Published: Apr 07, 2010 7:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Clancy's next novel will be an all-star reunion.

The author is bringing together such favorite characters as Jack Ryan and John Clark for "Dead or Alive," a thriller set in the post-Sept. 11 age of terrorism.

Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), announced Wednesday that it plans a first printing of 1.75 million copies when the book comes out in December.

Clancy is known for such best-sellers as "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games."