a distracting curiosity.
I’m glad he didn’t go P.C. at the end. That was good.
And best of all, I liked the new author's politics and attitude.
I haven’t read it. I’m not happy!
No Lou Diamond Phillips narrating. The preview clip sounds slow and plodding. No one wants to listen to that!
And, why is it more expensive when its not written by Tom???? I’ve listened to all Mark Greaney’s audiobooks. One guy. A loner. I really hope he hasn’t destroyed the team. :-/