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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.
In his fourth book, 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. It is a mark of Clancy's growing maturity as a writer that he can bring these subtleties into highly entertaining form. Literary Guild Main. Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The story told deals a lot with the espionage part of being a spy. And the usual stuff you can find in nearly any other one of Tom Clancy's books.Published 1 month ago by Felix
Definitely an earlier write, but was still able to knit the characters into my head, and build the long term evolution of the Jack Ryan series. Good pace, and gravity. Read morePublished 3 months ago by tjsusteve
No complaint, great packaging. If your a fan of Tom Clancy then you'll not complain. You'll enjoy this book just like the other Tom Clancy's books.Published on July 17 2013 by Mr Ray
Just finished reading it. The story is awesome, very awesome. There is cliff hanger after cliff hanger.Published on Oct. 13 2010 by Paul
I do not like Tom Clancy. I despise his totalitarian amoral politics and I canNOT stand him slapping his readers with them in his latest oversized and underwritten duds. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2007 by NeuroSplicer
The cardinal of the kremlin is a great story with interacting an plot and amazing characters. This is one of those books you can't put down easily. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2005 by Doris
After reading more action-intensive novels from the "Ryan-verse" such as "Rainbow Six" and "Patriot Games" I found this book to be more on the... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by A. Reviewer
I had a tough time deciding between 3 and 4 stars on this one, so I think I will actually give it 3 1/2 stars. I think the story was good and mostly believable. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by Amazon Customer