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Red Rabbit (Jack Ryan #2)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  17,181 ratings  ·  377 reviews

Jack Ryan's first days with the CIA may be the Pope's last days alive.

Hardcover, 720 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Heyne (first published 2002)
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George
May 22, 2008 George rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my worst enemies
More Dead than Red. It's as if Tom was on sedatives while writing the book. It's hard to exagerate just how dull and repetitive this work really is, but it's a bit like the being hit in the head over and over with a small wooden shovel. It leaves a dull impression on your mind.
Tyler Montague
In college, Clancy lowered my GPA by almost a full point one year. It was the mid-90's, and I started reading him and got so addicted I would skip class, call out sick from work, order pizza, and read all day. I immediately snapped up new releases, like Debt of Honor and Rainbow Six and loved them. I even trudged through some of his non-fiction stuff. I read Red Storm Rising and Without Remorse twice.

But somewhere around Bear and Dragon, Clancy turned blah. Red Rabbit is just lame. I literally t
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Mommalibrarian
Not really a mystery and definitely not an action-packed thriller. Around the end of 400 pages a few things finally begin to happen. There is no real ACTION until 518. Lots of things are repeated 3 and 4 times. Jack Ryan has been involved in previous adventures. One of those adventures involved a helicopter. He does not like flying. Eye surgery, which his wife does, turns his stomach. His wife is a better judge of character and unspoken meaning. Jack thinks his father-in-law is a greedy, soulles ...more
Ian
I had decided not to read any more of the Jack Ryan saga after Executive Orders. From the high standard that was set in The Hunt for Red October, a thoroughly researched and well-constructed thriller, the series degenerated into a predictable and long drawn out right wing rant. Oh well, there is a market for that sort of thing and Mr Clancy no doubt grew very rich on it.
However, finding myself facing a ten hour flight and a paucity of choice in the airport book stand I decided to give this one a
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Will
Nov 13, 2014 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dedicated action/adventure junkies
SUBJECTIVE READER REVIEW FOLLOWS:

I was a bit surprised to see the average Goodreads rating at four stars for this magnificent novel. Perhaps it was a bit weighty for some, and at 340,000 words is even epic by my own long-winded standards as an author. But if you commit to Clancy, you gotta stick with him all the way. And let me tell ya, he don't let you down with Red Rabbit. Tying this novel into the actual assassination attempt on Pope Karol Wojtyla, John Paul II, was such an excellent insertio
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James
It must be hard being Tom Clancy. Think about it, your best character, Jack Ryan is already a President at the peak of his power sitting on a country at the peak of its power. He got there over a series of books so thrilling that your audience has huge expectations for every work you pump out, and your name has become a franchise. So where do you go from here?

We could read about Ryan's next American triumph, like we did in the cartoon-like Bear and Dragon. The trouble is that Ryan is such a wel
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Steve
Jack Ryan is a new analyst working for the CIA, and has been sent over to Britain to work with the SIS for a time. Ed and Mary Pat Foley have just taken up their new posting in Moscow as the CIA s Chief of Station in the Soviet Capital. Meanwhile the chairman of the KGB wants to kill the pope. Oleg Zaitsev, an officer in the KGB s central communications department isn t happy about this, and wants to defect to America as an act of conscience.[return][return]This book is Tom Clancy s latest novel ...more
Michael Atkinson
Well, it wasn't quite as much fun as Patriot Games, or The Hunt for Red October. The story involves a KGB communications officer escaping out of the Soviet Union, and the escape itself (view spoiler). There's also a 1980s plot with the Pope and Solidarity in Poland and so forth that I'm not sure integrates as well with the rest of the Ryanverse. At any rate, it's still an interesting read. Next up in my chronol ...more
John
Jul 23, 2010 John rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I am exceedingly glad I only paid $1 for this book at a library book sale. It may be worth that much, but no more. Red Rabbit reads as though Tom Clancy needed to write 618 pages in a hurry because he needed the money. It's full of cliches and boringly repetitious with the characters' introspection. Clancy tells us many times how the food is different in England than it is in America, how it's different in Italy than in America, how it's different in Bulgaria than in America...boring after a whi ...more
Chad Sayban
Red Rabbit was by far the weakest of all of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan books. Part of it was that even though it was a prequel, it really didn’t sound like Jack Ryan at all. Mostly it was the plot. Clancy thrillers always have a certain over-the-top quality to them. That’s what makes them fun. But they are always grounded in a certain level of realism. Unfortunately, Red Rabbit’s plot felt so contrived and disjointed that I had a difficult time believe that Clancy actually wrote it. Maybe it was an ...more
Denton
Let me preface my review by saying this. I just started reading Tom Clancy books earlier this year, so I really can't compare this book to Clancy's other books quite yet.

Quite frankly, this book was rather dull. It built itself up on information obtained from the Rabbit, and then fizzled out at the end. The moment it built itself up to took maybe five minutes to read, was rather uneventful, and then the book ended. It is my understanding, even though this is book two in the Jack Ryan series, thi
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Dave Wetzler
This book is based on the true experiences of a CIA agent named James Olson who was teaching in the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University in 2004. I heard him speak at a State of the State conference here in Austin. Nobody in the CIA seemed to know where Tom Clancy was getting this information and he (Clancy) refused to divulge anything to the CIA. Per Mr. Olson, Clancy is, indeed, an asshole.

Mr. Olson had plans to publish his memoirs but I have yet to see them listed anywhere.
Todd Podzemny
All in all, I think if you had an honest editor who would trim this thing down from 640 pages to about 100, you'd have a fairly decent spy novella. Assuming that the editor was also staging an intervention for Clancy's casual racism, sexism, and crippling Reaganophilia. As it stands, the title should probably be "Young Jack Ryan Very Slowly Fails to Stop the Pope Getting Shot in the Gizzard: Ladies Be Shopping."
Joseph
Typical Tom Clancy fare, I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy political intrigue and suspense. For those who aren't already Clancy fans, be advised that his writing is usually very technical, and those that don't find such details interesting will most likely lose interest in his novels.

That having been said, I am an avid reader of Clancy novels and Red Rabbit was as good as they come. A little more predictable, and a bit less thrilling, than some of his other novels such a
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Mike Smith
This was another entertaining story from Tom Clancy. He's still a little repetitive with his side comments, but nothing felt too grating. The relationship between Jack and Cathy is described nicely though by no means in depth. It was a little weird to read a story centered around an attack on the pope at the same time as all the attention focused on the vatican for the voting of a new pope.
Benjamin Stahl
I remember being intrigued by nothing more than the name - "Tom Clancy" - as far back as my earlier years of High School (I guess it was because I associated his name with such videogames as Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six). I picked up one of his books once and read a few pages ... before deciding it was too boring. But that was years ago, and I've still never quite gotten the desire to read him out of my system.
Well, I finally decided to do it. And the only book I had on my shelf was Red Rabbit
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Danny M
Tom Clancy is an American author known around the world for his fast paced action books, usually about the military and spy theme. All his books have a similar story and I feel it is better to do the same review for all the novels, as stated very well by another reviewer, they are pretty much the same. Very long, very detailed, and after a while, very repetitive. If you stop after just a few of his books you'd probably give them 4 or 5 stars, but beyond that they start to tell the same story. Th ...more
Greg Chesser
The KGB is plotting to assassinate the Pope. CIA analyst Jack Ryan is in England trying to put a stop to it. A good espionage thriller, but Clancy can be redundant at times - making the book a lot longer than it should have been.
Greg Stoll
I thought the book was pretty good, although in retrospect it was kind of repetitive. Some other things I didn't like:

- The book was written in 2002 but set in 1982 (a sort of prequel), and it gets way too clever about "predicting the future": Jack Ryan thinks that Japan is going to go into recession! He invests in Starbucks! He has a good feeling about Cal Ripken, Jr! (and all of these get mentioned multiple times) I understand the temptation to do this, but do it more than once and it just get
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Maynard
When I review books I use two general criteria as a starting point: 1) How does the book compare to the author's previous works, and 2) How does the work compare to other authors' work within the same genre. I am a fan of Tom Clancy; however, I found "Red Rabbit" (c 2002) dull, slow and terribly disappointing. If one is interested in how those in the spy business in America and Russia thought back in the 1990s and went about solving problems, then you might find this book interesting. If you exp ...more
David
This is a book I found on the shelf at a friend's house while I was trapped for a boring day or so. Once started I felt I had to steal it to read at home (sorry about that). Well, that's a good sign of a book, isn't it?
It wasn't what I was expecting even though I had no idea what it was I was expecting, if you know what I mean. The title of this book should be "How To Spy" because it provides a guide to the banalities of the life of the spy: in other words it is high on how and low on why. I lik
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Rory
I kept waiting for some action to kick-in but, after about 350 pages, I surrender.

I would say "move along people, nothing to see here!"
Ravi Rao
I gave 4 stars mainly for the middle portion where there was no action and just lots of dry descriptions
Randy
A real Tortoise.
Eric Vaughn-matthews
This prequel to The Hunt for Red October is certainly not one of Clancy's best. It revolves around the subtly named Operation 666, a KGB attempt to kill the Pope (He probably should have called it Operation Hail Satan). However, a KGB communications officer doesn't like you the idea of shooting an innocent man, and decides to defect to the U.S. This kicks off the plot of this Jack Ryan novel, in which Jack Ryan does... nothing remotely relevant. It should have been an Ed & Mary Pat Foley nov ...more
Mic
I looked at this the other day and wondered why I couldn't remember reading it.

NOW I remember - it's because I've never read more than about a quarter of it. Interminable preaching via the suddenly awoken conscience of a KGB flunky who has apparently never had a thought before in his life and is suddenly, in his mid-30s, discovering the joys of both thinking and having a conscience. To make matters worse, he's doing so as if he was GRR Martin, in page after interminable page of nothingness.

Dreck
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Ray Ziemer
I was struck with the mood for some Tom Clancy spy stuff, and wanting to fill in the gap in my Jack Ryan fictional history. Red Rabbit has been on my shelf for a number of years, and I've been on a bit of a Russia kick all year anyway.

This thriller is a kind of prequel (published in 2002), taking readers back to the early 80's, Jack Ryan's early days as a CIA analyst. He is temporarily posted to London, working with their security people on seemingly mundane matters, when he becomes involved in
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Nick Davin-isb
This book is a prequel to other Tom Clancy books with the main character Jack Ryan, when he is only a low level intelligence analyst. The book is based off the historical event, which the KGB tried to assassinate the pope. This tells you the end of the story so there is no surprises of what is going to happen. The pope announced an ultimatum to Poland and Russia that he will resign the papacy and return to Poland if the government keeps treating their people unfairly. This results in the KGB cha ...more
Jerome
This wasn't bad at all.
If the novel is set in 1981 (when the real-life assassination attempt was made), then several historical references made in the novel would be anachronistic:
A plane landing at London Heathrow Terminal 4, while Brezhnev is still head of the USSR. Terminal 4 did not open until 1986, after his death.
A brief mention of Ronald Reagan firing striking air traffic controllers. The attempt to kill John Paul II happened on May 13, 1981. Reagan didn't fire the controllers until Augus
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Mark Oppenlander
It's been almost a decade since I read a Tom Clancy novel. In the late 80's and 90's I read his books religiously and really enjoyed his ability to extrapolate current trends to imagine the next great global threat (Asian stock market crach, terrorists on planes, etc.) - and his ability to craft an excellent military thriller from that threat. I also liked the evolution of his most famous creation, Jack Ryan, although by the time Clancy got to "Executive Orders" there wasn't much more that could ...more
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Tom Clancy was an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College. As a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history, his dream of writing a novel came true with his first effort, The Hunt for Red October (1984).

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Other Books in the Series

Jack Ryan (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Patriot Games (Jack Ryan, #1)
  • The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan, #3)
  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Jack Ryan, #4)
  • Clear and Present Danger (Jack Ryan, #5)
  • The Sum of All Fears (Jack Ryan, #6)
  • Debt of Honor (Jack Ryan, #7)
  • Executive Orders (Jack Ryan, #8)
  • Command Authority (Jack Ryan, #9)
  • Full Force and Effect (Jack Ryan, #10)
  • Commander-in-Chief (Jack Ryan, #11)
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