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Patriot Games (Jack Ryan Universe #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  150,449 Ratings  ·  961 Reviews
The phenomenal bestselling author of The Hunt for Red October and The Sum of All Fears, Tom Clancy is one of America's most acclaimed storytellers. Now he targets a CIA analyst and his family in the deadliest game of our time -- international terrorism. In an explosive wave of violence, an ultra-left-wing faction of the IRA hunts one man for his act of salvation in an assa ...more
ebook, 512 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by Berkley Books (first published August 4th 1987)
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Dec 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Louis Scuderi
Jun 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Executive Summary: After enjoying The Hunt for Red October, I had high hopes for this book, and found myself a bit disappointed.

Audio book: I've listened to one or two books read by Scott Brick. He's a decent reader, but nothing special. He does a passable English and Irish accent here, but not in anyway to make the characters of similar accents distinguishable from one another. He does a better job of that with his American voices, but still not great.

I'd happily listen to another book read by
Thomas Strömquist
A 'prequel' to The Hunt for Red October that came a few years before, this takes us back and makes the common mistake of presenting a younger version of a protagonist that really does not seem consistent with the one we met in a later story. As if that wasn't enough, the real-life prince of Wales figures and that whole storyline sinks the entire story. To top it off, Clancy seems to have struggled with his obviously pre-defined volume this time around; very long parts of this book could easily h ...more
Fred Shaw
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-re-read, spy-stuff
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Dec 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I still can't understand how, after 787 pages, Tom Clancy was unable to develop even the slightest hint of personality in any of the 30+ characters in this novel. Jack Ryan is one of the most boring, one-dimensional characters I've ever encountered. I'm sure Clancy did plenty of research on the military, procedures, guns, planes, ships, ranks, etc. This would explain the pages and pages and pages of pointless blathering about types of automatic weapons, ammunition, tomcat planes, boats, Concorde ...more
Todd Hickman
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a theory that this is actually the first novel that Tom Clancy wrote, simply because it seems to me to be a wish-fulfillment fantasy. "Wouldn't it be great if I saved the royal family of England and was knighted by the queen." Great daydream and he turned it into a novel.
Anyway, I liked it anyway. Good page-turner. It is probably a 4.5 stars read, but I rounded up.
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
סיימתי אותו לפני כמה דקות ו-"וואו" היא הדרך שלי לסכם את מה שקראתי הרגע.
את טום קלנסי הכרתי לפני שנים דרך משחקי המחשב שהוא הוציא. כשנודע לי אחר כך שהוא היה סוכן(באותו זמן חשבתי שCIA, אבל הוא היה סוכן ביטוח כמדומני) והוציא הרבה ספרים נחשבים בז'אנר. אם תוסיפו לזה את המשחקים שלו ששיחקתי ואת הצפייה בסרט "כל הפחדים כולם" המבוסס על ספרו של קלנסי בכיכובם של בן אפלק ומורגן פרימן תקבלו שהייתי חייב לקרוא ספר שלו. באותו הזמן לא קראתי וחזרתי לקריאה רק בסוף 2015 אחרי שקיבלתי את הספר "בית הספר לקסם אישי"(ש"משחק
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: set-aside, fiction, 2015
When I read an old bestseller like this, I always ask myself if I would have recognized its potential. In this case: no way, rejectorama. I couldn't bring myself to read more than a third of it--which, by the way, amounted to 250 pages.

What happened in those pages? There's a great opener where Jack Ryan is almost hit by a bus and barely exhales before he is swept into a kidnapping attempt on the British royal family. That contrast between the near disaster, his relief and reorientation, and then
Aug 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  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
L.M. Mountford
I heard that Tom Clancy hated the movie this book inspired. Having read it, i can understand why. Nobody likes it when someone takes your idea and makes it enjoyable.

This is another one of Tom Clancy's political statements disguised as a novel, with the IRA representing communism. The Pacing is dull, the story unbelievable and at times hilarious.

I suppose though my biggest problem is with Clancy's notion that Ryan is somehow able or even capable of doing half of what he undergos, just because
David Lucero
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The movie follows the book closely, but with far more detail, which is expected in books. I read this after watching The Hunt for Red October and reading that book, too.

Jack Ryan is a CIA analyst who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and unexpectedly thwarts a kidnapping attempt of the British Royal family while on seminar in England. He becomes a hero to the British people and an enemy of the IRA (Irish Republican Army), who put out a death warrant on him.

Ryan returns to Ameri
I may be rating this a bit low because compared to the movie and screen play it was a bit dull.
Recommend only to those who are going to read "the jack Ryan Universe"; it explains how he got into the CIA.
Armin Hennig
Ein Märchenhafter Agentenroman,

Thriller wäre zu viel des Guten. Denn beim Bildungsroman seines späteren Serienhelden und Mittelpunkt eines Spionageuniversums, schreibt Tom Clancy die Spannung zunächst ziemlich klein: Auf eine mäßige Ballerei von allenfalls drei Seiten, folgen 60 Seiten Krankenbesuche, an deren Ende der Rekonvaleszent immerhin den total zerknitterten Prince Charles wieder aufmöbelt. Bei Clancys Kapiteln mit Jack Ryan als Liebling der königlichen Familie fühlt man sich hundert Ja
Louis Dohanich
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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’
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.....
Asghar Abbas
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Irish bashing aside, a solid thriller.
Derek Murray
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Clancy's best. I really enjoyed this book. It's exciting without being ridiculous and one of my favorite books I've read recently.
The action scenes are exciting, but there are really only 2 of them and you have to wade through such banal conversations and characters that I ended up reading this book just so that I could finish and move on (I know, I should've just quit). I bought a bunch of Tom Clancy books at a Half Price Books closing, and I'll probably be selling them back.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! I'm starting the third one.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Alan Ferguson
Feb 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A great big plodding bore of a book, a thriller that never thrills.

I read this out of curiosity - Clancy sells lots of books, so I thought he might have some value as an author. Wrong. This novel is truly dreadful. For a thriller, it is bogged down and sometimes gets stopped dead on its tracks by huge chunks of tedious and irrelevant information (Clancy spends an entire chapter describing a trip in Concorde that is completely superfluous to the plot). It features great leaden chunks of tin-eared
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
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading this book and so far the story is very in intriguing. The way that Tom Clancy is able to add so much detail is both fascinating, however is also tiresome. I really enjoy the way Jack is able to react with such precision and accuracy when in a firefight. And also the ability to return with a quick whip is a really good way of using comic relief in a tough situation. One thing I wish that Tom Clancy would do is work more on Jack's background history. I like that he reveals i ...more
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