I thought the book was pretty good, although in retrospect it was kind of repetitive. Some other things I didn’t like:
– The book was written in 2002 but set in 1982 (a sort of prequel), and it gets way too clever about “predicting the future”: Jack Ryan thinks that Japan is going to go into recession! He invests in Starbucks! He has a good feeling about Cal Ripken, Jr! (and all of these get mentioned multiple times) I understand the temptation to do this, but do it more than once and it just gets irritating and takes me right out of the book.
– I’m guessing that Clancy was a bit right-wing (which, admittedly, isn’t a huge surprise), and while I haven’t seen his biases show in previous books they certainly do in this one, often for seemingly no reason.