I did promise a Tom Clancy and his new Dead or Alive, in collaboration with Navy veteran Grant Blackwood, proved compelling enough that Book Review No. 33 is ready. In Tom Clancy's world, secret counterterrorism units are self-financing and deadly competent (none of the corruptible traitors that beset Jack Bauer) and a terrorist mastermind who wishes to follow up on previous successes by directing a spectacular all over the Western Hemisphere can't rub out the witnesses fast enough. Leftish readers (if any such individuals even bother with Tom Clancy) might find their fears of fascist tendencies in the establishment confirmed. It's fiction. It's Clancy. Character development and ambiguity are for others.