A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr. and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don’t have.
The challenge facing President Jack Ryan is an old one with a terrifying new twist. The international stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade. A young, untested dictator is determined to prove his strength by breaking the deadlock. Like his father before him, he hangs his plans on the country’s nuclear ambitions. Until now, that program was impeded by a lack of resources. However, there has been a dramatic change in the nation’s economic fortune. A rich deposit of valuable minerals have been found in the Hermit Kingdom. Coupled with their nuclear capabilities, the money from this find will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage.
There’s just one more step needed to complete this perfect plan…the elimination of the president of the United States.
Mark Greaney is an American novelist, best known as Tom Clancey’s collaborator on his final three books. He is also known for continuing the “Jack Ryan” character and “Tom Clancey Universe” following Clancey’s passing.
Born in Memphis, Greaney in 1968, Mark is the son of Ed Greaney, who has been a presence at WMC-TV Memphis for over 50 years . He graduated from White Station High School in 1985 and earned a degree in international relations and political science from then-Memphis State University in 1992. He worked as a bartender at Paulette's for 10 years, sold computers and worked at Wang's International and Medtronic. Mark is the son of Ed Greaney, who has been a presence at WMC-TV Memphis for over 50 years .
Mark Greaney made the transition to becoming a full-time writer after the success of his first Gray Man novel. The Gray Man became a national bestseller and was nominated for a Barry Award in the Best Thriller category. In his research for The Gray Man novels he has traveled to more than fifteen countries, visited the Pentagon and many Washington, D.C. Intelligence agencies. He’s trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combative tactics. Greaney credits his interest in world affairs to his father. "I get all my curiosity from my dad," he says. "He was curious about absolutely everything, including politics, sociology and military history.
As of March 2015, Greaney has published nine novels, including four novels in the Gray Man series: The Gray Man (2009), On Target (2010), Ballistic (2011), and Dead Eye (2013). Three are direct collaborations with Tom Clancy: Locked On (2012), Threat Vector (Jack Ryan, Jr.)(2013), Command Authority (Jack Ryan) (2013). The last two books continue the Clancy’s Jack Ryan universe: Tom Clancy Support and Defend (A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel) (2014) and Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect (A Jack Ryan Novel) (2014).
A feature film adaptation of The Gray Man is in development by Columbia Pictures, with Joe and Anthony Russo of Captain America, to direct. Mark currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee.
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