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Red Storm Rising

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  71,848 ratings  ·  1,149 reviews

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

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Published September 13th 1988 by Random House Audio (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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Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Testosterone and mad manly masculinity escalate to short-story-long descriptions of saber-rattling.

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
This is definitely the longest it has taken me to finish a book in years. In this case, the cause was a COVID-19 reading slump that started in mid-March 2020. Red Storm Rising was the last remaining hold out from the books I started before the quarantine began. Now I can begin to move on fully as I no longer have books from that timeframe hanging over me.

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
David Putnam
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book when it came out; summed up in one word, "enthralling." It's told from multiple points of view of multiple locations and incidents each one was interesting in itself. An epic story on a massive scale. I remember the length of the book and how I didn't want it to end.
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
Nov 15, 2008 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
Brett C
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Overall this was an entertaining read. I have read numerous Tom Clancy novels and I feel his early works are the strongest. This book does not involve Jack Ryan or John Clark. The plot setting is during the 1980s and involves the Soviets, Americans, and Germans. The book contains action, espionage, and pretty much all-out war. I think his writing style is descriptive and sometimes can be over technical but that doesn't take away from the story.

I would recommend 'The Hunt For Red October' and 'C
May 30, 2011 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
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Awful, boring overlong story of war and rape. The only good portion of this novel aside from the victim finding love is the end which should have ocurred one third of the way through this travesty. 2 of 10 stars
As much of a fan I am of Tom Clancy and his work, I can't believe it's taken me so friggin long to read RSR! Well I've finally read it and haven't come back disappointed!

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
Harv Griffin
Oct 08, 2012 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 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
Mahendra Palsule
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Tarjei Vågstøl
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
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
Morris Graham
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After the Muslim sabotage on the Soviet refinery, the book took off a little slow for me. Then when the fighting started, it took a while for me to get into the mechanics of the submarine, antisubmarine and air warfare. After each conflict, I started getting more interested. In the beginning, I became aware that there was no one real main character, or antagonist. The Main character was the NATO alliance and the Protagonist was the Warsaw pact nations, principally driven almost entirely by the S ...more
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. ...more
Shelle Perry
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom Clancy knew how to tell a story. This book is wonderful jumping off point for Tom Clancy novels. Engaging characters, solid action and a brilliant insight into how cold governments operated.
Asghar Abbas
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing


Sigur Ros

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.
Wilmar Luna
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Red Storm Rising warrants five (red) stars on the basis of a riveting and well-structured narrative. Tom Clancy certainly knew how to write an effective thriller when he created this imaginative and nightmarish vision of a high-technology, non-nuclear Third World War set during the 1980s. The story unfolds from numerous perspectives, providing the reader with an immersive view of the entire conflict, primarily as experienced by various American and Soviet military personnel.

More than three deca
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jamie Shew
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This book put me in a strange spot. I'm too young to really remember the Cold War so I don't have any really deep-seated animosity to the USSR. As a result, I have a really hard time cheering for the Americans in this book, who seemed to have no trouble accomplishing their objectives.

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
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
Michael Chrobak
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
As a huge fan of the Jack Ryan books by this author, I was somewhat disappointed by this novel. Although it had a lot of the same Clancy flair, with the obviously well researched references and well constructed subplots, it lacked the intrigue and thrill of the Ryan series. It was also fairly repetitive, as the majority of the book is primarily detailed descriptions of how various units (ground, air and naval) would have prepared for and responded to different types of threats. At other times I ...more
A 3.75. Some parts were slightly over-dramatic/sounded a bit over-the-top, especially at the beginning when I was just getting into the book, but for the most part, I enjoyed it—even as someone who isn't familiar with the military or its terminology at all. I thought Clancy did a great job of making his story understandable to your general wide audience; again, as a reader who is wholly unfamiliar with the book's subject matter, I still found it interesting and easy enough to read and enjoy the ...more
Feb 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: military buffs
The ultimate scenario for World War III. Well, during the Cold War era, that is. The most action-packed novel from Clancy with almost all kinds of warfare you can imagine. Dogfights, submarine battles, tank attacks...This is Clancy at his best.
Mike (the Paladin)
I read this and found it intensely interesting. it lead me to several more books of the type usually called "techno-thrillers" and I still enjoy that genre. While a bit dated this one is well written, researched, and absorbing. ...more
Greg Strandberg
Apr 22, 2013 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. ...more
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