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Author Marc Cameron's effort writing his first novel in the Jack Ryan series is much, much better than the best effort of Grant Blackwood with Ryan while not being as good as any of Mark Greaney efforts. Cameron the well established author of the outstanding Jericho Quinn series.
What I like most about Power and Empire: (1) It is true to the tradition of Clancy and Greaney in the handling of the characters and (2) John Clark, my favorite Clancy character other than Jack Ryan Sr., may now be an old man but his take no prisoners style is back. What I like least about the novel is that the plot meanders a bit near the midpoint of the novel. Power and Empire is a long and complex novel with many characters which is written more in the style of Tom Clancy himself than of the more compact and concise style of Mark Greaney.
I had some problems in rating this novel; does it deserve 5 stars or 4? Deciding on rating the narration was easy. This is Scott Brick at his very best.
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The pace and realism of this novel reminds me of Clancy’s work. This is not to say Greaney’s work on the series was not good, it certainly is good reading. But with Cameron I sensed that our heroes are more realistic, limited and vulnerable.
The plot is clever and captured my attention from beginning to end. The characters are familiar, and that is a good thing. There are several new characters I found extremely entertaining.
Brick’s narration is sterling.
This is a great choice for early Clancy fans.
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