History Literature / TheSumOfAllFears

12th Jun '16 9:19:56 PM TinMan
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* HypercompetentSidekick: Deconstructed. Since DCI Cabot is an incompetent, lazy asshole, Ryan has to run the CIA by himself. The stress of having to do so and deal with a hostile presidential administration puts him on a path to a nervous breakdown which is only prevented, accidentally, by President Fowler asking for his resignation.


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* PetTheDog: President Fowler and Liz Elliot's relationship demonstrates that, while they are assholes to Ryan, very deep down they are good people.
9th Jun '16 9:29:09 PM PaulA
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* ApocalypseHow: The US and USSR come within seconds of all-out nuclear war.
* AsianStoreOwner: Mrs. Zimmer.


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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Petra and Gunther Bock are unrepentant WesternTerrorists, but they genuinely loved each other and their two daughters.


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* PoorCommunicationKills: Many of the problems surrounding the response to the nuclear attack on Denver are a result of this.
** Information from ground zero which proves that the yield was far below what NORAD estimated, and thereby couldn't have been Russian, almost doesn't reach those in the need to know because President Fowler ordered Denver to undergo a communications blackout to prevent a national panic.
** Ryan's inability to keep his cool results in Fowler cutting the CIA out of the loop. Shortly thereafter Ryan gets information that proves the Russians weren't involved in the attack but now the U.S. President will no longer listen to him.
9th Jun '16 7:29:08 PM PaulA
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* CallBack: Jack is followed by reporters to a home where the mother and children greet him warmly. They accuse him of having a SecretOtherFamily. In truth, it's the family of one of the soldiers killed all the way back in ''Literature/ClearAndPresentDanger'', and Jack is honoring his promise to help the man's children.


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* VicePresidentWho: Discussed. Roger Durling, after delivering the state of California during the election, is relegated to backwater assignments away from the limelight. The sad part is Durling is a much nicer and more reasonable man than President Bob Fowler. [[spoiler:It's what makes him a pretty good successor when Fowler resigns.]]
4th Jun '16 10:59:54 PM kelly-away-from-home
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: To be expected from a novel based nominally in reality. Notably, the high-tech method used to bug an airplane, shown to take several hours, is now used in many noise-canceling headsets that cost less than 50 US Dollars.
16th Apr '16 12:09:41 PM TinMan
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* DefrostingTheIceQueen: Bob Fowler and Liz Elliot do this to each other, but only for each other.


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* OpenSecret: The White House staff and press are easily able to tell that President Fowler and Liz Elliot are sleeping together. The press reasons that so long as the personal relationship doesn't harm the professional one, they'll keep it to themselves. It comes back to bite the entire world in the ass when it does become a problem at the worst possible time.
6th Feb '16 6:54:00 PM xxbiasonxxx
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* ShoutOut: A reference to ''Literature/BlackSunday'' is mentioned with the terrorist attack on the Super Bowl.

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* ShoutOut: A reference to ''Literature/BlackSunday'' is mentioned with the terrorist attack on the Super Bowl.
6th Feb '16 6:53:31 PM xxbiasonxxx
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* ShoutOut: A reference to ''Literature/BlackSunday'' is mentioned with the terrorist attack on the Super Bowl.
27th Jan '16 9:09:57 PM Gideoncrawle
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-> ''"Why, you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together - what do you get? [[TitleDrop The sum of their fears]]."''

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-> ''"Why, you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together - what do you get? [[TitleDrop The sum of their fears]].fears."''
9th Dec '15 12:37:13 AM StClair
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** Secretary of Defense Dennis Bunker is explicitly identified as one of the most reasonable members of the Fowler administration, respected by both generals and grunts. Pity he dies at the Super Bowl.

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** Secretary of Defense Dennis Bunker is explicitly identified as one of the most reasonable members of the Fowler administration, respected by both generals and grunts. Pity [[spoiler:Pity he dies at the Super Bowl.]]
9th Dec '15 12:35:36 AM StClair
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Both Fowler and Elliot go into full BSOD mode when they realize how close they came to starting WorldWarThree. [[spoiler:Fowler resigns his presidency immediately afterwards and Elliot gets taken to a mental hospital. Elliot, on the other hand, collapses into paranoic rambling and suffers a mind break, ultimately requiring hospitalization.]]
* TheNeidermeyer: Captain Harry Ricks is a combination of this and DrillSergeantNasty. He's constantly yelling at his crew for not living up to his standards, bullying them for minor infractions, and demanding perfection one hundred percent of the time. All for the goal of one day becoming the Chief of Naval Operations or Naval Reactors. His superior, far more reasonable Admiral Mancuso, realizes this and is prepared to ensure Ricks never gets beyond captains rank. [[spoiler: It doesn't matter since Ricks dies when USS Maine is sunk, though not before apologizing to his XO for being an ass]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Both Fowler and Elliot go into full BSOD mode when they realize how close they came to starting WorldWarThree. [[spoiler:Fowler resigns his presidency immediately afterwards and Elliot gets taken to a mental hospital.afterwards. Elliot, on the other hand, collapses into paranoic rambling and suffers a mind break, ultimately requiring hospitalization.]]
* TheNeidermeyer: Captain Harry Ricks is a combination of this and DrillSergeantNasty. He's constantly yelling at his crew for not living up to his standards, bullying them for minor infractions, and demanding perfection one hundred percent of the time. All for the goal of one day becoming the Chief of Naval Operations or Naval Reactors. His superior, far more reasonable Admiral Mancuso, realizes this and is prepared to ensure Ricks never gets beyond captains rank.the rank of Captain. [[spoiler: It doesn't matter since Ricks dies when USS Maine is sunk, though not before apologizing to his XO for being an ass]]
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