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- KurzbeschreibungA man named Mohammed sits in a café in Vienna, about to propose a deal to a Colombian. Mohammed has a strong network of agents and sympathizers throughout Europe and the Middle East, and the Colombian has an equally strong drug network throughout America. What if they were to form an alliance, to combine all their assets and connections? The potential for profits would be enormous-and the potential for destruction unimaginable.
In the Brave New World of terrorism-where anybody with a spare AK-47, a knowledge of kitchen chemistry, or simply the will to die can become a player-the old rules no longer apply. No matter what new governmental organizations come into being, the only truly effective ones are those that are quick and agile, free of oversight and restrictions...and outside the system.
Way outside the system.
In a nondescript office building in suburban Maryland, the firm Hendley Associates does a profitable business in stocks, bonds, and international currencies, but its true mission is quite different: to identify and locate terrorist threats, and then deal with them, in whatever manner necessary. Established with the knowledge of President John Patrick Ryan, "the Campus" is always on the lookout for promising new talent, its recruiters scattered throughout the armed forces and government agencies-and three men are about to cross its radar.
The first is Dominic Caruso, a rookie FBI agent, barely a year out of Quantico, whose decisive actions resolve a particularly brutal kidnap/murder case. The second is Caruso's brother, Brian, a Marine captain just back from his first combat action in Afghanistan, and already a man to watch. And the third is their cousin...a young man named Jack Ryan, Jr.
Jack was raised on intrigue. As his father moved through the ranks of the CIA and then into the White House, Jack received a life course in the world and the way it operates from agents, statesmen, analysts, Secret Service men, and black ops specialists such as John Clark and Ding Chavez. He wants to put it all to work now-but when he knocks on the front door of "the Campus," he finds that nothing has prepared him for what he is about to encounter. For it is indeed a different world out there, and in here...and it is about to become far more dangerous.
- AutorTom Clancy
- SerieJack Ryan,Jack Ryan Novels
- VerlagBerkley Books
- Seiten496 Seiten
- Gewicht236 g
- LeseprobeChapter One
of West Odenton, Maryland, isn't much of a town at all, just a post office for people who live in the general area, a few gas stations and a 7-Eleven, plus the usual fast-food places for people who need a fat-filled breakfast on the drive from Columbia, Maryland, to their jobs in Washington, D.C. And half a mile from the modest post office building was a mid-rise office building of government-undistinguished architecture. It was nine stories high, and on the capacious front lawn a low decorative monolith made of gray brick with silvery lettering said HENDLEY ASSOCIATES, without explaining what, exactly, Hendley Associates was. There were few hints. The roof of the building was flat, tar-and-gravel over reinforced concrete, with a small penthouse to house the elevator machinery and another rectangular structure that gave no clue about its identity. In fact, it was made of fiberglass, white in color, and radio-transparent. The building itself was unusual only in one thing: Except for a few old tobacco barns that barely exceeded twenty-five feet in height, it was the only building higher than two stories that sat on a direct line of sight from the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland, and the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency at Langley, Virginia. Some other entrepreneurs had wished to build on that sight line, but zoning approval had never been granted, for many reasons, all of them false.
Behind the building was a small antenna farm not unlike that found next to a local television station-a half-dozen six-meter parabolic dishes sat inside a twelve-foot-high, razor-wire-crowned Cyclone fence enclosure and pointed at various commercial communications satellites. The entire complex, which wasn't terribly complex at all, comprised fifteen and a third acres in Maryland's Howard County, and was referred to as "The Campus" by the people who worked there. Nearby was the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a government-consulting establishment of long standing and well-established sensitivity of function.
To the public, Hendley Associates was a trader in stocks, bonds, and international currencies, though, oddly, it did little in the way of public business. It was not known to have any clients, and while it was whispered to be quietly active in local charities (the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was rumored to be the main recipient of Hendley's corporate largesse), nothing had ever leaked to the local media. In fact, it had no public-relations department at all
- yufen91424. Jul. 2009von
Clancy mal ganz anders
Nachdem ich die vorigen Jack-Ryan-Romane gelesen und mich an deren Schreibstil gewöhnt hatte las ich auch diesen Band. Positiv daran war, dass es keine kriegerischen Handlungen wie gerade in den letzten Bänden von Clancy gab, ich kam mir auch oft wie in Computerspiel vor. In den Ryan-Bänden ging Clancy eigentlich über das Sterben der Menschen hinweg, wichtig waren Maschinen wie Flugzeuge, Panzer, U-Boote usw., weniger Personen. Aber ohne diese Kreigesbeschreibungen hatten diese Romane doch einen gewissen Stil und über die Bände hinweg, konnte man sich auch an die Personen gewöhnen. Nun in diesem Band schreibt Clancy eher in einem rudimentären Stil. Das Sterben wird teilweise exzensiv beschrieben, das haben andere schon vorher ausgiebig getan und nicht nur in ihren Spätwerken. Wenn dies mein erster gelesener Clancy-Roman gewesen wäre, ich weiß nicht, ob ich noch weitere Werke von ihm gelesen hätte. Ich möchte aber niemanden vom Lesen dieses Werkes abhalten, vielleicht findet auch jemand diese Vorstellung wie man Terrorismus bekämpfen kann für gut, mich jedenfalls erschrickt sie, bin halt auch kein Bewohner der Vereinigten Staaten. Vollständige Rezension lesen