cover image Tom Clancy: Point of Contact

Tom Clancy: Point of Contact

Mike Maden. Putnam, $29 (496p) ISBN 978-0-7352-1586-3

Maden (Drone Threat and three other Troy Pierce technothrillers) bases this taut, exciting thriller—an entry in the Jack Ryan Jr. division of the Tom Clancy universe—on the seemingly mundane premise of a corporate audit. Jack Ryan Jr., partnered with forensic accountant Paul Brown, is working for Hendley Associates, a top financial analysis firm, on a study of Dalfan Technologies, a Singaporean company that former U.S. senator Weston Rhodes intends to acquire. Rhodes has a clandestine secondary mission for Paul: installing a CIA diagnostic program to sniff Dalfan’s files for potential cyber-espionage. Tight security delays Paul’s infiltration, and as the deadline nears and Rhodes becomes more agitated, Paul suspects his mission is far more sinister. The not-merely-accountants must outrace international assassins and a massive typhoon to thwart a global financial disaster. Clancy fans can rest assured that the state of the franchise is strong. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME. (June)

Correction: An earlier version of this review listed the incorrect agent and agency.