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The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Jack Ryan Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

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30 Oct 1997 Jack Ryan Novels (Book 5)
Another thriller about international espionage by the author of "The Hunt for Red October", "Red Storm Rising" and "Patriot Games".
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc; Open market ed edition (30 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425116840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425116845
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,407,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since the publication of The Hunt for Red October, Tom Clancy has established an unrivalled position as the world's leading thriller writer, with a string of million-selling novels and three major Hollywood films to his name. He is also the author of SSN and the non-fiction books Submarine, Armoured Warfare, Fighter Wing and Marine.

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In The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Tom Clancy's cutting-edge research takes readers inside Soviet and American attempts to develop a Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI). The Soviets have begun successful tests of their system, located near the border of Afghanistan. Americans race to implement their own system, Tea Clipper, so as to maintain strategic parity.

Cardinal of the Kremlin, however, is more about the shifting allegiances of the intelligence community and the unstable world of late 1980s U.S.-Soviet relations than it is about military technology. Colonel Mikhail Filitov is the Cardinal, the CIA's ear in the Kremlin and a steady source of the latest Soviet secrets. Passing microfilm through a chain of agents that begins in a Turkish bath, the Cardinal exposes a double agent in the American SDI program. Unfortunately, the KGB also knows that they have a mole in their midst. In tightly crafted narrative that rapidly cuts from the Kremlin to Afghanistan to Washington, D.C., the Americans rush to pull Filitov and his associates out before his cover is blown. Jack Ryan returns as the moral centre in a world often dominated by egos and politicking, and John Clark, ex-Navy SEAL and current CIA agent makes his first appearance in a Clancy novel (though his early life is chronicled in Without Remorse).

Clancy hits his stride in this outing, meshing a plot that earns the name "thriller" with bang-on depictions of SDI systems and a varied and interesting cast of characters. Moving beyond black-and-white depictions of the "evil empire", he delves into the altogether greyer world where political ideals meet reality. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


From the reviews of The Cardinal of the Kremlin:

‘The best of the Jack Ryan series!’
New York Times

‘The USSR scenes are as good as anything in Gorky Park. Tom Clancy has written a great spy novel.’
Bob Woodward, Washington Post

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is in my modest opinion the second best book by Tom Clancy, bested only by the "Hunt for Red October".

This incredibly courageous technothriller is centered around two topics: a Soviet officer who is spying for Americans since the 60s and a new, powerful weapon, developped by USSR - a laser gun able to destroy satelites. This second topic is partly inspired by the true events - such an installation, destined to blind (not destroy) US satelites, was really build in the last years in USSR close to Duchanbe in todays Tadjikistan, but never tried on an American target.

As one of the previous reviewers pointed, this is a very pro-US book, and that is precisely the reason I call it courageous: most spy books usually try not to design one of the blocks (East or West) as being on the good side and another on the bad side. Which is not true in my modest opinion, because let's face it - during the Cold War there was one alliance made of democracies and it faced a totalitarian empire and its unwilling satelites. That alone shows which side was right and which one was wrong. And this book, as its predecessor, takes exactly this position.

The plot itself is also very daring - I do not want to give any spoilers, but towards the end my jaw dropped. Three times in a row. I was like "Oh my God, he dared to write THIS?" And I think that even now, 16 years after the end of Cold War, this books still packs an impressive power to surprise and shock you. And it is also a really good read. I recommend it warmly, as the second best technothriller ever, a perfect second part of the amazing "Hunt for Red October".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By NeuroSplicer TOP 100 REVIEWER
I do not like Tom Clancy as a person. I despise his totalitarian amoral politics and I canNOT stand him slapping his readers with them in his latest oversized and underwritten duds.

However, Tom Clancy was once an EXCELLENT technothriller writer. He might not have invented the genre, yet he launched it into the stratosphere.

This is HIS BEST BOOK and it is actually very good.
The mid-80's Cold-War atmosphere, the paranoia, the double-agents, the clandestine methods and the hardware are all expertly presented.
Now, him being, well...Clancy there still are stereotypes and bigoted characters galore. Deciding to overcome this however, the reader can actually enjoy this one.

Do not judge CARDINAL OF THE KREMLIN based on his deteriorated career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clancy vintage 13 Sep 2013
By kimss
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this is a classic. fast paced, 3 dimensional and gripping.
I lost my book many years ago and was keen to get a replacement...worth the wait...even if I knew the ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 20 Nov 2002
This was the best Jack Ryan book so far.
Combining four tales, each intertwined with the others until the final climax is reached, the action is unrelenting, and it's edge of the seat stuff throughout.
The main plot involves a longstanding US spy in the higher echilons of Soviet goverment, but there's also the "secret" weapon both sides are developing, the political machinations within the Soviet hierarchy, and the Afghan rebels planning a decisive assault on a Soviet base.
Love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 9 July 2014
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Brilliant story. Condition accurately described.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book love tom clancys 9 July 2014
By padrock
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great book love tom clancys work
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 5 Jun 2014
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I had read this book twice and then had lent to somebody without it being returned. Got this copy from Amazon and have now read for the third time. I have read all of Tom Clancy's books at least twice. Great stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book review 13 Jan 2014
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this was up to his usual high standards I had read it before many years ago but it was still as good
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