The Cardinal Of The Kremlin Mass Market Paperback – Jul 4 2002
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Two men possess vital data on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is CARDINAL--America's highest agent in the Kremlin--and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other is the one American who can save CARDINAL and lead the world to the brink of peace--or war.
From Library Journal
In his fourth book, Clancy uses nuclear strategies to probe the ambiguities of fighting the good fightthe Americans vs. the Soviets. By the time familiar hero Jack Ryan steps in to investigate mysterious structures on the Soviet-Afghan border, the Soviets have struck again by zapping a satellite with a free electron laser. The title's cardinal, an elite, well-placed source in the Kremlin, leaks details of this secret activity to the United States. In the backdrop of technological bravura, spiced by artful espionage and all-too-human mistakes, intelligence is transferred back and forth and there are attacks and counterattacks. It is a mark of Clancy's growing maturity as a writer that he can bring these subtleties into highly entertaining form. Literary Guild Main. Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I decided to read the book recently, partially to say I had read all of the Jack Ryan novels, partially because I wanted to know more of Ryan's history (events in this novel were referenced several times in Clancy's later works), and partially because I had decided to treat it as a period piece (and I have in the past enjoyed good tales of Cold War intrigue).Read more ›
The particularly great thing that one can anticipate and not be disappointed in when contemplating a Clancy novel, is that he covers all of the bases and leave nothing out. The scope and detail that Clancy worked into this novel is mind boggling as he sets up so many variables and then works you through to the conclusion of every one of those variables.
"The Cardinal of the Kremlin" is author Tom Clancy's fourth novel overall and more importantly, the third in his "Ryanverse." One of the more important things about reading a Clancy novel is the fact that he seems to have set things up for himself rather nicely because you will find "possible" hints at where he's going with either his next book or one down the road. You will find references to the Cardinal, throughout his previous books as well as other references in his earlier novels that are leading to his later novels.
Taut political intriguing + suspenseful military action + in depth characterizations + a plot of epic proportion = "The Cardinal of the Kremlin."
"The Cardinal of the Kremlin" is so large in its scope and detail that it may be difficult to summarize the plot here, in so few words available.
What drives this novel, first and foremost, is Dr.Read more ›
In some of the better Bond films (From Russia With Love comes to mind), 007 was often sent to either steal or destroy some new gadget or weapon that would upset the power balance between the non-communist West and the Soviet bloc. And although The Hunt for Red October had some of this thematic linkage to Ian Fleming's "restoration of the balance of power" stories, Cardinal of the Kremlin is Clancy's deepest exploration of the notion that espionage-is-the-best-defense when superpowers are in an arms race.
Set one year after the defection of Red October, Cardinal of the Kremlin chronicles the efforts of both the United States and the Soviet Union to develop a defensive system against intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), even as both sides are negotiating a treaty to reduce their nuclear arsenals. Both superpowers want information on their opponents' "Star Wars" programs; both nations' intelligence agencies have agents and "moles" working feverishly to get that information.
Of these "moles" (insiders who spy for the "other side"), none is more important than the agent the CIA knows as "Cardinal." "Cardinal" is perhaps America's most highly prized intelligent source, for he is none other than Col. Mikhail "Misha" Filitov, a highly decorated hero of the Great Patriotic War (World War II).Read more ›
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Amazing, how Clancy managed to write of the past that seems to answer to the realities of the present? Very impressed.Published 4 months ago by Richard
riveting book, well written and researched re reading for the 4th time love itPublished 4 months ago by Peter
I will always miss Tom Clancy... He made all his books as real as if you were there living the action.... He must have known a lot of things we did notPublished 11 months ago by lalondejp
The story told deals a lot with the espionage part of being a spy. And the usual stuff you can find in nearly any other one of Tom Clancy's books.Published 13 months ago by Felix
Definitely an earlier write, but was still able to knit the characters into my head, and build the long term evolution of the Jack Ryan series. Good pace, and gravity. Read morePublished 15 months ago by tjsusteve
No complaint, great packaging. If your a fan of Tom Clancy then you'll not complain. You'll enjoy this book just like the other Tom Clancy's books.Published on July 17 2013 by Mr Ray