The Bear and the Dragon

The Bear and the Dragon

by Tom Clancy

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President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known in Tom Clancy's extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller.

A high-level assassination attempt in Russia has the newly elected Ryan sending his most trusted eyes and ears—including antiterrorism specialist John Clark—to Moscow, for he fears the worst is yet to come. And he’s right. The attempt has left the already unstable Russia vulnerable to ambitious forces in China eager to fulfill their destiny—and change the face of the world as we know it...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425180969
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2001
Series: Jack Ryan Series , #10
Pages: 1152
Sales rank: 64,022
Product dimensions: 6.76(w) x 11.02(h) x 1.84(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A little more than thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October—the first of the phenomenally successful Jack Ryan novels—sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it “the perfect yarn.” From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.


Huntingtown, Maryland

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1947

Date of Death:

October 1, 2013

Place of Birth:

Baltimore, Maryland


Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland, 1965; B.A. in English, Loyola College, 1969

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What People are Saying About This

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“Builds to an excitingly cinematic climax as Ryan toils to bring the world back from the brink of nuclear war.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Once Clancy pulls the trigger…nobody can touch his gift for describing combat.”—People

“Those who like heart-stopping action in their thrillers will not be disappointed…Entertaining and eminently topical…Clancy still reigns. The publication of The Bear and the Dragon reminds his fans that he is not likely to be dethroned any time soon.”—The Washington Post

“Exhilarating…You’d have to be numb not to be impressed by the scale of [Clancy’s] ambition, his feel for the way information now flashes instantaneously across the globe, his mastery of technological developments. No other novelists is giving so full a picture of modern conflict, equally adeptly depicting those at the top and bottom of military and intelligence systems.”—The London Sunday Times

“The most intricately plotted and in some ways the most satisfying of his military-techno thrillers since The Hunt For Red October…There’s enough new technology to satisfy the most demanding Clancy fan…A juicy novel within a novel, full of heavy artillery, intrepid aviators and shrewd generals.”—The Orlando Sentinel

“Clancy has a knack for stories that appear to come out of the daily headlines. The Bear and the Dragon confirms his title as a master of techno-thrillers.”—The Montreal Gazette

“Interesting characters...too-real plotting.”—The Florida Times-Union

“Clancy manages to thrill…The guts, the fun of these books, are the high-tech devices, the ingenious schemes and the inside look at military tactics. Clancy delivers here.”—The Denver Post

“Clancy is a master of detail—especially those having to do with military action and weapons…And he builds strongly moral, attractive characters, ones we would like to emulate.”—The Houston Chronicle

The Bear and the Dragon works…Hypnotic appeal.”—The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Megasuspense…thrilling.”—Indianapolis Star

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The Bear and the Dragon 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 346 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very well written with lots of action and suspense. Clancy seems to do a much better job in describing really technical matters in this book than he does in the others. I am not sure how likely a Russia vs China war scenario would be in this era but I'm sure some hostilities from the past still remain. Great read but the excessive profanity and racial slurs were unnecesary. Ryan has become more of a whiner now the he's POTUS (Pres of the United States). Would like to have had more scenes involving Clark and Chavez.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Again Clancy has had me on the edge of my seat with Bear and the Dragon. Co-operation between super powers, the joining of Russia and USA in preventing all and all out war. Sub plots twisted and turned in all directions, leading to the finale, where again Clancy as a conductor of an orchestra pulled the instruments of the book into an explosive ending, which left me breathless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The bear and the dragon is a top notch book. It's exciting, action filled and thrilling. If you read it at night. You feel as if you can't lay down. I recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Had me till the last sentence
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom Clancy teams up with Jack Ryan again, to make a good story. Adventure, thriller, good characters and a fast-moving plot make a good novel. Read it and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say? This book is a magnificent piece of literature. The first 100 pages were a little hard to take in, Clancy could have set up the plot a little more quickly. Once the story started to take off it was hard to stop reading. I am a college student presently and Clancy's books could be substitute for any political science course that i have taken to date. I=
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is probably the second best next to Clancy's Red Storm Rising. The political buildup is the basis of a great story that will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more and more of the twists and turns thrown into this novel. With the spy plane crash in China during 2001 this is a great book to read as a what-if.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book twice now and as usual Tom Clancy has a gift for intrigue and suspence!! His technical knowledge for the plot is astonishing! His descriptions of the scenes really give you the ability to see in detail what he is talking about!! I couldn't put it down until the last page! I can only hope that the next 'Jack Ryan' episode is just as thrilling!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of clancy's fiction, and thought that this was actually one of his best. It did take a long time to set up the war, but when it gets into the mechanics of the war we have, I loved it. I would have to say that this is Clancy's best 200 pages. It probably could have stood to be a little shorter, but frankly, I love all of the stuff about the politics of Jack Ryan, etc. I would disagree with anyone who says that the quality of Tom Clancy's work has gone down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plot and subplots interrelate well with the themes of a changing political and economic world structure. Mr. Clancy keeps the pace fast and the plot moving along in a way that draws the reader with him. I have read all of his books and liked them --this is the best and fits nicely together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this looks good, I am not 100% sure I am over the travesty that was Rainbow Six. That book was basically a narrative of Red Storm Entertainment's current video game. This novel, however, appears to get back to what Clancy Does so well. Since there is not a Russia/China video game out I figure this has a good chance of being more than a promo.
Anonymous 5 months ago
detailed, credible, richly constructed up to the epic climax. A great work by one of my favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Clancy’s best.
choochtriplem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 2nd story of the presidency of Jack Ryan and a conflict between Russia and China. For some reason I made the mistake of reading this book over the first book of the series, `Executive Orders¿. The book talks in length about how Ryan became president, and the world that crafted his foreign policy and instances before this story. Before reading this book, I would suggest either reading the first book or searching for the story line of the first. As for the book itself, it was a classic Clancey, with rich character description and plot narration. The starts off slow (very slow in some cases) but the last 500 or so pages fly by. I have the feeling the book could be a few hundred pages shorter, but the back story about how the conflict gets started is needed. As for the `Ryan Series¿, it¿s a good one, but not one of the top.
rarache on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful Tom Clancy book. I have read a lot of Tom Clancy and continue to enjoy his style. Another author that keeps you reading and not wanting to put the book down.
santhony on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book really marks the point where Clancy begins to lose steam. He has pretty much run out of things to say (who can blame him, by this time he has pumped out about 7,000 action packed pages), but they're going to keep paying him to keep talking.
Zare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Facing economic disaster China invades Russia in a attempt to take over oil fields of the Russia's north. Concentrated attack from air and land pushes Russians until rescue comes in form of US Cavalry outfit.Although action scenes are great what annoys me the most is "US-to-the-rescue" attitude where no-one can survive unless supported by US and its allies. More "real" books [in my opinion] are Dragonstrike and Dragonfire.Beside that, if you are in high-tech military thrillers try it out - you'll probably like it :)
jpsnow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It seems very current but isn't the best of his works -- becoming too formula-driven. Also, he seems to be in the recent habit of repeating certain phrases and concepts. Repeated use diminished the effect and the reader's impression of the art.
hermit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading "The Hunt for Red October." I have read all of his single-author books and many of the earlier books for which he is a co-author, but I had to really work to read this book. I must admit that I was not greatly impressed by "Rainbow Six" when I noticed an increased tendency for Clancy to include more foul language than he had in earlier works. One thing I miss is his clean concise writing and character action and development. I felt like I could read his books and enjoy their inherent complexities and character development without having to work my way through character after character swearing with and at each other. This book also delves into sexual encounters quite early. I found this book to be very bad read. You may call the dialog in this book reality, but I can do without it while reading a novel.
ponsonby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fairly typical Clancy book - huge numbers of plot lines, some more believable than others, converging on a scenario of an invasion of Russia by China. As usual the goodies (ie USA) win, helping out those primitive Russians against the faceless Chinks. Plenty of stereotyping here, and far too much foul language. Undeniably gripping as it gathers pace towards the (inevitable) conclusion, although I found myself skipping a few pages in the middle. Ryan is totally unbelievable as President. Close on 1100 pages, so suitable for a very long flight to New Zealand (unless you live in Australia)
wheresmynoose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tom Clancy must really hate China. Anyway, it's hardly a spoiler to say that America wins, and by the end of the book Clancy's fulfilled his dream of having America conquer the world. Only for Clancy fans.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really streching things now. Ryan is still president, and russia the new friends against the big bad threat of China. China invades and russia can't cope fortunetly american forces are on hand. yet again, to save the day. Vaguely interesting side plot where Kelly tracks down the chinese nuclear missiles but mostly spoilt by the obvious fact that Clancy has never visited china, or if he has, he didn't enjoy it.
liehtzu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Better than the stuff he's been churning out lately it's still very dated and one imagines that Tom is wistful for the good old days of the old war. These Islamic terrorists must have him totality befuddled. Nonetheless a rattling good yarn for the airport or the beach.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the end a good story but way, way, way too much background. Found myself skimming through many pages.