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A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr. and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don’t have.
The challenge facing President Jack Ryan is an old one with a terrifying new twist. The international stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade. A young, untested dictator is determined to prove his strength by breaking the deadlock. Like his father before him, he hangs his plans on the country’s nuclear ambitions. Until now, that program was impeded by a lack of resources. However, there has been a dramatic change in the nation’s economic fortune. A rich deposit of valuable minerals have been found in the Hermit Kingdom. Coupled with their nuclear capabilities, the money from this find will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage.
There’s just one more step needed to complete this perfect plan…the elimination of the president of the United States.
In Greaney's meticulously researched and exciting second contribution to the Jack Ryan franchise (after Tom Clancy Support and Defend), Ryan, now the U.S. president with two more years to go in his second term, learns that Choi Ji-hoon, North Korea's supreme leader, has embarked on a program of using his immensely valuable deposits of rare earth minerals to fund the development of a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of reaching the continental U.S. The job of investigating and stopping this effort falls to the secret organization known as "The Campus," one of whose chief agents is the president's son, Jack Ryan Jr. The action shifts smoothly among the various plot lines, including the North Korean missile program headed by Lt. Gen. Ri Tae-jin, the rare earth mining effort under the directorship of Hwang Min Ho, and the take-down of Sharps Global Intelligence Partners, a U.S. security firm working for the North Koreans. The sympathetic portrayal of many of the characters opposed to America adds depth.