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Ryanverse (or Ryaniverse) refers to the fictional universe created by Tom Clancy featuring Jack Ryan and other characters, such as John Clark and Domingo Chavez.[1][2][3]


The first book written to feature Jack Ryan was The Hunt for Red October.

By publication date[edit]

Books in the order in which they were written:

Chronological order[edit]

In the order in which they occur in the storyline (and when they occur):

Starting with the following novel, the Ryanverse becomes distinctly different from real history as noted below.

  • Clear and Present Danger (1988) - "The President" is referred to as distinct from Ronald Reagan, but events in Cardinal of the Kremlin are referred to as having concluded less than a year before the start of the novel, which takes place during an election year. Setting "Cardinal of the Kremlin" in 1991 misplaces the state of US–Soviet relations, and 1984 is before the War on Drugs warranted the attention given in "Clear and Present Danger". Ryan, as acting DDI is tasked with presenting a security briefing to the Presidential candidate, which included a copy of the 1984 election briefing, the only logical date is therefore 1988.
  • The Sum of All Fears (1991–92) – Israel partially cedes sovereignty over Jerusalem to the Vatican and Saudi Arabia, and the city becomes a UN protectorate policed by Swiss Guards. Residents of Jerusalem can choose between either Vatican, Israeli or Islamic judicial law. Denver is devastated by a terrorist nuclear explosion. The book occurs after the Persian Gulf War and before the dissolution of the Soviet Union. While it is implied that both events occur at the same time in the Ryanverse as in actual history, 1991, this conflicts with the terrorist attack on Denver, which occurs while the city is hosting the Super Bowl in the novel, the 1991 Super Bowl had already been played, meaning the terrorist attack would have occurred in early 1992, after the Soviet Union actually fell.
  • Debt of Honor (1995–96) – The United States and Russia destroy all of their ballistic missiles. After crippling the US economy and becoming a nuclear power, Japan invades and takes the Marianas Islands; the US and Japan fight a brief war, which the Japanese lose (they are subsequently denuclearized); an embittered Japanese pilot and proponent of the war crashes a 747 into the US Capitol Building immediately after Ryan's confirmation vote for the Vice President, killing most of the House and Senate, the President, all nine Supreme Court justices, the senior military establishment (including the JCS), and most of the Cabinet; Ryan is left in charge of a gutted government. The end of the book occurs shortly after the New Hampshire primary, which shows that the novel takes place during the 1996 election. Of interest, but not crucial to the plot of this or further books is that North and South Korea were said to be unified at some point between The Sum of All Fears and this book.
  • Executive Orders (1996) – Saddam Hussein is assassinated; Iran and Iraq merge forming the United Islamic Republic; the UIR launches a biological attack on the U.S. using the Ebola virus; the US launches the Second Persian Gulf War against the UIR and defeats them; the Ayatollah is killed in a smart-bomb attack by the US.
  • Rainbow Six (Takes place between Executive Orders and The Bear and the Dragon)(although events seem to be based around the Sydney Olympics held in 2000) RAINBOW—an elite counter-terrorist force—is created and engages terrorists across Europe. Ecoterrorists plan to create a genetically-enhanced virus based on Ebola and cancer cells, which they plan to use to wipe out much of the world's population.
  • The Bear and the Dragon (2000) – Russia is admitted to NATO; China and Russia fight a major war, in which the US intervenes on its NATO ally's side. It implies that the British Prime Minister is Tony Blair.
  • The Teeth of the Tiger (2005, based on the age of Jack Ryan Jr.) The U.S. is now engaged in a global war on terrorism, in response to the September 11th attacks which occurred in the Ryanverse as they did in the real world. It is mentioned that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq occurred in the Ryanverse continuity, and that the Jerusalem Treaty signed in The Sum of All Fears has failed as Israelis and Palestinians went back to fighting each other.


Main characters in the Ryanverse[edit]

The key characters in the Ryanverse include:

  • John Clark: Born in Indianapolis in 1944 as John Terrence Kelly. he joined the Navy during the Vietnam War and became a Navy SEAL who participated in several special operations. After his first tour of duty, Kelly left the service, and he met and married his first wife, Patricia who was subsequently killed in a car accident when her car went under a tractor/trailer unit. she was pregnant at the time. Kelly returned to active service when he was hired by the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) Special Activities Division (Special Operations Group), at the same time Kelly fought a personal vendetta against organised crime in the US that resulted in a need to fake his own death and change his name to "John Clark". While recovering from injuries sustained in his battles at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he meets his future second wife, nurse Sandra "Sandy" O'Toole, and they eventually had two daughters, Patricia Doris and Margaret Pamela. Clark works as Jack Ryan's personal driver and bodyguard for a time, and they work together in a number of situations, and when Ryan becomes President of the United States he instructs Clark to undertake a number of covert operations, and he later gives Clark a pardon all unsanctioned activities that Clark had undertaken.
  • Domingo Chavez: Born in Los Angeles, California in 1968, he joined the U.S. Army to escape street life, and was recruited to be a member of a secret CIA-run anti-drug operation in Colombia, where he first meets his mentor, John Clark. Over time he completes at least two advanced degrees and becomes fluent in English, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, and Persian. Chavez is shown to have a somewhat cocky attitude, being younger than his mentor, John Clark, he appears vengeful at times, however, he is not shown to be a ruthless, cold blooded killer such as some of his contemporaries. In Debt of Honor, he is sickened after being forced to use a high-intensity light to blind the pilots of Japanese AWACS planes coming in to land, causing the aircraft to crash, he later marries John Clark's daughter, Patricia, and they name their child John Conor Chavez. Clark and Chavez lead multiple operations for President Ryan, he appears in: Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, Debt of Honor, Executive Orders, The Bear and the Dragon, Rainbow Six, Dead or Alive, Locked On, and Threat Vector.

Presidents in the Ryanverse[edit]

A total of five presidents are explicitly shown in the Ryanverse (although Red Rabbit takes place during the Reagan Administration, Reagan does not make an appearance as a character):

  • The unnamed man referred to only as "the President," first introduced in The Hunt for Red October; he remains in office through The Cardinal of the Kremlin, and Clear and Present Danger. At the end of the last novel, he runs for reelection and is defeated.
  • J. Robert Fowler, former governor of Ohio, who defeats the incumbent at the end of Clear and Present Danger and is in office during The Sum of All Fears. After his failure to handle the Denver crisis nearly results in nuclear war, he resigns from office at the end of the novel.
  • Roger Durling, Fowler's vice-president, former governor of California and a Vietnam veteran with service in the 82nd Airborne Division. Durling replaces Fowler when the latter resigns, and is the President in Debt of Honor, completing Fowler's term as President, at the end of the novel, he is killed along with most of the government when a Japanese jetliner is crashed into the Capitol Building.
  • John Patrick Ryan is confirmed as Durling's new vice-president at the end of Debt of Honor, and is sworn in as President when Durling is murdered on the same day. His claim to the presidency is contested by Durling's former VP Edward Kealty, but the courts eventually rule in Ryan's favor, he remains in office in Executive Orders, Rainbow Six (though he never appears) and The Bear and the Dragon.
  • Robert Jefferson "Robby" Jackson succeeded Ryan as President of the United States after Ryan retired (as described in The Teeth of the Tiger), with Ryan believing he could leave the country in Robby's capable hands. After serving out the remainder of Ryan's term, Robby campaigned for his own re-election. While travelling in Mississippi, however, Jackson was shot and subsequently assassinated by a 67-year-old man who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan; Duane Farmer. Farmer was taken alive and swiftly executed for his crimes.
  • President Edward Kealty:[4] Durling's former vice-president, replaced by Jack Ryan after a sex scandal, during Executive Orders, he tries to steal the presidency from Ryan by claiming that he never actually resigned, but those allegations are tossed out by U.S. courts. After Ryan leaves office and Jackson is assassinated, Kealty is elected President in his own right, a position he holds in The Teeth of the Tiger though he is never seen.[5]

It should be noted that in later books there are nevertheless multiple references to both the Reagan Presidency and the George H.W. Bush Presidency as if they had happened.

Some of the key characters have been portrayed in the following movies and television series:

Character Films Television
First film series Second film series Third film series Television series
The Hunt for Red October (1990) Patriot Games (1992) Clear and Present Danger (1994) The Sum of All Fears (2002) Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018)
Jack Ryan Alec Baldwin Harrison Ford Ben Affleck Chris Pine John Krasinski
Caroline Ryan/Muller Gates McFadden Anne Archer Bridget Moynahan Keira Knightley Abbie Cornish
Sally Ryan Louise Borras Thora Birch
Adm. James Greer James Earl Jones Wendell Pierce
William Cabot Morgan Freeman
Thomas Harper Kevin Costner
John Clark Willem Dafoe Liev Schreiber
Domingo Chavez Raymond Cruz

In other media[edit]


First film series
Second film series
Third film series


It was announced by Deadline that Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland will be working with Michael Bay and his production company Platinum Dunes and Paramount Television on a Jack Ryan TV series for Amazon.[14][15] On April 29, 2016, Deadline announced that John Krasinski will star as Jack Ryan in the series,[16] on August 16, 2016, Amazon Studios announced they had given a series order for a 10-episode first season of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan.[17] On November 4, 2016, Abbie Cornish was cast as Cathy Muller in the series,[18] on January 6, 2017, it was reported that Morten Tyldum will direct the pilot.[19] In February 2017, it was announced that The Americans director Daniel Sackheim would direct multiple episodes and produce the series,[20] the series is set to premiere in August 2018, and is said to be inspired by the Harrison Ford Jack Ryan films.[21]

Video games[edit]

Many video games based on the Ryanverse have been made, some based on the novels, some on the films, some on the spin-offs.

Rainbox Six games[edit]

In addition Tom Clancy created a multi-media franchise about a fictional international counter-terrorist unit called "Rainbow". The franchise began with Clancy's novel Rainbow Six, which was adapted into a series of tactical first-person shooter video games.

The first game was developed by Red Storm Entertainment, while the novel was being written, the game later spawned a number of sequels and expansion packs. Red Storm was later acquired by Ubisoft, who currently develops and publishes the games. Mobile phone versions of the game are developed and published by Gameloft.

Rainbow Six and its sequels defined the tactical shooter genre, forcing players to focus more time and effort on stealth, teamwork, and tactics rather than on sheer firepower. With some of the more recent releases however, the game has taken on more of a "mainstream" first-person shooter approach in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience.

The cancelled game Rainbow 6: Patriots changed the word Six to 6. The latest game, Siege, has changed the series title back to Rainbow Six.

List of games[edit]

Overview of released games
Title Windows
Rainbow Six 1998 N64, PS1 (1999); DC (2000) GBC (2000)
Rainbow Six Mission Pack: Eagle Watch 1999 DC (2000) N/A expansion pack
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear 1999 DC (2000); PS1 (2001) GBA (2002)
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Mission Pack Urban Operations 2000 DC (2000) N/A expansion pack
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Covert Ops Essentials 2000 N/A N/A expansion pack (stand-alone)
Rainbow Six: Take-Down – Missions in Korea 2001 N/A N/A Not released outside of South Korea (stand-alone)
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Black Thorn 2001 N/A N/A expansion pack (stand-alone)
Rainbow Six: Lone Wolf N/A PS1 (2002) N/A
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield 2003 Xbox (2003); PS2, GameCube (2004) Mobile game (2004)
Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword 2004 N/A N/A expansion pack
Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow N/A Xbox (2004) N/A
Rainbow Six 3: Iron Wrath 2005 N/A N/A expansion pack (DLC)
Rainbow Six: Lockdown 2005 PS2, Xbox, GameCube (2005) N/A
Rainbow Six: Critical Hour N/A Xbox (2006) N/A
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2006 X360 (2006); PS3 (2007) PSP (2007), Mobile game
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 2008 PS3, X360(2008) N/A
Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard N/A N/A iOS, Android (2011) Based on the original
Rainbow 6: Patriots[22][23] N/A PS4, XONE N/A Cancelled
Rainbow Six Siege 2015 PS4, XONE N/A

A Korean-only PC game called Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Take-Down – Missions in Korea was created for the South Korean market by KAMA Digital Entertainment. The game boasted South Korean Rainbow operatives and weapons with a different story and interface, as of 2015, it is not available for purchase outside South Korea.


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