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Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
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Aug 12, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction

I chose this book because I wanted something breezy and page-turny to read while I was away on a two-week vacation. I had read Tom Clancy many years before and found his books to be fun much like the TV show 24 was (although the books are quite a bit smarter).

Red Storm Rising, though, didn't hit the mark for me. Clancy speculates on how a war between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. might have played out with current weapons technology. (It was written in the mid '80s.) Now, almost 30 years later, it reads more like an alternative history. My problem with the book was that I had trouble keeping up with the military jargon and the weaponry. Too much technology, not enough humanity. The best scenes were those in Iceland, with the four Americans who had escaped a Soviet invasion trying to spy on the Russians and stay undetected. The scenes on the submarines were a bit of a chore to get through at times.

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