Debt of Honor (A Jack Ryan Novel)

By Tom Clancy

Razio Yamata is one in every of Japan's so much influential industrialists, and a part of a comparatively small workforce of authority who wield large authority within the Pacific Rim's fiscal powerhouse.

He has devised a plan to cripple the yankee greatness, humble the U.S. army, and increase Japan to a place of dominance at the global stage.

Yamata's motivation lies in his wish to repay a Debt of Honor to his mom and dad and to the rustic he feels is chargeable for their deaths—America. All he wishes is a catalyst to set his plan in movement.

When the defective fuel tank on one Tennessee family's automobile results in their fiery demise, an opportunistic U. S. congressman makes use of the celebration to hurry a brand new exchange legislation in the course of the approach. The legislation is designed to squeeze Japan economically. in its place, it offers Yamata with the leverage he must placed his plan into action.

As Yamata's plan starts to spread, it turns into transparent to the area that somebody is launching a fully-integrated operation opposed to the U.S.. there is just one guy to determine who the offender is—Jack Ryan, the hot President's nationwide protection consultant.

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