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Marc Cameron, Tom Clancy (Series Creator)

Oath of Office

ALSO BY TOM CLANCY

FICTION

The Hunt for Red October

Red Storm Rising

Patriot Games

The Cardinal of the Kremlin

Clear and Present Danger

The Sum of All Fears

Without Remorse

Debt of Honor

Executive Orders

Rainbow Six

The Bear and the Dragon

Red Rabbit

The Teeth of the Tiger

Dead or Alive (with Grant Blackwood)

Against All Enemies (with Peter Telep)

Locked On (with Mark Greaney)

Threat Vector (with Mark Greaney)

Command Authority (with Mark Greaney)

Tom Clancy Support and Defend (by Mark Greaney)

Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect (by Mark Greaney)

Tom Clancy Under Fire (by Grant Blackwood)

Tom Clancy Commander in Chief (by Mark Greaney)

Tom Clancy Duty and Honor (by Grant Blackwood)

Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance (by Mark Greaney)

Tom Clancy Point of Contact (by Mike Maden)

Tom Clancy Power and Empire (by Marc Cameron)

NONFICTION

Submarine: A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship

Armored Cav: A Guided Tour of an Armored Cavalry Regiment

Fighter Wing: A Guided Tour of an Air Force Combat Wing

Marine: A Guided Tour of a Marine Expeditionary Unit

Airborne: A Guided Tour of an Airborne Task Force

Carrier: A Guided Tour of an Aircraft Carrier

Into the Storm: A Study in Command

with General Fred Franks, Jr. (Ret.), and Tony Koltz

Every Man a Tiger: The Gulf War Air Campaign

with General Chuck Horner (Ret.) and Tony Koltz

Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces

with General Carl Stiner (Ret.) and Tony Koltz

Battle Ready

with General Tony Zinni (Ret.) and Tony Koltz

PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

Jack Ryan: President of the United States

Mary Pat Foley: Director of national intelligence

Arnold “Arnie” van Damm: President Ryan’s chief of staff

Scott Adler: Secretary of state

Robert Burgess: Secretary of defense

Mark Dehart: Secretary of homeland security

THE CAMPUS

Gerry Hendley: Director of The Campus and Hendley Associates

John Clark: Director of operations

Domingo “Ding” Chavez: Assistant director of operations

Jack Ryan, Jr.: Operations officer and senior analyst

Dominic “Dom” Caruso: Operations officer

Adara Sherman: Operations officer

Bartosz “Midas” Jankowski: Operations officer

Gavin Biery: Director of information technology

Lisanne Robertson: Director of transportation

OTHER CHARACTERS

United States

Dr. Cathy Ryan: First Lady of the United States

Will Hyatt: U.S. Air Force Reaper pilot

Michelle Chadwick: United States senator

Randal Van Orden: Professor of astrophysics, U.S. Naval Academy

Alex Hardy: U.S. Naval Academy midshipman

Russia

Nikita Yermilov: President of Russia

Maksim Dudko: Yermilov’s aide

Erik Dovzhenko: Russian SVR officer stationed in Tehran

Colonel Pavel Mikhailov: Antonov 124 pilot, Russian Air Force

Elizaveta Bobkova: Russian SVR operative stationed in Washington, D.C.

Europe

Hugo Gaspard: French arms dealer

Lucile Fournier: French assassin

Urbano da Rocha: Portuguese arms dealer

Iran

Reza Kazem: Leader of the Persian Spring

Ayatollah Ghorbani: Lesser Ayatollah in Iran’s ruling council

Parviz Sassani: Major, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Maryam Farhad: Dovzhenko’s Iranian girlfriend

Ysabel Kashani: Iranian academic; Jack Junior’s former girlfriend

Atash Yazdani: Iranian aeronautical engineer

Sahar Tabrizi: Iranian astrophysicist

Cameroon

Chance Burlingame: U.S. ambassador to Cameroon

Adin Carr: Diplomatic security agent assigned to Cameroon

François Njaya: President of Cameroon

General Mbida: Cameroonian general

Sarah Porter: Wife of deputy chief of mission, Cameroon

Sean Jolivette: F/A-18 Hornet pilot, USS George H. W. Bush

EPIGRAPH

Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number of men who are not good.

— Niccolò Machiavelli

1

In Mother Russia, secrets did not stay secret for long. Information was strength. Informing was ingrained. It was nothing short of miraculous that Colonel Pavel Mikhailov of the 224th Air Detachment, Military Transport Aviation, had been able to hide his sins at all.

The tribunal convened by his superiors had been a lengthy and embarrassing ordeal. But he was better for it, wasn’t he? Bez muki net nauki—no torture, no science. No pain, no gain, the Americans said. Now he’d gotten back his wings — and he wasn’t about to do anything that would jeopardize them again. He would be careful. He would be precise. Above all, he would be sober.

Flashlight in hand, the fifty-three-year-old colonel walked beneath the drooping wing of the monstrous Antonov An-124 cargo plane, taking comfort in the smell of jet fuel. A light wind tousled his thinning gray hair. Rosacea that never seemed to go away anymore pinked the round apples of his cheeks. The night had turned out chilly, but the day had been a pleasant one for spring in Moscow, and the black tarmac was still giving up its warmth. Colonel Mikhailov wore small foam earplugs to protect his hearing, but the whine of the auxiliary power unit and the hydraulic squeal of machinery were muffled music to his way of thinking. He played the flashlight under the broad surface of the swept wing, then carefully checked each of the twenty-four tires, as complete and thorough in this preflight as if he were still a pink-faced cadet at Gagarin Academy.

He’d never wrecked an aircraft, or even had a close call, but as his commanding general said, no matter how skilled a pilot he was, one could only show up for work “looking like a bag of ass” so many times before people began to talk. Ironically, his superiors had not begun to worry until after he attended his first weekly meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Russian government had long been wary of AA — secret meetings and deference to a higher power other than the state lent credence to the general lack of trust in any program created by the West. But more than that, it was Mikhailov’s new attitude that bothered them.

Vodka was as much a part of the Russian psyche as great-coats and poems about troika rides.

In 1858 the government attempted to refill the state coffers drained by the Crimean War by tripling the price of a bucket of vodka. Peasants took oaths of sobriety to protest this tax. Temperance movements swelled as formerly sotted citizens swore off anything more potent than beer — and that just would not do. The Army intervened with crushing aggression on behalf of state alcohol interests, flogging the protesters and using funnels to force vodka down their throats. Temperance groups were outlawed, and more than seven hundred protesters were arrested as rebels.

If Colonel Mikhailov was suddenly worried about handling his liquor, perhaps everyone else should worry as well. Perhaps he was a rebel.

Three decades of service had given Mikhailov guardian angels in high places, men who had flown with him in Afghanista ...