Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

From his novels, is it possible to ascertain Tom Clancy’s political views?

Is Jack Ryan a surrogate for Tom Clancy?

What are the possible reasons that Clancy criticized the Iraq War in 2004?

Discuss the pros and cons as to whether Jack Ryan is a “constitutional” president in Executive Orders and The Bear and the Dragon.

Are Clancy’s religious beliefs reflected in his novels?

What are the possible factors that explain Clancy’s great popularity as an author?

Compare The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games with two of Clancy’s later novels, such as Executive Orders and The Bear and the Dragon. Has Clancy’s work changed or evolved, considering his themes or literary style?

Are Clancy’s novels popular because of his extensive use of military technology or in spite of it—that is, can there be too much of a good thing?