Tom Clancy Under Fire
A Campus Novel
Jack Ryan Jr. stands alone against powerful enemies in this thrilling novel in Tom Clancy’s #1 New York Times bestselling series.
On a mission in Tehran, Jack Ryan, Jr., meets his oldest friend, Seth Gregory. As they part, Seth slips Jack a key, along with a perplexing message. The next day Jack is summoned to an apartment where two men claim Seth has disappeared with funds for a vital intelligence operation. They say he’s turned and leave Jack with a warning: If you hear from Seth, call us. Do not get involved.
Jack soon finds himself lost in a maze of intrigue, lies, and betrayal where no one is who they seem to be—not even Seth, who’s harboring a secret that harkens back to the Cold War. A secret that is driving him to the brink of treason....
In this strong addition to bestseller Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series from Blackwood, who collaborated with Clancy (1947 2013) on 2010's Dead or Alive, Jack Ryan Jr., a member of the secret U.S. government organization known as the Campus, gets involved in an elaborate plan to break the Republic of Dagestan away from the Russian Federation and establish it as a democracy. Ultranationalist Russian president Valeri Volodin is determined to foil the plotters, who have lined up Dagestan's interior minister, Rebaz Medzhid, to become the country's new president. When kidnappers take Medzhid's college-age daughter, Aminat, it's unclear at first whether they wish to assure the minister's participation or force him to back out. Either way, Jack must rescue Aminat and help implement the coup. It's a classic case of spy vs. spy with friends and enemy agents being equally dangerous and perfidious. Clancy fans will be pleased to discover that in Blackwood's more than capable hands, Jack remains the all-American hero they remember.
Good, fast read.
Blackwood does a reasonable job of picking up Clancy's Ryan franchise. He segues quite nicely from Clancy's military details to details of the cyber world in modern conflicts.
Other than Ryan Sr., Clark and Chavez, Clancy's character development was always a bit thin and Blackwood is much he same. On the other hand this is an action book and the characters are probably sufficient. Blackwood is developing Ryan Jr. to be the same kind of leader and anchor that Ryan Sr. was.
A good story and a fast read. I enjoyed it though I do miss those door stop size books that Clancy used to deliver.