Executive Orders

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Penguin, Aug 1, 1997 - Fiction - 1376 pages
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The President is dead--and the weight, literally, of the world falls on Jack Ryan's shoulders, in Tom Clancy's newest and most extraordinary novel.

I don't know what to do. Where's the manual, the training course, for this job? Whom do I ask? Where do I go?

Debt of Honor ended with Tom Clancy's most shocking conclusion ever; a joint session of Congress destroyed, the President dead, most of the Cabinet and the Congress dead, the Supreme Court and the Joint Chiefs likewise. Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before had been confirmed as the new Vice-President of the United States is told that he is now President.

President John Patrick Ryan.

And that is where Executive Orders begins. Ryan had agreed to accept the vice-presidency only as a caretaker for a year, and now, suddenly an incalculable weight has fallen on his shoulders. How do you run a government without a government? Where do you even begin? With stunning force, Ryan's responsibilities crush on him. He must calm an anxious and grieving nation, allay the skepticism of the world's leaders, conduct a swift investigation of the tragedy, and arrange a massive state funeral--all while attempting to reconstitute a Cabinet and a Congress with the greatest possible speed.

But that is not all. Many eyes are on him now, and many of them are unfriendly. In Beijing, Tehran, and other world capitals, including Washington D.C., there are those eager to take advantage where they may, some of whom bear a deep animus toward the United States--some of whom, from Ryan's past, harbor intense animosity toward the new President himself. Soon they will begin to move on their opportunities; soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so big even he cannot imagine it.

Tom Clancy has written remarkable novels before, but nothing comparable to the timeliness and drama of Executive Orders. Filled with the exceptional realism and intricate plotting that are his hallmarks, it attests to the words of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "This man can tell a story."
 

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Jack Ryan, Clancy's amazing upwardly mobile series hero, must put together a government from the wreckage left at the end of Debt of Honor (Putnam, 1994). While Jack, who assumed the U.S. presidency ... Read full review

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Contents

STARTING HERE
STARTING
PREDAWN
SCRUTINY
ARRANGEMENTS
EVALUATION
PUBLIC IMAGE
CHANGE OF COMMAND
REBOUNDS
WWW TERROR
OPERATIONAL CONCEPT
TRAVELERS
DISCHARGES
GRACE PERIOD
FACE TIME
OPENINGS

DISTANT HOWLS
POLITICS
MONKEYS
PRESENTATION
TO THE MANNER BORN
BLOOD IN THE WATER
DELIVERIES
THE IRAQI TRANSFER
THE REVIVAL
LAST PLANE
RECIPES
NEW ADMINISTRATIONS
RELATIONSHIPS
TIME ZONES
EXPERIMENTS
ON THE
BLOOMS
WEEDS
RESULTS
BUT A WHIMPER
FULL COURT
PRESS
RIPPLES AND WAVES
RERUNS
HYENAS
PREDATORPREY
RETREAT
INCUBATION
CONFIRMATION
OUTBREAK
INDEX CASE
HEMORRHAGE
REACTION TIME
SPECIAL REPORT
INVESTIGATIONS
SOMETHING OF VALUE
SNIE
FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
COMMENCEMENT
DEPLOYMENT
NIGHT PASSAGE
THE LIGHT OF
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
BUFORD
GRIERSONS RIDE
PRESS ROOM
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About the author (1997)

A little more than thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October—the first of the phenomenally successful Jack Ryan novels—sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it “the perfect yarn.” From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.

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