President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known. A high-level assassination attempt in Russia has the newly elected Ryan sending his most trusted eyes and ears - including antiterrorism specialist John Clark - to Moscow, for he fears the worst is yet to come. And he’s right. The attempt has left the already unstable Russia vulnerable to ambitious forces in China eager to fulfill their destiny. If they succeed, the world as we know it will never look the same. If they fail, the consequences may be unspeakable. Blending the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his hallmarks with intricate plotting, razor-sharp suspense and a remarkable cast of characters, this is Clancy at his best.
"Clancy ... towers above other novelists in his ability to deliver geo-political, techo-military goods on a global scale...and here he's at the top of that war-gaming.' (Publishers Weekly)
"Clancy is a natural storyteller." (USA Today)
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The ending had my heart pounding in my chest!
Yes, because it's a brilliantly detailed and twisting scenario that builds from small acts and unlinked conversations and espionage into huge mobilisations of national armies and tank battles and missiles and jet figher battles! A rip-roaring military adventure!
Observing from different perspectives how perceived slights on one side can be the gravest insult, where as the other side is completely unaware they have done anything wrong, and the fates of nations rests of these mis-interpretations due to cultural differences.
I thought he was a very good narrator, I laughed my head off the first time he tried an english accent, very well done!
Thunder is building in the east...
Very bloody long! But that's what I got it for! I have an hour's drive each way on my commute every day! This book lasted a month. Thinking back now over all the events, it feels like I've read 3 or 4 different books; there are so many separate story lines going on which all get tied together at the end, exceptionally well done by Clancy.
Favourite character has got to be the old sniper, Pavel Petrovich Gogol
"Before I killed Germans with this rifle, now I will kill Chinese"
"Help me with my wolves boy!"
"I've never shot a General before"
A good tale spoilt by dreadful reading skills.
- Peter R. Finch