By Steve Berry
What occurs if either the president and vice-president-elect die earlier than taking the oath of place of work? the answer's faraway from certain—in truth, what follows will be not anything wanting overall political chaos.
Shot down over Siberia, ex-Justice division agent Cotton Malone is pressured right into a struggle for survival opposed to Aleksandr Zorin, a guy whose loyalty to the previous Soviet Union has festered for many years into an excessive hatred of the United States.
Before escaping, Malone learns that Zorin and one other ex-KGB officer, this one a sleeper nonetheless embedded within the West, are headed in a foreign country to Washington D.C. Inauguration Day—noon on January 20th—is in simple terms hours away. A flaw within the structure, and a fair extra unsuitable presidential succession act, have opened the door to catastrophe and Zorin intends to take advantage of either weaknesses to their fullest.
Armed with a weapon leftover from the chilly struggle, one lengthy considered only a fable, Zorin plans to assault. He's aided through a stunning mystery hidden within the documents of America's oldest fraternal organization—the Society of Cincinnati—a crew that after lent out its army savvy to presidents, together with assisting to formulate 3 invasion plans of what was once meant to be America's 14th colony—Canada.
In a race opposed to the clock that starts off within the frozen extremes of Russia and eventually ends on the White residence itself, Malone mustn't ever simply conflict Zorin, he should also confront a crippling worry that he's lengthy denied, yet which now jeopardizes every thing. Steve Berry's trademark mixture of historical past and hypothesis is all right here during this provocative new mystery.
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Keep following it down. Maybe thirty feet. ’’ I began my descent, pausing at intervals to equalize the pressure in my ears as I tried not to panic. I could not see. My heart was pounding as I tried to will myself to relax and take deep breaths. For a moment I stopped and ﬂoated as I shut my eyes and slowly breathed. I resumed following the hose down and panic seized me again when a thick rusting cable suddenly materialized in front of me. I tried to get under it, but I could not see where it was coming from or going to, and I was really more buoyant than I wanted to be and could have used more weight in my belt or the pockets of my BC.