Support and Defend

Support and Defend

A Campus Novel

Large Print - 2014 | Large print ed
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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. 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 micro drive 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? "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014
Edition: Large print ed
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410471819
Branch Call Number: x Large Print Coll
Characteristics: 693 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Clancy, Tom 1947-2013
Alternative Title: Tom Clancy support and defend


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Apr 27, 2015

Mark Greaney continues Tom Clancy’s legacy with character Dominic Caruso (Jack Ryan’s nephew). Jack Ryan was such a pivotal character in Clancy’s most notable books. The stories have now been passed on to his nephew.

Not only does Greaney have to emulate Clancy’s writing and style, he has to follow the same mystery/thriller/suspense template all Clancy readers now rely on. Add in convert military operations and you have an instant Clancy hit.

Greaney definitely has large shoes to fill and fulfills this role tremendously. Going forward, he must remember not to create a sleeper with the same general plot, with the same generic characters, and with the same ‘damsel in distress’ as his partner in crime. While this formula for writing creates familiarity, it also creates frustrated readers who follow series. (Even after completing two Clancy books, readers get annoyed with this same old story line).

Clancy’s main characters are infamous for being over the top, impossibly macho, can do anything and everything super heroes. Dominic Caruso fits this description as Jack Ryan did in previous stories. This makes for a reliable tough guy protagonist who saves the world. This also makes for a great (imaginary boyfriend) object of desire for female readers. What woman doesn’t want a sexy, ripped, rugged, handsome tough man in their life?

Greaney takes the reader on a great (albeit familiar) adventure in Tom Clancy Support and Defend (A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel). Readers who love stealthy, fast-paced thrillers will love this book.

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Nov 18, 2014

A mediocre follow-up, the first new novel since the death of Clancy, by his collaborator Mark Greaney. He makes use of one of the Campus characters for a solo tale, setting him off after an Edward Snowden stand-in mole in a continent spanning hunt. It doesn't help that Dominic Caruso is a painfully boring character, which has been the standard since Clancy first created him along with other Campus characters. They were established in the late career nosedive off a cliff in terms of quality phase of his career, and they're just not interesting when you compare them to characters Clancy first created when his work was better.

Aug 14, 2014

A decent read but not a Clancy. Story ebbs and flows but not a Clancy. Greaney tries using a single character to carry the story but not in the Clancy style


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Apr 27, 2015

lisatofts thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 99


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