President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known, in Tom Clancy's extraordinary new novel. Being President isn't getting any easier. Domestic pitfalls await him at every turn and in Moscow someone may have tried to take out thechariman of the SVR with a rocket-propelled grenade. Even more disturbing may be the identities of the potential assassins. Were they the Russian Mafia, disaffected former KGB or something far more dangerous at work? Even while Ryan dispatches his most trusted eyes and ears to find out the truth, forces in China are moving ahead with a plan of audacious proportions. If they succeed, the world will never look the same. If they fail... the consequences will be unspeakable.