Patriot Games (Jack Ryan, #1)
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Patriot Games (Jack Ryan #1)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  82,899 ratings  ·  576 reviews
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Kindle Edition, 556 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by Berkley (first published 1987)
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Ian
I'll do the same review for all Clancy's novels because they're all 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 grate. Especially where Jack Ryan is involved. I mean, Clancy spends hundreds of pages getting his details just right, the settings perfect etc., then he has Ryan dodging more bullets than James Bond! I finally threw my hands up and surr...more
Stephen
3.5 to 4.0 stars. Third Jack Ryan book published but first in terms of internal chronology as the events take place before those in The Hunt for Red October. While I enjoyed some of the later Ryan novels more (especially those in which John Clark and his crew played a major part), this is still a quality thriller and certainly worth a read. A pretty good Clancy novel is still much better than a lot of the junk that is out there.
Tammy Isaacs
Sep 06, 2007 Tammy Isaacs rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Although an old novel, but this is a classic novel about Jack Ryan, a former US marines who was on a work/vacation to the UK. A day after his arrival, he finds himself in a gun battle with 3 terrorists attacking the prince of Wales, his wife and few months old baby.

They survived the attack, thanks to Jack who sustains an injury but got the Knighthood for his bravery.

After that comes trouble from... Hey! go read it yourself to find out what happened in the end.

I really like the plot. It's a clas...more
Paula Martin
So unrealistic and unbelievable, it actually made me laugh, right from when the Queen invited him to stay at Buckingham Palace. As if!
Louis Scuderi
Somehow, people like this book. Other people complain about the slow plot, or the level of detail, or the lack of action. I was perfectly fine with all of this, and in fact, I quite liked the idea that injuries were taken seriously and meant that people were out of action for a long time. The thing that makes this book truly bad is the lack of development of any of the characters, particularly Jack Ryan. He is possibly the worst Mary-Sue character I've read in such a widely published book.

He is...more
Louis Dohanich
Tom Clancy’s Patriot Games
4.5 stars

Tom Clancy is known around the world for his fast paced action books. (Several of his books have been made into movies, and one has even been made into a video game series!) This is one of his earlier books, and I anticipated a book just like those who have made him famous with his writing style, such as Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising, and others. I wasn’t disappointed. This book, Patriot Games, is a great book, as most of his others were.
The Theme of...more
JC
Aug 25, 2009 JC rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Shelves: my-firsttime, 2009
This book started and ended with a bang but lost me in the middle. After the quick start with lots of action, the next 150 to 200 pages felt like filler pages. A lot of them could have been taken out or condensed down and the book would have been better. The last part of the book really picked up though and made for a good ending.

If you are looking for a deep intellectualy book then Patriot Games probably isn't for you. The book focuses on terrorism and is a complete work of fiction. Ryan Jack i...more
Dave
Clancy's second Jack Ryan book is a prequel, which is perhaps why some suggest new readers should read them in the order the events took place rather than in the order they were written. Some of the suspense is muted because you know how the big picture will work out. This story is about Ryan's actions in England when, as an innocent bystander, tries to stop a terrorist (IRA-like group) action and what happens as a result in England and then back home in Annapolis. It also tells of how he gets r...more
Hari widijanto
Sooo gud.... baik film & bukunya, bro/sis... Alurnya enak sekali diikuti, khas dengan detailnya yg paten ala Tom Clancy... Pokoknya oche gtu lhooo... Oh ya, di squel ini, jack ryan mulai diperankan oleh Harrison Ford... and this is the 2nd Tom Clancy's book that i had read.....
Subhodeep Bandopadhyay
The story started like a roller coaster in the middle of London where Jack Ryan, an American tourist, foils the attempted kidnapping of members of the Royal Family.

The book could not keep a steady pace from there and at times became so slow that I literally had to skip pages to get to the action. Tom Clancy's natural descriptive style and obsession to get the facts absolutely right almost spoiled what otherwise could have been a very good espionage book.

What works for the book is the character o...more
Matthew Esham
First of all, way better than the movie. Harrison Ford is awesome, but there is so much emotion and thought process that can't be laid out as well when it is done on the big screen. Books are better, period. (having said that, I do see Harrison Ford in my mind's eye every time I think of Jack Ryan)

Second - not as good as the first book in the Jack Ryan series. This one really seemed to drag in the middle. Lots of detail and then some action. I must have read this book ten years ago and remember...more
Richard
5.5/10

This was quite a dull read in all honesty. I’m pretty sure I’m going to leave Tom Clancy alone for now or at least until I’ve read all of Vince Flynn’s books. I know Mitch Rapp came afterwards but I prefer him by a country mile!

The plot overview seemed interesting enough but I knew after 50 pages when the first terrorist attempt had taken place that there was still 550+ pages to go and not much was going to happen in the run up to the climax. I think Tom Clancy likes to waffle; perhaps he’...more
SA
So I was looking for a book that was going to be easy to read -- a real "page turner." I've never been one to read what I guess could be characterized as popular fiction, save for a Michael Crichton book or two when I was in high school. But, I was lamenting to a friend how I felt that a fair amount of my reading had been relatively heavy recently and he recommended Tom Clancy.

Admittedly, I felt like I was regretting the decision about 50 or 75 pages into the book. the Jack Ryan character/person...more
rabbitprincess
Aug 23, 2010 rabbitprincess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: browsing on dad's bookshelf
I read this one in elementary school, yes. I needed long books that I wouldn't accidentally finish in the middle of the Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) period, because we weren't allowed to leave our desks. Here's my review from that period (and yes the star rating is reflective of this review, not the benefit of hindsight):

"The author is trying to create a lot of suspense and action/adventure. He does this by centring his story on a group of terrorists who try and kill the Prince and Princess w...more
Sir Laguna
Lo que me encanta de los libros de Tom Clancy es la parafernalia tecnológica, el drama político, las conspiraciones, el fetichismo militar... y nada de eso se encuentra en este, el primer libro de la saga de Jack Ryan :(

Aún así, no fue una mala lectura, pese a sus problemas. Confieso que comencé odíandolo. El planteamiento que lleva a Jack Ryan, un ciudadano común en este momento, a convertirse en heroe de acción, amiguito de la realeza británica y objetivo de un grupo terrorista irlandes es pra...more
Evan O'neill
Feb 13, 2008 Evan O'neill rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are sick of slow paced books.
Tom Clancy's Patriot Games was an excellent book. What happens is that the main character Jack Ryan is living a normal life and taking a vacation to London and as his vacation seems to be going well he is trown in the middle of a attempted kiddnapping of the prince and princess of Wales.In the book he is shot, almost poisoned, and hospitilized. I thought that this book would be good especially with Tom Clancy being the author all of his books have never not interested me. It met all of my expect...more
Robin DeJarnett
I read this when it first came out, back when I was in my thriller phase. It's my favorite Clancy book - probably because there's more to the characters than in his previous submarine books.

Jack Ryan is a CIA analyst and ex-Marine who unintentionally gets caught in the fight for Northern Ireland. His actions foil an attempt by a factional group to kidnap a member of the royal family, and makes him a target of terrorists. Jack's family becomes the one in danger as the war crosses the Atlantic and...more
Shelleen
Wow, it is amazing to read an American so accurately describe terrorism even before it struck our shores so profoundly on 9-11.

What I learned . .

Terrorist are awful, awful people. They are not civilians nor are they military. Therefore when they perform an act of war like bombing a building their status make them impossible to prosecute. If you try them as military (since it is an act of war) the public gets upset and cries that the person's rights are being taken away, the terrorist wins their...more
Jayna
Dude books. I call them "palette cleansers" because sometimes I just get tired of reading about FEELINGS and EMOTIONS and THOUGHTS.

This book didn't have any of those other things.

It had intrigue, machismo, swearing, guns, and violence. Pretty much pg-13 level, nothing too too much.

But it also had bravery, mystery, and for reals: the main guy likes his wife and kid. And he doesn't cheat on her. Two thumbs up.

So, in all, a bit more insight than the movie version, but pretty much the gist of it....more
Neil Collins
Although the third book Clancy wrote, Patriot Games takes place before the stor in The Hunt For Red October. This is my third time reading it, and I am still amazed at the relavance and insite into international politics and the world of pre-9/11 counter terroism. The action is gripping and made personal, while educating the reader. The technology is dated, but like a true classic, it still stands on its own merit. As with all Clancy novels, the book is nothing like the movie, so read it even if...more
Kym Andrew Robinson
This was one of the first Clancy novels I managed to read, I read it after I had seen the film and so had the tendency to make comparisons to the film. I did enjoy this novel and like any fiction it is not without its faults.

Clancy really wanted to make Jack Ryan the super hero of the modern novel age and in some ways he managed to do this in his later books. So much so that after a few 'Ryan' books one can not help but to put them down and say 'enough!'. This is the first in the chronological s...more
Michael Ross
Great book. If you're new to the military/ espionage genre then I suggest you start with this one. International threats, hunting for bad guys, protecting family and nation, these are simple but consistently enjoyable basis to build a not so simple story on. Tom Clancy offers sometimes excruciating detail that can drag at some spots but is worth pushing through. You can even learn some things about our nations security along the way as Clancy has a habit of knowing things about technology and ta...more
Ginny
I read this a long time ago, but what I remember most is my husband laughing at me because I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and I was turning the page even as I was reading the last few lines on the current page. I enjoy the detail of Mr. Clancy's books and his feel for possible real life situations that could be played out. Certainly no all of these things could happen to such a small group of people, the Ryans and Clarks, but this is fiction after all. Isn't it???
Evan Leach
The first Jack Ryan novel (chronologically), this is one of my two or three favorite Clancy books. Clancy has a tendency to get bogged down in technical digressions or random excursions involving tertiary characters, making a lot of his books feel like slow burns. Patriot Games is about as close as Clancy comes to a "page-turner." Exciting, suspenseful, and intense. 4 stars, recommended.
Andrea Martin
This was an ok novel but it can in no way compare to 'The Hunt for Red October' or 'Red Storm Rising.'
The main problem with this book is its tedious length. It starts out okay, but then you're treated to 200 pages of hospital recovery! I think if this book was shorter, it would be another 5-star Clancy techno-thriller, but for the lack of action and generally boring writing, it merits 3-stars.
James Amoateng
Another excellent read. This is a case of an American Officer on holidays in London, who happens to foil an assassination attempt on the royalty by the IRA. The IRA eventually trace this young American Officer back to the USA to extract their revenge. Excellently woven plots and a lot of suspense. This is the second Tom Clancy book I have read and I have been very impressed.
Jack
I'm working may way back into a little fiction, and I hope to continue on the Jack Ryan path for some time to come. This is my third Clancy book (Red Storm Rising and Hunt for Red October were the others), and this is a worthy prequel to Hunt. The book is a great story, but it's also a neat look back on how Clancy (and many in society) viewed terrorism in the late 80s/early 90s. Or, to put it more succinctly, in a pre-9/11 world. Ryan was grappling with the idea of whether or not it was a crime...more
David
3.5 stars is more accurate.

This book was not what I expected. First off, it was way better than Hunt for Red October though similar in many ways. It flowed much better, and was a lot more "witty". I really enjoyed a lot of the dialog, and it had quote a few thought provoking statements. Tom seemed much more at home writing this novel. The whole plot is more interesting since it's not confined to some very tiny subs chasing each-other. But what starts out with a bang is quickly replaced by the sl...more
Chad
In the wake of Tom Clancy's recent passing, I have been compelled to go back through his catalog. Besides Stephen King and Tolkien, he was one of the predominant voices of my childhood reading, so much so that it led me to write a few god-awful techno-thrillers of my own.

Patriot Games is a great, entertaining read; a trend in publishing that would create a whole new language of genre and a character that would spawn as of portrayal on film by four different actors. The complexity of some of his...more
John
This was my first excursion into the Jack Ryanverse. The book opened with some action right off the bat, but then there were about 100-150 pages of dialogue and fluff. After that it really picks up and I was really enthralled all the way until the end. I look forward to more Jack Ryan.
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From www.loc.gov: Best-selling author Tom Clancy was an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College and he had a dream of writing a novel. As a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history, his dream came true with his first effort, The Hunt for Red October (1984). He has since written more than a dozen novels, which have a blend of realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and r...more
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