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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.
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.
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This book has more twists and turns than a mountain road. Easily one of his best books in a catalog where all are stellar!Published 7 months ago by Daniel Grant
Book was an excellent buy, considering it is hardback. My guess it was only read once by one careful reader! Was well packaged, and mailed promptly.Published on Jan. 20 2013 by Christine A Merrills
Just like the other Clancy's books, this book is too lengthy. Could Clancy consider cutting his books a bit? I am not talking about the technical stuff. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Szeto Wai Hung
This book reminds me of the joke about asking a guy what time it is and by the time he gets finished telling you the history of timekeeping and the intricate evolution of... Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Mountain Man
As a soldier curently in Iraq, I've found more time to read. After reading this book i was a little disapponted that the action was so short. I did enjoy the book though. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by S. Potter
But still a great read. The book goes around a Japanese businessman with a lot of power and money. Now Jack comes back into the picture, two years off of retirement and now he is... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Eric