The Great Clancy Thriller Machine rumbles on, engines on full. This
time out, the best-selling ace swivels his big guns away from his
usual Russian targets (glasnost fallout?) and toward a nearly
homegrown menace: the cocaine lords of Colombia and their deadly
white powder. So complex, so intricately researched and detailed is
Clancy's newest battle plan that his main hero - CIA-agent Jack
Ryan, veteran of three past Clancy novels - doesn't appear until
about 100 pages of this 500-page juggernaut have rolled by. That's
no problem, though: the front of the novel, like the rest, is built
of geared subplots, each of which has teeth enough to snag the
reader. The stirring action begins in the White House, in a typical
Clancy scene that not only sets up the premise - a radical American
initiative against Colombian drug traffic - but also offers nifty
inside-info: that the Oval Office's windows are made of
light-distorting, bullet-resistant polycarbonate; that the
President's chair is backed with bullet-proof DuPont Kevlar.
Neither the detailing nor the action lets up as Clancy moves his
focus to the high seas - where a Coast Guard skipper captures,
tries, and mock-executes a pair of drug-smuggling pirates; to the
Rockies - where an ace Ranger trains for a secret mission with
other Hispanics under the gaze of dark-souled CIA-agent "Mr.
Clark"; to Medellin - where a vile drug lord and his ex-KGB advisor
counterplot against the Yanks; to Langley - where a newly promoted
Ryan gets wind of the White House plan and its murderous excesses
by the hand of a cruelly ambitious presidential advisor. Before the
dust Clears, America will secretly invade Colombia; drug lords will
assassinate the US attorney general; America will bomb Medellin;
and many more will die as Ryan and Clark kill lots of drug lords
and serfs to save American boys and honor. Dazzling
macho-entertainment, and a rousing farewell present to his fans
from the author - who now, as he has announced, caps (for how
long?) his astonishingly popular pen. (Kirkus Reviews)
AMERICA'S SECRET WAR AGAINST SOUTH AMERICAN DRUG CARTELS SPIRALS OUT OF CONTROL, IN TOM CLANCY'S HIGHLY ACCLAIMED #1 BESTSELLER – WHICH BECAME A MAJOR HOLLYWOOD FILM
Colombian drug lords, tired of being harassed by US law enforcement agents, have assassinated the American Ambassador and the visiting head of the FBI. Their message is clear: leave us alone.
But they have pushed too far. The decision is made to send undercover teams into Colombia. Back in the USA, men armed with the most sophisticated tools their country can devise prepare to take the fight to the enemy. But does anyone know who the real enemy is?
Jack Ryan and CIA field officer John Clark must find the answer. They expect danger from without – yet the greatest danger of all may come from within…
‘Clancy's most politically sophisticated and philosophically complex thriller.’
‘A rousing performance…a crackling good yarn.’
‘A jump ahead of the headlines… moves with the speed of light.’
NEW YORK TIMES
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