1998 1st year edition; G.P. Putnam's Sons publishers, New York; SIGNED BY TOM CLANCY on inside board and on title page as "T"; hardbound in navy blue boards with silver lettering on cover and spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
At the heart of Clancy's extraordinary new novel is John Clark, ex-Navy SEAL, a.k.a. 'the dark side of Jack Ryan.' Nothing is darker or more demonic that the peril he faces when he confronts a group of terrorists like none the world has ever before encountered. Newly named the head of an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism, John Clark is looking forward to getting his teeth into a new mission, but the opportunities start coming thicker and faster than anyone could have expected: an incident at a Swiss bank, the kidnapping of an international trader in Germany, a terrible raid on an amusement park in Spain. Each episode seems separate, discrete, yet the timing disturbs Clark.
Is there a connection? Is he being tested? With the help of his close associates, executive officer Alistair Stanley and strike team leaders Domingo Chavez and Peter Covington, Clark tries to figure out where all this activity is heading.