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The Hunt For Red October (Jack Ryan Universe #4)

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Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west.

The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. And the most incredible chase in history is on ...

Here is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy's phenomenal career. A military thriller so accurate and so convincing in its accuracy that the a
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Paperback, 469 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by Berkley (first published October 28th 1984)
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Janagan Actually there are technically three that come before it by sequence - Without Remorse (Ryan is not a character in that one, but his dad is), Patriot…moreActually there are technically three that come before it by sequence - Without Remorse (Ryan is not a character in that one, but his dad is), Patriot Games, and Red Rabbit(less)
Haley I just finished The Hunt for Red October and I am about as far away from a military aficionado as you can get. There was definitely a lot of…moreI just finished The Hunt for Red October and I am about as far away from a military aficionado as you can get. There was definitely a lot of information that was a little over my head, and I found myself backing up to re-read sections to make sure I understood exactly what was going on and who was who. But the parts I didn't fully understand didn't take away from the overall story. It was fairly easy to differentiate between what was just additional technical information about the countries' military setups or battleship/submarine specs, and what you actually needed to pay attention to in order to stay up with the plot. I'm sure a few re-reads of the book will yield a deeper understanding of exactly what was going on with some of the secondary characters and plots points, but I still very much enjoyed this book and was able to appreciate some of the twists revealed toward the end.(less)
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Peter Meredith
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Fifty Shades of Girl Smut, I think I need a manly book. The Hunt for Red October seems virile enough. Strong sweaty men...at sea...with not a woman in sight. Wait a sec! What am I getting in to? They better not start singing, "In the Navy" or "Y.M.C.A." And if there's even a single fashion tip, I'm tossing this book!
Wow, what a wonderful book. This is number two on my Clancy book list, right behind Red Storm Rising.
Lance
May 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this when I was on the USS Eisenhower. It was so popular with the Squids that I think it replaced the BMR. The thing that really impressed everyone on the ship was how accurate Clancy was with both his research and his story-telling. There was never a "that's not how it happens" moment, so common in media of this type. Engaging story, meticulous research combine for a fantastic read. I recommend this one to everyone.
Henry Avila
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the tail end of the Cold War, Captain Marko Ramius of the Soviet Navy,decides to defect. Incredibly planning to bring the most advanced submarine in the world with him.The Red October has a new drive system that is virtually noiseless.The nuclear vessel would be almost undetectable. A great advantage against the U.S. and its Allies.But the charismatic Ramius is a bitter man.The widower,and half Lithuanian blames the Soviet Union, for the botched operation that killed his beloved wife.He has r ...more
Jane Stewart
Writer’s style is not engaging or entertaining for me. He’s probably good for military technical buffs.

This guy is a popular best selling author. But not for me. I assume his fans are those who love to think and talk about military technical stuff - with a story to go along with it. The author is regularly welcomed aboard jets, submarines, and destroyers. Admirals and generals give him access, Pentagon officials debrief him, and many of his books are required reading at military colleges. So I a
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P. Lundburg
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, this is Clancy's best book, even beyond the Jack Ryan stories. The depth of character coupled with the suspense of an underwater attack submarine chase makes this book so memorable that I read it a second time just to enjoy it again. The plotting is fantastic, but I have to say that it's the way Clancy crawls into the mind of a troubled Soviet sub captain that makes this story so rich for me. We get such a complete picture of the history and psyche of Capt. Ramius that we not only ...more
Eric
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of political thrillers
Yes, I may be fashionably late to this party, considering the threat of war between Soviet Russia -- which doesn't exist anymore -- and Imperialist America is a major theme of this novel.

But I figured this should be my first experience with Tom Clancy, and I do not regret my decision at all. This is a near-perfect political thriller, juggling a dozen major characters on two continents as well as a myriad number of ships -- both on and under the Atlantic Ocean. While it was a bit tricky keeping
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Manny
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Everyone always goes on about how meticulous Tom Clancy's background research is, but there was a moment in this book which made me wonder. They're going to run a big program on a military computer, and (being gamblin' military men) they decide to bet on how long it will take to complete. One of them asks how long the program is - number of lines, or punched cards, or whatever. The other one tells him, and then the first guy makes his estimate.

I'm sorry, this no doubt shows what a mean-spirited
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Thomas Strömquist
The very first in a ridiculously successful series of thrillers and not surprising, since it is an incredibly effective suspense story. Or at least I think it is. I haven't read the early Clancy books in many years and frankly, I'm very afraid to. I remember the bloated cheap hardback editions (that still weigh down my bookshelves at home) as almost un-put-downable rollercoaster adventures.

What I'm unsure of is if my taste in reading have shifted fundamentally or if Clancy's books took a horrib
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Stephen
Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 stars. My first Tom Clancy novel and the one that made me an instant fan of his work. Jack Ryan is a terrific character and the plot was very well done. Highly recommended for fans of political thrillers.
Vedran Karlić
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uh. Bio sam između tri i četiri, no na kraju sam odlučio knjizi dati veću ocjenu. Razlog tome je taj što kada je dobra, onda je zbilja napeta i uzbudljiva, no u dobrom djelu nije takva (barem meni nije bila).

Ima više razloga za to, a jedan od glavnih je taj što je čitam danas, a ne u vrijeme kada je napisana. Da se razumijemo, mogu potpuno shvatiti taj kontekst u kojem su dvije suprotstavljene strane postavljene totalno crno i bijelo, no taj period mi je dosta stran. Mogu zamisliti koliko je bil
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Rob
Executive Summary: A pretty fun spy thriller that occasionally gets bogged down by too much military jargon.

Audio book: This is my first time listening to a book read by J. Charles. He's a pretty good reader. I initially felt like he read too fast, but I either got used to it, or he slowed down. He does many accents, although with multiple Russian characters, I'm not sure if he made them all sound the same, or I simply couldn't tell them apart.

The book also uses sound effects to simulate phone c
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Michael Finocchiaro
I read this book when I was a kid before or immediately after the film. It was an exciting read and I became addicted to Clancy for a brief period before I realised how propagandistic his writing became for the military-industrial complex. Like the epic thriller with Sean Connery, this book is breathtakingly fast-paced and full of fun characters and the iconic Jack Ryan as a CIA agent. My father actually hunted Russian subs back in the 70s so he could attest to the realism of the scenario to a d ...more
☼♄Jülie 

This was a fantastic story, one of my all time favourites. All in the Jack Ryan series are great.
This one was made into a movie which was also very good.
L.M. Mountford
Could not finish.

This was my second try at reading a Tom Clancy and this was even more disappointing than the first. I suppose if I was an American and this was the height of the cold war, I might think differently but it's not the 80s and I am English, so too bad. This read like a propaganda novel, describing the Soviets as backwards and unreliable, belittling the 'Brits', and always emphasising American superiority. I won't deny it started off well, but then it got dull and i spent a lot of ti
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Hunter
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy explains just how dangerous it must be to work on a submarine. The better half of this story takes place in the Atlantic Ocean somewhere between North America and Europe, in the 1980s. CIA agent, Jack Ryan finds out just how hard it is to find a submarine that appears to fool even the best sonar men.

Jack Ryan is one of the main characters that I liked in this story. He is a persistent human being in that he is unwilling to give up without capturin
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Nathaniel
Aug 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite Tom Clancy novel, and certainly my favorite on submarine warfare, this book introduces Jack Ryan as a young and bright CIA analyst faced with a politically explosive situation. Realistic politics, thrilling submarine chases and battles, and believable characters make this come together well.
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of the book is so bogged down with details that it's quite painful to read; however all of that is made up by a blockbuster of an ending.
Kogiopsis
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Damn, Marko Ramius is an awesome character.
Just sayin'.


Real review:
Well, I've finally read a Clancy book. Yay me?
It reminded me a bit of the Honor Harrington series, which I guess makes sense. They're both military, after all; one has spaceships and the other has submarines and other than that the genre conventions seemed about the same. AND THEY BOTH HAVE ONE REALLY ANNOYING HABIT: The 'action action action loooooongwiiiiiinded descriiiiiiption of teeeeechnoooology' format. If I'd been paying a
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ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
This is a very good story that is incredibly researched. However, in this instance, I'd have to say the movie is better. The reason is that the movie is simplified. This is a very complex book involving military strategy. Even being a ten year veteran of our armed forces, and familiar with military language and acroynms, I found this book slow to read. The author did extensive research into soviet and allied submarines in particular, but also all naval vessels and even aircraft. He receits speci ...more
Paul Didham
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hunt for Red October


The Hunt for Red October is a thrill ride you won't want to miss from start to finish the plot keeps you guessing. Why is he doing this? What is his motive? Tom Clancy's unique writing style ties everything together. From engaging characters to an intriguing plot for me it was a must read.

The year is 1984, A russian nuclear submarine is steaming to the united states the Americans what her the russians want her back. Could this mean war or is it trying to defect? The Re
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Eric Jonrosh
What's more Russian than a Scotsman?

I first discovered “The Hunt for Red October” when the late, great Tom Clancy, informed me that the source material would be converted to film in the summer of ’89. When he explained that none other than Sir Sean Connery would play a crucial part, I immediately grew red in the face and hurled my glass of scotch into the fire quite dramatically. Regretting that impulsive act, I poured myself another glass, much larger than the first. When Tom inquired why I rea
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Mike (the Paladin)
I read all but a couple of Clancy's Ryan/Clark books and find them good in the extreme. I do prefer Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, but they're somewhat different (well their characters are closer to Clark than Ryan). In this one Ryan still hasn't actually started his political career... But he does get drawn into the danger, again.

Jack (an annalist for the CIA)manages to get tagged to fly photos to the UK...from there he ends trying to convince the powers in charge that a Russian sub captain is tryi
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Rebecca McNutt
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action-packed and exciting, this book was rather difficult to follow at times but otherwise was really gripping and intriguing, with vivid descriptions and interesting characters.
Jerome
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although it was the first of the series to be published, Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October is actually the third novel in the Jack Ryan series. It propelled Clancy, who had been an insurance salesman with only a few letters to the editor under his writing belt, to best-selling superstar. His success with military and espionage-related fiction earned him a title he does not readily accept: father of the techno-thriller.

This novel, if I remember correctly, was the first work of fiction publish
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Rebecca
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I've read this a couple times, all when I was significantly younger and more ignorant of Russian history and politics. It was pretty interesting to go back and reread it, both from a hindsight perspective and from the perspective of actually understanding what's going on with the Russian politics.

One thing I have to hand to Clancy right off the bat--while I get a lot of nuances I missed in middle school, there's nothing earth-shattering. He did a good enough job explaining things that I got enou
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Chad Sayban
I was 12 years old, living at the height of the Cold War in 1984 and The Hunt for Red October hit me like a lightning bolt. I hadn’t read anything like it – in fact, nobody had. What can you say about a book and an author who single-handedly invented a genre – the techno-thriller – and became one of the bestselling authors of the 1990s? The Hunt for Red October has it all – fast pacing, great characters, a highly inventive plot that was so realistic it had people wondering if Clancy was privy to ...more
Justin
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
As a mega fan of the movie "The Hunt for Red October" I had high hopes for finally getting around to reading the novel.

I am happy to say that I was not disappointed in the slightest. In fact, much the opposite. This book was even better than I thought it would be. It was a can't stop reading kind of book for me. The last half was very different from the last half of the film, but in a very good way. I still love the film even with the differences from the book, but this just made one of my top f
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Otis Chandler
Dec 27, 2006 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went through a big Tom Clancy phase when I was younger. I think I read them all. This was one of the best though (the move was even good). I feel like I got a really good grasp of cold war politics by reading all these books... lol.
Armin Hennig
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cold-war
Die Ursuppe aller Jack Ryan Abenteuer, Schreibtischhengst hat den richtigen Riecher und bewährt sich überraschenderweise in der bleihaltigen Wirklichkeit, wo die Profis letztlich scheitern würden. Wahrscheinlich hat Donald Trump in einer prägenden Phase seines Lebens zu viele Romane von Tom Clancy gelesen und sich gedacht, wenn einer wie Jack Ryan Präsident werden kann, kann ich das auch.
Leider hat in diesem Fall die Realtät sogar die kühnsten Phantasien übertroffen.
John Jr.
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: techno-thriller
Assuming the Wikipedia entry on the novel to be correct in an unattributed assertion, Tom Clancy hadn't submitted the manuscript of this book, his first novel, anywhere else before giving the U.S. Naval Institute Press a look at it. He was probably lucky in that, as was the press, for Clancy's novel was different enough from other military thrillers of the time that he quite likely would've received rejections and may have given up. (J. K. Rowling, among others, faced the same rejections but per ...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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