Red Rabbit

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2002 - Fiction - 618 pages
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Long before he was President or head of the CIA, before he fought terrorist attacks on the Super Bowl or the White House, even before a submarine named Red October made its perilous way across the Atlantic, Jack Ryan was an historian, teacher, and recent ex-Marine temporarily living in England while researching a book. A series of deadly encounters with an IRA splinter group had brought him to the attention of the CIA's Deputy Director, Vice Admiral James Greeras well as his counterpart with the British SIS, Sir Basil Charlestonand when Greer asked him if he wanted to come aboard as a freelance analyst, Jack was quick to accept. The opportunity was irresistible, and he was sure he could fit it in with the rest of his work.

 

And then Jack forgot all about the rest of his work, because one of his first assignments was to help debrief a high-level Soviet defector, and the defector told an amazing tale: Top Soviet officials, including Yuri Andropov, were planning to assassinate the Pope, John Paul II.

 

Could it be true? As the days and weeks go by, Ryan must battle, first to try to confirm the plot, and then to prevent it, but this is a brave new world, and nothing he has done up to now has prepared him for the lethal game of cat-and-mouse that is the Soviet Union versus the United States. In the end, it will be not just the Pope's life but the stability of the Western world that is at stake. . . and it may already be too late for a novice CIA analyst to do anything about it.

"Clancy creates not only compelling characters but frighteningly topical situations and heart-stopping action," wrote The Washington Post about The Bear and the Dragon. "Among the handful of superstars, Clancy still reigns, and he is not likely to be dethroned any time soon." These words were never truer than about the remarkable pages of his breathtaking new novel. This is Clancy at his bestand there is none better.

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Clancy returns to Jack Ryan's first days in the CIA, when the fate of the free world hung in the balance as Ryan discovered a heinous plot to assassinate the Pope. Clancy is so big that this new novel merits a special limited edition (ISBN 0-399-14914-7. $150). Read full review

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Long before he was President or head of the CIA, before he fought terrorist attacks on the Super Bowl or the White House, even before a submarine named Red October made its perilous way across the Atlantic, Jack Ryan was an historian, teacher, and recent ex-Marine temporarily living in England while researching a book. A series of deadly encounters with an IRA splinter group had brought him to the attention of the CIA's Deputy Director, Vice Admiral James Greer-as well as his counterpart with the British SIS, Sir Basil Charleston-and when Greer asked him if he wanted to come aboard as a freelance analyst, Jack was quick to accept. The opportunity was irresistible, and he was sure he could fit it in with the rest of his work. And then Jack forgot all about the rest of his work, because one of his first assignments was to help debrief a high-level Soviet defector, and the defector told an amazing tale: Top Soviet officials, including Yuri Andropov, were planning to assassinate the Pope, John Paul II. Could it be true? As the days and weeks go by, Ryan must battle, first to try to confirm the plot, and then to prevent it, but this is a brave new world, and nothing he has done up to now has prepared him for the lethal game of cat-and-mouse that is the Soviet Union versus the United States. In the end, it will be not just the Pope's life but the stability of the Western world that is at stake. . . and it may already be too late for a novice CIA analyst to do anything about it. "Clancy creates not only compelling characters but frighteningly topical situations and heart-stopping action," wrote "The Washington Post" about "The Bear and the Dragon." "Among the handful of superstars, Clancy still reigns, and he is not likely to be dethroned any time soon." These words were never truer than about the remarkable pages of his breathtaking new novel. This is Clancy at his best-and there is none better.
2. Daily Mississippian-- Clancy fails to thrill with ‘Red Rabbit’
By: John Waterman
DM Staff Writer
Posted: 9/18/02
Once upon a time, Tom Clancy wrote good books.
Novels like "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger" and "Without Remorse" showed us the real world of terrorism and espionage. The spies were ordinary people who didn't have lasers or jetpacks. His stories were all very realistic and exciting. After all, the Cold War era contains limitless potential for exciting spy versus spy tales.
Or so we thought.
Clancy's newest novel, "Red Rabbit," makes the Cold War seem like the Cold Snore. It's 600-plus pages of the most mundane spy action ever. Which is too bad because the premise is pretty cool.
CIA newbie Jack Ryan comes across a document that leads him to believe the Russians might be out to kill Pope John Paul II over a beef with Poland. Kadishev, the man who leaked the information, is an upper-level officer in the KGB. After an "attack of conscience," he decides to help the West foil this plot.
What ensues is a bunch of really boring bugging, phone tapping and spies following each other around Moscow. The action sequences are few, and since we already know the assassination attempt on John Paul II was unsuccessful, there's not much in the way of suspense either.
The book is more of a "whydunit" than a "whodunit." The "why" is actually solid, and since many people are going to read this book anyway, it won't be spoiled here. The writing style is the literary equivalent of bran flakes: nothing wrong with it structurally, but really, really dry. It's hard to say if the book is paced right, because nothing ever seems to happen. When the assassination attempt finally rolls around, we're grateful, because that means the book's just about over.
Kadishev's "attack of conscience" is also pretty lame. Come on. The guy has it pretty good in Russia. He's successful, has a fairly high military
 

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Tom Clancy was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 12, 1947. He graduated with a degree in English from Loyola College in 1969, became an insurance agent, and in 1973 became the owner of an insurance agency. It was not until 1980 that he started writing novels. His works include Red Storm Rising, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, The Sum of All Fears, Rainbow Six, Dead or Alive, and Threat Vector. His books The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger were adapted into major motion pictures. He also wrote nonfiction books including Into the Storm: A Study in Command, Submarine, Armored Cav, Fighter Wing, Airborne, and Reality Check: What's Going on Out There? He died on October 2, 2013 at the age of 66. His last book, Command Authority, co-authored with Mark Greaney, was published posthumously in December 2013 and made the New York Times bestseller list.

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