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Cardinal of the Kremlin by Tom Clancy

Cardinal of the Kremlin (original 1988; edition 1989)

by Tom Clancy

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Title:Cardinal of the Kremlin
Authors:Tom Clancy
Info:Thorndike Pr (1989), Paperback
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Tags:Thriller, Jack Ryan

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The Cardinal of the Kremlin by Tom Clancy (1988)



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Spy novel - Misha, KGB - CIA very technical intrigue - okay

Two men possess vital data on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is CARDINAL—America's highest agent in the Kremlin—and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other is the one American who can save CARDINAL and lead the world to the brink of peace…or war. Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece. A riveting novel of the most important issue of our time.
  christinejoseph | Sep 18, 2015 |
very good story ( )
  longhorndaniel | May 29, 2013 |
most of this book i was wanting to give it 1 star, but the ending kept me far more interested/entertained than the rest of the book, so i was planning on giving it 2 stars. but then i just couldn't, it's just not good enough. i guess i'm just not that into spy novels, but also i was really disappointed in the quality of the writing. if the story had grabbed me, i might not have noticed nearly as much, but because i really didn't care about the story until pretty close to the end, i found the poor writing annoying.

my favorite examples:

"What had been a single dot of light blossomed like an exploding star in a science-fiction movie. But this wasn't science fiction."

and then 160 pages later:

"The sounds came back slowly, and seemed distant, like the noises of a dream. But this was no dream." ( )
  elisa.saphier | Apr 2, 2013 |
Cardinal of the Kremlin by Tom Clancy was boring. It was about Jack Ryan and his Soviet counterpart Mikhail Filitov. Filitov is an old Soviet turned American spy and Ryan is a CIA agent.
I thought the book was boring. Clancy goes into every little detail which is very boring. I think that’s a problem with Clancy’s books. I’d recommend it to someone who wants to suffer through a book.
  Antbe | Mar 25, 2013 |
Set near the end of the Cold War, The Cardinal of the Kremlin is a fast paced action adventure novel that I had a hard time putting down. Much like Clancy’s other novels, this story is told through multiple points of views, and stars Clancy’s famed protagonist, Jack Ryan. Mainly, it is about an undercover CIA agent, named Colonel Mikhail Semyonovich Filitov, who is hidden way high up in the ranks of the Soviet Army. When Filtrov sends information about the new Soviet laser defense system, all havoc breaks loose. A small slip on an exchange was witnessed by a KGB agent, and now the whole chain of CIA spies throughout Moscow is beginning to be uncovered. Jack Ryan and the rest of the CIA must find a way to get Filtrov and his information out of Moscow, while he is still alive.
The Cardinal of the Kremlin was another great masterpiece by Tom Clancy. Even though it may start off a bit dry and slow, Clancy’s meticulous writing skill leaves one satisfied and not begging for questions. I found that this book had one of the most intense few ending chapters of all time (even for Clancy standards), and I read the second half of the book in under three days, whereas the first half took several weeks. It was worth every second because The Cardinal of the Kremlin is a adrenaline fueled action espionage adventure which will make your hands tremble with anticipation with every turn of a page. ( )
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Two men possess vital data on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is CARDINAL--America's highest agent in the Kremlin--and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other is the one American who can save CARDINAL and lead the world to the brink of peace--or war.

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The Soviet Union and United States Star Wars race escalates, Colonel Mikkail Filtov, America's agent in the Kremlin, is about to be betrayed, and only Jack Ryan can save Filtov--and world peace.

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