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Red Rabbit [Hardcover]

Tom Clancy
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Book Description

Aug. 5 2002

Long before he was President or head of the CIA, before he fought terrorist attacks on the Super Bowl or the White House, even before a submarine named Red October made its perilous way across the Atlantic, Jack Ryan was an historian, teacher, and recent ex-Marine temporarily living in England while researching a book. A series of deadly encounters with an IRA splinter group had brought him to the attention of the CIA's Deputy Director, Vice Admiral James Greeras well as his counterpart with the British SIS, Sir Basil Charlestonand when Greer asked him if he wanted to come aboard as a freelance analyst, Jack was quick to accept. The opportunity was irresistible, and he was sure he could fit it in with the rest of his work.

 

And then Jack forgot all about the rest of his work, because one of his first assignments was to help debrief a high-level Soviet defector, and the defector told an amazing tale: Top Soviet officials, including Yuri Andropov, were planning to assassinate the Pope, John Paul II.

 

Could it be true? As the days and weeks go by, Ryan must battle, first to try to confirm the plot, and then to prevent it, but this is a brave new world, and nothing he has done up to now has prepared him for the lethal game of cat-and-mouse that is the Soviet Union versus the United States. In the end, it will be not just the Pope's life but the stability of the Western world that is at stake. . . and it may already be too late for a novice CIA analyst to do anything about it.

"Clancy creates not only compelling characters but frighteningly topical situations and heart-stopping action," wrote The Washington Post about The Bear and the Dragon. "Among the handful of superstars, Clancy still reigns, and he is not likely to be dethroned any time soon." These words were never truer than about the remarkable pages of his breathtaking new novel. This is Clancy at his bestand there is none better.


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From Publishers Weekly

There's not a shot fired until page 602 in Clancy's lumbering new thriller, and readers up on their history will know the outcome of that shot on page 17. What comes in between is a slow-moving but, given Clancy's astonishing flair for fly-on-the-wall writing, steadily absorbing imagining of the back story behind Mehmet Ali Agca's (real-life) failed attempt on the life of Pope John II in 1981. By going back 21 years, Clancy provides a fresh adventure for a young Jack Ryan, but Ryan fans (and presumably Ben Affleck) may be surprised to learn that Ryan is, until the final scenes, only a supporting player here. The book's main heroes are the husband-and-wife team of Ed Foley, CIA station chief in Moscow, and his agent-wife, Mary Pat, and Oleg Zaitzev (code-named Rabbit), the mid-level employee in the KGB communications department who for conscience's sake decides to defect to America when he's asked to encrypt messages that reveal a plot, under the auspices of then-KGB chief Yuri Andropov, to kill the pope in response to the pontiff's secret letter threatening to resign the papacy and to return to Poland to resist Soviet domination. In real life, the pope wrote such a letter, and analysts have long speculated that the Soviets, via Bulgarian controllers, dispatched Agca to kill him. It's utterly fascinating to read Clancy's playing out of that likely scenario is there a writer in the world who brings so much verisimilitude to scenes both high (Politburo meetings) and low (details of spy craft and everyday Soviet life)? But while Clancy delivers a believable and encyclopedic version of real-life events, the suspense is minimal a disappointment when other writers (Forsyth in Day of the Jackal, for one) have shown that there can be enough tension in a fated-to-fail assassination plot to give a stroke to a yoga master.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Clancy returns to Jack Ryan's first days in the CIA, when the fate of the free world hung in the balance as Ryan discovered a heinous plot to assassinate the Pope. Clancy is so big that this new novel merits a special limited edition (ISBN 0-399-14914-7. $150).
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had the great misfortune of spending the last 2 weeks trying to pile thru this polemic tome. To say that it is a disaster would be a generous description of what is possibly one of the worse novels I have ever read. What I find amazing is the positive reviews on here are such that it is obvious:
a. They have not read the book, or
b. They are plants from the publisher.
Clancy has written some fine books. Hunt for Red October is a classic and Red Storm Rising shows the great work you can accomplish with hard work and decent research. This book is a sad joke when it comes to research. Tom can't keep the timeline straight. He interjects future events (a certain world series, the rise of starbucks and the Falklands war) all into the WRONG YEAR. Characters are wildly inconsistent in rank and spelling. His politics are well known, but raging on about the NHS and accussing British doctors of being uncaring negligent drunks is beyond the pale. Also, Tom, we know Caroline is an eye surgeon and that she doesn't drink before surgery "ever". We know. We know. QUIT TELLING US 50 FREAKING THOUSAND TIMES. Although to get to the 100,000 level you have to cite Tom's references to Ryan being in the Marines, jesuit upbringing, etc. If the character he is is a product of the marines, then it's no wonder recruitment is falling. Who would want to be a simpering wuss like Ryan?
The unbelivable dialogue is another factor in ensuring the utter garbage status of this pile. Tom, no one says "pal" and "guy" at the end of every sentence. That is unless they live on Brokeback Mountain. Also, no one talks about their breakfast every day with people they work with unless they really have socialization problems.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Red Rabbit Needs to Die a Timely Death Sept. 21 2003
Format:Hardcover
I am a fan of Tom Clancy, but this seems to be his worst effort so far, except for the the collaborative work he has done. While it is interesting about the Foleys, the whole idea is small and drawn out interminably. I also found this novel to be his most jingoistic so far. Now, that is really going some. Clancy is an ultranationalist and has no time for the cultures of other countries whatsoever. The comments about the UK and Italy were especially loathsome. I am a Canadian and yes,we have to wait to for medical procedures occasionally just like the British. But, we do not have 40 million people (more than the population of my country) without medical insurance because they cannot afford it like the USA. I finished the book because it that is just the way I am, but it was not worth my time and I really am tired of Americans thinking that there country is the best place on the earth to live.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and boring July 14 2004
By Evan M.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book only because I have read all of Clancy's other fiction books. This book was disappointing. It's as if Clancy has realized that in order to keep the franchise going, he has to youthen the character and return to the Cold War. Perhaps Clancy was hoping that this book would be used as the basis for a new Ben Affleck movie. Whatever his intentions, he failed miserably.
The plot is boring and without action. What happened to the military genius that Clancy displayed so many times in his past books? He built a book around a story about a guy who wants to get out of the Soviet Union, and the resolution of that story was anticlimactic.
There were so many things that irritated me about this book. Chiefly the fact that Clancy went out of his way so many times to remind the reader that we were in the 80s. So many references to the events of "Patriot Games". So many references to "I don't like to be called Sir John." So many references to his wife, the eye surgeon, cutting open eyeballs. (If Ryan was 31, Cathy would at most have been a recent graduate of an opthalmology residency/fellowship. Surely not experienced enough to be considered a top notch doctor with all these connections.)
This book was irritating, and I was relieved when I finally finished it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Clancy keeps getting worse June 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I heard that Clancy wrote a book that was set back in the 80's Cold War era again I was more than a little hopeful that he could regain some of his earlier writing success. Not that I was hopeful for his well-being, but more that he would start writing books that were as enjoyable as the ones he wrote early in his career (Red Storm Rising, Patriot Games, Hunt for Red October, etc.). If Red Rabbit was an attempt at reliving the early years then he failed miserably.
Red Rabbit focuses on the spy game that was apparently so prevalent during the Cold War 80's between the Soviets and the British and Americans. Attempting to relieve political pressure from the Pope and remind Poland who's boss, the Soviets decide to assassinate the Pope. Having read previous Clancy books I assumed that this was the catalyst and that the plot would promptly fill in around it. That was my first mistake (and possibly Clancy's too). Instead of moving on with the details of the assassination and the West's attempt to prevent it, the story completely switches gears, now attempting to highlight an unremarkable character in KGB agent Oleg Zaitzev that has an attack of conscience and decides to defect with his family and some very sensitive information.
My second mistake was assuming that the story would right itself and get back on track with what seemed to be more interesting, the prevention of the assassination. Instead the pace of the books slows considerably while the focus has shifted to the defector. Plans are made by the CIA and SIS to help him defect and then the plan is executed. What's the problem, you ask? We appear to be missing an antagonist, it seems.
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2.0 out of 5 stars In a word.... crap.
More than half the book consists of characters "inner monologs" most of which run around the same little circle over and over and over. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars great books
I wouldn't buy them if I didn't want them. Always good. Especially these authors. I need to add more words so. There.
Published 5 months ago by Paul Mayall
3.0 out of 5 stars Red Rabbit
Good book, but kind of draggy in spots....seems to have lots of filler.

Not in the league of Patriot Games or Red October. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2011 by Brian Grier
3.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining & captivating book
I really enjoyed reading this. People read Tom Clancy for the entertaining / captivating plot. This book definitely has it. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2010 by Paul
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's The Pace & Climax ?
I recently finished Red Rabbit and was mildly disappointed. A great concept and idea for a story line. The time period is interesting and I enjoyed that portion of the story. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2004 by Christopher
1.0 out of 5 stars Page Filler
I've read all of Clancy's books, while most I find it takes a while to get into the story but generally once it has picked up it was a very good read. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2004 by Randall Duhamel
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Clany writing is apparent
This book takes places as a young Jack Ryan and really explains more on Jack Ryan's wife Cathy. I really liked how clancy put the suspense in this book, but certain parts of this... Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by russell guerra
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse With Each Page Turned
Half-a-star, but that option doesn't exist.
For anyone who is a fan of the character Jack Ryan, and to a degree Clancy's writing, this book will be an incredible let down. Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by Melani
2.0 out of 5 stars Major disappointment
I have been a fan of Tom Clancy and Jack Ryan since I first read Red October. I am not convinced that Clancy really wrote this book by himself. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Joe Burton
1.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Clancy, Get Thee To An Editor!
A generous review: take this book as a long character exposition piece, with a middling storyline around it. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Moraga Amazoner
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