In a previous post, I compared plot-driven to character-driven novels. To me, the character-driven novel is the best place to interject suspense. You care about the character—maybe remember that character for life—and the slightest threat of danger raises the suspense level immediately. So few books are written in this hybrid style. It’s what I try to do.
Clancy’s work is primarily plot-driven. But I still read the books. Who doesn’t get a charge out of a terrific story? I may forget most of the characters, but there’s so much material to enjoy. My favorite is Red October.