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Which of Tom Clancy’s titles are the most collectible?

Which of Tom Clancy’s titles are the most collectible?

 

Tom Clancy collectible booksWe have had a lot of questions since the untimely death of Tom Clancy about which of his titles are the most collectible.

His first four are by all accounts the most desirable, simply due to their scarceness. The Hunt for Red October, his first title, had a very small run published by the Naval Institute Press. This is the book that launched Clancy’s writing career, and introduced us to his most enduring character, Jack Ryan. Collectible first editions are now bringing as much as $3000.

His second book, Red Storm Rising, is one of my favorites. It was largely written by Larry Bond, and is Clancy’s only stand-alone thriller. All of his other novels are in someway related to Jack Ryan. A collectible first will cost about $75.

His third novel, Patriot Games, takes Jack Ryan to the UK, where he is caught by chance in a terrorist attack and ends up saving the life of the future King of England. IRA terrorists face down Jack and the Prince of Wales in a finale that is really far-fetched, but nevertheless quite suspenseful. You’ll want to find a copy with the “errata sheet” laid-in. It explains some of the errors in the book. A copy can cost as much as $150.

The fourth Clancy book, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, take us into Soviet Russia where the personal aide to the Soviet Minister of Defense, a national war hero seeks to defect to the US. Jack Ryan helps him, codename “Cardinal” escape. A copy is about $50.

After these four, you can pretty much take your pick. After The Cardinal Clancy’s popularity was at such a level that first edition runs were massive, so nice copies are plentiful and cheap.

The last book written by Clancy was in 2003, Teeth of the Tiger. Seven years pass before another Clancy title is released.

Dead or Alive, written by Grant Blackwood, was published in 2010, and spent along time at the top of the NY Times list. Blackwood, writing as David Michaels, also penned several of Clancy’s paperback thrillers.

In 2011 Against All Enemies was released, this one written by Peter Telep. A second title, Search and Destroy by Telep was supposed to follow in 2012, but was cancelled. Telep also wrote some of Clancy’s paperback releases.

In 2011 Clancy began working with Mark Greaney, who began the relationship with Clancy in 2011 by writing Locked On. That was followed in 2012 by Threat Vector, and the last book, Command Authority in December 2013.

What the future holds for Clancy’s characters, and legacy is yet to be written, but a safe bet is that we have not heard the last of Jack Ryan.

John


Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon

John reviews Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I must admit that when I first picked up Styxx, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s newest title, I was a little bit apprehensive about Styxx as a main character and a hero, no less. As a huge fan of Acheron, I felt like I was picking up the enemy’s story. I couldn’t have been more wrong. While Styxx was portrayed as a villain in Acheron’s story, it was clear that he is actually as much a victim if not more. Styxx is every bit as tragic as Acheron.

This book does take quite the time commitment, at 836 pages, but it’s well worth the time spent.  Styxx is a great addition to the Dark Hunters series. Coming in at number 23 in the series, it was good placement for another Acheron-sized epic. I highly recommend reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s “story behind the story” (http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/book/styxx/). It provides a great explanation on her thoughts about having Styxx as a main character.

This is really a two part book. It covers his past into Didymos and then flashes forward eleven thousand years to present time. If you are an avid reader of the series then you will know a good amount of the characters in this story. If you haven’t read any others in the series I would still recommend it however, without the back story I’m not sure this novel would have as much of an impact.

Styxx is heartbreaking and tragic but thankfully Sherrilyn takes mercy on her readers and gives us an ending that leaves us smiling.

Library Journal Review for No Way Out by Alan Jacobson

No Way Out by Alan Jacobson – Library Journal Review

No Way Out by Alan JacobsonFBI profiler Karen Vail can’t catch a break. After her last case (detailed in Inmate 1577), she is needed in England to solve the bombing of a London art gallery. Scotland Yard doesn’t want her help, and Vail needs a success to get back in the good graces of her superiors. A cursory examination of the explosion site reveals the existence of a secret manuscript that could change the history of the written word forever. Then someone she knows and trusts appears to have become a traitor.

Verdict – Vail is a terrific character, and throwing her into a foreign environment without her usual allies invigorates the plot and the series. Alan Jacobson also knows how to throw in plot twists that are shocking but logical at the same time. Fans who have tired of James Patterson may enjoy discovering this author with this outstanding thriller.—Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.

“Vail is a terrific character and…Jacobson knows how to throw in plot twists that are shocking but logical…(in) this outstanding thriller.” – Library Journal

“Plot twists that are shocking but logical…Outstanding thriller.”– Library Journal

“Outstanding thriller.”– Library Journal

The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Bestselling Author Janet Evanovich offers fun, light and enjoyable read

The Heist is the beginning of a brand new series by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (bestselling author and writer for Monk). I am a huge Janet Evanovich fan and have read all of her Stephanie Plum series. The Heist was a fun, light read that was simply enjoyable. Not intense or overly complicated, The Heist, is a perfect beach read. Or at least was the perfect read for my beach trip.

This novel features Kate O’Hare, a FBI special agent known for her dedication and discipline and Nicolas Fox, a con man that Kate has spent five years of her life hunting down. After being arrested Nicolas makes a deal with the FBI to help them catch criminals off the books that have thus far evaded them.

This unlikely pair teams up much to Kate’s disapproval but with Nicolas’ suaveness and Kate’s keenness they prove to be a perfect match. They recruit a team of misfits and begin their first assignment to catch a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on his private island. From flamethrowers to pirates this first assignment is definitely not without unexpected challenges.

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