Tom Clancy's Enemy Contact

Tom Clancy's Enemy Contact

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Jack Ryan, Jr.'s race to stop an international criminal conspiracy is intertwined with the fate of an old friend in this blistering entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

The CIA's deepest secrets are being given away for a larger agenda that will undermine the entire Western intelligence community. Director of National Intelligence Mary Pat Foley wants it stopped but doesn't know who, how or why.

Jack Ryan, Jr., is dispatched to Poland on a different mission. The clues are thin, and the sketchy trail dead ends in a harrowing fight from which he barely escapes with his life.

If that's not bad enough, Jack gets more tragic news. An old friend, who's dying from cancer, has one final request for Jack. It seems simple enough, but before it's done, Jack will find himself alone, his life hanging by a thread. If he survives, he'll be one step closer to finding the shadowy figure behind the CIA leak and its true purpose, but in the process, he'll challenge the world's most dangerous criminal syndicate with devastating consequences.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
ISBN: 9780525541691
Characteristics: x, 468 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Enemy contact.

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USAF1969
Jun 24, 2019

MIke Maden does a great job carrying on Tom Clancy's Ryan series. Clancy himself wrote great stories, but tended to get way into the weeds on technological things. Maden also tends to get into the weeds, but his weeds are generally around geopolitical matters. I prefer Maden's weeds, and some of them prompt some fact checking - like in this story, the economy of Poland - which checks out - so I learned something. The underlying story in this book also focuses one's attention on a critical, modern issue, in my opinion - cybersecurity. In this case, that word refers not to our individual cybersecurity, but to state security. And Maden's imagination (I hope that's what it is) presents some really horrifying possibilities. I do hope its all fiction. The story line is interesting, the characters are well developed, and there are lots of sub-story lines that make the whole thing both engaging and scary. It is a long book, but well worth the time to read it.

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