People say the Cold War is coming back. For some, it never went away.
Shot down over Siberia in what was to be a simple meet-and-greet mission, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States.
Before escaping, Malone learns that Zorin is headed for North America to join another long-term sleeper embedded in the West.
Armed with a Soviet weapon long thought to be just a myth, Zorin is aided by a shocking secret hidden in the archives of America's oldest fraternal organization, the Society of Cincinnati. Past presidents used this group's military offensive - including advice on the invasion of what was to be America's 14th Colony - Canada.
Inauguration Day for a new President of the U.S.A. is only hours away. Zorin's deadly plan is timed to bring about political chaos.
In a race against the clock from Russia to the White House itself, Malone must not only battle Zorin, he must also confront his deepest fear, a crippling weakness that he's long denied but one that now jeopardizes everything. Steve Berry's trademark mix of fact, fiction, history and speculation is all here in this fast-paced and utterly compelling new thriller.
Berry raises this genre's stakes. - New York Times
A former KGB agent heading to Washington in the run-up to a new president's inauguration ... The chunks of secret history (also featuring America's past plans to invade Canada) are fascinating. - The Sunday Times
I love this guy. - Lee Child
As always with Steve Berry, you're educated about significant things while your knuckles are turning white and the pages are flying by. - David Baldacci