The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy

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A major motion picture starring Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Alan Bates and Michael Byrne!

Peace may finally be at hand in the Middle East—as Deputy Director of the CIA Jack Ryan lays the groundwork for a peace plan that could end centuries of conflict. But ruthless terrorists have a final, desperate card to play: they have their hands on a nuclear weapon and have placed it on American soil in the midst of an escalation in tension with the Soviet Union. The terrorists hope to rekindle cold war animosity and prevent reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. With one terrible act, distrust mounts, forces collide, and the floundering U.S. president seems unable to cope with the crisis. With the world on the verge of nuclear disaster, Ryan must frantically seek a solution—before the chiefs of state lose control of themselves and the world.

Movie release: May 31, 2002
Studio: Paramount
Director: Phil Alden Robinson (Sneakers, Field of Dreams)
Producer: Mace Neufeld (Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) 
 

About Tom Clancy

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Tom Clancy is the world's favorite international thriller author. Starting with "The Hunt For Red October", all of Mr. Clancy's books have hit #1 on the "New York Times" bestseller list. Mr. Clancy lives in Maryland and owns an interest in the Baltimore Orioles.
 
Published January 20, 2009 by Berkley. 932 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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The master of the techno-thriller places nuclear-weapon technology in the hands of Third World terrorists and sets the superpowers on the path to Armageddon just when everybody thought it was safe to relax.

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Publishers Weekly

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Clancy evolves from storyteller to novelist in his latest techno-thriller, as gadgets take second place to politics and personalities. In the late 1990s the world is cautiously emerging from the Cold

Jul 29 1991 | Read Full Review of The Sum of All Fears

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After Sept. 11, Robert Altman attracted some controversy for asserting that Hollywood films "inspired" the attacks, saying "nobody...

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Entertainment Weekly

''His issue was that we started [Ryan] as the head of the CIA -- that's an executive job,'' says Neufeld, explaining that in this go-round, Ryan is dispatched to aid the former Soviet Union and later uncovers the evil plot.

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Entertainment Weekly

By this time, the essentials of a Tom Clancy megathriller have .

Aug 02 1991 | Read Full Review of The Sum of All Fears

Common Sense Media

The film is too violent to make sense as family entertainment, and the political agenda means that the time it takes to watch the film might be better spent reading the newspaper.

Oct 30 2005 | Read Full Review of The Sum of All Fears

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People

Superheroic, stoic Jack Ryan (the hero of four of Clancy's five previous novels) is called to action this time to help prevent a nuclear disaster and preserve the semblance of a Middle East peace plan.

Aug 12 1991 | Read Full Review of The Sum of All Fears

The Zone

The basic storyline veers a little too closely to certain recent events in the US of A for my liking, although obviously the book and the film predate those events by sometime (which kind of makes you ponder, who is Clancy talking to?) involves terrorists trying to force the US and Russian ...

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