On a routine intelligence gathering mission in Tehran, Jack Ryan, Jr., has lunch with his oldest friend, Seth Gregory, an engineer overseeing a transcontinental railway project. As they part, Seth gives Jack a key, along with a perplexing message.Read more...
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On a routine intelligence gathering mission in Tehran, Jack Ryan, Jr., has lunch with his oldest friend, Seth Gregory, an engineer overseeing a transcontinental railway project. As they part, Seth gives Jack a key, along with a perplexing message.
The next day Jack is summoned to an apartment where two men claim Seth has disappeared--gone to ground with funds for a vital intelligence operation. Jack's oldest friend has turned, they insist.
They leave Jack with a warning: If you hear from Seth Gregory, call us immediately. And do not get involved.
But they don't know Jack. He won't abandon a friend in need.
His pursuit of the truth will lead him across Iran, through the war-torn Caucasus, and finally deep into territory coveted by the increasingly aggressive Russian Federation. Along the way, Jack is joined by Seth's primary agent, Ysabel, a enigmatic Iranian woman who seems to be his only clue to Seth's whereabouts.
Jack soon finds himself lost in a maze of intrigue, lies, and betrayal where no one is who they seem to be--not even Seth, who's harboring a secret of his own that harkens back to the Cold War. A secret that is driving him to the brink of treachery.
Racing against the clock, Jack must unravel the mystery: Who is friend and who is foe? Before it's over, Jack Ryan, Jr., may have to choose between his loyalty to Seth and his loyalty to America.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-29
- Reviewer: Staff
In this strong addition to bestseller Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series from Blackwood, who collaborated with Clancy (1947–2013) on 2010's Dead or Alive, Jack Ryan Jr., a member of the secret U.S. government organization known as the Campus, gets involved in an elaborate plan to break the Republic of Dagestan away from the Russian Federation and establish it as a democracy. Ultranationalist Russian president Valeri Volodin is determined to foil the plotters, who have lined up Dagestan's interior minister, Rebaz Medzhid, to become the country's new president. When kidnappers take Medzhid's college-age daughter, Aminat, it's unclear at first whether they wish to assure the minister's participation or force him to back out. Either way, Jack must rescue Aminat and help implement the coup. It's a classic case of spy vs. spy with friends and enemy agents being equally dangerous and perfidious. Clancy fans will be pleased to discover that in Blackwood's more than capable hands, Jack remains the all-American hero they remember. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME. (June)