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The Cardinal of the Kremlin (A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 4) Kindle Edition

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Two men possess vital information on Russias 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 one is the 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 about one of the most intriguing issues of our time.

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In his fourth book, Clancy uses nuclear strategies to probe the ambiguities of fighting the good fightthe Americans vs. the Soviets. By the time familiar hero Jack Ryan steps in to investigate mysterious structures on the Soviet-Afghan border, the Soviets have struck again by zapping a satellite with a free electron laser. The title's cardinal, an elite, well-placed source in the Kremlin, leaks details of this secret activity to the United States. In the backdrop of technological bravura, spiced by artful espionage and all-too-human mistakes, intelligence is transferred back and forth and there are attacks and counterattacks. It is a mark of Clancy's growing maturity as a writer that he can bring these subtleties into highly entertaining form. Literary Guild Main. Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3058 KB
  • Print Length: 817 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (Jan. 22 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QEAQPI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had been meaning to read "Cardinal of the Kremlin" now for several years. Published in 1988, it is one of the older Jack Ryan technothrillers, one that I had bypassed when I started reading Clancy's works, first "Red Storm Rising" and then beginning the Jack Ryan saga with "Clear and Present Danger." I had - with the exception of "Without Remorse" and the newly published "Red Rabbit"- read all of the other subsequent books, and those books that I did not read I had seen the movie version (namely "The Hunt For Red October" and "Patriot Games"). I had resisted reading this one, or perhaps I should say I hadn't placed a high priority on this one, as they never filmed it, and it was a book very much steeped in Cold War intrigue, much of the novel taking place in the Soviet Union and involving two staples of the last years of the Cold War; "Star Wars" or the Strategic Defense Initiative (or to be more precise, something equivalent to it in the novel, a high-tech antiballistic missile or ABM system) and the Soviet war in Afghanistan. I was worried it would be antiquated, or that it would depict a Soviet Union that didn't really exist, as the collapse of the USSR in the late 1980s/early 1990s showed that how little the West really understood what the reality of the Soviet Union actually was.
I decided to read the book recently, partially to say I had read all of the Jack Ryan novels, partially because I wanted to know more of Ryan's history (events in this novel were referenced several times in Clancy's later works), and partially because I had decided to treat it as a period piece (and I have in the past enjoyed good tales of Cold War intrigue).
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Format: Hardcover
Of all of Tom Clancy's novels that I've either read or reread, I would think it would be difficult to sit back and say, this novel or that one is the best of them, but if forced to choose, I'd say that "The Cardinal of the Kremlin" is the best one. Contained within the pages of this novel is some of the most fluid writing that one can find in a novel from this genre. From taut political intrigue to suspenseful military action this novel scores in every area.
The particularly great thing that one can anticipate and not be disappointed in when contemplating a Clancy novel, is that he covers all of the bases and leave nothing out. The scope and detail that Clancy worked into this novel is mind boggling as he sets up so many variables and then works you through to the conclusion of every one of those variables.
"The Cardinal of the Kremlin" is author Tom Clancy's fourth novel overall and more importantly, the third in his "Ryanverse." One of the more important things about reading a Clancy novel is the fact that he seems to have set things up for himself rather nicely because you will find "possible" hints at where he's going with either his next book or one down the road. You will find references to the Cardinal, throughout his previous books as well as other references in his earlier novels that are leading to his later novels.
Taut political intriguing + suspenseful military action + in depth characterizations + a plot of epic proportion = "The Cardinal of the Kremlin."
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"The Cardinal of the Kremlin" is so large in its scope and detail that it may be difficult to summarize the plot here, in so few words available.
What drives this novel, first and foremost, is Dr.
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Format: Hardcover
Cardinal of the Kremlin, the third novel in the Jack Ryan series and Tom Clancy's fourth published book, was - until 2002's Red Rabbit - the closest to a traditional espionage tale that dealt with the nuts-and-bolts of spying. It is also the closest that a Clancy novel resembles an Ian Fleming James Bond story, although Jack Ryan never steps out of his non-Bondian character.
In some of the better Bond films (From Russia With Love comes to mind), 007 was often sent to either steal or destroy some new gadget or weapon that would upset the power balance between the non-communist West and the Soviet bloc. And although The Hunt for Red October had some of this thematic linkage to Ian Fleming's "restoration of the balance of power" stories, Cardinal of the Kremlin is Clancy's deepest exploration of the notion that espionage-is-the-best-defense when superpowers are in an arms race.
Set one year after the defection of Red October, Cardinal of the Kremlin chronicles the efforts of both the United States and the Soviet Union to develop a defensive system against intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), even as both sides are negotiating a treaty to reduce their nuclear arsenals. Both superpowers want information on their opponents' "Star Wars" programs; both nations' intelligence agencies have agents and "moles" working feverishly to get that information.
Of these "moles" (insiders who spy for the "other side"), none is more important than the agent the CIA knows as "Cardinal." "Cardinal" is perhaps America's most highly prized intelligent source, for he is none other than Col. Mikhail "Misha" Filitov, a highly decorated hero of the Great Patriotic War (World War II).
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