Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before had been confirmed as the new caretaker Vice President is told that he is now President of the United States.
PresIdent John Patrick Ryan. That is where Executive Orders begins - as Ryan’s new responsibilities crush in upon him stunning force. But how do you run a government without a government? Where do you even begin? Somehow he must calm an anxious and grieving nation, allay the scepticism of the world’s leaders, conduct a swift investigation of the tragedy and arrange a massive state funeral. - all while attempting to reconstitute a Cabinet and a Congress with the greatest possible speed.
He knows that the eyes of the world are on him now - and many of them are unfriendly. In Beijing, in Tehran and even in Washington, there are those eager to take advantage. Some are hostile towards the United States - some, from Ryan’s,past, harbour intense animosity towards the new President himself. Soon they will begin to make their moves, soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so great even he could not imagine it.