I'm a month behind on this, but it seems worth a mention. One of the most prominent spy novelists of the Eighties and Nineties has been largely absent from bookstores this decade. Now, according to PR Newswire (via a link provided by "spynovelfan" Jeremy Duns on the CBn forums), Tom Clancy is poised to make a return. Penguin Group will release Dead or Alive in hardcover on December 7, 2010, bringing together many of Clancy's most famous characters including Jack Ryans Sr. and Jr. and John Clark. The press release touts the fact that they will be taking on "modern-day terrorism" for the first time. I'm not sure Clancy's heart is fully in his comeback, though, as he's taken on a co-writer for the first time (officially, anyway) on a Jack Ryan novel. Here's the blurb from the publisher:
In Clancy's new novel, written in collaboration with U.S. Navy veteran Grant Blackwood, Jack Ryan, Jr. and his colleagues at the Campus, a secret U.S. counter-terrorism organization, have been waging an unofficial and highly effective campaign against the terrorists who threaten Western civilization. As Dead or Alive opens, the war on terror is far from won, but winning it doesn't appear to be a priority for President Kealty, Jack Ryan's successor in the Oval Office. The Emir, a sadistic killer who has masterminded the most vicious terrorist attacks on the West, has eluded capture by the world's armed forces and law enforcement agencies. Now the Campus is on his trail. Joined by their latest recruits, John Clark and Ding Chavez, Jack Ryan, Jr. and his cousins Dominick and Brian Caruso are ordered to catch the Emir and they will bring him in…dead or alive.