If you enjoy detailed descriptions of high-tech weaponry and highly trained combat personnel in action (and of machinations in the upper echelons of the United States government), then Clear and Present Danger will be right up your alley. Don't expect anything else, however — aside from some sophomore moralising about what constitutes justification for the use of force, there isn't anything else to be found. I think it says something that the "character" about which I remember the most is a laser-guided smart bomb. No attempt is made to convey any feeling for the pain and suffering described (an elaborated deathbed scene is painful — painfully cliched). Cuba is demonised in standard propaganda mode and the reader would be hard put to learn anything about what is actually happening in Colombia.
Not only do I have absolutely no desire to find a complete copy of Clear and Present Danger — I have no desire to read any more Clancy. I would probably have appreciated him more when I was younger (and indeed I can vaguely recall enjoying The Hunt for Red October).
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