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The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel) (original 1984; edition 2010)

by Tom Clancy (Author)

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The Soviets' new ballistic-missile submarine is attempting to defect to the United States, but the Soviet Atlantic fleet has been ordered to find and destroy her at all costs. Can Red October reach the U.S. safely?
Title:The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel)
Authors:Tom Clancy (Author)
Info:Berkley (2010), Edition: Reprint, 656 pages
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The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy (1984)


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Very cleverly written and one of the few books i re-read several times as its perfect. ( )
  MarkJohnstone | May 9, 2020 |
This is a gripping military thriller that began Tom Clancy's career and one of his first books with the Jack Ryan character. A top-secret Russian submarine has gone missing and they want her back. The Americans also want her. Technically realistic with a great deal of description this book takes you through a thrilling cat and mouse chase. ( )
  baughga | Apr 19, 2020 |
Tom Clancy’s debut novel, The Hunt for Red October, depicts Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius who, along with his senior officers, determines to defect to the United States, brining the ballistic missile submarine Red October with him. His actions trigger a series of events in which CIA analyst Jack Ryan works to contact and aid Ramius while U.S. defense forces attempt to find the submarine before the Soviet fleet can destroy it. John McTiernan adapted the 1984 novel as a film with the same name in 1990 that, while faithful to the characters and the basic structure of the plot, left out many of the details. For example, Clancy alternates between various members of both the U.S. and Soviet intelligence forces as well as their respective appendages, following characters at SOSUS, the underwater sonar monitoring network. He also depicts nearly half the Soviet fleet chasing the Red October, with one submarine captain driving his boat so hard due to the potential political ramifications of not showing enough zeal that his reactor melts down. The U.S. does not work alone in its efforts to contact the submarine and make a show of force against the Soviet presence in the Atlantic Ocean; rather, several British ships and submarines appear along with supporting characters who were entirely absent from the film adaptation. Though the story has elements of action, the conflict is more ideological than physical, with both the U.S. and Soviets testing each others’ boundaries while knowing that going too far could start a real war. Even as Clancy carefully details the technology and characters’ motivations, the story never loses its thrilling sense of urgency. It’s no surprise that Clancy’s book has such a lasting legacy. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Apr 17, 2020 |
A Cold War book that aged very well. Still, a bit of great American prosperity and "our enlisted men are more skilled than their officers" theme running through the book. A Soviet sub captain makes plans to defect to the US along with his hand-picked officers. He is in the newest and most advanced Soviet submarine that can run almost silent. It is discovered by Petty Officer Jones (our enlisted guy). It's not a thrilling page-turner but a more political chess game between the superpowers and their men. Although the world's three most powerful navies are involved, the military damage is minimal. The Cold War was cold and diplomacy, technology, and behind the scenes maneuvering were the norm. Clancy captured an era with this book. ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
I read the first 1/2 dozen or so of Tom Clancy's books back in the 80's before I got burned out on him. Either his writing changed or my tastes did, because I didn't care much for him after that. But his first few books were well written so I thought I'd start over again and see if I still enjoy them. So far, so good. ( )
  parloteo | Dec 21, 2019 |
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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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ISBN 0792187156 is the movie; not the book.
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