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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.
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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Starts off with a bang, has a couple other bangs in between the hundreds of pages, and is otherwise boring.Published 7 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 by "pcicere"
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
A Review by Sean
Patriot Games is a techno thriller in the classic Clancy style, starring his recurring character Jack Ryan. Read more