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I read a chapter of this book years ago, and I really want to read it now but can't remember the name or author (Tom Clancy maybe?). It started like this:

Two men (at least one is really high up in the military), drive to a meeting separately. They meet in a park or somewhere like that to avoid microphones or cameras recording them. They talk about possible plots against the US (I think the White House specifically) and one of them talks about how he would do it if he were a terrorist. Based on the ripples in a nearby harbor/body of water, he realizes that there are boats under the water (he was a sailor or something), and they both realize that the plot he thought of was occurring right then. They leave quickly in the non-military guy's car because they think the military guy's car will be sabotaged.

I know that was hard to follow but if anyone knows what this book is, please help!

  • I really want to say Clancy's Debt of Honor, but there is no similar scene. – Sean Duggan Oct 5 '17 at 11:37
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I'm almost certain this is Empire, by Orson Scott Card.

The only excerpts I can find online are from the first chapter, whereas the events you describe happen slightly later in the narrative. However, I clearly remember this occuring in the novel, and the Wikipedia summary backs this up:

...Major Malich works at the Pentagon, where he writes the plans to find holes in American security, having no idea that they will fall into the wrong hands. The plans call for a stealthy underwater entrance into Washington, D.C., followed by a rocket launcher attack on the White House, relying on an inside informant to give the location of the President. Malich and Coleman come upon the attack in progress, and, after acquiring rifles, attempt to prevent the attack....

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