The Bear and the Dragon

by Tom Clancy

Penguin Group US | August 1, 2001 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

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The #1 New York Times bestseller in hardcover, on the list for 24 weeks! President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known, in Tom Clancy's extraordinary new novel…. A high-level assassination attempt in Russia has the newly elected Ryan sending his most trusted eyes and earsincluding antiterrorism specialist John Clarkto 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 destinyand change the face of the world as we know it...




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Published: August 1, 2001

Publisher: Penguin Group US

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointment I have been going through Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels over the last while. After reading Debt of Honor and Executive Orders, which were excellent, I was hoping for more of the same page-turner style with the Bear and the Dragon.Unfortunately, this work lacks the multiple interlinked plots which make his other books such fascinating reads. This one is definitely not up to Clancy's previous standards. It is still a good read but definitely nothing to write home about.
Date published: 2002-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Non-Stop Action!!! This book just never stops. From the heart pounding opening pages to the revelating end it just keeps you occupied. I don't know how he does it. No author rivals Clancy for describing combat. He is the King. Fun read.
Date published: 2001-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Average for Clancy The Bear and the Dragon (Russia and China) utilizes all of Clancy's characters from past novels in an attempt to tell a big picture of what could amount to World War Three (notwithstanding the same possibility within Red Storm Rising). And for the most part it works. However, while adventurous in scope, as he always is, Clancy fails to fully delve into the machinations of the Chinese heirarchy and the political workings of that most mysterious of countries, and left me feeling a bit let down at the end. The techno-wizardry is still there, as is the ability to tell several smaller stories at once and bounce back and forth between them, finally merging them at the climax. However, I can't give it a ranking of "5" because I finished feeling somewhat disappointed.
Date published: 2001-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good reading I am just recently a fan of TC work and this is quite a good book. He does dribble on at times but I think it is more because of the enormous amount of information he is trying to give the reader to make the story more life-like and plausible. The USA all the way attitude is a little excessive but that can easily be overlooked because of the story he tells. This book is well worth the investment.
Date published: 2000-12-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Bear and The Dragon lose their teeth. Tom Clancy seems to have exhausted his creative energy. In sharp contrast to his provocative, ground breaking earlier efforts, The Bear and The Dragon is a tired and lacklustre rehash of what has become the "Clancy Cliche". The characters are unidimensional, the plot is predictable and the aim of this novel is, quite clearly, to cash in on the Clancy name. Not content with his poorly crafted Op Center venture, Clancy, when he finally deigns to again pick up the pen, only succeeds in convincing us that he shouldn't have. Spend the fifty dollars on a more worthwhile charity.
Date published: 2000-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very disappointing book Clancy must be on a recycling kick, or had a contract deadline to meet. This book is terribly repetitive, I'm sure I've read every element in previous novels. T.C.'s writing style is also suffering badly.... why does he insist on ending every other sentence with "wasn't it?","isn't it?","didn't it?", etc.... Glad I got this book cheap.
Date published: 2000-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from overlong and not true to character I have always enjoyed Clancy's work and this book was no exception. If it had been his first however, it would likely be my last. The tone feels as if he was angry when he wrote it. More disappointing though is the misplaced vulgarity of the characters, particulary Jack Ryan. His reactions and use of language are out of place with his well established character. It doesn't seem like the same person. There are a number of factual and structural/grammatical errors as well. Not a bad read, but below average for one of the best of the genre. Perhaps he's getting tired.
Date published: 2000-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Definitely no credibility Tom Clancy's recent books are no match compared to Red October : the political setting is hardly convincing and the plot - a single American division smashes the Chinese Army in northern Siberia - is simply not credible.
Date published: 2000-11-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Bore and the Drag On Used to be a huge Clancy fan but increasingly I find him repetitive and insulting to the reader's intelligence. I'm also tired of references to how a "real man" acts and other guidelines of machismo. I'm half way through this book and still waiting for something (perhaps a plot?) to develop. I'm convinced his repetition is because he knows this book is going to be put down for long periods between chapters. Your Clancy collection will look better without this one on the shelf.
Date published: 2000-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Blah and the more Blah To begin with, I am a BIG Tom Clancy fan. That being said, I have to admit that I was extremely disappointed with this book. It was entirely predictable, and completely pointless. There are no costs to America's overly predictable victory (except for a few unnamed Russians) and thus, no tension. While I enjoyed Clancy's writing style, as usual (despite the typos) while reading the book, this is probably the first book of his that I will probably NOT reread. That being said, anything by Clancy is better than 99% of thriller writers. Pity this one is so below Clancy standards.
Date published: 2000-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sub-Par for Clancy This book was too long and too repetitive. It seems that in each of his books the language get's more and more vulgar, and his dialog does get quite repetitive, but that's what people want, don't they? If the first 800 pages were reduced to 200, the book would be much better. And next time the typos should be fixed
Date published: 2000-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did it have to be over 1000 pages I found the book to be typical Clancy. He writes about fasinating stories, but requires to many words to express his ideas. The book could of easily been 750 pages and not lost any of the meanings/ideas that he wanted to portray. The ending is excellent as are the characters, its only the repetiveness of describing how Chinese are fundamentally different from white North Americans that gets tiresome.
Date published: 2000-10-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Way below Clancy's usual work After anticipating the latest offering from Tom Clancy, I must say that this book falls well short of what we have come to expect from this great author. Too much of the story reads like filler as if Mr. Clancy was striving to make this book as long as his past works. While I can live with a bit of padding, the endless gratuitous sex and unecessary foul language from the characters is inexcusable. Clancy has never resorted to this sort of thing in his previous stories and is truly out of place here. As a long-time fan, I will most likely buy his next book, however he has undoubtedly turned off a number of his fans as well as prevented new readers from wanting to check his previous books. That is truly a shame.
Date published: 2000-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average Read Hi This is not one of Tom Clancy's best. Jack Ryan's inner dialogue get very tiresome after the third or fourth time. One of the biggest elements missing form this book is the element of surprise. In his past books, we didn't know what was the master plan that connected all the characters together. Wait for the paperback if you are a die hard Clancy fan.
Date published: 2000-10-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Bear and the Dragon Awful, a poor example of Clancy's capability. Racist, repetitive and filled with foul language, this story sould have been told in 250 pages to save everyone time. Numerous typos and incorrect references. It demonstrates why everyone should worry about the USA.
Date published: 2000-10-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ugh! Blah! Ptooi! Ptooi! There is no joy in Clancyville. Mighty Tom has struck out!
Date published: 2000-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Someone get Tom an Editor After EO, I could't wait for the sequel, so I preordered it. When it arrived on my doorstep, I sat down and read it pretty much all the way through. At least that's what I wish I could say I did. Less than halfway through I started to leaf forward trying to find the more interesting parts. Pretty much everything I have to say has already been said: 1) Repetitive - a lot of the dialogue seemed lifted straight out of previous efforts. Dialogue and phrases get recycled ad nauseum. 2) Foul with a capitol 'F': The language just keeps getting worse, and adds nothing. As well, Clancy's characterizations of the Chinese are way over the top, and will be offensive to many. 3) Wafer-thin character development. Jack Ryan just whines, Cathy Ryan (a great character BTW) is ignored, everyone else acts true to form. Sure we get some insight into Zhang's behaviour but he's one-dimensional anyway. 3) Sloppy editing. Everything about this book says 'first draft' - the numerous typos, the unnecessary and frivolous dialogue, the poor flow, the draginess of the plot. Someone said they thought this book was ghost written. It's almost that bad. Either it was rushed to market or TC whipped it off to meet contractual obligations. In all,this book ties up some loose ends but it's far from Clancy's best writing.
Date published: 2000-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Same old, Same Old Cover to cover this is an engaging read for any Clancy fan. It has all the drama and suspense he is known for; which is the problem. Clancy's is a repeated formula (it works, mind you) but Clancy fans will be able to predict the books outcome halfway through. For Cnlacy fans don't expect anything new.
Date published: 2000-10-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Reader Having read thru page 670 and finding no let-up in the foul language that hasn't graced any of the previos books, I am wondering if the rest of the book is worth it. The plot is so-so and the style of writing made me wonder if there wasn't a ghost writer at work here. Not a page turner by any stretch of the imagination.
Date published: 2000-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bears, Dragons and Clancy, Oh My This was one of the fastest 1000 page book that I have read. Although I didn't get bored, I must admit that the book is very unsatisfying. There is far too much repetition in this story. Clancy is easy to read although his latest offering is one of his weakest efforts. The Bear and the Dragon takes a good 700 pages before the story accelerates. Even then, the book is quickly resolved in the last 100 pages. Bear and the Dragon lacks the tension and ingeniuity that his previous efforts had. Indeed, Clancy has been more focused lately on politics than the techno-thriller genre that propelled him to famedom. Elements of his non-fiction work (Into the Storm; Every Man a Tiger; Cavalry; Marine etc.)seem to reappear in his novels (Executive Orders and The Bear and the Dragon). Unfortunately, his non-fiction titles are incredibly dry. Clancy should go back to writing about submarines. This book is not in the same league as Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger; Debt of Honor; and Rainbow Six. In addition, this story is also shockingly xenophobic.
Date published: 2000-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best In Years Action packed!This is one of Clancys finest books ever.Jack played a great character in this novel.It was awesome!
Date published: 2000-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Riviting Saga The latest Clancy book is riviting and imposible to put down. You just can't stop reading until your done. I lost a few hours sleep on this. The conflict is interesting, and very plausible. Definetely get this book. It's worth it to get it in hardcover.
Date published: 2000-10-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What was that about? The book is long, repetitive and filled with material that is utterly tasteless. The conflict that one would expect from reading the title occurs in the last portion of the book and it is nothing more than American Superiority from the onset. As for the repetitive part, how many times is the reader expected to read about infanticide in China or the sexual references spoken by the oh-so-competent characters in this novel? Hopefully, the language in this latest piece of work from Tom Clancy is not a true reflection of his thoughts. The attempt to integrate Rainbox Six into this book is also a failure. Can't wait for the next one?
Date published: 2000-10-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sorry, folks. This book is your typical Clancy novel. Technically, it is well researched and the information, suspense and development is presented in a way that only Clancy can. Read this book if you are looking for a shallow page-turner and if you are interested in what the latest in the American military arsenal has to offer. But sorry, folks, one can only handle his level of patriotism so much and in none of his other books has he publically attacked another culture so explicitly. If this novel has shown anything it is intolerance on the part of good old U.S of A. Take a look around yourself, Mr. Clancy, the United States of America is not the only country with moral standards and certainly not the only country where good, righteous and talented people exist.
Date published: 2000-10-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Clancy's Most Dissapointing Book in Ages I'm a big Clancy fan, reading not only all his original authored books, but also the books that have his name on them (though authored by others). The Bear book is extremely dissapointing, a real let down, a "bore" if you will. Normally Clancy brings multiple unrelated subplots together at the end, but this book doesn't feature that - all plots are connected. Repetition was a bore. Thinly vieled refs to Clinton I would more expect from a Dale Brown book. A lot of the technical stuff is frankly unbelievable, and the way he portrays US military as god-like where the opposition is clueless and 19th century is laughable. This marks the second book where Clancy turns a capitol W war into some 3 day jaunt. It worked in EO, but fails horribly here. Yep, 750+ tanks destroyed in 90 seconds. I had fun. Not. I really felt let down by this book - time to go back to the Net Force series...
Date published: 2000-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More of the same... I've only read half of this behemoth from Tom Clancy so far but it's more of the same in the Jack Ryan saga. Clancy could have cut out a few hundred pages and done away with some of the sub-plots to make this leaner, more enjoyable read. While the detailed technology stuff is interesting it does take away from the story line in some cases and the "America is the best" sentiments in a lot of it are beginning to get tedious. I liked the transition from Debt of Honor to Executive Order and then to Rainbow Six but this one is a bit much on the USA is best bandwagon. The title does give the impression that the russo-chinese conflict would play a larger role and it perhaps should have, after half the book, it has only been briefly brough into the story line. But for all that, it is a pretty well crafted story, and i'd recommed it to anyone that has read other books in the series. Perhaps my opinon will change after reading the whole book.
Date published: 2000-09-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What a Letdown! After anxiously awaiting the sequel to Executive Orders, this book was a complete disappointment. It displayed none of Clancy's usual cutting edge political savy, and was extremely repetitive. It is worth reading if only for the fact that Clancy wrote it, but to expect the level of quality found in (at least) his last three novels is completely unrealistic.
Date published: 2000-09-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Oh, so disappointing Although I've long been a Clancy fan, this volume has Clavell-like dimensions. Unlike Red Storm Rising, despite the initial incident, it takes 600 pages for the plot to accelerate and most occurs in the final 150. The title suggests a world war, the plot delivers a border incident with a loop to make it all work. The length is twice what the 'original' Clancy needed since there are irrelevant sub-plots and endless repetition of the same phrases and opinions. Clancy should rediscover copy editing. Many will be offended by the racial stereotyping to achieve the black hats/white hats dicotomy. Like Executive Decisions, Clancy's politics get in the way of the plot but the reader will also lose sympathy with several characters (particularly Jack Ryan who constantly whines). The resolution is unsatisfying and, frankly, unbelievable. Repeated much of the old formula. It makes one wonder if he's using a ghost writer. If you're a fan, wait for the paperback.
Date published: 2000-09-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Far Too Dreary I was highly disappointed to say the least. This book should be picketed by tree-huggers as a monumental waste of paper, assuming that it will stay on the bestseller list for 15 weeks. Get to the battles, get to the technology. Get to the last hundred pages and ignore the rest. I almost wish the cement truck bomb plot described in 'Executive Decisions' had succeeded. The characters are thinner than supermodels and the plot flaws are mind-boggling. And, as mentioned elsewhere, the typographical errors should not be tolerated in a book by a best-seller author regardless of the edition. Buy a Harry Potter for your local school instead. It's also a better read.
Date published: 2000-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great Clancy novel The Jack Ryan series by Clancy is one of my favorties of all time. His knowledge of the inner workings of the US military is riveting to read. The situations which are created are very plausible. This novel compeletly lives up to my expectations. The last part of this book was simply a thrill to read. You cannot put it down or stop reading. Definately worth the price of a hardcover, especially since Chapters has it on sale right now.
Date published: 2000-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting! It's 18 months after that fateful JAL flight to Capitol Hill. Jack Ryan has just been re-elected as President. The world is fairly tame, but then the Russians discover natural resources beyond anyone's wildest dreams. Broke and on the verge of collapse, the Chinese government decides it wants a piece of the action. This Clancy epic takes a while to get going, but that's more due to the complexity of the story and characters then a failing on Clancy's part. Once the action kicks off, you'll be awake until you finish the book. And, like Debt of Honor, The Bear and the Dragon has a terrifying and all-too-plausible climax that Clancy has woven expertly and intricately, leaving no loose threads. Breathing during the final 20 pages or so may be difficult. One distracting note: the first printing is rife with typos, hopefully this will be fixed for the second.
Date published: 2000-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tom Clancy at it's finest This book is a great book, Although it's over 1000 pages long, it's totally worth paying $25 for. A must have for all and you will not regret it. There are some ethnic slurs and typical all-american machismo, but in the big picture, it's a great book.
Date published: 2000-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent thriller; genuine to the end!!! I just finished Clancy's latest, and what a great ride it was! Once again he has woven an intriguing plot with motivated characters and the hard facts of reality that has made him the master of the techno-political thriller. I challenge people to read just one chapter and not put it down.
Date published: 2000-08-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Can you bear the dragging? Once again Tom Clancy provides a technology laden affront to the imagination by using tons of research and effort to produce a reprehensibly 100% American Novel. His grotesque idealism is splayed out over 1000+ pages as his inability to write women, fanatics or non-white Americans realistically. Seriously, this book is beyond unbelievably hokey and the rest of NATO must laugh themselves silly over the fact that this man is considered to be an authority on the US military. If you want to be informed on the US military technology read Jane’s Defense Weekly as quite frankly this book smacks of the computer nerd's role-playing game. If you want a good, trashy read it will suit you well but please wait for the paperback. Only buy the hardcover if you have an imminent flight to Australia looming. At least you will be able to use it as a doorstop when you return.
Date published: 2000-08-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Can you bear the dragging? Once again Tom Clancy provides a technology laden affront to the imagination by using tons of research and effort to produce a reprehensibly 100% American Novel. His grotesque idealism is splayed out over 1000+ pages as his inability to write women, fanatics or non-white Americans realistically. Seriously, this book is beyond unbelievably hokey and the rest of NATO must laugh themselves silly over the fact that this man is considered to be an authority on the US military. If you want to be informed on the US military technology read Jane's Defense Weekly as quite frankly this book smacks of the computer nerd's role-playing game. If you want a good, trashy read it will suit you well but please wait for the paperback. Only buy the hardcover if you have an imminent flight to Australia looming. At least you will be able to use it as a doorstop when you return.
Date published: 2000-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story - Bad Politics There is little doubt that Tom Clancy is among today's best storytellers. In The Bear and the Dragon he again demonstrates his unrivalled ability to weave an intricate tale of sweeping scale and compelling drama. This latest offerring, despite being over 1000 pages, is fast-paced and leaves one anxiously awaiting Clancy's next effort. There is, however, one dimension to this novel and other recent books in the Jack Ryan series that was absent from Clancy's early fiction such as The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games. The Bear and the Dragon contains certain indications of Clancy's stereotypical viewpoints that are of concern in view of the author's large audience. For example, he has President Jack Ryan holding the questionable belief, among others, that women have a genetic predisposition to spending money. Vice President Robby Jackson feels free to make ethnic slurs in the Oval Office which, of course, the President finds hilarious. Other examples of these insensitivities abound in the novel and the overarching theme is that the American way is inherently superior and everyone who doesn't like this can go to hell. The most important question in this novel may not be whether Jack Ryan saves the day yet again but whether Tom Clancy, in certain of his political viewpoints, is attempting to shape public opinion or simply reflecting it.
Date published: 2000-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best of The Best Tom Clancy has once again bested his last superior effort. A fantastic book worth every penny and more ..... can't wait till the next Clancy novel
Date published: 2000-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Once more hard to put down For someone who has read all of Tom Clancys books, even before he was poplular, this new one is very similar. It holds the attention very well, good details, good excitement, and very believable. All together it means hard to put down. Not as much of the 'in the trenches' kind of thing though as in some of the past books. As an ex - soldier, in some of the books I could not only identify with some of what was happening and how real it was, but also with the emotions of the characters! Very good research. That level of detail isn't quite the same in this book. Definitely worth buying! Very much worth having in the collection.
Date published: 2000-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glued to book Not being able to put this book down until it was finished has definitely cost me a night without sleep! Great book, great suspense, definitely worth the price of admission. Clancy seems to be getting better with age.
Date published: 2000-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read I could not put this book down, it was totally rivetting. I would give it 6 out of 5 if I could. Buy it and you won't regret it.
Date published: 2000-08-22

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The Bear and the Dragon

by Tom Clancy

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: August 1, 2001

Publisher: Penguin Group US

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101002328

ISBN - 13: 9781101002322

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The #1 New York Times bestseller in hardcover, on the list for 24 weeks! President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known, in Tom Clancy's extraordinary new novel…. A high-level assassination attempt in Russia has the newly elected Ryan sending his most trusted eyes and earsincluding antiterrorism specialist John Clarkto 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 destinyand change the face of the world as we know it...




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