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The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

The Hunt for Red October (original 1984; edition 1985)

by Tom Clancy

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Title:The Hunt for Red October
Authors:Tom Clancy
Info:Berkley (1985), Paperback, 480 pages
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The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy (1984)


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A very strong, believable story. ( )
  DCavin | Jun 13, 2017 |
Russian nuclear submarine defects ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 10, 2017 |
I loved the movie and decided to read the book. A lot of differences from the movie, but still a great read. But I probably won't read any other books by the author.

A friend mentioned that when she taught school, sometimes her class would read a book and see the corresponding movie. She then had the students create a Venn diagram - to show what was in the book not the movie, what was in the movie not the book, what was in both the movie and the book. I think that would have been interesting, but I'm not doing it this time.

The book came from Half Price Books, and my plan is to give it away.
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  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
As much as I wanted this to be one of my favorite books (esp since the movie is up there in my top 15 or so), I was underwhelmed. I mean, the man did his research, don't get me wrong. I learned more about Alpha and Victor class subs than I'd ever care to know, but it was often too technical to keep me interested. I actually had to put it down frequently, just because I was getting so tangled up in the technical aspects of the subs and the espionage that I was starting to lose the story line. I am not a naval historian, nor do I really know anything about any sort of engineering, so perhaps that's why Clancy lost me.

That aside, the story itself was good. I thoroughly enjoyed Raimus; I wish we were privy to more of his private thoughts and actions and such, but otherwise, he was a well developed character unlike Jack Ryan. Ryan felt very... one dimensional. I just feel like I wanted so much more out of his character other than being really smart and terrified of flying. I was also a little disappointed that Skip didn't have a bigger part in the whole charade. I can't quite put my finger on why.

ALSO! I want to know what the hell happened to the Russian contact. I can't remember his code name off the top of my head, but they were so worried about getting him out, and never said if he agreed this time or not! With his poor health, it was definitely a possibility, but *poof* nothing.

Overall, it was a good book, but (sadly) the movie was better. ( )
  cebellol | May 3, 2016 |
I remember reading this book before the movie came out. It was awesome! Then the movie came out and it was awesome too. The one benefit of the book is that it provides better explanations of various topics taken for granted in the move (like SOSUS). One of my favorite movies. By default one of my favorite books. ( )
  usma83 | Feb 10, 2016 |
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For Ralph Chatham,
a sub driver who spoke the truth,
and for all the men who wear dolphins
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Captain First Rank Marko Ramius of the Soviet Navy was dressed for the Arctic conditions normal to the Northern Fleet submarine base at Polyarnyy.
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Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision: the Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. And the most incredible chase in history is on....

The Hunt for Red October is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy's phenomenal career. A military thriller so accurate and convincing that the author was rumored to have been debriefed by the White House. Its theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. Its story: the chase for a runaway top secret Russian missile sub.

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A soviet sub commander makes a decision and heads west; what ensues is a tale of intrigue and excitement as the Americans try to get to the sub and the Russians try to get her back.

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