Literary significance & criticismEdit
The Bear and the Dragon, for a number of reasons, was one of Clancy's most poorly received novels by critics to date. The extensive passages of politics and the length of the book did not appeal to some of Clancy's traditional readers. The small number of sex scenes alienated some Clancy readers, who were used to fast paced action throughout much of the story.
Asian American groups were outraged and were quick to condemn the novel because of its supposed appeal to racism, extreme ignorance, and the traditional fear of the yellow peril. The Chinese are referred to by some characters as "Chinks", "Joe Chink", "John Chinaman", "yellow barbarians", "slant-eyed fucks", "little bastards", "Klingons", "heathens", "godless pagans", "agents of Satan", "the enemies of God" and "conscienceless motherfuckers". Another source of outrage was the seduction of a secretary in the Chinese government by an American agent of Japanese descent, and the way the secretary turned traitor willingly at the end of the novel.
Also, another major criticism raised by military enthusiasts is several major inaccuracies concerning the military technology used by the Chinese and Russian forces. For instance, the Chinese military is stated to have no AWACS aircraft or UAVs, when in fact it had both at the time the novel was published.
Another major mistake was to portray computerized documents written in Chinese texts as being composed of picture files - that was never the case.