Jack Ryan, Jr., will do anything for a friend, but this favor will be paid for in blood in the latest electric entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Jack Ryan, Jr. would do anything for Ding Chavez. That's why Jack is currently sitting in an open-air market in Israel, helping a CIA team with a simple job. The man running the mission, Peter Beltz, is an old friend from Ding's Army days. Ding hadn't seen his friend since Peter's transfer to the CIA eighteen months prior, and intended to use the assignment to reconnect. Unfortunately, Ding had to cancel at the last minute and asked Jack to take his place. It's a cushy assignment--a trip to Israel in exchange for a couple hours of easy work, but Jack could use the downtime after his last operation.
Jack is here merely as an observer, but when he hastens to help a woman and her young son, he finds himself the target of trained killers. Alone and outgunned, Jack will have to use all his skills to protect the life of the child.
The exciting eighth Jack Ryan Jr. thriller, the first contribution to the bestselling Tom Clancy franchise from Bentley (the Matt Drake series), finds Jack, an operations officer for the clandestine spy agency known as the Campus, in Israel on a joint mission with the CIA. In a Tel Aviv marketplace, Jack notices an attractive woman with her son, who behaves in a way that suggests he's autistic. When a man with a knife appears bent on attacking the woman, Jack jumps in and fights off the assailant, who flees into the crowd. Immediately afterward, Jack is taken at gunpoint by a pair of Israeli internal security agents to their station, where they harass him for being an American; they suspect he's working for the CIA, but he admits to nothing. His original mission having been a disappointment, Jack, who once helped a childhood friend who was developmentally disabled, decides to stay and track down the woman he saved, Becka Schweigart, an American scientist, and her son, Tommy, to see if he can help the boy. When Becka and Tommy are kidnapped, heroic, chivalrous Jack decides to stick around and assist the Israelis in their attempt to rescue mother and son. The action builds to a terrific, multiple point-of-view battle scene in the air and on the ground in Syria. Bentley proves himself a worthy successor to Tom Clancy.
Exciting thriller filled with new surprises in every page
Great build up to a whirlwind of excitement and action filled suspense! The unraveling had me pausing to get a cup of coffee to better accompany the plot as it threw surprise after surprise at me. Although the superhero and double “o” agent fusion portrayal of Jack Jr seemed a little off character, it was still exciting to read. If anything can be said to be missing is a more appropriate wind down from the action. Not only does it leave one panting as if just stopping mid sprint, it left some threads of the story hanging without closure. Feels like a mission debrief was in order after the mother of potential crisis has just been tamed! It feels like an epilogue or a closing chapter was somehow forgotten somewhere.
This story was over the top unrealistic. I’ll not read any more.