Tom Clancy’s Dead or Alive

Here at All about Vince Flynn, we’re not just fans of Vince Flynn but the whole Crime, Mystrey, Thriller Genre.  Another of our Favourite Authors is Tom Clancy, who has also written a series of books around a characther in the CIA – Jack Ryan.

Dead or Alive is a welcome new book in this series as the last was published all the way back in 2003.  Dead or Alive brings back a range of popular characthers from the Jack Ryan Series including – Jack Ryan, Ed and Mary Pat Foley, Clark and Chavaz and Rainbow Six and more.

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The Launch

The Lanch of Tom Clancy’s Dead or Alive in the UK was like no other.  The UK Red Devils delivered six copies of Dead or Alive to the Tower of London to be guarded by the Queens Yeoman Warders.  500 copies are also being flown out to Troops in Afganistan.

The Synopsis

It is called the Campus.  It was secretly created under the administration of President Jack Ryan, its sole purpose to hunt down, locate and eliminate terrorists and those who protect them, at will, without sanction or oversight.  A self-sufficient entity, it has no official connection to the American Government – a necessity in a time when those in power consider themselves above such arcane concepts as loyalty, justice, and right or wrong.

Covert intelligence expert Jack Ryan Jr. and his compatriots at the Campus have waged this silent war in every corner of the world.  Now joined by two of his father’s closest allies, black ops warriors John Clark and ‘Ding’ Chavez, as well as Brain and Dominic Caruso and Mary Pat Foley, the Campus has come up against its greatest foe: a sadistic killer known as the Emir.

The mastermind of countless horrific attacks, the Emir has eluded capture by every law enforcement agency in the world- a fact that the Campus is determined to change.  But his greatest devastation is yet to be unleashed, as he plans a monumental single strike that will destroy the heart of America, unless the Campus can take him, dead or alive.

On the trail of Emir, Jack Ryan Jr. will find himself following in his legendary father’s footsteps on a deadly manhunt that will take him and his allies around the globe, into the shadowy arenas of political gamesmanship, and back on to US Soil – in a battle to prevent the fall of the West . . .

Together for the first time, and all-star cast of Tom Clancy’s characters race to ensure the nation’s survival and to complete their mission: the desperate search for a madman who may be hiding in plain sight.

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Brian Haig

It was announced today that Brian Haig will be partnering with Vince Flynn to write a new series of counterterrorism novels centring around a New York City based anti-terror operation.

Who is Brian Haig?

Haig graduated from West Point in 1975 and was commissioned an infantry lieutenant. He served as a platoon leader in Germany, three years as an infantry company commander at Fort Carson, Colorado, before he was selected as an intern at the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he worked in the Current Operations Directorate on the Lebanon peacekeeping operation. After graduating from Harvard with a master’s degree and a specialty in military strategy, he worked for three years as a global strategist on the Army staff where he was responsible for helping formulate the regional warplan for Southwest Asia and the global war plans against the Soviet Union. He spent three years as the Special Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief of the United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command in Seoul. Haig ended his military career as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – John M. Shalikashvili, where his duties lay with the preparation of all speeches, briefings, public statements, and congressional testimonies.

Haig retired into civilian life in 1997 to become a Director and later President of Erickson Air-Crane and then spent a year as President of International Business Communications. He has written articles for the New York Times, USA Today and Vanity Fair. He is now a full-time author, and works as a Fox News military contributor.

He has a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard, and a Masters in Government from Georgetown University. His military awards include Airborne wings and the Ranger tab, two Legions of Merit, and the Distinguished Service Medal.  (From Wikipedia)

Brian Haig’s Books

The Sean Drummond Series

Secret Sanction. It was the worst military scandal since My Lai – an elite US army special forces team positioned behind enemy lines had violated standing orders and butchered a patrol of 25 Serbian soldiers in cold blood. There were no survivors, half of them were shot in the back of the head, and their leader had been decapitated. There was no explanation, and no obvious motive, but the repercussions were already global. Now Major Sean Drummond has to go to Kosovo and find out just what happened and somehow clear up after this horrific crime. But with CIA obstruction, Army hostility, the murder of a top journalist and a possible traitor in his own crew, Drummond quickly finds himself in over his head and under serious fire.

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Mortal Allies. SECRET SANCTION’s Major Sean Drummond is back, with a new case that challenges his deepest fears and a colleague who challenges just about everything else. Assigned to South Korea as an advocate for an officer accused of brutally killing the son of a South Korean war hero, Drummond is teamed up with an old law-school nemesis. Katherine Carson is an attorney with a reputation for manipulating the media on behalf of her clients. Drummond is distraught to be working with a woman who knows how to push all his buttons – but he is the one man the CIA can trust with its disturbing secrets. And Drummond quickly learns that what appears to be an open-and-shut case is really just the top layer of a deep conspiracy.

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The Kingmaker. But Major Sean Drummond never says die. Especially when an old flame begs him to defend her brigadier general husband in the biggest treason case in U.S. history. And even when Drummond is up against the fiercest prosecutor in the Army and fighting two murder charges. With an unconventional and beautiful co-counsel, Drummond plunges into an investigation that will unearth a damning array of secrets and cover-ups – and reveal a master manipulator who doesn’t care who or what goes up in flames…as long as Drummond’s client burns.

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Private Sector. Fed up with his trouble magnet tactics, the Pentagon “loans out” attorneys Sean Drummond to a white-shoe D.C. law firm. Drummond makes the best of his corner-office exile – until his predecessor there is brutally murdered. Realising he must take matters into his own hands, Drummond leads the hunt for a vicious serial murderer and handles the firm’s biggest client, a telecom giant with a shadowy agenda. Are the two connected? As the body count rises, Drummond vows to get answers – and trample any stuffed-shirt who gets in his way. Even when it looks like D.C.’s newest lawyer will become its latest crime statistic.

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The President’s Assassin The Office of Special Project is a CIA cell that handles the most dangerous threats. When the White House chief of Staff is found brutally murdered alongside a note promising more murders – and a President who will be “history” in three days – Sean Drummond teams with a beautiful colleague, Jennie Margold, to try to stop the assassin. As the killer stalks the campaign trail, apparently driven by a $500 million bounty on the President’s head, all arrows point to a member of the White House security detail who has mysteriously gone missing. But as time trickles down to precious minutes, Sean realizes law enforcement’s horrible miscalculation – and what must be done to side step disaster.

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Man in the Middle. Despatched to investigate the suicide of one of DC’s most influential defence officials – an ardent, early supporter of the war in Iraq – Drummond and his female partner find themselves in the middle of a tug-of-war between Washington’s most influential power brokers and his own personal allegiance to the soldiers dying overseas. What he uncovers are the secrets that led to the war, secrets that once exposed would destroy public support and undermine the presidency. Now, Drummond faces the greatest moral quandary of his life: What is the true meaning of patriotism?

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Standalone Novels

The Hunted. As the old Soviet Union fell apart, Alex was ideally positioned to take advantage of Russia’s new capitalist culture. Twenty years later he is on track to become Russia’s wealthiest man, then he makes one critical mistake: he hires the former deputy director of the KGB to handle his corporate security. And then his world starts to fall apart. After his new employee arrives on the scene, Alex is kidnapped, beaten, and forced to relinquish his business and his fortune. He and his wife flee to the United States, only to be declared the new Russia’s Number One most wanted criminal for allegedly stealing millions from his own business, and the Russian Mafiya takes a contract out on his life. Even the FBI wants to bring him and his wife into custody: so they can return him to Russia. A man on the run without a country to call his own, Alex must escape the combined forces of two governments, as he fights to earn the chance to build a new life for himself and his family in America

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The Capitol Game. A small, insignificant company on the edge of bankruptcy has discovered an alchemist’s dream: a miraculous polymer – paint it on a vehicle, any vehicle and voila, you have the equivalent of 30 inches of steel. With war raging in Iraq and Afghanistan, the polymer promised to save thousands of lives, promising to change the course of both wars as well as making its owner billons in profit. Enter Jack Wiley, a successful Wall Street banker somehow learns of the polymer and makes a plan. To make his dream come true, Jack Wiley goes to The Capitol Group, one of the country’s largest, richest and most powerful corporations. Jack and the Capitol Group will partner up for a quick, bloodless takeover of the small company that developed the polymer. A partnership made in heaven? Jack’s smarts and Capitol Group’s power and influence should be a marriage made in heaven, making them all rich beyond imagination. Once they own the patents they will steamroll Congress and the Pentagon to get the polymer into production, via a no-bid, fast-track contract. And it goes to plan until the Pentagon’s investigative service began nosing around.

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Book Review: Clive Cussler Corsair

Corsair - A Novel From the Oregon Files

Corsair - A Novel From the Oregon Files

Corsair is the sixth novel in the Oregon Files series by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul.  As in the previous books the heroes are lead by Juan Cabrillo, the enigmatic captain of the ship “Oregon” a state of the art spy ship disguised as a non descript lumber hauler.

The teaser on the book’s cover says

Over five novels, Clive Cussler has brought readers into the world of the Oregon, a seemingly dilapidated ship packed with sophisticated equipment, and captained by the rakish, one-legged Juan Cabrillo. And now the Oregon and its crew face their biggest challenge yet.

Corsairs are pirates, and pirates come in many different varieties. There are the pirates who fought off the Barbary Coast in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the contemporary pirates who infest the waters of Africa and Asia and the pirates . . . who look like something else.

When the U. S. Secretary of State’s plane crashes while bringing her to a summit meeting in Libya, the CIA, distrusting the Libyans, hire Cabrillo to search for her, and the misgivings are well founded. The crew locates the plane – but the Secretary of State has vanished. It turns out Libya’s new foreign minister has other plans for the conference, ones Cabrillo cannot let happen. But what does it all have to do with a 200-year-old naval battle, and the centuries-old Islamic scrolls that the Libyans seem so determined to find? The answers will lead him Cabrillo full circle into history and into another pitched battle on the sea, this time against Islamic terrorists, and with the fate of nations resting on its outcome.

As with all Clive Cussler novels the story starts in the past in 1803 as Thomas Jefferson ceased the practise of paying tribute to the Corsairs (Pirates) and a battle raged between the Intrepid and the Corsair’s ship Saqr.

Fast forward to modern times and and the U.S. Secretary of State is flying out to a peace conference when her plane crashes taking with it any true chance of peace in the region.  Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon are sent in to covertly find the truth.  What they discover pitches them against scores of islamic terrorists as they battle against time to bring peace to the region and hunt for the last writings of Suleimann Al-Jama the leader of the Corsairs in the 1800’s

Corsair is a fast paced page turning read that is full of action and adventure.  For readers familer with Clive Cussler they will enjoy a new adventure for the crew of the Oregon which is possibly their most exciting read yet!  No experience of previous books is necessary though and this book is an excellent example of why Clive Cussler is one of the great story tellers of our time with 25 novels to his name and described as “The guy I read” by Tom Clancy.

Corsair is available in hardback from 26th March in the UK.

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Book Pick – Tom Clancy – Without Remorse

Vince Flynn is often compared to Tom Clancy so we thought it fitting that our first book pick was one of Tom Clancy’s.

Without Remorse

Without Remorse

Without Remorse tells the early story of John Clark a recurring charachter in Tom Clancy’s books.  Known as the “Invisible Man” John Clark a highly trained US Navy SEAL with specalisms as a Diver, Sailor and Soldier.

He suffers two tragedies that transform him into a ruthless vigilante: his pregnant wife is killed in a freak accident, and Pam, the woman he turns to in his pain, is murdered. Motivated by revenge, Kelly systematically kills the drug-dealing pimps who had so brutalized Pam and her friends. At the same time, CIA man James Greer recruits Kelly for covert operations in Vietnam.

This is a great book which is the opener to the Jack Ryan series by Tom Clancy.  Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

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