Time and again, Tom Clancy
''s novels have
been praised not only for their big-scale drama and propulsive
narrative drive but for their cutting-edge prescience in predicting
In The Bear and the Dragon, the future is very
near at hand indeed.
Newly elected in his own right, Jack Ryan has found that being
President has gotten no easier: domestic pitfalls await him at
every turn; there''s a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is
going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to
take out the chairman of the SVR--the former KGB--with a
rocket-propelled grenade. Things are unstable enough in Russia
without high-level assassination, but even more disturbing may be
the identities of the potential assassins. Were they political
enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or, Ryan
wonders, is something far more dangerous at work here?
Ryan is right. For even while he dispatches his most trusted
eyes and ears, including black ops specialist John Clark, to find
out the truth of the matter, forces in China are moving ahead with
a plan of truly audacious proportions. If they succeed, the world
as we know it will never look the same. If they fail...the
consequences will be unspeakable.
Blending the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his
hallmarks with intricate plotting, razor-sharp suspense, and a
remarkable cast of characters, this is Clancy at his best--and
there is none better.