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Red Storm Rising

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  58,312 Ratings  ·  825 Reviews
Using the latest advancements in military technology, the world's superpowers battle it out on land, sea, and air for the ultimate global control. A chillingly authentic vision of modern war, Red Storm Rising is as powerful as it is ambitious. It's a story you will never forget. Hard hitting. Suspenseful. And frighteningly real.
ebook, 736 pages
Published July 1st 1987 by Berkley Books (first published August 28th 1986)
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Micki The last paragraph of the author's note states:

Although Larry's name does not appear on the title page, this book is his as much as mine. We never did…more
The last paragraph of the author's note states:

Although Larry's name does not appear on the title page, this book is his as much as mine. We never did figure out the division of labor, but what Larry and I accomplished was to complete a book as co-authors when our only contract was a handshake--and have a whole lot of fun doing it! It is for the reader to decide how successful we have been.

I always assumed that it was a "legal" thing and since a handshake is not a binding contract that Mr. Clancy then proceeded to have the novel published under his contract with G.P. Putnam's Sons. I did notice though when I went to the book to copy the paragraph above, that the Copyright is by Jack Ryan Enterprises Ltd, and Larry Bond.

Also after Mr. Clancy died, Mr. Bond did an interview with USNI News in which he stated:

"I was blathering on about “Convoy” and [Clancy] said, “That would make a good book.” He could see the potential of the story and asked me if I wanted to work on it with him. I was his apprentice, I wrote maybe five sentences of the thing. He would run chapters by me and I would look over particular weapon systems and [how the Russians might react]. If you’re going to apprentice for somebody, apprentice for Tom Clancy for God’s sake. I watched him put the story together. I watched him lay everything out, create the characters, and fix it when it wasn’t working right."
Interview: Larry Bond on Tom Clancy
By: Sam LaGrone
October 8, 2013

An even better interview was done by the FP group in which Larry Bond describes in more detail where he thought Tom Clancy found some of his ideas.

Hope this helps a little bit. (less)
Micki The reason you aren't seeing this book on any "Order of Books" list is because this is a stand-alone book. It does not use any of the characters that…moreThe reason you aren't seeing this book on any "Order of Books" list is because this is a stand-alone book. It does not use any of the characters that Mr. Clancy used in his other books. That being said and the fact that I am a real "Jack Ryan" and "John Clark" fan, I do remember this as being an excellent, well told story with a great cast of characters. I am currently reading the "Jack Ryan Universe" in chronological order by time they happened instead of order by publisher's date. When I am through I also plan on reading Mr. Clancy's stand-alone novels again.(less)
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Nov 15, 2008 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, clancy. If you like his stuff, you'll love this book. If you like the books that he didn't write that have his name on them, you'll probably really like this book.

Few people know that this book was written as part of a competition that clancy had with Stephen King, to see who could write the longest book in a week. Sadly for clancy, King won, but that's only because Clancy took 15 minutes out of the contest to call up the army and ask them the names of some cool guns and planes and stuff. A
May 30, 2011 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My relationship with this book got off to a bad start. I've never known much about or cared much for the Cold War, and while I read of the Russian Politburo plotting a way to seize oil from the Persian Gulf without incurring NATO opposition, I was wiki-ing terms like "KGB" and "Kremlin". Things didn't improve when the Russians failed to break up NATO, World War III started, and I was searching my dictionary for things like "fighter" and "carrier".

But 830 pages gives you a long time to learn, and
Harv Griffin
Oct 08, 2012 Harv Griffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: naval action nuts like me
Shelves: reviewed, own
pic of my copy of RED STORM RISING

I’m guessing Tom Clancy novels are mostly a “guy thing.” If it’s a Tom Clancy novel I’m probably going to check it out. I’m something of a “Naval Action” freak. I blame the 1943 Lawrence O’Donnell science fiction short story CLASH BY NIGHT, which I read in Junior High, for my fetish. Asimov made me want to read more science fiction; Lawrence made me want more Naval Action!

RED STORM RISING presents a global non-nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia that involves our NATO allies. The first read-
Aug 28, 2012 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tom Clancy's writing style leaves a lot to be desired sometimes, even to a fan of this genre. Let me just say off the bat that this book (like most of Clancy's novels) is rife with blatantly false stereotypes of Russian and Soviet characters, and a very poor understanding of the Russian language. Maybe the tense relationship between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. when Clancy wrote these books means he had little practical experience to go on, but given some of the other, more accurate depictions of S ...more
May 12, 2013 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read it once when I was too young to understand many key themes so it was an action thriller at the time. During my second read through my perspective changed, gone was the line between clearly good and clearly evil. Instead I found myself rooting for the Russians. Not because of anti-americanism or any foolish rubbish, but simply because it seemed the west had an abundance of four leaf clovers and lucky charms. Any and all luck was on their side and despite the desperation of the situation, A ...more
Mahendra Palsule
Dry narration of hypothetical WWIII. Full of strategic & tactical military, naval, and air combat technical details. Hardly any character development, pages after pages of insipid writing. Best avoided.
Asghar Abbas
Apr 29, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



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May 22, 2014 Redditt494 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red Storm Rising is basically a fictitious story about a conventional war between NATO and the Soviet Union. Written by Tom Clancy, it is one of the best books I have read. It is an incredibly realistic portrayal of what a real shooting war would be like. The book begins with Arab extremists sabotaging and ultimately destroying a key soviet oil refinery. Crippling an already shaky economy. In desperation, the soviet leaders, or Politburo, launch an offensive attack against NATO and the US to gai ...more
Sep 09, 2014 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thomas Strömquist
In Sweden (at least) this one rode high on the success of the first few Ryan books. The characters of this one is even more one-dimensional and the whole story has a feeling of taking place on a higher level than personal most of the time. Unavoidable due to the scale of things, I guess. Nevertheless, it is quite suspenseful and if you're going in with an understanding of what you are about to read, it's captivating and readable.
Greg Strandberg
Apr 22, 2013 Greg Strandberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is a good book that many might skip. Don't! Just because it's in the Cold War era, it's a really good volume and shows the early character building of Clancy. I liked how some of the twists worked out at the end.
Wilmar Luna
Tom Clancy’s Red Storm Rising was the longest, dullest, most terribly written P.O.S. I have ever read. Again I have to ask, “How did this author become a multi-million dollar best seller?” I was the target demographic for this book. It had airplane battles (sorely lacking in detail), naval battles (had way too much detail), tank battles, and ground infantry reconnaissance missions. Everything about this book was right up my alley. So why did I hate it?.

Sadly, the same problem that I had with The
Patrick Peterson
I read this book within a year or two of it comming out in 1986 and enjoyed it very much then. I went on to read all the Clancy books till he started writing (with a collaborator) the Ops Center series, which I never did read. I liked all I read, but this was my favorite.

For some reason, my son and wife picked this out to read together over these last holidays. I settled right in to listening with avid attention. One night I did the reading out loud to them. The next night Mary was busy and Art
Thomas Waite
'Red Storm Rising,'' Tom Clancy's second novel after his phenomenally successful ''The Hunt for Red October,'' continues to demonstrate this writer's amazing ability to assimilate modern weaponry and warfare into a thrilling and frightening realistic tale. The Soviet Union, having suffered an attack that creates a critical energy shortage, decides they must seize the Persian Gulf. But to do this, of course, they must first neutralize NATO's considerable forces. Clancy once again is off to the ra ...more
Jamie Shew
Jan 06, 2010 Jamie Shew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I got this book for Christmas as a teenager and did not sleep as I read it. It was such an engrossing read especially as a teenager in the 1980's. My guess is a teenager today would not understand why it had such an impact as the Cold War is something they study in history. Tom Clancy was so detailed in setting up the plot, you had to push through the many chapters setting up a climax. I have always considered a Clancy book like a roller coaster, you go up a long hill really slow until that mome ...more
I believe this was my least liked of the Tom Clancy books I have read - it dragged on in a few sections, and the military maneuver details were overdone to my taste. However, since it was the second one I read and the first was really good, I kept going, and was glad I did.
Oct 08, 2015 Saman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Maybe I should have read this book before I read "Red Army".
Artur Coelho
Li de relance, em entrevista à WIRED, que este foi um dos livros que inspirou P.W. Singer sobre o recente Ghost Fleet, uma muito interessante especulação realista de uma guerra entre potências globais num futuro próximo. Livro muito interessante em pontos de vista especulativo e tecnológico, não muito em termos literários. A tradição de imaginar guerras futuras é centenária no domínio da ficção científica e especulativa. O que disitngue livros como Ghost Fleet ou este Red Storm Rising é basearem ...more
Oct 15, 2013 Joseph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, my-ebooks
I have mixed feelings about America's military-industrial complex, constantly fighting an arms race it seems to have already won years before I was even born, but it's hard to deny that the end result is that the U.S. military has some of the coolest toys imaginable. So it seems pretty natural that Clancy would want to play with as many of them as possible. He dipped into the toy box with his first book, of course, but here, he upends the whole thing and the effect is rather grand.

I have several
Dec 11, 2014 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
[Review... coming...]

Of course WWIII would start from a terrorist attack, wouldn’t it? And it is a certainty that the Ruskies had been hatching a plan to neutralise NATO for years, which just happens to come in handy when the bottom drops out of their oil supply.

Clancy writes thrillers well: that is, he handles the plot brilliantly and though the events are completely fictional and could never be seen as anything else (except when they turn out to be true, as they have once or twice in Clancy’s
L.M. Mountford
To say i was disappointed would be an understatement. Now I'm going to try and be fair, this was written in 86 after all and the cold war still had some chill in it, so if i was 50-70 this would probably be a cracking read, or if i was an American i'd love it. This is really just a slightly reimagined world war 2 that basically features NATO being 90% American and the Russians (sometimes they are refered to as soviets but all the reds are Russian) taking the role as Germany.

Now to start off wit
Aidan Armstrong
I have been a fan of Tom Clancy books for a long time and I think his books are extremely well written and fun reads. All of his books are historical fiction in that they have plots that could have happened in history but never did. In this book the Cold War is starting to come to an end and the USSR begins an unexpected and suicidal war by attempting to overtake the Atlantic in order to directly invade/attack the US and it's NATO allies. This book describes this fictional war in great detail ov ...more
Andrew Holliman
Jan 09, 2013 Andrew Holliman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ruth Booth
May 22, 2016 Ruth Booth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I actually listened to the audio book - but I feel this still counts. I actually chose the book based on reviews and also because it was 32 hours of listening which seemed really good value for money

Now I will try and write this without being sexist or without stereotyping people by their gender, but I couldn't help but feel that this book was definitely aimed more at the male reader. There was an awful lot (and I mean a lot) of technical terminology and references to different planes and bo
Tarjei Vågstøl
Feb 29, 2012 Tarjei Vågstøl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fiction
This is my favorite Clancy novel. I'm currently re-reading it for the fourth time.

Published in 1986, at the heigth of reaganism, it probably read as a near-future techno-thriller. Now (2012), it reads as an alternative history thriller: What if the USSR chose to risk a limited war with Nato in order to gain a geopolitical advantage in the Middle East?

Don't let me mislead you: The political set-up is dull and at the point of naïve. The main point of this part is to lay down the premises for the m
Thom Swennes
Aug 19, 2013 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written and published in 1986, Tom Clancy has a final shot at pointing a pejorative light on the Soviet Union as America’s archenemy before its final demise in 1991. With the downfall of this enemy that the western nations loved to hate, writers had to find other sources for conflict. Red Storm Rising presents the reader with a literary libation that can only be served by Clancy.
When Middle Eastern terrorists blow up a major Soviet oil field, the Russians are put into a vulnerable position in th
I really liked all the Tom Clancy books I read so far. Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of all Fears, Without Remorse... all of them spectacular. This one... I just couldn't finish it. Around page 550, realizing I have about 300 pages more to go, I gave up. It starts off interestingly enough, with a fictional world-wide conflict between the Soviet Union and NATO forces. But it becomes more and more tedious as it goes along. By the umpteenth submarine battle, I just didn't care anymore. Make no ...more
Feb 14, 2017 Carlex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In its time was an excellent World War III fiction
As a Cold War nostalgic, this is by far the best and most thrilling fiction I've read on the subject. Details a conventional war between NATO and the Warzaw Pact set in the 80s, after a crippling blow to the Soviet oil industry forces their hand into aquiring more by force. Featuring a multitude of characters, including a tank commander in the thick of it in Germany, a submarine commander in the North Atlantic, a weatherman-turned-partisan on Iceland and a Soviet general eventually becoming C-in ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Marco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
En un ejercicio espeluznantemente realista, Tom Clancy nos presenta un escenario muy bien montado sobre lo que podría ser una guerra entre Rusia y la OTAN por el control de los energéticos en Europa, al final de la Guerra Fría, por ahí de 1992. Clancy, conocido por sus detalladas descripciones de armamento y tácticas militares en sus novelas, esta vez nos narra cómo tanques, aviones, barcos, submarinos, helicópteros, tropas de infantería aerotransportadas, armas cortas, largas, lanzamisiles e in ...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).

He since wrote more than a dozen novels, which have a blend of realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. Ten of the novels, including The Teeth of
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