The United States has stared down many threats with President Jack Ryan at the helm, but what if he’s not there when we need him? That’s the question facing a nation in the most shocking entry in Tom Clancy's #1 New York Times bestselling series.
A shadowy billionaire uses his fortune to further his corrupt ambitions. Along the way, he’s toppled democratically elected governments and exacerbated divisions within stable nations. The competitors he’s destroyed, the people he’s hurt, they’re all just marks on a ledger. Now, he’s ready to implement his most ambitious plan of all. There’s only one force standing in his way—President Jack Ryan.
How do you compel a man like Jack Ryan to bend? He’s personally faced down everything from the Russian navy to cartel killers. It will take more than political headwinds or media disfavor to cause him to turn from his duty to the American people, but every man has an Achilles heel. Jack Ryan’s is his family.
The answer is as simple as it is shocking. The billionaire has assembled an international team of the most ruthless mercenaries alive. Their mission—kidnap the First Lady.
Bestseller Cameron's admirable if flawed fifth Jack Ryan novel (after 2020's Shadow of the Dragon) injects new blood into the late Tom Clancy's signature franchise. President Jack Ryan's efforts to push a protectionist pharmaceutical bill through Congress alarms greedy billionaire Harjit Malhotra, whose pending sale of his generic drug manufacturing company, which would increase his wealth tenfold, is under threat from the legislation. In order to distract the president from ensuring its passage, Malhotra hires Se or Gil, the founder of the Camarilla, a secretive cadre of ruthless mercenaries, to abduct First Lady Cathy Ryan, among other no-less-violent crimes. Cameron skillfully depicts the audacious and bloody kidnapping, but it's all in service of weak and contrived motives, which a last-second gotcha moment makes superfluous anyway. Jack Ryan Jr., a member of the Campus, "an off-the-books quasigovernmental intelligence organization," is mostly background noise, though Cameron introduces new Campus members, who are developed enough to merit their own series. Readers will hope for a more worthy foe in the next entry. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME.
Chain of Command
Very Satisfying Read
As with many of the Jack Ryan series, I enjoyed this one to preorder the next. I was glad to see both Father and son involved in the same book. I especially enjoyed the very end and look forward to a new surprise in the future. Well worth the read!!
Chain of Command
Marc Cameron is one of those best writers in the genre. All his books are great but this one was amazingly fun. Can’t wait til the next one! Cheers Marc