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What can I say? Anything Tom Clancy does is brilliant. ( )
  crashmyparty | Feb 26, 2014 |
Red Rabbit was by far the weakest of all of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan books. Part of it was that even though it was a prequel, it really didn’t sound like Jack Ryan at all. Mostly it was the plot. Clancy thrillers always have a certain over-the-top quality to them. That’s what makes them fun. But they are always grounded in a certain level of realism. Unfortunately, Red Rabbit’s plot felt so contrived and disjointed that I had a difficult time believe that Clancy actually wrote it. Maybe it was an old draft that someone convinced him to publish anyway. Maybe every writer is destined to write at least one regrettable book in their career. If that’s the case, Red Rabbit is the one. If you have never read Tom Clancy before, whatever you do, don’t start with this one. ( )
  csayban | Jan 21, 2014 |
Billed as an early Jack Ryan, Jack has only a little to do in this novel. It was short, abridged, I believe. Many of he characters used in previous novels are introduced. Fun book, on to my next Clancy novel. ( )
  buffalogr | Jan 20, 2014 |
This was an extremely disappointing book. I have liked Tom Clancy in the past but I could hardly force myself to finish this book. The plot of this book could have been completed in 200 or less pages. There was a lot of unnecessary "filler" and I had a really hard time with the Rabbit's wife being so complacent and willing to unthinkingly "obey" her husband. I had a very hard time believing a lot of the characters and their actions in this book. ( )
  JCalendula | Aug 7, 2012 |
This book flowed along pretty well up until the ending. I felt that Clancy grasped the reader well, but then rushed the last two chapters. I am trying to read the Jack Ryan novels in chronological order so this novel was the third novel that I have read. I can say that this was not his best work so far. ( )
  Steve_Garcia | Mar 13, 2012 |
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The momentous thing in human
life is the art of winning the soul
good or evil.
                            PYTHAGORAS
Without recognizing the ordinances
of Heaven, it is impossible to be a
superior man.
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To Danny O and the men of Engine 52 and Ladder 52
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425191184, Mass Market Paperback)

Long before he was President or head of the CIA, before he fought terrorist attacks on the Super Bowl or the White House, even before a submarine named Red October made its perilous way across the Atlantic, Jack Ryan was an historian, teacher, and recent ex-Marine temporarily living in England while researching a book. A series of deadly encounters with an IRA splinter group had brought him to the attention of the CIA's Deputy Director, Vice Admiral James Greeras well as his counterpart with the British SIS, Sir Basil Charlestonand when Greer asked him if he wanted to come aboard as a freelance analyst, Jack was quick to accept. The opportunity was irresistible, and he was sure he could fit it in with the rest of his work.

And then Jack forgot all about the rest of his work, because one of his first assignments was to help debrief a high-level Soviet defector, and the defector told an amazing tale: Top Soviet officials, including Yuri Andropov, were planning to assassinate the Pope, John Paul II.

Could it be true? As the days and weeks go by, Ryan must battle, first to try to confirm the plot, and then to prevent it, but this is a brave new world, and nothing he has done up to now has prepared him for the lethal game of cat-and-mouse that is the Soviet Union versus the United States. In the end, it will be not just the Pope's life but the stability of the Western world that is at stake. . . and it may already be too late for a novice CIA analyst to do anything about it.

"Clancy creates not only compelling characters but frighteningly topical situations and heart-stopping action," wrote The Washington Post about The Bear and the Dragon. "Among the handful of superstars, Clancy still reigns, and he is not likely to be dethroned any time soon." These words were never truer than about the remarkable pages of his breathtaking new novel. This is Clancy at his bestand there is none better.

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In a lethal game of cat-and-mouse that is the Soviet Union versus the United States, the Pope's life is in danger, as is the stability of the Western world. Jack Ryan is at the center of the action, but it may already be too late for a novice CIA analyst to do anything about the conflict. This is Clancy at his best--and there is none better.… (more)

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