Top Books that Became Movies: #7 The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy

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#7 The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy

The Sum of all FearsThe Sum of All Fears is the 5th Jack Ryan novel written by Tom Clancy, although Mr. Clancy was never one to stick closely to a timeline from one novel to the next. In the novel, Jack Ryan is the Deputy Director of the CIA laying the groundwork for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians when a terrorists faction with a nuclear bomb brings the world to the brink of World War III. Now Jack must root out the real evil forces and diffuse the world leaders before war breaks out.

I enjoy Tom Clancy’s novels however the casual reader would likely find him too detailed and slow. In 2002, Ben Affleck starred in the like titled The Sum of All Fears film adaptation which is anything but slow. In the movie however Jack Ryan (played by Affleck) is a lower level CIA analyst who stumbles his away into an international incident. Once his boss is killed (played by Morgan Freeman), Ryan is the only man in alive who can save the world from Nuclear War.

This is a fantastic movie but if you’re a reader of Clancy’s other work you’ll notice the timeline is very distorted. For instance Jack Ryan becomes engaged to Dr. Cathy Muller in this film, while he’s already married to an earlier novel, and movie, called Patriot Games. It may sound as if I’m bashing the movie for the differences; I’m not at all, I really like The Sum of All Fears, however it must be taken as a single work. To consider it with Patriot Games or The Hunt for Red October in terms of films just doesn’t work in terms of the character progression. If you enjoy an action packed political thriller, The Sum of All Fearsis a must see.

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