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All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst 

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Updated October 13, 2018 295 votes 116 voters 3.5k views 12 items

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Over the course of 12 books, fans watched Jack Ryan grow from a CIA analyst to United States president, all while thwarting any and all attempts to threaten the country's safety. Fans of patriotic narratives packed with action and adventure no doubt have opinions on the best Jack Ryan books. The stories can inspire pride in one's country and a sense of duty, dedication, and hope. If you're a fan of the all-American hero, you'll have a chance to select the finest works in the Tom Clancy series! Below, you'll find every Jack Ryan book ranked best to worst! 

With so many great books in the Jack Ryan series, it's hard to pick just one for the top spotThe Hunt for Red October remains a venerable fan favorite and was made into a film in 1990 with Alec Baldwin portraying the well-known character. Clear and Present Danger finds Jack Ryan moving up in the world of the CIA as he takes a position as the agency's acting deputy director. These, and other titles, are listed below. Scroll through this list and vote up the highest quality installments in the series. 

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The Hunt for Red October... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst
1984

Author: Tom Clancy

Subjects: Cold War, Espionage, Adventure, United States of America

Genres (Book): Techno-thriller, Suspense, Children's literature, Fiction, Novel

Original Language: English Language

2
Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst
1987

Author: Tom Clancy

Subjects: Espionage, Adventure

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Thriller, Fiction

Original Language: English Language

3
Clear and Present Danger... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst
1989

Author: Tom Clancy

Subjects: Espionage, Adventure, United States of America

Genres (Book): Suspense, Children's literature, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Original Language: English Language

4
The Cardinal of the Krem... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst
1988

Author: Tom Clancy

Subjects: Espionage, Adventure, United States of America

Genres (Book): Thriller, Fiction, Novel

Original Language: English Language

5
The Sum of All Fears is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst
1991

Author: Tom Clancy

Subjects: Espionage, Middle East, Adventure, United States of America, Terrorism

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Thriller, Fiction

Original Language: English Language

6
Executive Orders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst
1996

Author: Tom Clancy

Subjects: Espionage

Genres (Book): Suspense, Thriller, Fiction, Novel

Original Language: English Language

7
Debt of Honor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst
1994

Author: Tom Clancy

Subjects: Espionage, United States of America

Genres (Book): Thriller, Fiction, Novel

Original Language: English Language

8
Commander-in-Chief is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst
9
Red Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst
2002

Author: Tom Clancy

Subjects: Espionage, England

Genres (Book): Suspense, Thriller, Fiction

Original Language: English Language

10
The Bear and the Dragon ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst
2000

Author: Tom Clancy

Subjects: International relations, United States of America

Genres (Book): Thriller, Novel

Original Language: English Language

11
Command Authority is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst
12
Full Force and Effect is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst