Razio Yamata is one of Japan's most influential industrialists, and part of a relatively small group of authority who wield tremendous authority in the Pacific Rim's economic powerhouse.
He has devised a plan to cripple the American greatness, humble the US military, and elevate Japan to a position of dominance on the world stage.
Yamata's motivation lies in his desire to pay off a Debt of Honor to his parents and to the country he feels is responsible for their deaths - America. All he needs is a catalyst to set his plan in motion.
When the faulty gas tank on one Tennessee family's car leads to their fiery death, an opportunistic U.S. congressman uses the occasion to rush a new trade law through the system. The law is designed to squeeze Japan economically. Instead, it provides Yamata with the leverage he needs to put his plan into action.
As Yamata's plan begins to unfold, it becomes clear to the world that someone is launching a fully-integrated operation against the United States. There's only one man to find out who the culprit is - Jack Ryan, the new President's National Security Advisor.
"As always, the author of Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger spins out story threads in a rich but bewildering tangle of plot and setting, then vigorously weaves them together. Here, the heart-stopping climax is unexpected, but oddly appropriate." (Publishers Weekly)
"A harrowing tale... Clancy keeps you riveted with political intrigue and military maneuvering [and] sends you rushing headlong to the book's stunning conclusion." (USA Today)
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Dreadful monotone narration
The story is fabulous, I've read it several times but wanted to listen to it in the car, I lasted five minutes before turning it off.
The moment I switched it off and couldn't here the dreadful monotone voice of the narrator.
Everything, his tone and intonation, is dire, he makes no effort to alter his pitch or tone to indicate dialogue. I would rather listen to a sheep sheering contest on the radio.
Come on, there have got to be better narrators than this, you've ruined a superb story.
- Hano Verian
Great story held back by poor narration
The story itself is one of my favourite Tom Clancy Novels, especially when considered with the follow up novel 'Executive Orders'.The story builds slowly and does an excellent job of drawing you in.
The ending. I won't say any more as I don't want to ruin it!
Robotic, lacks emotion
not really, although I did find that I couldn't stop listening at certain parts of the story.
Great story, let down by the Narration. In particular, I found John McDonald's narration of character voices to be especially poor. His 'Al Trent' voice in particular, with the accent he gives him, is both awful and laughable in equal measure, breaking any atmosphere that has been built.
- Mr. C. Broome