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Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy

Red Storm Rising (original 1986; edition 1988)

by Tom Clancy

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Title:Red Storm Rising
Authors:Tom Clancy
Info:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (1988), Paperback, 832 pages
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Tags:fiction, war

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Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy (1986)

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    Red Army by Ralph Peters (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Published in the same period as "Red Storm Rising", "Red Army" depicts a Warsaw Pact invasion of Western Germany seen entirely from the viewpoint of the Soviet soldiers. A riveting and insightful story written by an US Intelligence officer.

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Listed in the 1001 books you must read before you die http://www.listology.com/list/1001-books-you-must-read-you-die
Listed in The Guardian's 1000 best novels http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction

Not sure what I think of this one, it's not quite what I expected. I read this on my kindle and it's taken me about 6 months of reading a chapter or so and then going off and reading something else for a while. Another one that comes under the heading "is it the book or the format?"

I guess everyone thinks they know the story - I certainly thought I did, but found there was much more to it. Yes, Lady Chatterley is unfaithful to her husband with his Gamekeeper. Yes, I guess the writing was racy for the times - certainly the book was banned, but I wonder whether it was the sex or the social commentary that really got 'the Establishment' worked up. Personally I found it far too clinical and cold to be considered racy. What surprised me was the actual story, the hopeless marriage, the tacit understanding that to have an heir, his lordship would need to turn a blind eye to his wife having an affair, the descriptions of life in a mining area, the social commentary. Yes, I should have realised that there would be social commentary from DH Lawrence, but the hype of the book banning etc makes you forget that there is an actual story there. By the time I got to the last chapter, I couldn't quite believe that I had reached the end - I wanted to know what happened next, despite not liking any of the characters (except, perhaps, Mellors - the most sympathetic in a horrible set of people).

Ok, I've written myself into believing that I liked this book. Worth reading, but not necessarily enjoyable.
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  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
Probably the best Clancy book I've ever read. Essentially, the Russians start World War III and provides a sneak peak into technology that was previously top secret. ( )
1 vote biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
This was my first introduction to Tom Clancy, and remains my favorite book. The opening chapter is Clancy at his best: terrorists attack and destroy an oil refinery in the Soviet Union. This forces the Soviets to essentially launch an offensive against the rest of the world to secure their energy future.

The weapons systems, military strategy, and various points of view on both sides of the conflict kept me riveted the whole way through this massive volume. If you liked The Hunt for Red October, this one's just as good. ( )
  DanKoboldt | Nov 24, 2015 |
prequel to Hunt for Red October
  SLHobbs | Sep 3, 2015 |
This is one of the best single-volume war novels I have ever read. The action is tense and non-stop once the shooting starts. It's a large novel, but reads quickly.

The novel spans the cause, buildup, commencement, execution and completion of a short WWIII between NATO and Soviet conventional forces. Using the then-state-of-the-art in technology, arms, and doctrine, Clancy and Bond weave a very taut tale imagining how these different technologies and tactics might interact once unleashed. Some promising technologies are brought low, others are used in unintended ways by the inventive minds in the field and staff, thereby shifting battlefield advantages.

Red Storm Rising's primary story is the action. As such the different theaters (air, sea, land, intel), many characters, geopolitics, and other facets are subservient to driving the action. You may see reviews which critique Clancy's handling of this or that (no strong characterization, wish there was more focus on this or that theater, the politics wasn't as fleshed out as desired...) but the reviewers miss the point that the action is the story. Readers unfamiliar with the techno-military jargon will be able to sort through the zoo of Bears, Badgers, Tomcats, Hornets, Eagles, Falcons, Aardvarks, Sea Stallions,... and the numerous alphanumeric designators. You'll get the concepts from the contexts.

This is a great book I could not put down. No obvious typos or other editorial sloppiness ( )
  Hae-Yu | May 4, 2015 |
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Although the writing is unduly prolix, especially in its loving treatment of submarine warfare, the story is well told. The many readers of Mr. Clancy's first book will enjoy ''Red Storm Rising.'' His is an oddly comforting version of World War III.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Tom Clancyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bond, Larrymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Abraham, F. MurrayNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bruning, FransTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Isaka, KiyoshiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prichard, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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From time immemorial, the purpose of a navy has been to influence, and sometimes decide, issues on land. This was so with the Greeks of antiquity; Romans, who created a navy to defeat Carthage; the Spanish, whose armada tried and failed to conquer England; and, most eminently, in the Atlantic and Pacific during two world wars. The sea has always given man in expensive transport and ease of communication over long distances. It has also provided concealment, because being over the horizon meant being out of sight and effectively beyond reach. The sea has supplied mobility, capability, and support throughout Western history, and those failing in the sea-power test -notably Alexander, Napoleon and Hitler - also failed the longevity one. - Edward L. Beach, in Keepers of the Sea
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They moved swiftly, silently, with purpose, under a crystalline, star-filled night in western Siberia.
The Badger pilots were a little too relaxed, now that the most dangerous part of their mission was behind them. They didn’t spot the four American fighters until they were less than a mile away, their robin’s-egg-blue paint blending them in perfectly with the clear morning sky. Buns selected her cannon for the first pass and triggered two hundred rounds into the cockpit of a Badger. The twin –engine bomber went instantly out of control and rolled over like a dead whale. One. The major howled with delight, pulled the Eagle up into a five-g loop, then over to dive on the next target. The Soviets were alerted now, and the second Badger attempted to dive away. It had not the slightest chance. Nakamura fired her Sidewinder from a range of less than a mile and watched the missile trace all the way into the Badger’s left –side engine, and blast the wing right off the airplane. Two. Another
Badger was three miles ahead. Patience, she told herself. You have a big speed advantage. She nearly forgot that the Russian bomber had tail guns. A Soviet sergeant reminded her of it, missing, but scaring the hell out of her. The Eagle jerked in a six-g turn to the left and closed on a parallel course before turning in. the next burst from her cannon exploded the Badger in midair, and she had to dive to avoid the wreckage. The engagement lasted all of ninety seconds, and she was wringing wet with perspiration. “Butch, where are you?” “I got one! Buns, I got one!” The Eagle pulled up alongside. Nakamura looked around. Suddenly the sky was clear. Where had they all gone? “Navy Hawk-One, this is Golf, do you read, over?” “Roger, Golf.” “Okay, Navy.
We just smoked four, repeat four, Badgers for you.” “Make that five, Buns!” the other element leader called in.
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Although Larry's (Bond) name does not appear on the title page, this book is as much his as mine. We never did figure out the division of labor, but what Larry and I accomplished was to complete a book as co-authors when our only contract was a handshake-and have a whole lot of fun doing it! It is for the reader to decide how successful we have been.--Author's Note. Bond is co-holder of the 1986 copyright.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 042510107X, Mass Market Paperback)

Using the latest advancements in military technology, the world's superpowers battle it out on land, sea, and air for the ultimate global control. A chillingly authentic vision of modern war, Red Storm Rising is as powerful as it is ambitious. It's a story you will never forget.

Hard-hitting, suspenseful, and frighteningly real.

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When Moslem fundamentalists destroy a key Soviet oil complex, the Russians initiate a plan of diplomatic trickery for their seizure of Persian Gulf oil.

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