This novel traces the financial, political, military, and personal machinations that drive America into the next major global war.....a shocker climax so plausible you'll wonder why it hasn't yet happened.
The book is a premonition of crises that may be over the horizon for an America that has come to believe foreign crises are the stuff of yesterday. Worth relecting on.....
Another great Tom Clancy novel. This story begins in Tokyo with the murder of an American woman. From that chilling beginning, this book will have you wondering about future of our country. This book is full of the intricate politics that drive the US; financial, political, military and personal greed and quest for power. Very in tune with today's current events in the world. Another cliffhanger from a master. A huge read that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the climax........and deja vu.
Clancy takes a bold, incisive look at that our nation's leaders are calling "the new world order." The time and place" a world at peace, where yesterday's enemies are tomorrow's allies. The players: Jack Ryan as the new U S President's National Security Advisor, and his CIA colleagues, Jack Clark & Domingo Chavez. The crisis" a shocking chain of events in which the wages of peace are as fully complex-and devastating-as those of war.
I love to read Tom Clancy's books and usually can't put them down! With this book, he didn't disappoint me. I have read it several times and don't get tired. The plot is fantastic and has several surprises. The characters are realistic. All I can say it that it's a great read!
It begins with the murder of an american woman in the back streets of Tokyo. It ends in war...
Spectacular and scary.... Clancy plunges America into a foreign policy that is at once unthinkable and very thrilling. The close of this book is a five-run homeer. -Los Angeles Times. A Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection
Razio Yamata is one of Japan's most influential industrialists, and part of a relatively small group of authority who wield tremendous authority in the Pacific Rim's economic powerhouse. He has devised a plan to cripple the American greatness, humble the U.S. military, and elevate Japan to a position of dominance on the world stage. Yamata's motivation lies in his desire to pay off a Debt of Honor to his parents and to the country he feels is responsible for their deaths: America. All he needs is a catalyst to set his plan in motion. When the faulty gas tank on one Tennessee family's car leads to their fiery death, an opportunistic U.S. congressman uses the occasion to rush a new trade law through the system. The law is designed to squeeze Japan economically. Instead, it provides Yamata with the leverage he needs to put his plan into action. As Yamata's plan begins to unfold, it becomes clear to the world that someone is launching a fully integrated operation against the United States. There's only one man to find out who the culprit is: Jack Ryan, the new president's National Security Advisor.
From Publishers Weekly
Jack Ryan, now the President's National Security Adviser, finds himself embroiled in the buildup to a new world war-one in which the stock market and national economic policy are as critical as advanced weaponry. A power-hungry Japanese financier, still blaming America for his parents' deaths in WWII, plans to use his immense wealth to purchase his revenge. A fatal auto accident in the U.S., caused by faulty gas tanks in two Japanese cars, leads to the breakdown of U.S.-Japanese trade agreements. Spies track each other; nuclear weapons are built and hidden; Ryan and an assortment of his old colleagues maneuver ships, planes and spies into harm's way. As always, the author of Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger spins out story threads in a rich but bewildering tangle of plot and setting, then vigorously weaves them together. Here, the heart-stopping climax is unexpected, but oddly appropriate. As always, Clancy instructs (sometimes didactically) as he entertains, teaching us about currency trading, Asian business etiquette and the daily life of an American politician. Without taking up Japan-bashing, as Michael Crichton did in Rising Sun, or partisan politics, Clancy warns that recent downsizing in the defense establishment has so depleted our military resources that the country is vulnerable to aggression that can arise anywhere, anytime. 2 million first printing; BOMC selection. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.