by Tom Clancy
Book #12 in the Op-Center series, published 2005
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The story begins with three major events: a freighter of Chinese illegals being destroyed off the coast of America, A South African sugar mill blowing up, and the bombing of a “gentleman’s club” in Taipei, China.
The explosion of a Chinese freighter–carrying illegal workers–in Charleston Harbor is the first sign that someone is capping Chinese interests abroad.
After explosions in South Africa and Taipei, Op-Center roots out the cause: warring factions in the Chinese government. But still reeling from budget cuts and an almost devastating attack by an electromagnetic pulse explosion, Op-Center itself sustains a third hit: the removal of Commander Paul Hood, replaced by a three-star general from the Army. Op-Center is now under the control of the Pentagon. Hood’s own future exists at the whim of the new President. And the world braces for more attacks…