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The Hunt for Red October [Mass Market Paperback]

Tom Clancy
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Aug. 6 2002 Jack Ryan (Book 1)
Gripping military thriller about the chase after a top-secret Russian missile submarine.

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Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision: the Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. And the most incredible chase in history is on....

The Hunt for Red October is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy's phenomenal career. A military thriller so accurate and convincing that the author was rumored to have been debriefed by the White House. Its theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. Its story: the chase for a runaway top secret Russian missile sub. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From the reviews of The Hunt for Red October: 'Flawless authenticity! frighteningly genuine.' Wall Street Journal 'Absolutely terrific: entertaining, suspenseful and masterfully written! superlative.' Washington Times

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4.0 out of 5 stars A riveting techno-thriller Feb. 22 2004
Format:Hardcover
Somewhere in the North Atlantic, a Russian sub breaks away from its patrol route and makes a mad dash for the coast of the United States. Are the Soviets planning a stealth attack or what? The Americans don't have a clue. Oddly enough, neither do the Soviets. The sub's captain, Marko Ramius, is a man with a deep loathing and resentment towards the government of his homeland, and he's planned a spectacular revenge. It falls to a lower-level CIA functionary named Jack Ryan to figure out what's afoot: Ramius and his crew are attempting to defect to the United States, bringing a billion-dollar present with them.
Tom Clancy has churned out dozens of novels since, of descending quality; "Red October" was his first and it's by far his best. He goes into great technical detail describing the workings of a submarine but he explains it so well that any reader can understand what he's saying. His characters aren't very profound, but characterization isn't the main draw here; the hunt and the subsequent chase of Red October by the Americans, who want to keep it and the crew safe, and the Russians, who want to destroy it at any cost, keep us spellbound while turning page after page. Clancy didn't fall into the trap of venting out the political propaganda that spoiled so many of his later books; he keeps "Red October" squarely on target, concentrating on the thrill of the chase, and the actions rockets along non-stop from the first page to the last. If you read only one Clancy novel, this is definitely the one to go with. None of his other books can touch it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Watch the movie instead Sept. 5 2001
Format:Hardcover
I've wanted to read a Tom Clancy novel for a long time. Since this is his first, one of his shortest, and since I have seen the enjoyable movie based on it, I thought I'd give this novel a try.
At first, the book was pretty exciting. It got off to a quick start, taking us aboard the Red October as it's about to head to sea.
Then the boredom slowly began to build up. Page after page, Clancy shows what is happening elsewhere as the crew of Red October defect. We learn what is happening in every U.S. government office, on every U.S. ship and submarine, on and on and on. Every twenty pages or so, the story returns to the Red October for a couple pages. Eventually, it seems like you go for 50 pages without reading about what's happening on the Red October.
What's more, his descriptiveness gets to you after a while. It's nice to learn in-depth details about certain relevant things, but when he goes into the history of a Russian official's letter opener (how he first received it and what he was doing in his life at the time), it just gets to be too much and too unimportant.
I now realize this is Clancy's style -- to paint a full picture in order to see everyone's point of view and to be completely thorough. But in the process, the plot is lost. The book loses its momentum and becomes completely boring. By page 272, I withdrew my bookmark and closed the book, escorting it to my pile of books to trade.
If I was someone with only a few books to read, I might have bore (pun intended) this out to the end, but I have too many books and too little time. Not even John Updike is this detailed and longwinded. Rent the movie instead!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First is Always the Best May 9 2004
By AJ Marx
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Review: Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October

It is December 1986 and Captain First Rank Marko Ramius, son of a dominant Communist Party Secretary and the Soviet Union's most confident and acclaimed submarine commander, is setting out to sea with his country's newest and greatest military venture. She contains an advanced new quiet propulsion system that allows her to almost perfectly escape both radar and sonar detection, a terrifying first strike vehicle. She is also carrying one-hundred and eighty two nuclear warheads and twenty-six missile delivery systems. Her name is Krazny Oktyabr (Red October) .Once at sea, Ramius contravenes his orders and disappears into the North Atlantic after setting a course for the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Both Soviet and American leaders are petrified, but they insist on snowballing each other with false information. Fears of either a surprise attack on the US or a possible defection abound. Both navies go on full alert, eventually resulting in a massive confrontation in the North Atlantic. And, just for kicks, Clancy tosses the British into the mix to really confuse things!
As Clancy's first, and quite possibly best, work, I feel that this is a very firmly woven story all together. The characters, even those like the C.I.A. Deputy Director (Operations), Robert Ritter who do not appear for very long are exceedingly well developed and presented. The details in the book are amazing, from the encrypted messages to the details and intricacies of the interior of the submarines and the extensive knowledge of military protocol and procedure presented. It definitely gives an "eye opening" experience to the reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just one of those books April 29 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What can really be said about this white-knuckled page-turner? There's a reason that Tom Clancy is so synonymous with this genre and that reason is the Hunt For Red October. The book has lost a little bit of its thrilling luster, in my opinion, thanks to the fall of the Soviet Union, but it is still a frighteningly realistic tale. In other words, it used to be "oh man, this could so easily happen" and now it's "oh man, that could so easily have happened". In either case, this book will have you on the edge of your seat. Marko Ramius and Jack Ryan are compelling, multidimensional protagonists whose interaction is rivetting. It's one thing for a guy to sit down with a load of military data and use it to write a story, but it's another thing for that guy to birth characters that are so real and well-crafted. Jack Ryan is that bookish guy turned James Bond kind of character that you love to read about. He's become one of my favorite protagonists in recent years outside of a Hemingway novel, and I'm sure he'll stay that way for some time.
I'm a huge Clancy fan and I've read justa bout everything he's managed to scribble down, but the Hunt For Red October continues to be his masterpiece in my eyes. Perhaps that's because it's so original and ground-breaking, or maybe it's just because it isn't 1000 pages like everything else he's written. In any case, if you haven't had the privilege of reading this (I've got to give props to the film version, too. I would recommend it also), grant yourself that privilege right away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect yarn
Reagan called this the perfect yarn, and I concur. I was not a president however and I cannot evaluate the realism and detail of the geo-political details in the book, but they... Read more
Published 6 months ago by elginblatherford
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hunt for Red October
Had to purchase the book because it was not available for Kindle.
That seems to be happening a lot, but it's never talked about in reviews of Kindle. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2011 by Brian Grier
5.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn
This narrative presents one of the most frightening deceptions in modern history; Captain Marko Ramius intends to defect to America, while his crew remain loyal to the Soviet... Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2007 by Sharon McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller
The book is full of action , suspense, drama and amazingly moving characters . Also recommended: Putin's Russia, Union Moujik,Kremlin Rising
Published on Aug. 28 2005 by Doris
2.0 out of 5 stars Exciting but fundamentally flawed
I don't want to trash a really good book, but one aspect of this book is really off the mark. Tom Clancy's research is legendary so I don't know how this got by him. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by jdubs55
1.0 out of 5 stars The Hunt For Red October
I was really dissapointed in this book. It's the first and only book i've read by clancy. The book starts out ok during the first few pages, but after that it gets purely... Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by Captain Trips
4.0 out of 5 stars Still, one of his best.
A great novel that introduced us to Jack Ryan, and kicked off the techno-thriller novel. Captain Marko Ramius, commander of the Soviet missile submarine Red October, uses his... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by John
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, dull, dull
This has to be one of the most boring "thrillers" I have ever read. It starts out strong, but just when Clancy has succeeded in getting you interested, the book... Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by loves shoes
5.0 out of 5 stars the hunt
The Hunt for Red October was a great book, about the hunt for a submarine that had a new motor in it that ran on jet repulsion that made it move sliently and undetective. Read more
Published on May 17 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A great story
This is the first book I read by Tom Clancy and I really enjoyed it. The only problem I had with the book was that I saw the movie first and therefore I knew the story and knew a... Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Brendan
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