The book is set after the cold war and the new Russian President is trying to create a democratic regime. However a loosing minister in the presidental election has other ideas. He wants to send them back to the days of Stalin and the soviet union. To do this he uses the new Russian recon centre the "mirror image" of Op-Centre and goes behind the back of the new president. This Novel shows the similarity between the American and Russian military and the extreame differences. As usual Clancy adds his expert knowledge of military and government thinking and tactics. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat after the first 10 pages. You wont be able to put it down and once you have finished it you will stay up at night thinking about how close are we to a war starting and who stops small disputes expanding across boarders causing an international incident. An excelent novel from begining to end I completly enjoyed evey page of it.
The book is set in what was an all too plausible scenario of the Post Cold War Era. A Coup in Russian driven by an alliance of Military, Political and Criminal elements needs to be stopped. The Striker team is in superb form as they use their training and advanced weaponry to attempt to nip in the bud the forces trying to return Russia to the days of the Soviet Union. There is a gripping ending to look forward to as well as multiple missions go down to the wire in their efforts to protect US and European interests.