"The Bear and the Dragon" is a very interesting and informative novel. It is dated, but the topics in the story are still very current. A new president. White house routines. China's communist government. China building its military with funds obtained from their unbalanced trade with the United States. China's desire to take back Taiwan. All these are very current items in today's world and our current president Donald Trump. How do you think China views our president today?
Hmm where to start? First it’s WAY too long with WAY too much repetition. It was difficult to read in parts due to poor use of language and unnecessary military acronyms. Why for instance the fascination with shouted codenames? Felt like the author was trying to show off. Well it didn’t work, in fact quite the opposite (and I’m former military). The portrait of an “Elite” Rainbow Force was truly laughable (why even base it in Hereford?). Straight out of an All American Marvel comic more like! Having said all that I pressed on and eventually finished the book. Some of it made for a gripping tale and the overall plot had real potential but even that was spoilt by some ridiculous premises. Complex circumstances related to the plots progress were founded on events which believe it or not might even have been possible if only the author had crafted them more carefully with greater detail and a believable background. But no, too much time was spent on tedious and frankly boring detail (and repetition) without enough substance to the key points of the story.
In conclusion a poorly written, verbose, inadequately researched book. How can an author write so many words yet leave so much out?
Clancey owned the 7 words you can't say on TV, not to mention others equally egregious as well. Hard to be interested in people who're so crude to begin with even if they're the, "good guys" not to mention "christians" in this story praying for somebody after they're gone? Why what's the point? They're where they chose to be r/t to what they believed on earth so no point praying for them now that they're there, though survivers need prayer for comfort I assume.
Then, it was crackling fast paced book.
Today? "USA, ra, ra, ra" Pollyanna book so dated with implied feeble China cybersecurity or reform minded Russia. Siberia still woefully underdeveloped.
Current hidden cyber arms race with China groping with indigenous chip designs. China now sponsored state run industrial espionage that steal United States civilian & military technological secrets to be reverse engineered.
Sure China have most powerful supercomputer. However, their computer scientists used it 24/7 for whatever projects?
I totally disagree with two of the negative comments below. While the book was +1400 pages, it was a wonderful read. I am reading the 'Jack Ryan' novels in order. Lots of good surprises. China invades Russia to capture newly discovered oil and gold reserves. The USA teams up with Russia to defeat China in the War.
Terrible book. Stopped reading it after about 200 pages. It seems all commies [ both Russian and Chinese] are greedy perverts but the Americans are hard working nice guys just trying to make the world a better place. Talk about Western propaganda.
One of Clancy's last great books. Focuses on espionage and a terrifying global conflict, with Jack Ryan in a very important role.
Clancy's descriptions of military machinery and history is impressive and well researched as always.
Overlong, as Clancy books tend to be. He'd do better if he wasn't so enthusiastic about explaining jargon and how things work; that's a really annoying habit of his. Still, it's a sprawling, epic book, and the last good Clancy novel. His more recent work, sparse as it is, is much more inferior.
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