Duty And Honor
by Grant Blackwood brings back the Tom Clancy character Jack
Ryan Jr. This story explores a murder centered around a German
The plot has an organization whose major recruiting technique
is to kidnap children and then release them to grateful parents
who become part of a neo-warfare plan. Those who do not freely
go along have themselves or their family subjected to torture,
drug addiction, and brain washing. The philosophy is to have
private armies answerable to no government, no laws, and no
rules of engagement.
Jack was suspended from The Campus, a covert agency in the
government who combats US enemies. Throughout the book, Jack
Jr. is seen as rusty from his time off. Blackwood noted, “Special
operators always have a strong preference for the type of
weapon they chose to use. Knifes play a prevalent role in
this book so Jack Jr. can follow clues. The reason he makes
mistakes is to make him more believable. The mindset of those
in Special Forces is that ‘something will always go
wrong.’ I wanted to show how Jack responds to that scenario.
I think he grew up a lot in this book. He did a lot of thinking
of who he is and where he is going.”
A new character is Effrem Likkel, a freelance journalist.
Blackwood has the characters play a role reversal as Jack
tries to become more mature. With Effrem he sees himself looking
into the mirror where Effrem is impulsive, undisciplined,
and is single-mindedly focused instead of looking at the big
picture. They both must come to grips with being the son of
a famous person, since Effrem’s mother is a well renowned
journalist, while Jack Jr.’s father is the US President.
Duty And Honor has a fast-paced intriguing plot.
Both Mark Greaney and Grant Blackwood have enhanced the Tom
Clancy characters and have created new absorbing and captivating
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