Within minutes after Jack Ryan is sworn in to serve as a one-year caretaker vice president, Jack Ryan finds himself President. A kamikaze attack on the Capitol has killed President Durling, the entire Supreme Court and the Joint Chiefs, all but two of the Cabinet members, and most of the members of the House and Senate.
Suddenly Ryan’s “caretaking” means putting the federal government back together again. America’s enemies see the greenhorn president as an opportunity too good not to exploit.
Threats arise on all sides.
The president of Iraq is assassinated and Iran’s chief cleric assumes control of what he declares to be a United Islamic state.
China and India both create distractions.
At home, Ryan is harassed by the former vice-president, the media, and staff members who expect him to be political and presidential.
Terrorists devise a way to sneak the Ebola virus into US convention centers. They activate sleeper agents to kill the President and kidnap his children.
To follow Executive Orders, you’ll need to keep your atlas handy, but Tom Clancy is a marvelous storyteller. He packs with information worth knowing without letting it overwhelm the story.
I suspect few people under 60 will be able to follow Clancy’s story today.
That’s their loss, and America’s.
Executive Orders by Tom Clancy
G. P. Putnam. ©1996. 874 p.
1996 bestseller #2; my grade: A
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