By Tom Clancy
Lengthy prior to he used to be President or head of the CIA, sooner than he fought terrorist assaults at the great Bowl or the White residence, even earlier than a submarine named pink October made its perilous approach around the Atlantic, Jack Ryan used to be an historian, instructor, and up to date ex-Marine quickly residing in England whereas getting to know a booklet. a sequence of lethal encounters with an IRA splinter staff had introduced him to the eye of the CIA's Deputy Director, Vice Admiral James Greer—as good as his counterpart with the British SIS, Sir Basil Charleston—and while Greer requested him if he desired to come aboard as a contract analyst, Jack used to be speedy to simply accept. the chance used to be impossible to resist, and he used to be certain he may possibly healthy it in with the remainder of his work.
And then Jack forgot all concerning the remainder of his paintings, simply because certainly one of his first assignments was once to assist debrief a high-level Soviet defector, and the defector advised an awesome story: most sensible Soviet officers, together with Yuri Andropov, have been making plans to assassinate the Pope, John Paul II.
Could or not it's precise? because the days and weeks move via, Ryan needs to conflict, first to attempt to verify the plot, after which to avoid it, yet this can be a courageous new global, and not anything he has performed prior to now has ready him for the deadly video game of cat-and-mouse that's the Soviet Union as opposed to the U.S.. in any case, it will likely be not only the Pope's existence however the balance of the Western global that's at stake. . . and it might probably already be too past due for a amateur CIA analyst to do something approximately it.
"Clancy creates not just compelling characters yet frighteningly topical occasions and heart-stopping action," wrote The Washington Post approximately The endure and the Dragon. "Among the handful of superstars, Clancy nonetheless reigns, and he isn't more likely to be dethroned any time soon." those phrases have been by no means more true than in regards to the striking pages of his breathtaking new novel. this can be Clancy at his best—and there's none better.