Jack Ryan Jr. is caught in the cross-hairs of a would-be tyrant in this exhilarating thriller in Tom Clancy's #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Jack Ryan, Jr., is on his own. He's been ousted from his position at the Campus, the off-the-books intelligence agency that was set up by his father, the President. As if that's not bad enough, someone is out for Jack‘s blood. The police think that he was just the victim of a mugging, but he knows a professional assassin when he kills one.
Using clues found on his would-be dispatcher, Jack launches his own shadow campaign to uncover the brutal truth about a world-renowned philanthropist and human rights advocate—and a long-running false-flag war of terror that has claimed thousands of lives....
Blackwood's fast-moving second thriller featuring Jack Ryan Jr. (after 2015's Tom Clancy: Under Fire) finds Jack on leave from his secret organization, the Campus. Even though Jack is hampered by the lack of backup and expert assistants, he shows determination and serious spymaster skills as he contends with a mysterious group of Germans who are trying to kill him. After a second attempt on his life, Jack acquires a sidekick, journalist Effrem Likkel, who has been researching a story about Ren Allemand, a French soldier who disappeared from his post in Port-Bou t, Ivory Coast, where he was part of a peacekeeping mission. Jack and Effrem engage in plenty of fighting and sleuthing as they race around the U.S., Europe, and Africa one step ahead of their pursuers. Blackwood, like Mark Greaney (who has also contributed to the Clancy franchise), is adept at hewing to Clancy's overall vision while producing books that are better written than the Clancy originals.
A decent spy novel
This book does give an interesting premise and delivers plenty of action and suspense, though the characters start to pile up a little into the second act and the ending seems a bit rushed to please the Clancy estate. Overall, though, this is yet another excellent novel by Grant Blackwood, who has done a wonderful job in writing Jack Ryan novels after Clancy's passing.
So bad I quit reading
If you've read all the Tom Clancy novels you'll hate this one. I've never quit reading a book out of boredom and disappointment but I had to. I wish I knew how to get a refund.
All noise no substance
Almost all of the book consisted of pages and pages of tedious action details with almost no plot. The tiny amount of plot that did exist was infantile. What a disappointment!