It had been 5 years since I last read a Tom Clancy story. I decided to revisit “an old author friend” by reading Threat Vector (number 15 in the Jack Ryan and son series). Boy am I glad I did. This book is typical of the great books of the author’s techno-military adventures. It was published in 2012 or so. Reading it in 2015, it is amazing how much of what Clancy talked about has come to pass.
In this book, China is about to launch a two-pronged attack on the United States. The head of the Chinese military wants to unleash a military assault on the U.S. while at the same time creating a cyber-attack on the high tech infrastructure as a diversion. The head of the government wants to use this plan to kick start China’s economy. Jack Ryan jr. and his colleagues at Hendley Associates (AKA The Campus) have to stop the madness emanating from China.
The Campus is an organization that operates outside of government channels with the blessing of President Jack Ryan and his National Security staff. There is plenty of high tech hardware and software to satisfy readers who enjoy that (like me). There is plenty of military stuff for people who like that (such as me). There is a high body count for readers who enjoy that, such as me.
I highly recommend this book.
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–Jim Harris, retired sales rep
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