Literary Techniques

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Clancy structures Executive Orders much as he has his other novels. He uses an episodic narrative that leaps from place to place...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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Executive Orders portrays a world in which political relationships among nations are rapidly changing. One way to begin discussing the...

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Social Concerns

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The action in Executive Orders takes place in the near future, when the United States has eliminated most of its nuclear missiles and...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Anderson, Patrick. “King of the ’Techno-Thriller.’” The New York Times Magazine, May 1, 1988, 54.

Cowley, Jason. “He Is the Most Popular Novelist on Earth.” New Statesman 130 (September 24, 2001): 2.

Greenberg, Martin H., ed. The Tom Clancy Companion. New York: Berkley Books, 1992.

Grossman, Lev. “Ten Questions for Tom Clancy.” Time 160 (July 29, 2002): 8.

Phillips, Christopher. “Red October’s Tom Clancy: After the Hunt.” Saturday Evening Post 263, no. 6 (September/October, 1991): 16-19.

Ryan, William F. “The Genesis of the Techno-Thriller.” Virginia Quarterly Review 69, no. 1 (Winter, 1991): 24 41.

Struckel, Katie. “A Conversation with Tom Clancy.” Writer’s Digest 81 (January, 2001): 20.

Terdoslavich, William. The Jack Ryan Agenda: Policy and Politics in the Novels of Tom Clancy—An Unauthorized Analysis. New York: Forge, 2005.

“The Tom Clancy Effect?” The Atlantic Monthly 294 (November, 2004): 59.

Literary Precedents

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Clancy's Jack Ryan novels have as their foundation the subgenre of espionage novels, emphasizing sinister plots and heroic derring-do....

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Related Titles

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The Jack Ryan novels begin with The Hunt for Red October (1984; see separate entry), the surprising best seller from an obscure...

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