Since the phenomenal worldwide success of his first novel, The Hunt for Red October, Tom Clancy has become the world's fastest selling author. Clear and Present Danger was the best-selling book of the 1980s, and The Sum of all Fears, Without Remorse and Executive Orders also topped bestseller lists worldwide. Three of his novels have now been made into highly successful films: The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. He is also the author of SSN and the non-fiction books Submarine, Armoured Warfare, Fighter Wing and Marine, and the co-creater of the Op-Centre series. Tom Clancy lives in Maryland, USA. Steve Pieczenik is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist with an MD from Cornell University Medical College. He has a PhD in International Relations from MIT and served as principal hostage negotiator and international crisis manager while Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance and James Baker. He is also a bestselling novelist, the author of the psycho-political thrillers THE MIND PALACE, BLOOD HEAT, MAXIMUM VIGILANCE and PAX PACIFICA.