If you’re looking to start some of the Tom Clancy books (maybe due to hearing of his recent death and you’re wondering just who this author was), you might be wondering what is the right list of the Tom Clancy books in order – 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 – and the last book is published.
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!
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 series.
Jack Ryan Series In Order
- Patriot Games, published 1987 (Jack Ryan #1 – story takes place in 1981)
- Red Rabbit, published 2002 (Jack Ryan #2 – story takes place in 1982)
- The Hunt for Red October, published 1984 (Jack Ryan #3 – story takes place in 1984)
- The Cardinal of the Kremlin, published 1988 (Jack Ryan #4 – story takes place in 1986)
- Clear and Present Danger, published 1989 (Jack Ryan #5 – story takes place in 1988)
- The Sum of All Fears, published 1991 (Jack Ryan #6 – story takes place in 1990-1991)
- Debt of Honor, published 1994 (Jack Ryan #7 – story takes place between 1995-1996)
- Executive Orders, published 1996 (Jack Ryan #8 – story takes place in 1996)
- Command Authority, published 2013 (Jack Ryan #9 – story takes place in the present day)
- Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect, published 2014 (Jack Ryan #10, written by Mark Greaney)
- Commander-in-Chief, published 2015 (Jack Ryan #11, written by Mark Greaney) – for continuity’s sake, Under Fire (from the Campus series) could be read before this one.
- True Faith and Allegiance, published 2016 (Jack Ryan #12, written by Mark Greaney)
John Clark Series In Order
- Without Remorse, published 1993 (John Clark #1 – Jack Ryan is only briefly mentioned in this book – 1970-1973)
- Rainbow Six, published 1998 (John Clark #2 – story takes place between 1999-2000)
- The Bear and the Dragon, published 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 Series In Order
- The Teeth Of The Tiger, published 2003 (The Campus #1 – story takes place in 2006)
- Dead or Alive, published 2010 (The Campus #2 – story takes place in 2007)
- Locked On, published 2011 (The Campus #3 – story takes place in 2008)
- Threat Vector, published 2012 (The Campus #4 – story takes place in 2009)
- Tom Clancy’s Support and Defend, published 2014 (The Campus #5) – written by Mark Greaney
- Tom Clancy’s Under Fire, published 2015 (The Campus #6) – written by Grant Blackwood
- Tom Clancy’s Duty and Honor, published 2016 (The Campus #7) – written by Grant Blackwood
- True Faith and Allegiance, published 2016 (The Campus #8, written by Mark Greaney)
- Point of Contact (The Campus #9, written by Mike Maden)
- Power and Empire (The Campus #10, written by Mark Cameron)
Other Books By Tom Clancy
- Red Storm Rising, published 1986 (standalone novel)
- Against All Enemies, published 2011 (standalone novel, but Dominic Caruso briefly appears at the end)
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 that book (and watching the movie as well), I went on searching to read all the rest of the Tom Clancy books in order.
His 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. There are, however, further books written in his name, with the latest, Tom Clancy’s True Faith And Allegiance authored by Mark Greaney.
Most of his books are in the Jack Ryan series, with only 2, Red Storm Rising and Against All Enemies being standalone novels.
So here is the chronological list of Tom Clancy books in order, including the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan series, and the new series written by Mark Greaney starring the new operative Dominic Caruso, nephew of President Jack Ryan.
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.
There are a few Tom Clancy books that I actually haven’t read, so I can’t really comment much on them, including his OP-Center series (12 books), 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 the next 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.