An intricate, suspense-building sequence of events is laid out; a series of disastrous incidents indicating evidence of a massive security breach in the world’s most secure firewall ever designed. The whole of the US security is cemented in this impregnable fortress. What cannot have happened, however, has.
US President, Jack Ryan Senior, is also finding that the Senate is being blocked by a certain senior senator whose integrity has never been in doubt up to this point. Therefore, any investigation into her possible links to a suspect organisation must be handled with the utmost delicacy and discretion.
A wonderfully tense and gripping introduction keeps one glued to the first 150 pages until Jack Ryan Junior is sent to Poland to connect with a beautiful and brilliant Polish agent, Liliana Zaleski.
Then we take a break from the intensity of the plot to enjoy a 200 page travelogue, swanning around Poland, enjoying historical sites and lip-smacking Polish nosh. If thriller readers like taking such breaks, then well and good. Otherwise, skip that, and, not having missed much of the plot, it takes off again with breath-taking action and hammers its way to a satisfactory finale.
The research is convincing, gun-buffs get their share of weaponry description, war enthusiasts their offensive ops attacks and original action scenes. Mike Maden is a fluid and convincing writer, but for me, these Jack Jr. stories, sadly, miss the mark. This is a weak throwback colt from a strong racing stable. It should be put down.
Thank you to Penguin Random House SA for this ARC.