There are few writers you can rely on these days to come at you hard with a knock out action thriller, year after year. That’s why when I hear there is a new Tom Clancy coming I brace myself. The man is famed for giving us value for money every time. We pay some paltry amount and he hands over hundreds of pages of intelligent and engrossing thrills. In the case of his latest production we get 768 pages for $32.95… How much is that per page?
Tom Clancy is the guy you go to for the real deal. He knows his stuff. His books are so well researched that when you’re done you feel you should be given a honorary degree – or at least a commission. It is as though he writes his books from an office in the Pentagon.
Clancy will open the locked doors of the White House for you, he’ll drop you from a helicopter into the jungle with a SEAL team, get you invited to an embassy ball and hand you top secret files on the latest weapons.
For years, ex-Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. When Moore arrives at a rendezvous to take charge of a high-ranking Taliban captive, the meeting takes a horrific turn that neither Moore nor any of his bosses saw coming.
Barely surviving, he tries to bring to safety a Pakistani colonel with information about the debacle, only to have that mission fall prey to forces more powerful and cunning than any he has faced before. Undaunted, and with failure not an option, Moore continues his quest for the truth, leaving many dead in his wake – killed by those for whom secrecy is the ultimate weapon. And then …a shocking revelation: Two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States have forged an unholy alliance.
After years of planning, the Taliban has come to terms with a vicious Mexican drug cartel for which they will supply opium. For the cartel, it is a matter of money, power, and ultimate control of the drug trade. But for the Taliban, it is an opportunity long awaited: to exploit the cartels and bring the fire of jihad to the hearts of the infidels.
It is up to Moore, and his team, to infiltrate and dismantle the drug cartel, even as they hunt for those who would bring the ultimate terror and destruction to the streets of America.
In a story that races from the remote, war-scarred landscapes of the Middle East to the blood-soaked chaos of the U.S.-Mexico border, Tom Clancy once again delivers a heart-stopping thriller that is frighteningly close to reality.
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My father got me onto Tom Clancy a million years ago. He threw Red Storm Rising into my lap when he had done and said – You won’t be able to put this down. And he was right.