Even as he is heavily engaged in arms negotiations and Star War
technicalities, John Ryan, hero of The Hunt for Red October and
Patriot Games, must come up with a plan to get the CIA's most
important informer out of the hands of the KGB. CIA strategic
wizard John Ryan (Sir John to his British chums) is as smart as
anybody in Langley, but even Ryan has a little trouble following
the ins and outs of the physics and engineering it takes to get a
first-class Strategic Defense Initiative laser and mirror project
up and running. Fortunately, the US government has a team of
top-notch boffins on the job, and our lasers are starting to score
hits. But the Soviets haven't been napping, and they're the first
to zap a satellite on the wing, using, apparently, smoke and
mirrors. It would be a strategic disaster were not details of the
Soviet project arriving regularly, sent by Colonel Misha (Codename:
Cardinal) Filitov, three-time Hero of the Soviet Union and aide to
the Defense Minister. Misha, while loyal to the motherland, has no
use for the current management. He's been getting away with spying
for 30 years, but his luck has run out, and the KGB are on to him.
There is, at the same time, a leak in the American ranks, and our
Star Wars secrets are anything but. And, while all this
technozapping and spying are going on, there's a band of Afghan
rebels ready to take on the Russian army at a super-secret base
near the border. Oh, and there's a coup hatching in the Politburo
that might put the Politburo back in the Stone Age. Ryan's not the
only one with his hands full. Less reliant on technoblather than
previous Clancy works, and awash in subplots, most of them
entertaining. Plenty of action; no mushy stuff. (Kirkus Reviews)
TOM CLANCY'S SPELLBINDING ESPIONAGE THRILLER SENDS JACK RYAN DEEP INTO ENEMY TERRITORY AS THE SUPERPOWERS RACE FOR THE ULTIMATE STAR WARS MISSILE DEFENCE SYSTEM
The international arms negotiations appear to be making progress. But a US spy satellite reveals that the Soviets are building a massive laser-defence system controlled from an other-worldly array of pillars and domes in the Soviet hills at Dushanbe near the border of war-torn Afghanistan.
The Americans need more information. The man to give it is Colonel Mikhail Filitov of the Soviet Union, codename Cardinal, America's highest-placed agent in the Kremlin. But Filitov's cover is about to be betrayed to the KGB, and CIA adviser Jack Ryan must rescue Filitov and bring him to safety…
‘Has the authentic feel of espionage…superlative…Tom Clancy has written a great spy novel.’
BOB WOODWARD, 'Washington Post'
‘Excites, illuminates… a real page-turner.’
LOS ANGELES TIMES
‘The best of the Jack Ryan series!’
NEW YORK TIMES
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