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Red Storm Rising [Mass Market Paperback]

Tom Clancy
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Jan. 11 2002
Tom Clancy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Ryan novels--including his latest blockbusters Command Authority and Threat Vector--delivers an electrifying tale of international conflict.

Using the latest advancements in military technology, the world's superpowers battle it out on land, sea, and air for the ultimate global control.

A chillingly authentic vision of modern war, Red Storm Rising is as powerful as it is ambitious.

It's a story you will never forget.

Hard hitting. Suspenseful.

And frighteningly real.

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Using the latest advancements in military technology, the world's superpowers battle it out on land, sea, and air for the ultimate global control. A chillingly authentic vision of modern war, Red Storm Rising is as powerful as it is ambitious. It's a story you will never forget.

Hard-hitting, suspenseful, and frighteningly real.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA Red Storm Rising, a World War III novel, begins in a blazing oil field in Russia, plunging readers into a gripping story of plots, strategies, wise men, and idiots that winds the tension ever tighter. Vivid characters emerge through the chaos of battles planned and fought. Sacrifices, heroes, great strategy confounded by bad weather, lack of supplies, and incomplete information draw readers into the adventure and the suspense of reversals. No Rambos herethe heroes are ordinary young people caught by chance on the turning edge of war. Sheer grit and perserverance turn the tide in this chilling, fleshed-out war game. Readers emerge elated and breathless, with a new vision of war and its wins and losses. Clancy will win an army of fans who will be looking for more. Annette DeMeritt, Houston Public Library
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5.0 out of 5 stars why do I need to give this review a title. Oct. 27 2013
By wallum9
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's an awesome book. Now to meet this ridiculous 20 word minimum......oarange tree dog school Tom willow scallops conjunction function what's your beagle graph partition whatever
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Jan. 5 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is gotta be the most enjoyable book I've read. This would make for a great video game if it hasn't been made already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best Clancy book March 20 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book when it first came out and was amazed at the perceptive plot and a recent re-reading hasn't changed my view. The characters are well developed and not so simple as the ones in The Hunt for Red October.
The early battle scenes are in many ways the best and I enjoyed seeing the US commanders utterly fail in the initial battles of the North Atlantic. The ground assualts are believable esspecially in the way Tom Clancy presents your views as if a participant and seeing only bits and pieces leaving a general feeling of shock at the destruction and yet never undercutting your ability to follow the overall plot.
The end of the book is a little too tidy, to fast a wrap up and perhaps even anti-climatic. It is not that is is bad it is just that Clancy writes a realistic ending in the sense that battles often end from mutual exhaustion rather than one side soundly defeating the other. In one place the NATO commander realizes that he has stopped the Russians at last and thinks - Now what do I have left to push them back? The answer is not much. Very realistic.
All in all it rates 5 stars. The characters in this book are only matched by the CIA opperative Clark in future books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WW3 told in story form.... March 1 2004
By Eric
Format:Hardcover
Red Storm Rising starts out with muslim men blowing up a oil/gas factory in the former U.S.S.R., and now due to the damage, the hard-line high power Soviet leaders now have to make a decision; let the Soviet economy come to it's knee's, or take out NATO and invade the Middle East for their oil? Destroy NATO and her allies and invade the Middle East. So now, as the Soviet military head's to war, they then plan to get everything in order in 4 months to fight NATO. As the story goes along, we meet Bob Toland; a US Navy captain who is fighting against the Soviet's for their bid for the Middle East. The battles take place in Iceland, and the Baltic sea thanks to submarines.
As the battle get's fiercer, the Soviet's think they have NATO done, but things take a turn for them, and they are being swept back to mother Russia and away from the Middle East. Then in a huge battle to end the war, the Soviet's then back away from their strong holds, and are driven back to their own lines. Eventually WW3 is over, and the Soviet's take a serious defeat.
Red Storm Rising is a very interesting novel, although the Soviet Union is long gone, the book still holds it place as one of the best war novels out there. Also, not only do NATO take a beating, the Soviet's take a beating also, winning some, losing some. A great novel, and definitely one of my favorites.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Red Storm Rising May 11 2004
Format:Hardcover
I thought that the book Red Storm Rising was and amazing book.Its starts off with middle eastern men lighting oil factorinies off in Russia. Tom Clancy shows how well WWIII could eaasily happen in his story.
This is a story about the russian governmant declared war on the middle east and NATO. It shows how one coutry can be defeated so easily. Tom Clancy also shows how our world that we live in is so dependent on oil and gas, and how if one thing goes wrong countries attack each other.
Overall, this was a great book about the trigger affect. That if one thing happens it will set of a chain reaction. It also shows th main character Bob Toland and hes fight on Iceland to retreat the Russians. This was a great book about modern day war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red Storm Rising April 22 2004
Format:Hardcover
Red Storm Rising is an awesome book, i loved it so much, i couldnt put it down. The russians blowing things up and shooting people. this is Tom Clancys best book i think. i didnt like rainbow 6 that much but the game is sweet, Tom keep up the good work, you are a genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb speculation about WW3 with the Soviets! Jan. 18 2004
Format:Hardcover
This is probably the best novel ever written that speculates about what a conventional war between NATO and the old Soviet Union would have been like, circa 1985 or so. Of course, when the book was written the Soviet Union still existed, and the possibility of such a war was all too real. Despite the changes in the world since that time, this novel is still highly entertaining and interesting, if perhaps somewhat less relevant.
Without putting out any spoilers, the plot of the novel is straightforward. The Soviet Union suffers a catastrophic failure of its internal fuel/oil supplies, which its leaders learn will soon bring the Soviet economy to its knees. Rather than deciding to deal with this setback through trade and negotiations, the Soviet leadership, dominated by hard-liners, decides to seize the Middle East oil fields immediately following a blitzkrieg campaign against NATO (to distract NATO from intervening in the Middle East). Therein lies the story.
Clancy does an excellent job showing us a scenario of rising tension and the preparations by the Soviets for the surprise attack. His speculations as regards Soviet strategy, while imaginative, are very reasonable and plausible. In fact, supposedly the strategy in this scenario was "war-gamed" with the superb strategy game "Harpoon."
Like most Clancy novels, the character development here takes a backseat to the military-political story he is trying to tell, but the novel is fine for all that, and there are in fact some interesting characters in this book. Overall, this book is an interesting and satisfying read, moves along at a brisk pace, and always holds the reader's interest.
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