Being President isn't getting any easier. Not only is there trouble at home, but the Asian economy is collapsing, and now, in an already unstable Russia, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR (formerly the KGB) with a rocket-propelled grenade. Even more disturbing are the possible motives of the assassins – are they political, criminal or personal? Or, Ryan wonders, is something far more dangerous going on?
While the Russians investigate, and some of Ryan's most trusted people head for Moscow, forces in China are moving ahead with a plan of truly audacious scope. Tired of the arrogance of the West and eager to fulfil their destiny, they are taking matters into their own hands. If they succeed, the world will never by the same. If they fail . . . the consequences may be unthinkable.
About the Author
Seventeen years ago Tom Clancy was an obscure Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history and only a letter to the editor and a brief article on the MX missile to his credit. Years before he had been an English major at Baltimore's Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October - the story of a Russian submarine captain who defects to the United States-sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it 'the perfect yarn' and 'non-put-downable.' Since then Clancy has established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense.
Clancy's next novel, Red Storm Rising, took on U.S./Soviet tension by providing a realistic modern war scenario arising from a conventional Soviet attack on NATO. Other bestsellers followed: Patriot Games dealt with terrorism; Cardinal of the Kremlin focused on spies, secrets and the strategic defense initiative; Clear and Present Danger asked what if there was a real war on drugs; The Sum of All Fears centered around post-Cold War attempts to rekindle U.S./Soviet animosity; Without Remorse took on the rising U.S. drug trade and Vietnam War era POW's; and Debt of Honor explored the hazards of American/Japanese economic competition, the vulnerability of America's financial system, and the dangers of military downsizing. In light of recent events, Debt of Honor demonstrated once and for all Clancy's cutting-edge prescience in predicting future events. Clancy's uninterrupted string of best sellers continued with Executive Orders, which combined the threat of biological and conventional terrorism with the instability of the Persian Gulf region; Rainbow Six, which explored the dual threats posed by former Soviet intelligence operatives willing to sell themselves to the highest bidder, and genetically engineering bio weapons; and, most recently, The Bear and The Dragon, which posited a limited war between China, the U.S. and Russia.
Clancy's nonfiction works include Submarine, Armored Cav, Fighter Wing, Marine, and Airborne - a series of guided tours of America's warfighting assets. He has also written three books in an extraordinary nonfiction series that looks deep into the art of war through the eyes of America's outstanding military commanders. Into The Storm: A Study in Command, written with armor and infantry General Fred Franks Jr., and Every Man a Tiger, written with Air Force General Chuck Horner, won unanimous praise for their detailed exploration of traditional war-fighting from the ground and from the air. The third book in the Commanders series, Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces, written with General Carl Stiner, former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, tells the story of the soldiers whose training, resourcefulness, and creativity make them capable of jobs that few other soldiers can handle, in situations where traditional arms and movement don't apply.
Clocking in at just over a thousand pages, this is the sort of book that should be sold by the pound. Set in the near future, Jack Ryan, Clancy's serial hero (brought to the screen by Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford) has become president of the USA and is facng trouble on all fronts. An economic war between the West, Russia and the People's Republic of China threatens to escalate into a full-on war with intercontinental guided missiles in all corners of the world primed and ready to go. This is a dense and highly-plotted book which jumps from location to location and character to unpronouncably-named character so fast it makes one's head spin. If intelligence and counter-intelligence capers seasoned with violence and sex are your dish of tea, then this novel will fit your needs just fine. Clancy fans the world over will no doubt be finding this in their Christmas stockings. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 1152
Published: August 2001
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.1 x 4.9
Weight (kg): 0.616