At a Glance
If you’re looking to start reading some of the Tom Clancy books, you might be wondering what is the right list of the Tom Clancy books in order for his Jack Ryan series and his other related series in the Jack Ryan universe. How should you read them starting from the beginning to the end?
Or if you’ve already read a few, you might be wondering what you’ve been missing out on that you should catch up on before his latest book in the Jack Ryan universe is published.
The books in each series are listed in chronological order with the publication order listed at the end of each book. If you prefer the order in which the author published them, then start with The Hunt For Red October for the Jack Ryan books and series.
So here is the chronological list of Tom Clancy books in reading order, including the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan series, and the new Campus series starring the new operative Dominic Caruso, nephew of President Jack Ryan, along with Jack Ryan Jr.
Do note though that after the author’s death, several series are being continued by other authors. I will list here all the book in the series, with the co-author named next to each book that was not explicitely written by Tom Clancy.
New Tom Clancy Books
Jack Ryan Series
- Patriot Games, 1987 (Jack Ryan #1 – story takes place in 1981)
- Red Rabbit, 2002 (Jack Ryan #2 – story takes place in 1982)
- The Hunt for Red October, 1984 (Jack Ryan #3 – story takes place in 1984)
- The Cardinal of the Kremlin, 1988 (Jack Ryan #4 – story takes place in 1986)
- Clear and Present Danger, 1989 (Jack Ryan #5 – story takes place in 1988)
- The Sum of All Fears, 1991 (Jack Ryan #6 – story takes place in 1990-1991)
- Debt of Honor, 1994 (Jack Ryan #7 – story takes place between 1995-1996)
- Executive Orders, 1996 (Jack Ryan #8 – story takes place in 1996)
- Command Authority, 2013 (Jack Ryan #9 – story takes place in the present day)
- Full Force and Effect, 2014 (Jack Ryan #10, written by Mark Greaney)
- Commander-in-Chief, 2015 (Jack Ryan #11, written by Mark Greaney) – for continuity’s sake, Under Fire (from the Campus series) could be read before this one.
- Oath of Office, 2019 (also part of Jack Ryan Jr series)
John Clark Series
- Without Remorse, 1993 (John Clark #1 – Jack Ryan is only briefly mentioned in this book – 1970-1973)
- Rainbow Six, 1998 (John Clark #2 – story takes place between 1999-2000)
- The Bear and the Dragon, 2000 (John Clark #3 – the story takes place in 2002. Jack Ryan is president, but he’s not the main character in the book)
The Campus/Jack Ryan Jr. Series
- The Teeth Of The Tiger, 2003 (The Campus #1 – story takes place in 2006)
- Dead or Alive, 2010 (The Campus #2 – story takes place in 2007) – written by Grant Blackwood
- Locked On, 2011 (The Campus #3 – story takes place in 2008) – written by Mark Greaney
- Threat Vector, 2012 (The Campus #4 – story takes place in 2009)
- Support and Defend, 2014 (The Campus #5) – written by Mark Greaney
- Under Fire, 2015 (The Campus #6) – written by Grant Blackwood
- Duty and Honor, 2016 (The Campus #7) – written by Grant Blackwood
- True Faith and Allegiance, 2016 (The Campus #8, written by Mark Greaney)
- Point of Contact, 2017 (The Campus #9, written by Mike Maden)
- Power and Empire, 2017 (The Campus #10, written by Mark Cameron)
- Line of Sight, 2018 (The Campus #11, written by Mike Madden)
Jack Ryan Universe Reading Order
While each series is separate from each other, there are enough overlaps between characters and events that an Jack Ryan Universe has been created, with its distinct chronological reading order. Sometimes a book falls under several series, and it is rather difficult to set them apart. The list of reading of the Jack Ryan Universe is below
- Without Remorse, 1993
- Patriot Games, 1987
- Red Rabbit, 2002
- The Hunt for Red October, 1984
- The Cardinal of the Kremlin, 1988
- Clear and Present Danger, 1989
- The Sum of All Fears, 1991
- Debt of Honor, 1994
- Executive Orders, 1996
- Rainbow Six, 1998
- The Bear and the Dragon, 2000
- The Teeth Of The Tiger, 2003
- Dead or Alive, 2010
- Locked On, 2011
- Threat Vector, 2012
- Command Authority, 2013
- Support and Defend, 2014
- Full Force and Effect, 2014
- Under Fire, 2015
- Commander-in-Chief, 2015
- Duty and Honor, 2016
- True Faith and Allegiance, 2016
- Point of Contact, 2017
- Power and Empire, 2017
- Line of Sight, 2018
- Oath of Office, 2019
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center Series
co-authored with Steve Pieczenik, Jeff Rovin, George Galdorisi
- Op-Center, 1994
- Mirror Image, 1995
- Games of State, 1996
- Acts of War, 1996
- Balance of Power, 1998
- State of Siege, 1999
- Divide and Conquer, 2000
- Line of Control, 2001
- Mission of Honor, 2002
- Sea of Fire, 2003
- Call to Treason, 2004
- War of Eagles, 2005
- Out of the Ashes, 2014
- Into the Fire, 2015
- Scorched Earth, 2016
- Dark Zone, 2017
- For Honor, 2018
- Sting of the Wasp, 2019
Other Tom Clancy Books
- Red Storm Rising, 1986 (standalone novel)
- Against All Enemies, 2011 (standalone novel, but Dominic Caruso briefly appears at the end)
Tom Clancy Biography
I’ve decided to write this post because even after the author’s death, several other authors continued to write the Tom Clancy books, so, thankfully, the series is not dead! Also, there are several series that are interconnect and part of the same Jack Ryan Universe, and often keeping the series separate is not so easy unless you have actually read all books (which I have).
The truth is, Tom Clancy is the author that really brought the military thriller genre to my house. It was The Hunt for Red October which was later turned into a movie (that I still adore as well) the first book that I read by this author.
And incidentally, it is the first Tom Clancy book written as well. I still consider this book one of his best overall, despite the many novels he has put out so far. This book is included in the Jack Ryan series that is really his most popular work (at least in my opinion) of all fiction writings. Once reading The Hunt for Red October (and watching the movie as well), I went on searching to read all the rest of the Tom Clancy books in order.
The Tom Clancy books have been called military thrillers, spy novels, techno-thrillers, political thrillers, simply thrillers, and so many more. This just shows how many genres his books can encompass, how many people it has touched, and how many worlds it has reached.
Tom Clancy has written 18 fictional books with the last one, Command Authority, released 2013. Sadly this will be his last novel ever written by him directly.Even this book was, however, co-authored with Mark Greaney.
There are, additionally, further books written in his name, with the latest, Tom Clancy’s Power and Empire authored by Mark Cameron.
Most of the Tom Clancy books are in the Jack Ryan series, with only 2, Red Storm Rising and Against All Enemies being standalone novels.The second book would have become the first in a new series featuring Max Moore, however, the second book Search and Destroy was canceled, which makes Against All Enemies a standalone novel.
If you haven’t picked them up yet, they are well worth reading. Beware though, they are huge books, and I mean that literally. Each book has several hundred pages, and some are really really long. So you will be a truly happy camper if you enjoy reading long novels that you don’t want them ever to end.
I thoroughly enjoy the military thrillers / political thrillers with a heavy military detail and Tom Clancy is right up there with the best.
The Jack Ryan universe is huge and there are a few Tom Clancy books that I actually haven’t read, so I can’t really comment much on them, including his Net Force Universe series (10 books), Netforce Explorers Universe (18 books), the Power Play series (8 books), the Ghost Reckon Universe series (3 books), EndWar series (4 books), and the one book in the H.A.W.X Universe. If you have read any of these novels, let me know if they are good and I’ll pick them up as well.
So to answer the so-often asked question: will there be more Jack Ryan books? Thankfully, yes, Tom Clancy’s legacy continues with authors like Mark Greaney, Grant Blackwood, Mark Cameron, and Mike Maden.
In other news, in 2018 Jack Ryan, Tom Clancy’s main character comes to the big screen. John Krasinski will be playing Jack Ryan in the new Amazon TV series, which airs its pilot episode end of August. So far Amazon has ordered 10 initial episodes for the first season and depending on how it goes, it might become a bigger TV series.