Command Authority by Tom Clancy; with Mark Greaney
(Putnam Adult, 2013, 740 pages)
Command Authority by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney is the last Jack Ryan novel written by Tom Clancy who died October 1, 2013. In Command Authority, Jack Ryan, Sr. is still the President of the United States. Jack Ryan, Jr. is working as an analyst at what should have been a nice, safe job for Castor and Boyle in London. As usual, things are not as they seem. Jack Ryan, Sr. is dealing with a Russian invasion into Crimea and the Ukraine. Jack Ryan, Jr. is researching ties between Scottish billionaire, Malcolm Galbraith, and the Russian Gazprom company. As it turns out, there is a connection between the Ukraine invasion and the case that Jack Ryan, Jr. is working. Command Authority shifts back and forth over thirty years to detail that connection.
I am a big Tom Clancy fan and am hoping that even with the death of Tom Clancy that the Jack Ryan novels will continue. Clancy has been working with Mark Greaney for the last three Jack Ryan novels. Jack Ryan has been part of American fiction since 1984 when The Hunt for Red October was first published. I feel like there are more Jack Ryan stories left to tell.
As with all the Jack Ryan novels, Command Authority has many characters and plot lines. Knowing this could be the last time that I read about Jack Ryan, I tried to slowly savor the novel. But that didn’t really happen. The story pulled me in and I just had to keep reading. If you are a Tom Clancy fan, you don’t want to miss this last novel.