Book Review POWER AND EMPIRE by Marc Cameron

Title: Tom Clancy’s Power and Empire

Author:  Marc Cameron

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Kindle

 

Since Tom Clancy’s untimely death, the family has chosen three or four different writers to continue his legacy. This is the latest installment in the Jack Ryan series, and the first I’ve read by this author.  It involves both the Jack Ryan and Jack Ryan, Jr. storylines.

 

China starts flexing its muscle, wanted to expand control of the South China Sea. They do not believe President Ryan has the support or backbone to contest their claims. There is more to the story, as a traffic stop in Texas leads to a link to a Chinese spy who may have information on a larger plan going on. That information leads to the involvement of The Campus, bringing Jack Jr., John Clark, Ding Chavez and others into the picture. I feel Cameron captured Clancy’s style and intent, for the most part. He is not quite as wordy as Clancy was. That is good or bad depending on your preference. I did not mind the length of Clancy’s novels, but I’m sure some would have preferred them to be a bit shorter.

Overall, the book moves quickly, and is far from predictable. Cameron writes well, and I look forward to seeing more from him in the future. The plot is perfectly plausible, as are the characters’ reactions to events. No unbelievable heroics or dramatic actions that make you want to walk away from the story. I give it 4 our of 5 pages.

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