Jack Ryan is Tom Clancy’s most beloved character. As the son of a police officer and a nurse, Jack Ryan is a former Marine, sometimes history professor, and CIA analyst. His many escapades have been chronicled in the Jack Ryan series, which continued even after Tom Clancy’s death in 2013, and he continues to enjoy popularity thanks to many movie adaptations and a new TV show on Amazon Prime! If you’ve ever wanted to pick up the Jack Ryan books but didn’t know where to start, why not pick the best books, according to readers? The following are the 10 best Jack Ryan books according to Goodreads ratings!
Average Rating: 4.3
In this first Jack Ryan novel, Jack and his family are vacationing in London when a terrorist attack unfolds before his eyes. Relying on his instincts as a former Marine, he jumps into the fray to put a stop to it...and saves the lives of the Prince and Princess of Wales and their young son. While they're grateful for his rescue, Jack's actions have drawn the attention of some very bad men, and his act of heroism has far-reaching consequences.
Average Rating: 4.12
President Jack Ryan is preparing for the upcoming G20 summit talks with China when a series of events that suggest Chinese aggression derail his preparations. In the meantime, a traffic stop in Texas reveals a Chinese man with valuable information that could impact the president's negotiations...and it's up to the Campus to track him down!
Average Rating: 4.1
When Colombian drug lords assassinate the director of the FBI, Jack Ryan and his associate from the shadow side are tasked with tracking them down. But who is really at fault, and what can the U.S. do against these shadowy threats? Nothing is easily determined in this fifth installment of the Jack Ryan series.
Average Rating: 4.06
Perhaps the best-known Jack Ryan novel, this story follows a top-secret, cutting edge Soviet submarine and its embittered commander who decides to defect to the U.S. and take the ship and crew with him. His actions set off a flurry of events, leading the Soviets and the Americans to compete for discovery of the ship, and putting CIA analyst Jack Ryan at the very center of the conflict!
Want more Jack Ryan? Look for Code of Honor, the newest Jack Ryan Universe book, hitting shelves this November!
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