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  •  I slogged thru most of the Jack Ryan (8+ / 0-)

    stuff and loved most of it.  I snagged a bootleg copy of "Clear and Present Danger" in Seoul and spent the next 6-7 hours on an airliner reading every page.  I even sent my son off a a fool's errand to find "Bull Halsey, Fighting Sailor" by JP Ryan.

    But then the pieces started falling apart:
    The Reagan worship (read the dedication in "Red Rabbit")
    The rumors that he'd stopped writing the Jack Ryan series cause his ex-wife got half the proceeds.
    The last couple of books felt like he'd phoned it in.

    Never read the Op-Center stuff or the non-fiction.  He just wasn't worth it by then.

    “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

    by markdd on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 01:08:04 PM PDT

    •  Op Center no... (6+ / 0-)

      but despite a lot of the 'patriotism' and 'gadgetism' (noted by FDRDemocrat elsewhere) in the non-fiction that he did, I think it was well done both in terms of writing and style, and in terms of containing insight into the various arms of the US Military.

      But that said, guys of my generation who served (and many who didn't) have been endlessly fascinated by the glamour of the US Military's gadgets.

      Top Gun was a US Navy recruiting flick writ large, and yet I never tire of hearing Kenny Loggins and F-14 engines...

      (though there's a special place in my heart for the smooth deep thrum of a Leopard tank diesel)

      Cheers,

      Sean

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