The embattled Republic reels from the attacks of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has marshaled the remnants of the Imperial forces and driven the Rebels back with an abominable technology recovered from the Emperor´s secret fortress: clone soldiers. As Thrawn mounts his final siege, Han Solo and Chewbacca struggle to form a coalition of smugglers for a last-ditch attack, while Princess Leia holds the Alliance together and prepares for the birth of her Jedi twins. The Republic has one last hope-sending a small force into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn´s terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C´baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.
Patrick O´Brian´s Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of their beginning, with Master and Commander, these evocative stories are being re-issued in paperback with smart new livery. This is the fourth book in the series.
Interweaves the minute-by-minute story of an accident at a missile silo in rural Arkansas, where a single crew struggled to prevent the explosion of the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States, with a historical narrative that spans more than fifty years.
Decades ago, as a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan Sr. was sent out to investigate the death of an operative?only to uncover the existence of a KGB assassin codenamed Zenith. He was never able to find the killer... In the present, a new strongman has emerged in the ever-chaotic Russian republic?the enigmatic President Valeri Volodon. But the foundations of his personal empire are built on a bloody secret from his past. And none who know of it have lived to tell. For he has set a plot in motion?a plot to return Russia to its former glory. But when a family friend of Ryan´s is poisoned by a radioactive agent, the trail leads to Russia. And Jack Ryan Jr.?aided by his compatriots John Clark and the covert warriors of the secretive Campus?must delve into an international conflict thirty years in the making, and finish what his father started. With President Ryan fighting the political battle of his life, and his son fighting a silent war against a ruthless foe, global conflict becomes imminent?and the possibility of survival may soon be lost for all...