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President Jack Ryan faces a global threat on the verge of going nuclear in this thriller in Tom Clancy’s #1 New York Times bestselling series. A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City. A package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don’t have… The challenge facing President Jack Ryan is an old one with a terrifying new twist. As the international stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade, a young, untested dictator is determined to prove his strength by breaking the deadlock. Like his father before him, he hangs his plans on the country’s nuclear ambitions, a program impeded by a lack of resources—until now. A recently discovered deposit of valuable minerals has caused a dramatic change in the nation’s economic fortune. Coupled with their nuclear capabilities, the money from this find will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage. There’s just one more step needed to complete this perfect plan…the elimination of the president of the United States.
A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr. and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don’t have. The challenge facing President Jack Ryan is an old one with a terrifying new twist. The international stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade. A young, untested dictator is determined to prove his strength by breaking the deadlock. Like his father before him, he hangs his plans on the country’s nuclear ambitions. Until now, that program was impeded by a lack of resources. However, there has been a dramatic change in the nation’s economic fortune. A rich deposit of valuable minerals have been found in the Hermit Kingdom. Coupled with their nuclear capabilities, the money from this find will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage. There’s just one more step needed to complete this perfect plan…the elimination of the president of the United States.
Mark Greaney has a degree in international relations and political science. In his research for the Gray Man novels, including Agent in Place, Gunmetal Gray, Back Blast, Dead Eye, Ballistic, On Target, and The Gray Man, he traveled to more than fifteen countries… More about Mark Greaney
Praise for Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect “Greaney…imbues his prose with the same gusto and sheer conviction that Clancy did.”—Booklist “A taut storyline with familiar characters facing new challenges.”—Kirkus ReviewsPraise for Tom Clancy“He constantly taps the current world situation for its imminent dangers and spins them into an engrossing tale.”—The New York Times Book Review“A brilliant describer of events.”—The Washington Post“No one can equal his talent for making military electronics and engineering intelligible and exciting…He remains the best!”—Houston Chronicle
The late Tom Clancy famously said, “The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.” In researching my novels, I think of this often as I come across examples of the improbable and the impossible in the real world of geopolitical affairs.
When it came time to come up with a plot for the newest book, my editor and I decided North Korea’s attempts to field an intercontinental ballistic missile were a challenge worthy of President Jack Ryan. I dove into the research, and found many aspects of life and politics in the Hermit Kingdom to be both astonishing as well as compelling fodder for a good thriller.
In Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect, North Korea’s paranoid leader is obsessed with obtaining an ICBM that can reach the West Coast of the United States. After one of his test rockets fails, he reaches out to the Chinese for help, because he knows he has something the Chinese desperately want. The world’s largest deposit of rare earth minerals has been found in the mountains of North Korea, and North Korea’s mining minister desperately needs help from China to exploit the find. But the last thing China needs is war in the Korean peninsula, so they refuse to trade missiles for the minerals. When the North Korean leader expels them from his country, the head of North Korea’s foreign spy service is forced to orchestrate a criminal conspiracy to get the technology and expertise into his nation to turn the ore into the hard currency he needs to acquire the missiles.
President of the United States Jack Ryan stands firmly against North Korea’s aims of obtaining an ICBM. By using high-tech-imagery analysis, Ryan determines the North Koreans are on the verge of fielding the nuclear missiles that could reach America’s shore, so he uses diplomacy, a naval blockade, and his clandestine services to thwart the North Koreans. Meanwhile his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., travels the world with his mates at the Campus, an off-the-books intelligence agency, as they attempt to unravel the global conspiracy.
As fanciful as this story might seem at first glance, there is a lot of “real world” threaded into the fiction. North Korea recently did find rare earth mineral deposits in its northern provinces valued in the tens of trillions of dollars, and conflict between the DPRK and China has severely threatened China’s partnership in the mine. And DPRK has been developing its Taepodong-2 missile, which U.S. intelligence estimates might be able to deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.
There are a dozen reasons North Korea is a fascinating country to write about, but perhaps the most interesting part of my research involved discovering that the DPRK—maybe more than any other state actor—is deeply intertwined with the global underworld. They dabble in counterfeiting, drug making and distribution, forgery, kidnapping, and assassination. Showing the reclusive nation’s interconnectedness with various criminal enterprises was a key part of the story.
For more than a generation, Tom Clancy wrote novels that combined the latest technology, fast-paced action, and keen geopolitical insight, and I hope readers enjoy the continuation of the Jack Ryan universe in Full Force and Effect.-Mark Greany
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