A missing Chinese scientist, unexplained noises emanating from under the Arctic ice, and a possible mole in American intelligence are just some of the problems that plague President Jack Ryan in the latest entry in Tom Clancy's #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Aboard an icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean a sonar operator hears an unusual noise coming from the ocean floor. She can't isolate it and chalks the event up to an anomaly in a newly installed system.
Meanwhile, operatives with the Chinese Ministry of State Security are dealing with their own mystery--the disappearance of brilliant but eccentric scientist, Liu Wangshu. They're desperate to keep his crucial knowledge of aerospace and naval technology out of their rivals' hands.
Finding Liu is too great an opportunity for any intelligence service to pass up, but there's one more problem. A high-level Chinese mole, codenamed Surveyor, has managed to infiltrate American Intelligence. President Jack Ryan has only one choice: send John Clark and his Campus team deep into China to find an old graduate student of the professor's who may hold the key to his whereabouts. It's a dangerous gamble, but with John Clark holding the cards, Jack Ryan is all in.
At the start of Cameron's strong fourth entry in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan franchise (after 2019's Tom Clancy: Code of Honor), a sonar buoy in the Arctic Ocean relays to a scientist aboard a research vessel what sounds to her like "Banging metal. Screams. Human screams." After this attention-getter, the scene shifts to Ho Chi Minh City, where John Clark, the director of operations of the secret organization known as the Campus, is training his director of transportation in the finer points of spycraft. Elsewhere, the rest of the Campus team, including Jack Ryan Jr., is investigating an industrial espionage case that connects to a Chinese attack on an offshore drilling rig. Meanwhile, a top Chinese scientist, Liu Wangshu, who has invented groundbreaking developments in submarine technology, has gone missing, and no one Chinese or American knows where he is. Various plots and subplots, along with the usual stories about weapons, geography, and history, plus a few romantic entanglements, keep the pages turning. This is classic Clancy only new and improved.