Jack Ryan, having returned only recently to the Oval Office, immediately faces a new international threat. In China, an aborted coup forces the President Wei Zhen Lin to submit to the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. Taiwan is the target of this expansion, and the South China sea is soon declared a protectorate.
Ryan's administration must deter the stealthy maneuvers of the Chinese, but the price the U.S. might pay is costly. Indeed, the next generation of Chinese missiles thwart the plans of the US Navy to guard the island of Taiwan. Yet this is only the beginning.
Chinese cyber-warfare wages onward and takes the stakes to a new level. Its hackers launch a virulent assault on the multilateral infrastructure of America. Cyber warfare may be new, but it is just as deadly as all that has come before it.
Jack Ryan's son and his peers at The Campus, an alternative secret agency, might be the one key the administration needs to topple the Chinese. The only trouble is--someone has discovered this secret agency and is threatening to expose them to the world.
Tom Clancy was born in 1947. An insurance agent turned writer, he is most famous for his highly technical spy and military science novels, which are set during the post Cold War era. He is a conservative, belongs to the Republican party, and has been a member of the National Rifle Association since 1978. He is also part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.
"Another great novel by Tom Clancy. An aggressive China using cyber warfare and all of its anti-access / area denial capabilities seeks to gain control of the South China Sea. Jack Jr, associates, the USN and the USMC lead the defense, then counterattack. The weaving of cyber, deception, and AA/AD TTPs make this a very contemporary and relevant read."
Gordon (4 out of 5 stars)