Two men possess vital data on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is CARDINAL--America's highest agent in the Kremlin--and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other is the one American who can save CARDINAL and lead the world to the brink of peace--or war.
My Favorite Clancy Book, September 20, 2003 Reviewer: William Hillyard from Natick, MA United States This is probably the most interesting Clancy book that I have read, and I've read about half a dozen of them so far. The main reason for this is that Clancy manages to get almost all of his major characters into this book. Besides Jack Ryan (obviously), we get to meet Ed and Mary Foley for the first time, as well as John Clark. Clancy even brings back Ramius, Mancuso, and Jones from the Hunt for Red October. The story itself is not action-packed by Clancy standards, but I guarantee you will learn a lot of new information by reading it. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys any of Clancy's other books, this is the best of the bunch!