Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ten Books I Thought I'd Never Read: The Teeth of the Tiger by Tom Clancy

Ok let's recap...

When I started this feature, I came up with ten genres I don't normally read and decided to read at least one book from each one. So far I've completed romance, western, celebrity memoir, and mystery.  It turned out that I liked each book from these genres.

Now that I've FINALLY finished The Teeth of the Tiger I can officially say I've finished the military genre as well.

431 pages

From Goodreads...
"A man named Mohammed sits in a café in Vienna, about to propose a deal to a Colombian. Mohammed has a strong network of agents and sympathizers throughout Europe and the Middle East, and the Colombian has an equally strong drug network throughout America. What if they were to form an alliance, to combine all their assets and connections? The potential for profits would be enormous--and the potential for destruction unimaginable.

In a nondescript office building in suburban Maryland, the firm Hendley Associates does a profitable business in stocks, bonds, and international currencies, but its true mission is quite different: to identify and locate terrorist threats, and then deal with them, in whatever manner necessary. Established with the knowledge of President John Patrick Ryan, “the Campus” is always on the lookout for promising new talent, its recruiters scattered throughout the armed forces and government agencies--and three men are about to cross its radar.

The first is Dominic Caruso, a rookie FBI agent, barely a year out of Quantico, whose decisive actions resolve a particularly brutal kidnap/murder case. The second is Caruso’s brother, Brian, a Marine captain just back from his first combat action in Afghanistan, and already a man to watch. And the third is their cousin . . . a young man named Jack Ryan, Jr.

Jack was raised on intrigue. As his father moved through the ranks of the CIA and then into the White House, Jack received a life course in the world and the way it operates from agents, statesmen, analysts, Secret Service men, and black ops specialists such as John Clark and Ding Chavez. He wants to put it all to work now, but when he knocks on the front door of “the Campus,” he finds that nothing has prepared him for what he is about to encounter. For it is indeed a different world out there, and in here . . . and it is about to become far more dangerous."


This book wasn't for me!  It was more intelligence...NSA, CIA, etc... than military, and I had trouble keeping up with all the jargon and organizations known by initials.   And if I read the word "bro" (aka brother) one more time, I'm going to throw up.  A lot of the writing was "macho" and I found myself rolling my eyes several times.

There were parts of the book that I really liked though, and if the first three quarters of the book had been anything like the last quarter, I would have really enjoyed it.  If anyone out there knows a really good military book leave me a comment and let me know. 

I've got five more genres to go in my feature "Ten Books I Thought I'd Never Read"...sci-fi, horror, sports fiction, true crime, and chic lit.  I think the next one I'll tackle will be chic lit, and I'll be reading Bitter Is the New Black by Jen Lancaster.  It was suggested to me by Lisa at Parenting, Politics, and Religion.



"The Only way to do all the things you'd like to do is to read"
Tom Clancy
(Source:  Goodreads)

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