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Synopsis: President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known in Tom Clancy's extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller.
A high-level assassination attempt in Russia has the newly elected Ryan sending his most trusted eyes and ears—including antiterrorism specialist John Clark—to Moscow, for he fears the worst is yet to come. And he’s right. The attempt has left the already unstable Russia vulnerable to ambitious forces in China eager to fulfill their destiny—and change the face of the world as we know it...
Review: Power is delightful, and absolute power should be absolutely delightful--but not when you're the most powerful man on earth and the place is ticking like a time bomb. Jack Ryan, CIA warrior turned U.S. president, is the man in the hot seat, and in this vast thriller he's up to his nostrils in crazed Asian warlords, Russian thugs, nukes that won't stay put, and authentic, up-to-the-nanosecond technology as complex as the characters' motives are simple. Quick, do you know how to reprogram the software in an Aegis missile seekerhead? Well, if you're Jack Ryan, you'd better find someone who does, or an incoming ballistic may rain fallout on your parade. Bad for reelection prospects. "You know, I don't really like this job very much," Ryan complains to his aide Arnie van Damm, who replies, "Ain't supposed to be fun, Jack."
But you bet The Bear and the Dragon is fun--over 1,000 swift pages' worth. In the opening scene, a hand-launched RPG rocket nearly blows up Russia's intelligence chief in his armored Mercedes, and Ryan's clever spooks report that the guy who got the rocket in his face instead was the hoodlum "Rasputin" Avseyenko, who used to run the KGB's "Sparrow School" of female prostitute spies. Soon after, two apparent assassins are found handcuffed together afloat in St. Petersburg's Neva River, their bloated faces resembling Pokémon toys.
The stakes go higher as the mystery deepens: oil and gold are discovered in huge quantities in Siberia, and the evil Chinese Minister Without Portfolio Zhang Han San gazes northward with lust. The laid-off elite of the Soviet Army figure in the brewing troubles, as do the new generation of Tiananmen Square dissidents, Zhang's wily, Danielle Steel-addicted executive secretary Lian Ming, and Chester Nomuri, a hip, Internet-porn-addicted CIA agent posing in China as a Japanese computer salesman. He e-mails his CIA boss, Mary Pat "the Cowgirl" Foley, that he intends to seduce Ming with Dream Angels perfume and scarlet Victoria's Secret lingerie ordered from the catalog--strictly for God and country, of course. Soon Ming is calling him "Master Sausage" instead of "Comrade," but can anybody master Ming?
The plot is over the top, with devastating subplots erupting all over the globe and lurid characters scaring the wits out of each other every few pages, but Clancy finds time to insert hard-boiled little lessons on the vileness of Communism, the infuriating intrusions of the press on presidential power, the sexual perversions of Mao, the poor quality of Russian pistol silencers ("garbage, cans loaded with steel wool that self-destructed after less than ten shots"), the folly of cutting a man's throat with a knife ("they flop around and make noise when you do that"), and similar topics. Naturally, the book bristles like a battlefield with intriguingly intricate military hardware.
When you've got a Tom Clancy novel in hand, who needs action movies? --Tim Appelo
Title: The Bear and the Dragon limited edition
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Publication Date: 2000
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Putnam Adult, 2000. Condition: Fair. Limited. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP13261730
Book Description Putnam Adult, 2000. Condition: Good. Limited. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP2520999
Book Description Condition: good. 1406 Gramm. Seller Inventory # M00399146407-G
Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Nice condition with minor indications of previous handling. Seller Inventory # G0399146407I4N00
Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Cover Missing. Book shows a small amount of wear - very good condition. Seller Inventory # G0399146407I4N01
Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Book has appearance of only minimal use. All pages are undamaged with no significant creases or tears. Seller Inventory # G0399146407I4N00
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: VeryGood. A well-cared-for item that has seen limited use but remains in great condition. The item is complete, unmarked, and undamaged, but may show some limited signs of wear. Item works perfectly. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine is undamaged. Seller Inventory # 4BQM2A001DRG_ns
Book Description A Forward Movement minature Book Special. Condition: collectable like new. in near perfect condition it is unmarked and clean small book. Seller Inventory # 20019
Book Description Putnam Adult, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0399146407
Book Description Putnam Adult. Condition: collectable like new. this is a hardback book with no dust cover in near perfect condition the other listing is I think for 4 cassets not the book. Seller Inventory # 19916