Red Storm Rising
With that shrill cry, three Muslim terrorists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, creating a critical oil shortage that threatens the stability of the USSR.
To offer the effects of this disaster, members of the Politburo and the KGB devise a brilliant plan of diplomatic trickery - a sequence of events designed to pit the NATO allies against each other - a distraction...more
Although Larry's name does not appear on the title page, this book is his as much as mine. We never did…moreThe 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. http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/10/11/t...
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It is entertaining, full of suspense and the extreme accuracy and the focus on details reminds me of Hard Sci-Fi, but in contrast to that, I am a bit missing the objective criticism of all parties involved. This combination of thriller, James Bond, war novels and patriotic badass supersoldiers is something unique but the length of the novels is something that might discourage me from reading more o ...more
The rating of this book is based on my personal experience, as I think it should be. However, it is not based on what was obviously a labor of ...more
Reread it today and found found it lacked character building and a simplicity of prose. I might've given it three stars but that fond memory of past enjoyment bolstered it to four.
David Putnam author of The Bruno John ...more
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 ...more
I would recommend 'The Hunt For Red October' and 'C ...more
But 830 pages gives you a long time to learn, and ...more
Red Storm Rising is Tom Clancy's second written novel, co-written by his friend Larry Bond. Red Storm Rising follows a World War III scenario between NATO and the Soviet Union, set during the Cold War, after terrorists from Azerbaijan attacks and destroys an Oil Refinery in Russia, threatening to cripple the Soviet Union's oil ...more
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- ...more
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 ...more
The cover, that is.
The book? This was a true work of art.
A tour de force.
Only one of Clancy's books, I would ever recommend. Otherwise, his novels should be used as bricks in constructions of something more useful. ...more
Sadly, the same problem that I had with The ...more
More than three deca ...more
One particular viewpoint seemed to endlessly repeat the same storyline: they sense a possible submarine, spend a few pages tracking it, then kill it with the first shot of a torpedo. Afterward, the characters all lo ...more
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 ...more
While commenting on how unprepared his troops are. -Alekseyev”