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The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
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It is the height of the Cold War. A recent intelligence development has led the United States government to believe that the captain of a Soviet missile submarine intends to defect to America. This is the predicament facing Jack Ryan, an intelligence analyst for the CIA, in Tom Clancy’s: The Hunt for Red October. The book is a great example of a classic rivalry: America and the Soviet Union. As well, a rivalry appears between Jack Ryan and Marko Ramius, captain of the Red October. However, embedded within this rivalry develops a partnership between two men, each holding a deep respect for the other, as they work towards a common goal. Set across continents and oceans, the book tells the story of two men, one bent on betraying his country, the other dedicated to serving his nation. Both men are incredibly believable, and each one has a distinct personality all his own. The story moves at a slow but constantly suspenseful pace.
Told on a day to day basis, each chapter is devoted to the events of one day. The story jumps from Washington, D.C. to Moscow to the submarines Red October and USS Dallas. As Ryan and the U.S. government struggle to figure out the October’s revolutionary new propulsion system, which allows her to cruise virtually undetected, the sub draws ever nearer to America. The situation becomes even more tense when the CIA discovers that most of the Soviet Navy is chasing the submarine like a swarm of angry bees. The Soviets appear hell bent on retrieving- or even sinking, if necessary- the October before she reaches the safety of U.S. soil. It is through events and details such as these that Clancy is able to create a situation which very well could have happened during those tense years.
The book also provides a window into the author’s vast knowledge of military science and espionage; a topic shared among his many other books. While slightly drawn out and at times slow, flaws in the writing are well masked and difficult to notice. Highly recommended for war enthusiasts, history buffs and anyone looking to enjoy a great techno-thriller.
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