True Faith and Allegiance

True Faith and Allegiance (stylized as Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance, Tom Clancy: True Faith and Allegiance, or Tom Clancy's True Faith and Allegiance in the United Kingdom[1]) is a political thriller, written by Mark Greaney and released on December 6, 2016. In the book, President Jack Ryan and The Campus must contain a massive intelligence breach that has been responsible for a series of terrorist attacks on American military and intelligence personnel. True Faith and Allegiance is Greaney's last book in the Jack Ryan series, which is part of the Tom Clancy universe. It debuted at number three on the New York Times bestseller list.[2]

True Faith and Allegiance
AuthorMark Greaney
Audio read byScott Brick
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Series
  • Jack Ryan
  • The Campus
Genre
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
December 6, 2016
Media typePrint (Hardcover, Paperback), Audio, eBook
Pages726
ISBN9781101988831
Preceded byCommander in Chief 
Followed byPower and Empire 

Plot summary

Romanian hacker Alexandru Dalca obtains an old copy of the e-QIP database, which contains personal information on millions of American military and intelligence personnel. The Chinese originally hire him to use the stolen information in order to locate U.S. spies in their country. However, Dalca uses this treasure trove of information to make a profit by building targeting packages on specific individuals. This attracts the attention of Saudi technocrat Sami bin Rashid, who wanted to provoke the United States into a quagmire in the Middle East fighting ISIS, which would then recoup the loss of profit in Saudi oil.

After making contact with Dalca through the dark web, Bin Rashid meets with ISIS operative Abu Musa al Matari and formulates a plan to attack American military and intelligence personnel, using the targeting packages compiled by Dalca himself, in order to further his plan. Al Matari then recruits cleanskins and assigns them into cells to carry out the attacks. The video recordings of the assaults are then uploaded to the Islamic State's propaganda site, promoting the terror organization, garnering new followers, and inspiring a series of copycat attacks.

The intelligence community quickly becomes concerned about the wave of attacks on American intelligence and military personnel, and scramble to find the source. President Jack Ryan is then pressured by the media and elements in his own government to deploy troops into the Middle East to battle the Islamic State, but persistently refuses to do so by gathering intelligence, knowing that Islamic State is provoking him.

Meanwhile, the understaffed The Campus recruits two new members: previously director of transportation Adara Sherman and ex-Delta Force operator Bartosz “Midas” Jankowski. They also investigate the attacks, and later deduce that the e-QIP database may have been compromised. Jack Ryan Jr. looks into a particular, seemingly unrelated attack on Scott Hagen, who is the commander of the guided missile destroyer USS James Greer, from the brother of a Russian submarine crew killed by Hagen in a recent battle in the Baltic Sea (depicted in Commander in Chief). After looking into the assailant's social media, he finds out that Dalca provided information on Hagen prior to the attack. With this information on hand, The Campus heads to Romania.

In the meantime, the Chinese get suspicious about Dalca not following their orders. The hacker assumes the same thing, and when the Chinese come looking for him in his place of work, he escapes, intending to leave Romania. The Campus, who are surveilling the Romanian nearby, joins in the chase and get involved in a shootout with the Chinese, killing them, but Dalca is nowhere to be found. The Campus later finds out about Dalca's plans to leave the country, and abduct him on an airport. He decides to cooperate in stopping al Matari; Ryan presents himself as a target, staying in an isolated cabin in a Maryland forest. Al Matari takes the bait and is easily captured, while the rest of his henchmen are killed in the ensuing firefight.

The headquarters of the Islamic State's propaganda wing was later destroyed in an airstrike. Meanwhile, Bin Rashid was killed by The Campus in a plane headed for Australia.

Characters

United States government

U.S. military

The Campus

  • Gerry Hendley: Director of The Campus and Hendley Associates
  • John Clark: Director of operations
  • Domingo “Ding” Chavez: Senior operations officer
  • Dominic “Dom” Caruso: Operations officer
  • Jack Ryan, Jr.: Operations officer / senior analyst
  • Gavin Biery: Director of information technology
  • Adara Sherman: Director of transportation
  • Helen Reid: Pilot of Campus Gulfstream G550
  • Chester “Country” Hicks: Copilot of Campus Gulfstream G550

Other characters

  • Dr. Cathy Ryan: First Lady of the United States
  • Dr. Olivia “Sally” Ryan: Daughter of President Jack Ryan
  • Xozan Barzani: Kurdish Peshmerga commander
  • Sami bin Rashid: Security official, Gulf Cooperation Council
  • Abu Musa al-Matari: Yemeni national / Islamic State operative
  • Vadim Rechkov: Russian citizen in U.S. on a student visa
  • Dragomir Vasilescu: Director of Advanced Research Technological Designs (ARTD)
  • Alexandru Dalca: Researcher for ARTD; open-source investigations expert
  • Luca Gabor: Romanian prison inmate; identity intelligence expert
  • Bartosz Jankowski: Lieutenant colonel (Ret.), U.S. Army; call sign “Midas”; ex-Delta Force operator
  • Edward Laird: Former CIA executive; intelligence community contractor
  • “Algiers”: Algerian ISIS operative
  • Tripoli: Libyan ISIS operative
  • Rakim: Leader of ISIS cell “Chicago”
  • Omar: Leader of ISIS cell “Detroit”
  • Angela Watson: Leader of ISIS cell “Atlanta”
  • Kateb Albaf: Leader of ISIS cell “Santa Clara”
  • David Hembrick: Leader of ISIS cell “Fairfax”

Reception

Commercial

True Faith and Allegiance debuted at number three at the Combined Print & E-Book Fiction and Hardcover Fiction[3] categories of the New York Times bestseller list for the week of December 25, 2016. In addition, it debuted at number nine on the USA Today Best Selling Books list for the week of December 15, 2016.[4]

Critical

The book received generally positive reviews. Associated Press praised Greaney, who "handles the tech side with grace and has fleshed out the cast and given them depth."[5] In a featured review, thriller novel reviewer The Real Book Spy praised the novel as "a fantastic, timely political thriller that has everything fans of the genre are looking for" and concluded that it is "A must-read for anyone who considers themselves a fan of thrillers."[6]

References

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