The President is dead--and the weight, literally, of the world
falls on Jack Ryan''s shoulders, in Tom Clancy''s newest and most
I don''t know what to do. Where''s the manual, the training
course, for this job? Whom do I ask? Where do I go?
Debt of Honor ended with Tom
Clancy''s most shocking conclusion ever; a joint session of
Congress destroyed, the President dead, most of the Cabinet and the
Congress dead, the Supreme Court and the Joint Chiefs likewise.
Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before had been
confirmed as the new Vice-President of the United States is told
that he is now President.
President John Patrick Ryan.
And that is where Executive Orders
begins. Ryan had agreed to accept the vice-presidency only
as a caretaker for a year, and now, suddenly an incalculable weight
has fallen on his shoulders. How do you run a government without a
government? Where do you even begin? With stunning force, Ryan''s
responsibilities crush on him. He must calm an anxious and grieving
nation, allay the skepticism of the world''s leaders, conduct a
swift investigation of the tragedy, and arrange a massive state
funeral--all while attempting to reconstitute a Cabinet and a
Congress with the greatest possible speed.
But that is not all. Many eyes are on him now, and many of them are
unfriendly. In Beijing, Tehran, and other world capitals, including
Washington D.C., there are those eager to take advantage where they
may, some of whom bear a deep animus toward the United States--some
of whom, from Ryan''s past, harbor intense animosity toward the new
President himself. Soon they will begin to move on their
opportunities; soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so
big even he cannot imagine it.
Tom Clancy has written remarkable novels before, but nothing
comparable to the timeliness and drama of Executive
Orders. Filled with the exceptional realism and intricate
plotting that are his hallmarks, it attests to the words of the
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "This man can tell a