Skip to Main Content (Press Enter)

Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect

Best Seller
Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect by Mark Greaney
Mass Market Paperback $9.99
Oct 27, 2015 | ISBN 9780425279779

Buy from Other Retailers:

See All Formats (2) +
  • Dec 02, 2014 | ISBN 9780698185364

    Buy from Other Retailers:

Buy the Audiobook Download:

Listen to a sample from Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect

Product Details


Praise for Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect
“Greaney…imbues his prose with the same gusto and sheer conviction that Clancy did.”—Booklist
“A taut storyline with familiar characters facing new challenges.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Tom Clancy

“He constantly taps the current world situation for its imminent dangers and spins them into an engrossing tale.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant describer of events.”—The Washington Post

“No one can equal his talent for making military electronics and engineering intelligible and exciting…He remains the best!”—Houston Chronicle

Author Essay

Dear Reader,

The late Tom Clancy famously said, “The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.” In researching my novels, I think of this often as I come across examples of the improbable and the impossible in the real world of geopolitical affairs.

When it came time to come up with a plot for the newest book, my editor and I decided North Korea’s attempts to field an intercontinental ballistic missile were a challenge worthy of President Jack Ryan. I dove into the research, and found many aspects of life and politics in the Hermit Kingdom to be both astonishing as well as compelling fodder for a good thriller.

In Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect, North Korea’s paranoid leader is obsessed with obtaining an ICBM that can reach the West Coast of the United States. After one of his test rockets fails, he reaches out to the Chinese for help, because he knows he has something the Chinese desperately want. The world’s largest deposit of rare earth minerals has been found in the mountains of North Korea, and North Korea’s mining minister desperately needs help from China to exploit the find. But the last thing China needs is war in the Korean peninsula, so they refuse to trade missiles for the minerals. When the North Korean leader expels them from his country, the head of North Korea’s foreign spy service is forced to orchestrate a criminal conspiracy to get the technology and expertise into his nation to turn the ore into the hard currency he needs to acquire the missiles.

President of the United States Jack Ryan stands firmly against North Korea’s aims of obtaining an ICBM. By using high-tech-imagery analysis, Ryan determines the North Koreans are on the verge of fielding the nuclear missiles that could reach America’s shore, so he uses diplomacy, a naval blockade, and his clandestine services to thwart the North Koreans. Meanwhile his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., travels the world with his mates at the Campus, an off-the-books intelligence agency, as they attempt to unravel the global conspiracy.

As fanciful as this story might seem at first glance, there is a lot of “real world” threaded into the fiction. North Korea recently did find rare earth mineral deposits in its northern provinces valued in the tens of trillions of dollars, and conflict between the DPRK and China has severely threatened China’s partnership in the mine. And DPRK has been developing its Taepodong-2 missile, which U.S. intelligence estimates might be able to deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

There are a dozen reasons North Korea is a fascinating country to write about, but perhaps the most interesting part of my research involved discovering that the DPRK—maybe more than any other state actor—is deeply intertwined with the global underworld. They dabble in counterfeiting, drug making and distribution, forgery, kidnapping, and assassination. Showing the reclusive nation’s interconnectedness with various criminal enterprises was a key part of the story.

For more than a generation, Tom Clancy wrote novels that combined the latest technology, fast-paced action, and keen geopolitical insight, and I hope readers enjoy the continuation of the Jack Ryan universe in Full Force and Effect.

-Mark Greany


Looking for More Great Reads?
21 Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read
Get the latest updates about Mark Greaney
And go from well-read to best read with book recs, deals and more in your inbox every week.
And go from well-read to best read with book recs, deals and more in your inbox every week.
By clicking “SIGN UP”, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and understand that Penguin Random House collects certain categories of personal information for the purposes listed in that policy, discloses, sells, or shares certain personal information and retains personal information in accordance with the policy. You can opt-out of the sale or sharing of personal information anytime.
Something awesome is on its way.
Back to Top