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Patriot Games Hardcover – 1987

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (1987)
  • ASIN: B001FGD906
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,578,239 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Cooper on 17 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
Having read The Hunt for Red October a couple of years ago I have been meaning to read more of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books and finally got round to it with Patriot Games (Patriot Games is actually a prequel to The Hunt for Red October). Patriot Games was especially interesting given its `British' theme. Clancy certainly appears to like us Brits if with a slightly stereotypical eye and certainly has no sympathy for the IRA and their supporters.

As with all Clancy's books that I've read the action is fast paced and well written and his insights into how the international intelligence community operates are very interesting indeed.

The book falls down a bit however when it comes to Ryan's family life. The sentimental exchanges between Ryan and his wife get increasingly sickly and can be slow and hard going at times. Ok Clancy, we get the idea, Ryan's a good, hard working, family guy, his wife is little miss perfect and his daughter is the most cherubic child ever to walk the face of the earth, you don't have to keep banging on about it. On the subject of Ryan's wife, I couldn't help thinking that Cathy Ryan, world renowned eye surgeon, loving wife, devoted mother and full time house keeper of privileged upbringing, was just a bit too perfect. Clancy really does want the reader to think that the sun shines out of her bottom.

Over all though the book is pretty good and I will certainly be reading more of Jack Ryan's adventures in the CIA.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 April 2000
Format: Paperback
The "Jack Ryan" series of novels stand as a suberb collection of novels by Tom Clancy. Towering in presence, breathtaking in scope, intimate in detail, they offer one continous, complete story spanning some thirty years and eight books.
This is the best place to start, although it was not the first book in the series to be written - that was the Hunt for Red October. Patriot Games is far better a book than the film would suggest, and deserves your attention. For anyone who enjoys fast action thrillers, political intruigue set in our modern world, then you should buy this book. Clancy has an easy going style which is instantly readable, but never too slow.
If you intend to read the whole series, start with either this book or The Hunt for Red October. The first book is Without Remorse, but is set far earlier than the other seven and is not strictly needed. The correct order - since I get asked so often - is Without remorse, Patriot Games, Hunt for Red October, Cardinal of Kremlin, Clear and Present Danger, Sum of All fears (a truly superb book!), Debt of Honour, Exectutive Orders.
Enjoy!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan. 2003
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On vacation in London, Jack Ryan stops a terrorist attack by the Ulster Liberation Army on the Prince and Princess of Wales and their infant son. When the leader of the attack escapes from custody, Ryan and his family become targets. To defend them, Ryan goes to see his old friends at the C.I.A. and tells them he wants back in. The climax of the book is another attack on the terrorists at Ryan's own home where the Prince and Princess are dinner guests. "Patriot Games" is an atypical Tom Clancy novel in that is the Jack Ryan book least reliant on cutting edge technology, dealing more with the consequences of Jack's choices for his family and his career.
In is interesting to read this 1987 book knowing that filming it turned Tom Clancy against selling the movie rights of his books to Hollywood (although apparently the powers that be can have their own way with the Jack Ryan character). The problem, of course, was the final scene. In the film, Harrison Ford's character kills Sean Miller at the end of an exciting fistfight on a speeding boat. In the book, Jack Ryan does not shoot his gun at the fatal moment so that he can tell his newborn son, "Your father isn't a murderer." Clancy's conservative inclinations are well known, but forcing him into a fascist stereotype really misses the point, especially when it tries to make his hero some sort of a reactionary.
"Patriot Games" takes back several years before the events described in "The Hunt for Red October," where the Sir John Ryan backstory is certainly alluded to at a couple of points.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2000
Format: Paperback
"Ryan was nearly killed twice in half an hour"
As soon as the reader reads this first sentence of this book, he or she knows that she will not be able to put the book down until the last assassination has failed.
When Jack Ryan, a history teacher from America, foils a plan to kidnap the "Prince of Wales", he immediately becomes the number one target of the terrorists he foils.
The terrorists then follow him back to the US to plot their revenge. The last of these schemes leading to a mouth-watering climax.
Of all of the Clancy books I have read, this one is one for the beginner as well as the seasoned veteran
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Really good - I'm going back and re-reading all of Clancy's novels (up to The Bear and the Dragon - they quickly became worse than bad after that one). Another fast paced Clancy book. All of his books up to The Bear and the Dragon are great reads, and this is no exception. The first one in the Jack Ryan series chronologically (The Hunt for Red October was written first) this is typical Clancy - a great, fast paced read with excellent action. It also suffers from the often clunky dialogue the habit for the different characters to speak in the same way. But overall an excellent read.
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