Tom Clancy Novels Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger

February 6, 2012 by staff 

Tom Clancy Novels Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger, Clear and Present Danger is a novel by Tom Clancy, written in 1989, and is a canonical part of the Jack Ryan universe. In the novel, Jack Ryan is thrown into the position of CIA Acting Deputy Director (Intelligence) and discovers that he is being kept in the dark by his colleagues who are conducting a covert war against a drug cartel based in Colombia.

The title of the book is based on the legal phrase “clear and present danger”.
The United States Coast Guard Cutter Panache intercepts a yacht in the Caribbean Sea, discovering two men cleaning up after killing a man and his family. Through a mock execution, the Coast Guardsmen force the executioners to confess to the murders.

It is later learned that the murdered man was part of a drug cartel money laundering scheme.

Hearing of this atrocity, the President (who is unnamed in the novel) calls for a change of direction in the War on Drugs. He feels compelled to take drastic measures against drug trafficking because his challenger, J. Robert Fowler, has rallied the public behind the administration’s failure to curb the drug trade.

The president initiates covert operations within Colombia and a step-up of operations against aircraft believed to be distributing narcotics. Three major players help the plan reach fruition:

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