Tom Clancy, #1 international bestselling author, bestselling videogame presenter and one of the preeminent and most prescient storytellers of our time, has written a modern-day techno-thriller like nothing he has ever done before called Dead or Alive. The eagerly-awaited novel will be published by G. P. Putnam's Sons in the U. S. and by Michael Joseph in the U.K. on December 7, 2010, it was announced today by David Shanks, CEO of Penguin Group (USA) and Tom Weldon, Deputy CEO of Penguin U.K. The publication of Dead or Alive will be a global publishing event, featuring, for the first time ever, many of his greatest characters, including Jack Ryan and John Clark, and brings readers inside the present-day war on terror. Berkley Books will publish the paperback edition of the title in the U.S. in 2011.
David Shanks commented, "Tom's genius for telling a story with exceptional realism and cutting edge authenticity are his hallmarks as a writer. He has created some of the best known characters in contemporary fiction and has mesmerized tens of millions of readers worldwide with his frighteningly real scenarios. We are very excited to be publishing him again in the fall. In his latest novel, he turns up the tension between U.S. forces and their most lethal rivals."
Tom Weldon said, "We can't think of a better Christmas present than the return of one of the world's greatest thriller writers, Tom Clancy. This will be a huge piece of event publishing."
In Clancy's new novel, written in collaboration with U.S. Navy veteran Grant Blackwood, Jack Ryan, Jr. and his colleagues at the Campus, a secret U.S. counter-terrorism organization, have been waging an unofficial and highly effective campaign against the terrorists who threaten Western civilization. As Dead or Alive opens, the war on terror is far from won, but winning it doesn't appear to be a priority for President Kealty, Jack Ryan's successor in the Oval Office. The Emir, a sadistic killer who has masterminded the most vicious terrorist attacks on the West, has eluded capture by the world's armed forces and law enforcement agencies. Now the Campus is on his trail. Joined by their latest recruits, John Clark and Ding Chavez, Jack Ryan, Jr. and his cousins Dominick and Brian Caruso are ordered to catch the Emir and they will bring him in...dead or alive.
Tom Clancy has written thirteen #1 New York Times bestselling novels, all published by G. P. Putnam's Sons and Berkley Books in the U.S.: The Hunt for Red October (Berkley only, 1985), Red Storm Rising (1986), Patriot Games (1987), The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988), Clear and Present Danger (1989), The Sum of All Fears (1991), Without Remorse (1993), Debt of Honor (1994), Executive Orders (1996), Rainbow Six (1998), The Bear and the Dragon (2000), Red Rabbit (2002) and The Teeth of the Tiger (2003).
Grant Blackwood, a U.S. Navy veteran, spent three years aboard a guided missile frigate as operations specialist and pilot rescue swimmer. He is the author of the Briggs Tanner series — The End of Enemies (2001), The Wall of Night (2002) and An Echo of War (2003) — published by Berkley. He has also collaborated with Clive Cussler on Spartan Gold, published by Putnam in 2009, and Lost Empire, which Putnam is publishing in August 2010.