Don Bentley’s First Jack Ryan Thriller Coming in June

On June 8th, 2021, Jack Ryan Junior returns in Tom Clancy Target Acquired, the next novel in Tom Clancy’s iconic, #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Bentley, who blasted onto the thriller scene last year with his acclaimed debut thriller Without Sanction, will continue his Matt Drake series—book two, The Outside Man, came out earlier this year—while also penning the summer Clancy releases. Veteran bestseller Marc Cameron will continue writing the fall books, which tend to focus more on Jack Ryan Senior.

A talented writer who has flashed series potential during his short career, Bentley has his work cut out for him after replacing Mike Maden, who churned out the last four Jack Junior books. A fan-favorite among Clancy diehards, all of Maden’s books were well-received by readers and critics alike, and also dominated the New York Times bestsellers list each and every year. Seeing him exit the franchise is a real blow, but I’m told Maden has another project lined up that his fans will hopefully hear about in the near future.

With big shoes to fill, Bentley’s first offering mixes plenty of action, the kind his fans have come to expect, with a smart plot that’ll leave readers glued to their seats.

Check out the official plot details and cover art below.


Jack Ryan, Jr., will do anything for a friend, but this favor will be paid for in blood in the latest electric entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Jack Ryan, Jr. would do anything for Ding Chavez. That’s why Jack is currently sitting in an open-air market in Israel, helping a CIA team with a simple job. The man running the mission, Peter Beltz, is an old friend from Ding’s Army days. Ding hadn’t seen his friend since Peter’s transfer to the CIA eighteen months prior, and intended to use the assignment to reconnect. Unfortunately, Ding had to cancel at the last minute and asked Jack to take his place. It’s a cushy assignment–a trip to Israel in exchange for a couple hours of easy work, but Jack could use the downtime after his last operation.

Jack is here merely as an observer, but when he hastens to help a woman and her young son, he finds himself the target of trained killers. Alone and outgunned, Jack will have to use all his skills to protect the life of the child.



Don Bentley spent a decade as an Army Apache helicopter pilot, and while deployed in Afghanistan was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal with “V” device for valor. Following his time in the military, Don worked as an FBI special agent focusing on foreign intelligence and counterintelligence and was a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team member.

Fans looking to get their pre-ordering on can now do so here or anywhere else books are sold. For more coverage of this title, including a full review and author interview, make sure to check back soon.


Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. Additionally, he co-hosts ThrillerTalk, a new podcast with K.J. Howe. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.


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