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4th May '16 6:53:15 AM Viper16
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* YouAreInCommandNow: [[spoiler:Bill Shaw ends up becoming the new FBI Director upon Emil Jacobs's death]].

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* YouAreInCommandNow: [[spoiler:Bill YouAreInCommandNow:
**[[spoiler:Bill
Shaw ends up becoming the new FBI Director upon Emil Jacobs's death]].death]].
**[[spoiler:And Jack Ryan, with Admiral Greer in the hospital and eventually dead, becomes the new acting Deputy Director Intelligence (head of the CIA's analysts)]].
3rd May '16 1:01:55 PM Viper16
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* TheChessmaster: several, but Felix Cortez especially. After surviving and then discovering the nature of the American operation against the Cartel, he decides to essentially hijack their operation for his own purposes, forcing Admiral Cutter to abandon his own soldiers in Colombia and to help him eliminate most of the remaining Cartel bosses and acquiesce to his own status as the organization's new kingpin.


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* EnemyMine: between Admiral Cutter and Felix Cortez. They both have an interest in eliminating most of the Cartel's leaders - Cutter because it's an enemy of the United States, Cortez so that he can take over.


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** In lesser measure, Bob Ritter himself, as Clark explains while venting to Larson. Not only has he had a desk job for so long that he's losing his memory of how things work in the field, but his own career in the field consisted mostly of running spy operations in Eastern Europe, which is very different from the "low intensity warfare" that the CIA is now practicing in Colombia.


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* WorthyOpponent:
** Cortez feels this way about the American who set up the operation against the Cartel (Bob Ritter, though he doesn't know it), noting that it's an unusually subtle yet ruthless plan by CIA standards and the sort of thing he himself might have thought up.
** In ''much'' lesser measure, Clark with the Cartel. He despises drug dealing and organized crime on a very personal level, but is also a veteran Cold Warrior and as such appreciates the Cartel's very successful history of taking on Marxist terrorist cells in Colombia.
18th Apr '16 2:52:07 AM TinMan
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Congressmen Trent and Fellows note that if the President had simply followed the law and had the CIA inform Congress of the operation, they still would have supported it. Ryan also calls out the President's stupidity in hiding America's retaliation for Emil Jacobs' assassination, pointing out that the public more than likely would have supported it given the justification.


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* WrongGenreSavvy: Admiral Cutter thinks he's in an episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', which greatly annoys Bob Ritter.
15th Apr '16 1:00:46 AM PaulA
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* OddFriendship: Alan Trent, who was introduced in ''Literature/CardinalOfTheKremlin'', is first seen in the company of Sam Fellows, a Mormon from Arizona, at the end of the novel [[spoiler:when they force the President to throw the election to Fowler]].

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* OddFriendship: Alan Trent, who was introduced in ''Literature/CardinalOfTheKremlin'', ''Literature/TheCardinalOfTheKremlin'', is first seen in the company of Sam Fellows, a Mormon from Arizona, at the end of the novel [[spoiler:when they force the President to throw the election to Fowler]].
15th Apr '16 12:56:41 AM PaulA
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* AscendedExtra: After a small but very popular appearance in ''Literature/CardinalOfTheKremlin'', John Clark is given a major supporting role in this novel.

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* AscendedExtra: After a small but very popular appearance in ''Literature/CardinalOfTheKremlin'', ''Literature/TheCardinalOfTheKremlin'', John Clark is given a major supporting role in this novel.
15th Apr '16 12:56:08 AM PaulA
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* AscendedExtra: After a small but very popular appearance in ''Literature/CardinalOfTheKremlin'', John Clark is given a major supporting role in this novel.
10th Mar '16 5:41:59 AM Achaemenid
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* ArtisticLicense[=/=]AnachronismStew: In the real world, 1988 featured UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush running against Michael Dukakis, since it was impossible for UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, who got elected in 1980, to run for a third term. However, for the purposes of the story, the President in the last two novels was elected to his first term in 1984, theoretically making him either Harold Stassen or Walter Mondale. But this is impossible, since ''Red October'', which has the same President, clearly states that December 3rd took place on a Friday that year, which makes it only possible to happen in one of four years in the post-Vietnam, pre-2000 era: 1976 (Impossible as Ryan would have still been in college at that time), 1982 (''Red Rabbit'', which takes place before ''Red October'' is explicitly stated to take place in this year), 1993, or 1999. This gets more confusing in later novels where Clancy treats the Reagan and Bush presidencies as happening as normal.

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* ArtisticLicense[=/=]AnachronismStew: In the real world, 1988 featured UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush running against Michael Dukakis, since it was impossible for UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, who got elected in 1980, to run for a third term. However, for the purposes of the story, the President in the last two novels was elected to his first term in 1984, theoretically making him either Harold Stassen or Walter Mondale. But this is impossible, since ''Red October'', which has the same President, clearly states that December 3rd took place on a Friday that year, which makes it only possible to happen in one of four years in the post-Vietnam, pre-2000 era: 1976 (Impossible as Ryan would have still been in college at that time), 1982 (''Red Rabbit'', which takes place before ''Red October'' is explicitly stated to take place in this year), 1993, or 1999. This gets more confusing in later novels where Clancy treats the Reagan and Bush presidencies as happening as normal. Furthermore, the President in ''Clear and Present Danger'' is implied to be a Republican, or at least right-wing (the parties are never named in the Clancy novels), because his opponent Fowler's foreign policy is very dove-ish and pro-Cuba and his convention is in Chicago, a traditional location for [=DNCs=].
13th Jan '16 7:45:00 AM TinMan
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* FatherNeptune: Captain Red Wagner of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ''Panache''. Started out as an enlisted man, became so badass that a U.S. Senator, who's nephew Wagner had rescued during a storm, took upon himself to get him promoted to officer's rank.
1st Nov '15 3:57:19 PM TinMan
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* DarkHorseVictory: The President was heavily favored to win the election but deliberately throws it, allowing Bob Fowler to win an upset victory.


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* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Brutally averted. Most of the American teams don't make it out and even the ones that do suffer heavy casualties, with those who fall being left behind and likely ending up in unmarked graves.


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* RealityEnsues: Dropping laser guided bombs on drug kingpins is all fun and games until the rescue teams start pulling the bodies of the kingpins' family and innocent house servants from the wreckage.
24th Oct '15 6:39:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: Most of the U.S. government officials have read-up on previous government scandals and do there best to avoid the pitfalls of their predecessors.
** FBI Director Jacobs correctly deduces that the Colombia mission is likely to spiral out of control and will blow up in their faces before too long.
** Every time the President gives orders to Ritter or Cutter about turning the Colombia operation into a personal revenge mission, he makes sure to be as vague and oblique as possible so the tape recorders he has running will show he never actually ordered any explicit assassinations. To his credit, Cutter figures this out and responds by making his answers equally vague.



** Bob Ritter, being [[GenreSavvy a veteran of Washington politics]], knows full well he needs to cover his ass and so forces Admiral Cutter to provide him with one. Unlike in the film adaptation, this is treated as covering the CIA and its assets in general, rather than just Ritter personally.

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** Bob Ritter, being [[GenreSavvy a veteran of Washington politics]], politics, knows full well he needs to cover his ass and so forces Admiral Cutter to provide him with one. Unlike in the film adaptation, this is treated as covering the CIA and its assets in general, rather than just Ritter personally.
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