Gripping military thriller about the chase after a top-secret Russian missile submarine.
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.
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.