Patriot Games

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Penguin, Jul 1, 1988 - Fiction - 800 pages
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Tom Clancy reveals Jack Ryan’s origins in this electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling thriller that pits the former Marine turned family man against a vicious group of international terrorists.

As an American in London on vacation with his family, Jack Ryan never imagined his quick thinking would prevent an assassination attempt on Britain’s royal family and earn him the gratitude of an entire nation—and the scorn of an ultra-left-wing faction of the IRA. Irish terrorist Sean Miller and his followers in the Ulster Liberation Army intend to make sure Ryan pays for his interference in blood. But he’s not the only one they’re after...

With the lives of his pregnant wife and young daughter in mortal danger, Ryan accepts a role as a CIA analyst in order to find Miller and shut down the ULA. Going head to head with a ruthless terrorist is a fool’s errand, but Jack Ryan is the kind of man who will do whatever it takes to protect his family.

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Second best book i have ever read,very insightfull, somewhere somehow we can always relate to it.well done!

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Great story, classic Tom Clancy. I haven't read a bad Clancy book yet, and the Jack Ryan stories are excellent. There are a few parts of the book where things feel a little too convenient or fake, but they're minor points & details that only somebody familiar with the environment or protocol might pick up on. Still great thriller & definitely a recommended read. 


A Sunny Day in Londontown
Cops and Royals
Flowers and Families
Perqs and Plots
Trials and Troubles
Speedbird Home
Shock and Trauma
Objectives and Patriots
Recriminations and Decisions
Tests and Passing Grades

A Day for Celebration
Plans and Threats
Second Chances
Connections Missed and Made
The Sound of Freedom

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A little more than 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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