Patriot Games Hardcover – Apr 23 2002
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From England to Ireland to America, an explosive wave of violence sweeps a CIA analyst and his family into the deadliest game of our time: international terrorism. An ultra-left-wing faction fo the IRA has targeted the CIA man for his act of salvation in an assasination attempt. And now he must pay ... with his life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Introduced in The Hunt for Red October, Jack Ryan, the naval historian who freelances for the CIA, returns in this novel, in which Clancy demonstrates once again that he is a master of a genre he seems to have createdthe technico-military thriller. On a visit with his wife and daughter in London, Ryan stumbles onto an attempt by a new Irish revolutionary group to kidnap the Prince and Princess of Wales and their eldest son. Using his Marine Corps training, Ryan saves the royals (which leads to several visits between the Ryans and the residents of Buckingham Palace), but Ryan becomes the target of the surviving terrorists. Many familiar elements of the Clancy style are evident here: a fascination with machines and systems and procedures; thin characters; idealization of the soldier's life ("the discipline and the essential toughness that makes them different"); sarcastic humor; and a discordant sentimentality about family life. There are also some unintended ironies, particularly Clancy's praise of the CIA and the Marines, considering recent news from Washington and Moscow. Nonetheless, Clancy spins a marvelously tense yarn that will appeal to his legion of fans. First serial rights to Penthouse; Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Military Book Club, Reader's Digest Condensed Books selections.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Starts off with a bang, has a couple other bangs in between the hundreds of pages, and is otherwise boring.Published 12 months ago by elginblatherford
This book arrived in a timely fashion and the product appeared to be in great shape. I am very pleased.Published on May 7 2013 by Steve Moseychuk
This book is excellent. I have read two other Clancy books before and this was my first plunge into the so-called Jack Ryan series. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by A. Reviewer
After this I found Tom Clancy's novels unnecessarily long and sometimes rather boring when he goes into long passages of Military descriptions and technical info. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by John
This book is very exciting. It starts off in england when jack stops a terrosit from killing the prince. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by K. Kainula
This book is definitely one of the greatest modern works of fiction that I have read recently. Clancy does of superb job of making his books extremely true to life and full of... Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2003
Tom Clancy's novel, Patriot Games, is an exciting and chillingly realistic story. His technical descriptions of guns, bullets, and in-depth info on organizations such as the CIA... Read morePublished on May 30 2002 by Sonny
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Patriot Games is a techno thriller in the classic Clancy style, starring his recurring character Jack Ryan. Read more
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