And then Jack forgot all about the rest of his work, because on his very first day, and extraordinary document crossed his desk. The new Pope, John Paul II, had just delivered a private ultimatum to Warsaw: If the government persisted in its repression, he would feel compelled to resign the papacy and return to Poland. And in Moscow, another man was contemplating those very same consequences. Yuriy Andropov, the chairman of the KGB, did not like what he read, did not like what it meant for him or for his nation. All it took was one man to cause everything he had worked for to crumble. . . And all it took was one man to stop him. The Pope was very powerful -- but he was also mortal, wasn't he?
And so it begins, and almost unthinkable plot that quickly becomes much more -- a plan to bring down not just leaders, but nations. In the weeks to come, Ryan will find himself in the middle of a chain reaction he could not have imagined, a high-stakes game meant to shake the world. . . and in which a novice CIA analyst just might be out of his depth.