Reviews for Tom Clancy: Target Acquired

by Don Bentley

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Bentley keeps Jack Ryan Jr.s life exciting in this latest grand-scale Tom Clancy adventure.Ryan is in Tel Aviv on an asset-validation exercise for a private company referred to as The Campus, and he takes time to hang out at the beach. There, he sees a woman with a child who he can tell is autistic, and he saves her from a knife-wielding attacker. Shes flummoxed; whod want to hurt her? When mother and son leave, Ryan wants to return the boys dropped Captain America toy. What could go wrong with that? he muses navely. Only three hell-raising threats in one day. Almost immediately he meets agents from Israeli security, Shin Bet. Who is he? Whats he doing there? But though he doesnt lie about his name, no one ever exclaims, Wow, you have the same name as the U.S. president. Any connection? Anyway, Chinese State Security is also interested in the woman, and Jack doesnt know why. And then mother and son are kidnapped. True to the Clancy style, what begins as the attempted return of a toy mushrooms into a threat of global conflictno good deed goes unpunished is an apt clich. Other enemies include Iran's Quds Force, an apocalyptic cultand some smart jihadis, because the dumb jihadis died a long time ago. Ryan is a fierce warrior when the need arises, and he refuses a direct order to return to the U.S.: Sorry, sirno can do. Ive got two innocents still at riska mother and child. So even when the bad guys try to crucify him, nobody did cornered junkyard dog better than Jack. Meanwhile, an airborne threat may destroy Tel Aviv. The story has some nice wordplay, with helicopters clawing for altitude like homesick angels, and the F-35 being part ballerina, part racehorse, and all killer. While on the ground blood flowed and bones broke, and a female fighter jock has the final say.Fast, furious Clancy fare, fun even though you already know who wins. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Kirkus
Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Bentley keeps Jack Ryan Jr.’s life exciting in this latest grand-scale Tom Clancy adventure. Ryan is in Tel Aviv on an “asset-validation exercise” for a private company referred to as The Campus, and he takes time to hang out at the beach. There, he sees a woman with a child who he can tell is autistic, and he saves her from a knife-wielding attacker. She’s flummoxed; who’d want to hurt her? When mother and son leave, Ryan wants to return the boy’s dropped Captain America toy. “What could go wrong with that?” he muses naïvely. Only three hell-raising threats in one day. Almost immediately he meets agents from Israeli security, Shin Bet. Who is he? What’s he doing there? But though he doesn’t lie about his name, no one ever exclaims, “Wow, you have the same name as the U.S. president. Any connection?” Anyway, Chinese State Security is also interested in the woman, and Jack doesn’t know why. And then mother and son are kidnapped. True to the Clancy style, what begins as the attempted return of a toy mushrooms into a threat of global conflict—“no good deed goes unpunished” is an apt cliché. Other enemies include Iran's Quds Force, an apocalyptic cult—and some smart jihadis, because “the dumb jihadis died a long time ago.” Ryan is a fierce warrior when the need arises, and he refuses a direct order to return to the U.S.: “Sorry, sir…no can do. I’ve got two innocents still at risk—a mother and child.” So even when the bad guys try to crucify him, “nobody did cornered junkyard dog better than Jack.” Meanwhile, an airborne threat may destroy Tel Aviv. The story has some nice wordplay, with helicopters “clawing for altitude like homesick angels,” and the F-35 being “part ballerina, part racehorse, and all killer.” While on the ground “blood flowed and bones broke,” and a female fighter jock has the final say. Fast, furious Clancy fare, fun even though you already know who wins. Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Publishers Weekly
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The exciting eighth Jack Ryan Jr. thriller, the first contribution to the bestselling Tom Clancy franchise from Bentley (the Matt Drake series), finds Jack, an operations officer for the clandestine spy agency known as the Campus, in Israel on a joint mission with the CIA. In a Tel Aviv marketplace, Jack notices an attractive woman with her son, who behaves in a way that suggests he’s autistic. When a man with a knife appears bent on attacking the woman, Jack jumps in and fights off the assailant, who flees into the crowd. Immediately afterward, Jack is taken at gunpoint by a pair of Israeli internal security agents to their station, where they harass him for being an American; they suspect he’s working for the CIA, but he admits to nothing. His original mission having been a disappointment, Jack, who once helped a childhood friend who was developmentally disabled, decides to stay and track down the woman he saved, Becka Schweigart, an American scientist, and her son, Tommy, to see if he can help the boy. When Becka and Tommy are kidnapped, heroic, chivalrous Jack decides to stick around and assist the Israelis in their attempt to rescue mother and son. The action builds to a terrific, multiple point-of-view battle scene in the air and on the ground in Syria. Bentley proves himself a worthy successor to Tom Clancy. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME. (June)

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