A man named Mohammed sits in a café in Vienna, about to
propose a deal to a Colombian. Mohammed has a strong network of
agents and sympathizers throughout Europe and the Middle East, and
the Colombian has an equally strong drug network throughout
America. What if they were to form an alliance, to combine all
their assets and connections? The potential for profits would be
enormous-and the potential for destruction unimaginable.
In the Brave New World of terrorism-where anybody with a
spare AK-47, a knowledge of kitchen chemistry, or simply the will
to die can become a player-the old rules no longer apply. No matter
what new governmental organizations come into being, the only truly
effective ones are those that are quick and agile, free of
oversight and restrictions...and outside the system.
Way outside the system.
In a nondescript office building in suburban Maryland, the firm
Hendley Associates does a profitable business in stocks, bonds, and
international currencies, but its true mission is quite different:
to identify and locate terrorist threats, and then deal with them,
in whatever manner necessary. Established with the knowledge of
President John Patrick Ryan, "the Campus" is always on the lookout
for promising new talent, its recruiters scattered throughout the
armed forces and government agencies-and three men are about to
cross its radar.
The first is Dominic Caruso, a rookie FBI agent, barely a year out
of Quantico, whose decisive actions resolve a particularly brutal
kidnap/murder case. The second is Caruso''s brother, Brian, a
Marine captain just back from his first combat action in
Afghanistan, and already a man to watch. And the third is their
cousin...a young man named Jack Ryan, Jr.
Jack was raised on intrigue. As his father moved through the ranks
of the CIA and then into the White House, Jack received a life
course in the world and the way it operates from agents, statesmen,
analysts, Secret Service men, and black ops specialists such as
John Clark and Ding Chavez. He wants to put it all to work now-but
when he knocks on the front door of "the Campus," he finds that
nothing has prepared him for what he is about to encounter. For it
is indeed a different world out there, and in here...and it is
about to become far more dangerous.