Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Qiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan.
The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China's ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missile endangers the US Navy's plans to protect the island. Meanwhile, Chinese cyberwarfare experts have launched a devastating attack on American infrastructure. It's a new combat arena, but it's every bit as deadly as any that has gone before.
Jack Ryan, Jr. and his colleagues at the Campus may be just the wild card that his father needs to stack the deck. There's just one problem: someone knows about the off-the-books intelligence agency and threatens to blow their cover sky high.
It’s time to play catch up on posting books I've finished. Threat Vector is another great novel by Tom Clancy. At the time I read this, the notion of the Chinese having a unit of cyber soldiers ready to attack the United States seemed far-fetched, but it made for a great plot. A few months later I was proven wrong when the Chinese made international news for having a cyber unit accused of attacks on American businesses.
This book is great by itself, but it is also the fifteenth in a series that started with The Hunt for Red October 29 years ago. If you are interested in this series, but don't want to go back that far, The Teeth Of The Tiger (2003) is a good starting point. There is some backstory you’ll miss from The Bear and the Dragon (2000), but Clancy explains enough in this latest book to keep new readers from becoming lost.