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.