In the Soviet hills of Dushanbe near the Afghanistan border, an otherworldly array of pillars and domes rises into the night. Between the USA and the Soviet Union, no contest is more urgent than the race to build the first missile defense system, and no one knows that more than the two men charged with assessing the Soviet's capabilities: Colonel Mikhail Filitov of the Soviet Union, an old-line warrior distrusted by the army's new inner circle of technocrats, and CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of the Red October affair. Each must use all his craft to arrive at the truth, but Filitov gets there first? And that's when all hell breaks loose. Because Filitov, code-named Cardinal, is America's highest agent in the Kremlin, and he is about to be betrayed to the KGB. His rescue could spell the difference between peace and war, and it is up to Jack Ryan to accomplish it.
"Heart-stopping action...entertaining and eminently topical." (The Washington Post)
"[Clancy] constantly taps the current world situation for its imminent dangers and spins them into an engrossing tale." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Cardinal excites, illuminates... A great listen." (Los Angeles Daily News)
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Double Agents and defections
Tom Clancy's writing is well researched and the scope of the story is incredible especially with many twists and turns the story takes.
The double agent Cardinal. The character's bravery in the face of execution was a brilliant concept.
I really felt for Cardinal when he passed away shortly after his rescue and defection to the United States.
A great counter-intelligence story