“Clancy’s at top of his game.”

Chicago tribune

“Tom Clancy has passed the torch to a new generation.”

St. louis post-dispatch

“A winner…The novel’s premises are all too plausible—which is what makes Locked On so exciting…Hard to put down”

pittsburgh post gazette

“Tom Clancy fans should welcome Greaney’s fast-paced fourth solo Jack Ryan novel (after 2015’s Commander in Chief), in which once again a small group of heroes tackles a daunting national security threat. Ryan is now president, and his son, Jack Ryan Jr., works for a covert group known as the Campus. Both are tested when an information leak leads to carefully planned hits on members of the military and the intelligence community, apparently carried out by ISIS. The proliferation and scope of the attacks somehow don’t result in widespread panic. President Ryan is able to resist pressure to respond militarily, which he believes would play into the terrorists’ hands. Meanwhile, Jack Jr., an analyst as well as a skilled field agent, races against time to forestall further loss of life by tracing the leak. Those who don’t mind major improbabilities (America’s director of national intelligence flies to Iraq to supervise an operation without notifying the president) will be more than satisfied.”


Tom Clancy Locked On

The Russians call their Kamov-50 helicopter gunship Chernaya Akula—Black Shark. The name suits it, because it is sleek and fast, and it moves with cunning and agility, and, above all, it is a supremely efficient killer of its prey.

A pair of Black Sharks emerged from a predawn fog bank and shot through the moonless sky at two hundred knots, just ten meters above the hard earth of the valley floor. Together they raced through the dark in a tight, staggered formation with their outboard lights extinguished. They flew nap-of-the-earth, following a dry streambed through the valley, skirting thirty kilometers to the northwest of Argvani, the nearest major village here in western Dagestan.

The KA-50s’ contra-rotating coaxial rotors chopped the thin mountain air. The unique twin-rotor design negated the need for a tail rotor, and this made these aircraft faster, as more of the engine’s power could then be applied to propulsion, and it also made these aircraft less susceptible to ground fire, as it reduced by one the points on the big machine where a hit will cause a devastating malfunction.

This trait, along with other redundant systems—a self-sealing fuel tank, and an airframe built partially from composites, including Kevlar—makes the Black Shark an exceptionally hearty combat weapon, but as strong as the KA-50 is, it is equally deadly. The two helos streaking toward their target in Russia’s North Caucasus had a full load-out of air-to-ground munitions: Each carried four hundred fifty 30-millimeter rounds for their underbelly cannon, forty 80-millimeter unguided finned rockets loaded into two outboard pods, and a dozen AT-16 guided air-to-ground missiles hanging off two outboard pylons.

These two KA-50s were Nochny (night) models, and they were comfortable in the black. As they closed on their objective, only the pilots’ night-vision equipment, their ABRIS Moving Map Display, and their FLIR (Forward-Looking Infrared Radar) kept the helos from slamming into each other, the sheer rock walls on either side of the valley, or the undulating landscape below.

The lead pilot checked his time to target, then spoke into his headset’s microphone. “Semi minute.” Seven minutes.

“Ponial”—Got it—came the reply from the Black Shark behind him.