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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