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Executive Orders (original 1996; edition 1996)
by Tom Clancy
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0425158632, Mass Market Paperback)Tom Clancy goes to the White House in this thriller of political terror and global disaster. The American political situation takes a disturbing turn as the President, Congress, and Supreme Court are obliterated when a Japanese terrorist lands a 747 on the Capitol. Meanwhile the Iranians are unleashing an Ebola virus threat on the country. Jack Ryan, CIA agent, is cast in the middle of this maelstrom. Because of a recent sex scandal, Ryan was appointed vice president, a slot he doesn't hold for long when he lands in the Chief Executive's chair. He goes after the Iranians and then tries to piece together the country and his life the only way he knows how--with a fury that we've grown accustomed to in Clancy's intricate, detailed, and accurate stories of warfare and intrigue.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:59:42 -0400)
Jack Ryan becomes president by sheer accident when the former president, most of Congress, the Cabinet and the Supreme Court are bombed out of existence. Ryan must jump in to discover who did it, all the while contending with the threat of military takeover and covert biological warfare. Herrmann reads this spy-thriller with chilling precision, flawlessly switching from one scene to another in this choppy abridgment. As the plots rush to conclusion, Herrmann keeps track of the multitude of accents, representing both "good guys" and "bad guys" around the world.
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