Red Storm Rising

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Berkley Publishing Group, 1986 - Fiction - 725 pages
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Red Storm Rising is another Clancy masterpiece in which reluctant CIA agent John (Jack) Ryan finds himself thrust into the front line of high-level politics between the two super-power cold war adversaries. Sparked by Islamist extremists sabotaging one of the primary oil processing and storage plants, the USSR is desperately short with winter on-coming and little reserve available to cover the loss. In a high level meeting the decision is taken to unleash a series of events that lead to invasion of Western Europe. The race is on between the Russians and the US Atlantic fleet and once again Europe witnesses a battle for sea-lanes where stakes are high. If reinforcements do not reach the European mainland and deploy in time the USSR will overrun and take control of Germany, and the prize of rich oil and gas reserves. In a high paced sequence of events Jack Ryan finds himself again at the sharp end where his specialist skills place him on the US carriers Nimitz - a key target for incoming Soviet aircraft.

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A bit dated, but truly a page turner. - Goodreads
Clancy, as a writer, is pretty awful. - Goodreads
And it made me a fan of his writing style. - Goodreads
Tom Clancy's writing has developed with his later books - Goodreads
Plot is so probable I just hope it's not possible. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Shawn - Goodreads

Red Storm Rising is, without a doubt, Clancy's best work. It's an action-packed thriller that pits NATO against the Warsaw Pact. Yes it's a little outdated, but with new Russian aggression, it's more ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

In the abstract, this is compelling and I kind of understand what people like about it, I guess. But by every metric imaginable, this novel excels in tediousness. Read full review

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Thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore's Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October?the first of the phenomenally successful Jack Ryan novels?sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it ?the perfect yarn. From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.

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