clancy spy thriller, yum!
Clancy uses nuclear strategies to probe the ambiguities of fighting the good fightthe Americans vs. the Soviets. By the time familiar hero Jack Ryan steps in to investigate mysterious structures on the Soviet-Afghan border, the Soviets have struck again by zapping a satellite with a free electron laser. The title's cardinal, an elite, well-placed source in the Kremlin, leaks details of this secret activity to the United States. In the backdrop of technological bravura, spiced by artful espionage and all-too-human mistakes, intelligence is transferred back and forth and there are attacks and counterattacks.
Wonderful book who love suspense/spy books.
Another great Clancy book!
Fifth book in the Jack Ryan series
A must read for all Jack Ryan fans.
One of Clancy's great ones.
Great read in the Jack Ryan series.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Mikhail Filitov is a war hero and Red Army Colonel, but his CIA code name is "Cardinal." A chance encounter in a Moscow subway leads the KGB to begin a hunt--for the spy in top echelons of power. From the author of Clear and Present Danger, The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising, enter a world of high-wire, high-tech international intrigue that reaches from the bloody dust of Afghanistan to the use of lasers in space. The US and the USSR are negotiating a treaty that could lead to war--or peace--while their secret espionage armies are locked in the ultimate struggle. What the Cardinal knows could change the course of history. What a maverick CIA man named Ryan must do is outduel the KGB--and bring the Cardinal out alive!
Another great Ryan book where the action is building from the first page. Plenty of intrigue too. Great read....
A classic spy story. I love the Russian character, Filitov. Tired of life, loving his country but recognizing it's wrong-headedness, he seeks to balance the scales by giving the enemy enough information that they will feel confident enough to pursue peace and not war. The book is just a joy to read, easy in pace, plenty of twists and turns, good rich characters, a very plausible story. I wanted this hard cover to add to my permanent library where it joins Red October and Patriot Games as 3 Clancy books worth keeping.
2 cassettes - 3 hours - read by David Ogden Stiers
This abridged audio cassette is among the best of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series. Set shortly after "Red October," the pace, tension and twists are comparable (though the settings are very different).
If you like Clancy, this is as good as all the other books about C.I.A..
A typical Tom Clancy book with LOTS of technical information that went way over my head, but the plot was so intense the reader forgets about all that and get hooked into the story line. And, as always with any Clancy book, there are several storylines going on at the same time. How are they all going to fit together? But somehow they do and the plot grows and grows until the reader is so caught up that the pages just turn themselves.
Once again Jack Ryan finds himself in the middle of a Russian-United States conflict, this time involving lasers and missile defense systems, spies and counter-spies. Set during the time-period following the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, one of the sub-plots revolves around an Afghan rebel fighter, nicknamed 'The Archer', who is determined to kill as many Russians as he can. Throw in a couple of nerdy American laser genuises, one in the military, who are working on the American laser program and the Russian spies who are sent to keep an eye on them and relay back to Russia what they are doing and most important of all the highly-placed Russian military man, 'The Cardinal' who has, in fact, been working for the Americans for over 30 years. To say things get a little tense would be an understatement. Read it for yourself. This is one you won't want to put down until the last page is turned.
Two men possess vital data on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is CARDINAL-America's highest agent in the Kremlin-and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other is the one American who can save CARDINAL and lead the world to the brink of peace...or war. Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece. A riveting novel of the most important issue of our time.
Rissia's Star Wars missle defense sytem is at the heart of this international thriller.
Two men possess vital data on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal, America's highest agent in the Kremlin and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other is the one American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace.....or war.....
Mikhail Filitov is a war hero and Red Armhy colonel, but his CIA code name is "Cardinal". A chance encounter in a Moscow subway leads the KGB to begin a hunt-for the spy in the top echelons of power.