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Patriot Games (Jack Ryan) Mass Market Paperback – 1988


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 503 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 31st edition (1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425112187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425109724
  • ASIN: 0425109720
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.8 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #719,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on July 1 2003
Format: Hardcover
Tom Clancy's third novel, Patriot Games marked the return of Jack Ryan to the bookshelves. With the success of The Hunt For Red October and Red Storm Rising (Clancy's only major novel not connected to the Ryan saga), Clancy took readers back to Ryan's pre-Red October past in a tale which deals with the shadowy world of terrorism.
On a working vacation in London with wife Caroline (Cathy) and daughter Olivia (better known as Sally), Ryan is the accidental tourist-turned-rescuer when he literally runs into a brutal terrorist attack on the Prince and Princess of Wales and their baby. Without stopping to even think about it, Jack, a former Marine second lieutenant and now a professor at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, kills one terrorist and wounds another. Ryan is wounded in the brief shootout, but he survives and earns the gratitude (and an honorary knighthood) of the Royal Family.
Unbeknownst to Ryan, he also gets the attention of two very different groups. In Langley, VA, CIA Deputy Director, Intelligence (DDI) James Greer is impressed by Ryan's bravery and resourcefulness. He already knows Ryan is good CIA-analyst material; Jack has done some outside consulting for the Agency. Now Greer wants to recruit Ryan to work full-time at CIA.
The other group whose attention is on Ryan is less savory. It is the Ulster Liberation Army, a far-left extremist faction which has broken away from the Irish Republican Army. While sharing the IRA's desire to rid Ireland of British troops and break away from the United Kingdom, the ULA also wants an Irish Marxist state to rule the Emerald Isle.
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Format: Hardcover
Patriot Games takes place years before The Hunt For Red October, and it involves a younger Jack Ryan, in Patriot Games, he is a history teacher at the Naval College in Maryland, but he took some vacation time in London, and he discovers terrorist trying to kill a passing motorcade, and Jack Ryan is right there witnessing it! So he brings into action, killing one of the terrorist, and getting shot himself, but he saved the people inside the car; it turns out it was the Prince of Wales with their newborn son!
Now Jack has made some friends, and some enemies; a right-wing Northern Ireland terrorist organization from the IRA. Now the main bad guy Sean Miller is taken into British custody, and he is tried before a English court with Jack Ryan already into knighthood by the Queen of England, and he testifies against Sean Miller. So Jack heads back home to Maryland and goes back to work as a History Teacher at the Naval War College living his normal life.
Jack has a couple of friends in the CIA business, but he wants to do what he loves to do; teach history. One of them happens to be Admiral James Greener, the main man in the CIA, and Captain Jackson, another friend of Jack's. But what Jack does not know, Sean is planning to get back at Jack by all means necessary, so when he is being transferred to another prison, and he escapes by his fellow right-wing terrorist's, and escapes.
Now Jack finds out what happens, and he goes on with his life, but when Sean Miller comes to America and tries to kill Cathy and his daughter Sally on the freeway, Jack then decides to join the CIA as a analyst, and once he gets in, he is drawn into the world of the CIA.
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Format: Hardcover
Patriot Games is Tom Clancy's third novel, and second in the "Ryanverse" set of novels. This novel is a prequel to "The Hunt for Red October." In "The Hunt for Red October," Clancy made several key points referring to the events of this outstanding novel, showing that he clearly had a vision for where Jack Ryan was headed, or more succinctly, where he came from.
Tom Clancy established himself as the king of and inarguably the creator of the "modern" techno thriller in "Red October" and "Red Storm Rising." To follow this up in "Patriot Games," he takes a lower tech vantage point, only using the "techno" stuff sparingly, and concentrates more on establishing his main character Jack Ryan as a family man. In doing this, he keenly brought his main character to a human, non superhero level that many readers could identify with. Overall, an excellent novel that is a "can't miss" for those seeking to read his later works.
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Jack Ryan and his family, wife Cathy and daughter Sally are on a working vacation in London, England. Just as he meets up with his family in a park, he hears an explosion and small arms fire. Not thinking, but reacting as a former US Marine, he flings himself right into the fray. While injuring himself in the process and then getting shot as well, he dispatches a couple terrorists and sends the last one scampering away. Only later will he find that he's just saved members of the Royal family from murder or capture. Of course, to the British and members of powers that be in the United States, Dr. John P. Ryan is a hero, through and through. Unfortunately for him and his family, he's crossed paths with a terrorist's cell, which turns their undesirable attention on him and his family.
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