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Full Name: Jack Ryan, jr.
Nationality: American
Organization: The Campus
Occupation Agent

Creator: Tom Clancy
Time Span: 2003 - 2023


Jack Ryan, jr. is an agent with The Campus.

Ryan is the second child of Jack Ryan and Cathy Ryan, one of four children. As his father rose in rank with the CIA, Jack jr. enjoyed a normal middle-class upbringing, eventually going to St. Matthews Academy and later Georgetown University as his father had. He majored in History and had an eye towards teaching but situations later would change that path. When his father became President, he tried to remain as far from the limelight as possible though he was forced on occassion to mingle with head of state and other major dignitaries.

When terrorist activities became such a constant threat, Jack decided his life of safe academia was not the way he should go. He wanted to use is extremely intuitive mind in the fight against the enemies of his country and he chose to approach The Campus for that opportunity. Initially he intended to work as an analyst, much as his father had in his earlier days in the Agency. Events taking place during his first major assignment, though, put him squarely in the action and his role had to change to survive.

The Campus for which Jack works is officially known as Hendley Associates, a "financial trading company" as far as the majority of the world knows. In fact it is a secret anti-terrorist organization which President Ryan established during his closing days in office. Under the direction of former senator Gerry Hendley, the Campus lies roughly between the workings of the CIA and those of its sister organization, the NSA. It is totally off the books and pays its expenses through "stock market trades influenced by the captured intelligence data" (according to Tom Clancy's wiki).

Working with Jack at the Campus are his twin cousins, Brian and Dominic Caurso. They were the two who, seeing that Jack was no more likely to stay out of the action than his father had been years before, took it upon themselves to help train Jack in fighting both hand-to-hand and with weapons. Brian was a former Special Forces soldier while Dominic had been a highly experienced FBI agent before they both joined the Campus.

Also employed by this mysterious unofficial intelligence group are John Clark and Domingo Chavez. Clark's decades of work as a covert CIA operative, often with or against Jack sr., and his time with Chavez as part of Rainbow Six, provides the Campus with the benifits of a lot of learning the hard way.

The books that make up the Jack Ryan, jr. series are a continuation of the Jack Ryan series but they deserve their own distinction because the emphasis of the storylines are on the son, not the father. Since the father plays a role, though, the books also fall into his listing as well.


Number of Books:17
First Appearance:2003
Last Appearance:2023

The publishing world refers to a series of books started by Tom Clancy as the Jack Ryan Universe. Understandably books dealing with his son, Jack Ryan jr., would belong. When listing the Ryan jr books separately, it can get a tad confusing especially when a couple of the books have both characters. And then there is John Clark, a character who floats easily in both.

1 The Teeth Of The Tiger The Teeth Of The Tiger
Written by Tom Clancy
Copyright: 2003

The Campus is an ultra-secret branch of the Intelligence community set up to deal harshly with terrorist organizations. To this group looking for work is a young Jack Ryan, jr, son of the President.

2 Dead Or Alive Dead Or Alive
Written by Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
Copyright: 2010

The Emir is a killer who has taken great delight in spearheading several deadly attacks against the US and its allies. The Campus has decided it is time to take this man and his team down.
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3 Locked On Locked On
Written by Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2011

As Jack Ryan decides to come out of retirement to run again for President, his son Jack jr is in serious training with Special Forces to move from analyst for the Campus to being a field operative. Plaguing both is a plot by a rival of the senior Ryan who is using old evidence against their mutual friend, John Clark.
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4 Threat Vector Threat Vector
Written by Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2012

As China expands its dominance on Southeast Asia, it is looking to retake Taiwan. Newly re-elected President Ryan must deal with the political aspects while his son, Jack jr, and the Campus are fighting Chinese attacks against America's infrastructure.
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5 Command Authority Command Authority
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2014

The Russian President is determined to resume control over the former Soviet republics and to stop NATO expansion. Newly re-elected President Jack Ryan has to deal with a whole new version of the Cold War
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6 Support And Defend Support And Defend
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2014

A mid-level analyst for the NSC is on the run with a large amount of classified documents. The CIA wants to nab him but so do the Russians and agents from other nations. Dominic Caruso of the Campus is his only chance for living.
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7 Full Force and Effect Full Force and Effect
Written by Mark Greaney
Copyright: 2014

To prove he deserves to be running North Korea after the death of his father, the current dictator has an audacious plan to make his name known around the world - killing the President of the U.S.
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8 Under Fire Under Fire
Written by Grant Blackwood
Copyright: 2015

Jack Ryan, jr.'s oldest friend, Seth, meets him for lunch in Tehran. The next day he goes missing and evidence points to his have turned traitor. Ryan is determined to find the truth.
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9 Duty and Honor Duty and Honor
Written by Grant Blackwood
Copyright: 2016

While he is on a forced leave from the Campus, Jack Ryan jr. quickly learns his enemies are not. After one attack nearly succeeds, he is certain it is related to his recent mission with the Iranian Ysabel Kashini. Now Ryan wants to know who is out to get him.
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10 Point of Contact Point of Contact
Written by Mike Maden
Copyright: 2017

A former US Senator and now a major defense contractor is concerned about a company called Dalfan Technologies and asks an old friend for help investigating it. That friend is a major player in The Campus and he chooses Jack Ryan, jr. as one of the two analysts to do the research. This snooping will cause a fair amount of excitement and danger.
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11 Line of Sight Line of Sight
Written by Mike Maden
Copyright: 2018

Nearly three decades ago, Cathy Ryan operated on and restored the sight of a young Bosnian girl. Now she asks her son, Jack Ryan jr., to find her and deliver a letter to her. What he finds stuns both him and his mother.
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12 Enemy Contact Enemy Contact
Written by Mike Maden
Copyright: 2019

Someone is revealing the CIA's most classified secrets and DNI Mary Pat Foley wants it stopped. Trouble is, she has no idea who or how or why. Before he can help in this matter, Jack Ryan, jr. must handle two other things. One is in Poland where he almost loses his life and the other is to help a dying friend.
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13 Firing Point Firing Point
Written by Mike Maden
Copyright: 2020

On vacation in Barcelona, Jack Ryan, jr. is surprised to meet an old friend at a small cafe. The friend does not see too happy about meeting him, though, and a few minutes after parting, the cafe they were in is destroyed by a suicide bomber.
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14 Target Acquired Target Acquired
Written by Don Bentley
Copyright: 2021

"Jack Ryan, Jr. would do anything for Ding Chavez. That's why Jack is currently sitting in an open-air market in Israel, helping a CIA team with a simple job. The man running the mission, Peter Beltz, is an old friend from Ding's Army days. Ding hadn't seen his friend since Peter's transfer to the CIA eighteen months prior, and intended to use the assignment to reconnect. Unfortunately, Ding had to cancel at the last minute and asked Jack to take his place. It's a cushy assignment--a trip to Israel in exchange for a couple hours of easy work, but Jack could use the downtime after his last operation.
Jack is here merely as an observer, but when he hastens to help a woman and her young son, he finds himself the target of trained killers. Alone and outgunned, Jack will have to use all his skills to protect the life of the child."
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15 Zero Hour Zero Hour
Written by Don Bentley
Copyright: 2022

"When the leader of North Korea is catastrophically injured, his incapacitation inadvertently triggers a “dead-man’s switch,” activating an army of sleeper agents in South Korea and precipitating a struggle for succession.
Jack Ryan, Jr. is in Seoul to interview a potential addition to the Campus.  But his benign trip takes a deadly turn when a wave of violence perpetrated by North Korean operatives grips South Korea’s capital.  A mysterious voice from North Korea offers Jack a way to stop the peninsula’s rush to war, but her price may be more than he can afford to pay."
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16 Flash Point Flash Point
Written by Don Bentley
Copyright: 2023

"Jack Ryan Jr. is in a world of trouble.  When a benign surveillance operation takes a deadly turn, Jack finds himself locked in a struggle with an unseen enemy bent on destroying the Campus.  The chase leads Jack to the South China Sea where a midair collision between aircraft from rival nations threatens to serve as a flash point for the entire region. As Jack frantically tries to put the pieces of the conspiracy together, the Campus is hit with a crippling attack.  When the dust settles, Jack is one of the few operators still standing and the Campus’s de facto leader. But the fight is just beginning."
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17 Weapons Grade Weapons Grade
Written by Don Bentley
Copyright: 2023

"The quiet of a Texas night is shattered by the sounds of screeching brakes, crumpling metal and, most shockingly, rapid gunfire. The auto accident Jack Ryan Jr thought he witnessed turned out to be a professional hit. Jack may be too late to save the victim, but he’ll be damned if he’s going to let the hitters escape justice.
He’s got just one lead—a meeting the victim was going to. When Jack shows up instead, he’s drawn into the seedy underbelly of a small, Texas town and the cold case of a college student who vanished from its streets. "
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The creator of the Jack Ryan, jr. series is Tom Clancy and certainly the background storyline was established by him through the many excellent and exciting books in the Jack Ryan series. Whether Mr. Clancy did the writing of the book that I chose to make the first in this collection, The Teeth of the Tiger is not known for sure as it is widely speculated to have been ghostwritten.

The later books, however, were decidedly not written by the talented Mr. Clancy but by other authors. This is important to note because the two authors that have thus far penned the successive adventures are authors who have already paid their dues with their own works and have clearly shown that they have the 'chops' to step into the limelight with their more famous colleague.

I have mixed emotions about this. I am very pleased that incredible talents such as Grant Blackwood and Mark Greaney have been chosen to write these new adventures sure to sell well because of Mr. Clancy's reputation. This means that the books will be (and are) well worth the time to read and enjoy. I am saddened that they are spending their time writing books for series other than their own. I am greedy.

The phenonmenal success of Tom Clancy has brought out a lot of backlash from a wide variety of directions but I belong to the camp that says that man can tell a heck of a story and whether he is penning them or just guiding them, it makes no difference to me. He is smart enough to choose excellent writers to put the words down and I believe that between his talents and theirs, the books are well worth the price of admission.


My Grade: A

Your Average Grade:   A-


morris00 A- 2020-07-08

Like every character in this series , except the main character.

dbuhler A- 2020-12-21

Authors Cameron and Maden have done a very good job continuing the series. Junior is not the most engaging spy, but the women that pop in and out of his life add some flair. For the life of me, I cannot figure out why the bad guys do not connect Junior to his dad. Maybe I mssed something, but it seems like a no-brainer.

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