The campus group has their target in sight and each member is ready, but something happens as Jack Jr. is about to make his move and the target takes his own life. Next the entire crew of a ship is killed and the information about this event is hidden. Someone torpedoed this ship and others in the South Pacific.
On vacation in Barcelona Jack is in a bar having a drink before leaving for home but spots and old friend, Renee Moore who appears to be meeting done but connects with Jack agreeing to have a drink with him later. Sometimes things happen for odd reasons and Jack leaves the bar and seconds later it is blown up and Renee is killed but not before uttering one last word: Sammler which sends Jack on a hunt for its meaning. Deciding to join Laia Brossa Spanish Centro Nacional Intelligence agent hoping to hunt down the agency responsible for Renee’s death. Jack reports the death of his friend but the person claiming to deal with these issues starts to question him and he suspects he’s not who he says he is and this sends him in many directions as Bossa is not forthcoming with her cooperation as promised
There are many players within this complex novel as the author introduces Logan who owns many ships and one has been sunk but the intrigue behind it will expose some dangerous people as he lies to the President about knowing that one of his ships was sunk and destroyed but made an important call to Jack Ryan Senior the President and what he reveals at a late night meeting along with his Chief of Staff is shocking. Someone blackmailed him for billions of dollars, onetime payment or his ships would disappear one at a time. Someone in his organization might be a mole and he thinks it’s the Russians that are behind it but are they?
Jack Jr. is determined to find out who killed Renee but someone is lurking right in front of him and he Crooked Man that is following him belongs to a man named Guzman that might be behind the ships being sunk and much more. Added in Guzman has Jack targeted as the killer of someone close to him and that places him in the crosshairs of this dangerous man.
Jack and Gavin face off with anyone that comes within their crosshairs but Jack Sr. is facing the fact the someone is attacking and sinking ships and the ultimate realization is that pirates are operating in international waters and ships are sinking why and who’s behind it.
When the United States and Jack Sr. get a plan in action what happens to the Glasov is just a warning to others is they do not head the warnings of the crew sent to take them down. The USS Luzon is a powerfully run ship and the captain would not allow the Glazov to refuel and restock. They are submerged and he demanded that they come above water or the end would justify their means. What happens you won’t believe.’
But more ships are in danger and different Captains are at the helm and Hector Guzman thinks he is home free. The timeline is tight and is they are not stopped they would, and our economy would never be the same. It started with what Logan told Ryan and you will not believe where it might end.
Imagine a plan so well-crafted and created that the goal was to destroy our economy. Someone was taking our banking system hostage and hacking into their systems and stealing trillions of dollars and wanted more.
While two programs were targeting this plan one Rapture and the other Tribulation. One the first is destroyed the second is taking over and the person behind it thinks she is home free, but no one is safe.
President Jack Ryan receives the intel about the money taken from banks all over the world but not Russia or China but were they behind this?Sammler is not a person but an organization behind what had been created and tiger drones are being used to get the money and hack into systems as the author explains how it was done and the technology is critical to its success.
While Jack Sr is planning his actions Jack Jr .and tech expert Gavin find their way inside the ransacked home of the man behind Rapture who sacrifices his life for the cause and not wanting to get caught. Dr. Parsons is the brain behind Tribulation, but she too is an expendable lose end.
Jack Jr. is determined to avenge his friend’s death and when he comes into combat with this man the ending could be fatal to both but only one victor reigns. When Guzman does not hear from this man, he is frantic and others under his employ might find the same fate.
Parson’s spirits were high, and she realized that although her boss stole her thunder with Rapture, Tribulation was all hers. Answering questions from the FBI did not faze her nor did talking about her ex-friend and colleague and more Dr. Runtso who proved to be the catalyst for what was behind the monetary part of the project and more. Tribulation was the world’s first rue universal 128 qubit quantum computer. The technology behind is startling and the reader will be glued to every word as you learn just how technical and dangerous this program is. The Emerald Glory is the next ship to go down and more to follow. Will it ever stop?
When Jack Jr. tells his father about Tribulations and the truth behind who started this economic pandemic you might say comes to light will they be able to stop what has already been put in motion? Tribulation ‘s next target is a joint Chinese and Russian military exercise in the Bering Sea called Snow Dragon. Using Tribulation which has done this before they will use it to hack their systems.
The President listens carefully and executes a plan that he hopes will work and take down not only Tribulation but the person who was behind it all along. Hector Guzman thinks he is immune to the fate of those he had killed, and tiger shark drones are at the heart of tis takedown, but will he survive?
The author waits until the very end to bring in the members of the Campus to finish off the threat and those involved but is it too late? A heart stopping ending and a vividly described explosive surprise for anyone that dares to try and take down the United States, but will they succeed? Jack Ryan Sr. and his cabinet and the Campus must take some terrifying steps to save the economy of the US and the world. What would happen if there was such program like Tribulation? Think about it the next time you access your account balance or need a loan from the bank? What would happen if all our money were depleted? A fictional story and plot but not so far from reality if anyone like Kate Parsons exists in this world. What happens at the end and who will be the next victim of the FIRING POINT!
Author Mike Maden scores high points and raises the bar in this mystery, political and high energy thriller.
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