As mounting tensions between China and the United States push the world’s two great powers to the brink of war, it falls to President Jack Ryan to identify the lethal chess master behind the scenes in this thriller in Tom Clancy's #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Jack Ryan is dealing with an aggresive challenge from the Chinese government as the G20 Summit approaches. Pawns are being moved around a global chessboard: an attack on an oil platform in Africa, a terrorist strike on an American destroyer and a storm tossed American spy ship that may fall into Chinese hands. It seems that Premier Zhao is determined to limit Ryan's choices in the upcoming negotiations.
But there are hints that there's even more going on. A routine traffic stop in rural Texas leads to a shocking discovery—a link to a Chinese spy who may have intelligence that lays bare an unexpected revelation. John Clark and the members of the Campus are in close pursuit, but can they get the information in time?
In this superior franchise entry, Cameron (Field of Fire) delivers plenty of action along with the spycraft and weapons details that Tom Clancy fans have always loved. President Jack Ryan is dealing with confrontations with China over maritime claims in the South China Seas; his son, Jack Jr., is working with FBI special agent Kelsey Callahan to destroy a child sex slavery operation; and John Clark, Jack Jr.'s boss at the Campus, a covert antiterrorism organization, is searching for Magdalena Rojas, a 13-year-old girl who's been trafficked. Cameron successfully juggles the three separate plot lines, each engrossing on its own, and seamlessly stitches them together by novel's end. The original Clancy characters often get short shrift in these series continuations, but not here: both Ryans receive an impressive amount of page time, and the highly competent and often ruthless Clark gets to show why he is "a legend in the intelligence community." All the writers who have contributed to this series since Clancy's death have been good, but Cameron's formidable performance puts him at the head of the pack.
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Book was thrilling
Marc Cameron did a good job of continuing the Jack Ryan series in the absence of the great Tom Clancy. The story was original, the characters and settings were plentiful, and the action moved along at a breakneck speed. The only thing I would recommend, in terms of improvement, was that the ending came a little too fast in the final ten pages. That’s not to say that the ending wasn’t satisfying, however. I’m still very much looking forward to Cameron’s next Jack Ryan thriller.
Power and Empire
Stayed with it, but took breaks to regain perspective. A very violent, malevolent set of plot lines. Featured a lot of amoral, sadistic bad guys, who needed to be foiled.