Jack Ryan is the new US President - in the latest blockbuster from the world's leading thriller writer, continuing the story of the spectacularly successful No 1 bestseller Debt of Honour.
At the dramatic climax of Debt of Honour, a runaway Jumbo Jet has crashed into the Capitol Building in Washington, leaving the President dead, along with most of the Cabinet and Congress.
Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before was confirmed as the new caretaker Vice-President is told that he is now President of the United States.
President John Patrick Ryan. But how do you run a government without a government?
Where do you even begin? Ryan knows that the eyes of the world are on him now - and many of them are unfriendly.
In Beijing, in Tehran and even in Washington, there are those eager to take advantage.
Soon they will make their moves; soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so great even he could not imagine it.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 1296 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 12/11/1997
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780006479758
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Review by reading_fox
Rapid decline. Thanks to a very silly ending in the book before Ryan is now president. with a government to create, China becomes the new enemy introducing biological weapons in order to grab land. Ryan's presidentcy is put to the test, but fortunetly his army has all the latest toys and saves the day. Again.Despite being huge it lacks the interesting details of former books, and doesn't have the saving grace of taut prose to redeem it.
Review by cathepsut
Ideal for the beach, 1300 pages. The usual Clancy, lots of techno-babble, soldiers saving the world, gizmos, conspiracies, Jack Ryan in trouble, this time as the American president... If you like Clancy, it's a good read. I wonder if Osama Bin Laden ever read this book or its prequel?
Review by ponsonby
This is one of the better Clancy/Jack Ryan novels, concerned with his coming to grips with an Iran-inspired attack in various forms on America, after he has inadvertently become President. Although there's a lot of improbabilities, it also contains a good deal of fascinating detail about plausible scenarios on bio-warfare and terrorism. As ever the cliff-hanging structure is well arranged and the multiple plot lines handled beautifully (except one, see below). I did skip some of the land/air battle detail in the last 100 or so pages, but others may find that interesting. One noticeable flaw is the backwoodsmen bomb plot which seems to just peter out rather than being an integrated part of the story. The book also totally ignores the contribution which America would probably seek, in the circumstances outlined, from NATO allies. But nonetheless and enjoyable book. The opening part would be more comprehensible to anyone who had read Debt of Honor first as the books are closely linked, more so than others in the Ryan series.