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Red Rabbit (Jack Ryan #2)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  20,127 Ratings  ·  467 Reviews
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 gro ...more
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published August 26th 2002 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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George
May 22, 2008 George rated it did not like it
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
Apr 15, 2011 Tyler Montague rated it it was ok
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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J.M.
Mar 15, 2016 J.M. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trump voters
Have you run out of Bill O'Reilly books to read? Are you nostalgic for the Cold War? Well then, we here at Drunk Uncle Publishing have got just the book for you!

We understand that today's world is complex, and frightening. Sometimes you pine for the simple comfort of having a single, monolithic enemy like the Soviet Union. When it comes to the books you read, you'd prefer not to have your world-view challenged in any way. We get it! Nothing ruins the reading experience like having to think.

Do yo
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Will
Nov 13, 2014 Will rated it it was amazing
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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Mommalibrarian
Sep 07, 2010 Mommalibrarian rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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
James
May 21, 2009 James rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
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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Ian
Dec 04, 2014 Ian rated it did not like it
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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Steve Haywood
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
Fiona
Jun 13, 2016 Fiona rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished.
It took me so long to get through this book. Partly because I just didn't want to go on. The story was lame, really, the ending or lets call it show down then was so fast over and so unspectacular that it's not even worth mentioning, the characters brought up no suprise - just chliches.

Jack Ryan is already know throught the books before and I started disliking the way Tom Clancy stereotyped his characters already in the other books, but here it really annoyed me. The way it is
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John
Jul 23, 2010 John rated it it was ok
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
Alex
Jan 31, 2016 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boring, suspense
What a disappointment! Tom Clancy's books used to be real nail biters, but this one is just a sleeping pill. This has all of his worst writing habits amplified and without a decent plot to ameliorate the tedium. I don't think he's actually writing anymore. I think he just came up with a two-paragraph synopsis and fed it into a "ClancyBot" computer in his basement, then took the 600 pages it spit out straight to the publisher-- who apparently is afraid to offend its cash cow by actually editing h ...more
Adam
May 29, 2016 Adam rated it it was ok
This was the first Tom Clancy book I read cover-to-cover and I almost didn't finish. It was a complicated yet bland plot: A Soviet wants to defect? Where else have we seen that before? *cough* Red October *cough* Cardinal of the Kremlin *cough*.

I don't mind books where the US is good and the USSR is bad, but listening to Jack Ryan wax poetic about everything great with the US and bad with the USSR is dull. It's even more obnoxious when you factor that the book was written in 2002. It's kicking a
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David Doyle
Mar 07, 2016 David Doyle rated it did not like it
In the past I've read several of the other Jack Ryan books--Patriot Games, Hunt for Red October, Cardinal in the Kremlin, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears. Came across this and thought it'd be fun to revisit good ol' Jack...I was wrong. This book lacked the tension and action of the previous books, even though it had what could be a blockbuster concept--the Soviets want to assassinate the Polish Pope to prevent him from causing the Polish people from being inspired to throw off ...more
Michael Atkinson
Jul 06, 2015 Michael Atkinson rated it really liked it
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
Dave Wetzler
Apr 20, 2009 Dave Wetzler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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
Jun 15, 2014 Todd Podzemny rated it did not like it
Shelves: general-fiction
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."
Samyuktha jayaprakash
Jan 09, 2016 Samyuktha jayaprakash rated it it was amazing
Excellent procedural novel on espionage. It is so believably written!
Characters and their lives fleshed out well. No over the top gimmicks here. Simple stunt is complex enough.
It is not your fast food kind of book more like a barbeque on slow grill.
Very delicious. Nice way to start the year with the bunny zaichik

p.s - a bit too much hatred towards the soviet union maybe?
Mike Smith
Mar 13, 2013 Mike Smith rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Paul
Jan 14, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it
I know it's fiction, but I just have a hard time believing the titular character's primary interaction with Ed Foley. Nobody would do that.
Rory
Jan 27, 2015 Rory rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
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
Oct 23, 2013 Ravi Rao rated it really liked it
I gave 4 stars mainly for the middle portion where there was no action and just lots of dry descriptions
Randy
Mar 23, 2015 Randy rated it it was ok
A real Tortoise.
Joe Herrick
It has been over a decade since I have last read a Tom Clancy novel. Each time I think about starting one, I look at the thickness of the spine, take a brief look at the word count per page and then I slowly slide it back on the shelf in defeat. The fact that I also lean pretty far to the left politically doesn’t help things too much, either. For those who don’t know, Clancy himself probably leans nearly as far to the right.

I read a handful of Tom Clancy novels in my early teens and in most cas
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Benjamin Stahl
Nov 21, 2014 Benjamin Stahl rated it really liked it
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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Edwin Kort
Nov 03, 2016 Edwin Kort rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2016
Aardig verhaal, maar wel een waarbij duidelijk de Amerikaanse arrogantie en superioriteit blijkt.

De plot belooft veel, maar helaas, het heeft nooit de spanning van Clancy's betere werken gehaald. Erger nog, het boek lijkt gemaakt te zijn van de geweigerde onderdelen uit 'kardinaal van het Kremlin;. Want het is een prequel, het einde is al een uitgemaakte zaak. De karakters vormen het middelpunt van het verhaal, en daardoor ontwikkelt plot nooit verrassende wendingen waarmee dit boek een topper
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Melanie Underwood
Nov 10, 2016 Melanie Underwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great story ruined by the constant misuse of the word 'whom'. Such a shame that this excellent author didn't have a decent editor.

All my Tom Clancy novels are destined for the second-hand bookshop - I won't be reading them again - too irritating!
Jerome
Feb 11, 2012 Jerome rated it really liked it
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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Carol Hunsicker
Nov 08, 2016 Carol Hunsicker rated it it was ok
This one took a really long time to read. Although the story about a Russian defector was a good premise, the book overall was just too wordy. Too many descriptive sections that had nothing to do with the story.
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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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Jack Ryan (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Patriot Games (Jack Ryan Universe, #2)
  • The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe, #4)
  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Jack Ryan Universe, #5)
  • Clear and Present Danger (Jack Ryan Universe, #6)
  • The Sum of All Fears (Jack Ryan Universe, #7)
  • Debt of Honor (Jack Ryan Universe, #8)
  • Executive Orders (Jack Ryan Universe, #9)
  • Command Authority (Jack Ryan Universe, #16)
  • Full Force and Effect (Jack Ryan Universe, #18)
  • Commander-in-Chief (Jack Ryan Universe, #20)

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