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Patriot Games (Windsor Selections) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Tom Clancy
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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5 July 1988 Windsor Selections
When Jack Ryan foils an Ulster Liberation Army terrorist attack on the Royal family, his courageous actions not only win him the admiration of an entire nation, they also rouse the emnity and hatred of that nations most dangerous men.
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  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Chivers Press; Large type edition edition (5 July 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862202450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862202453
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,905,661 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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The bestselling author of Red Storm Rising and The Sum of All Fears brings Jack Ryan back to fight his deadliest battle yet.

From England to Ireland and America, an explosive wave of violence sweeps a CIA analyst and his family into the deadliest game of our time: international terrorism. An ultra-left-wing faction of the IRA has targeted the CIA man for his act of salvation in an assassination attempt. And now he must pay ... with his life. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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‘Tom Clancy has picked up the fiction mantle where Frederick Forsyth left off. The fast action thriller that Clancy fans have come to expect.’
Sunday Times

‘Tom Clancy has done it again! Compelling and spine-tingling, superb… highly imaginative, believable and horrifying. He sustains a high pitch of excitement… a splendid read.’
Wall Street Journal

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for all espioniage fans 22 Aug 2000
By A Customer
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book 7 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am a great fan of Tom Clancy's books. I first read The Cardinal of the Kremlin last year and then Rainbow Six. When I read Patriot Games this summer I really enjoyed it. I have now read many in the Jack Ryan series and Patriot Games is one of the best. My favourite part had to be the gunfight at Ryans home near the end but the whole book is really good. S.F aged 13
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By SueBee
Format:Paperback
I am 3/4 of the way through this book and it's very engrossing, I must admit. However, the parts concerning the Royal Family had me squirming in embarrassment. The Duke of Edinburgh would never escort someone other than close family from a hospital, and the Queen would not accommodate at Buck House the family of someone who'd ostensibly saved the lives of her son and daughter in law. Protocol and security issues would never allow it. Also it's doubtful if a knighthood could be conferred on a US citizen and even if an honorary one, he couldn't use the 'Sir'.

I mention this because Clancy seems to strive for truthfulness and reality in all other instances. I also agree with another reviewer's opinion that the dialogue is stilted. Particularly between Ryan and his wife to whom I took an active dislike.

However, apart from these quibbles it's still hard to put down book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Jack Ryan 30 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
Most people will recognise this from the film version starring Harrison Ford, the story has now deated badly concerning a rescue of members o the Royal Family (Princess Diana), Irish terrorists and an America not bothered by terrorist attacks. Oh that we could go back to those days!
Once you get over the dated story this still remains an excitment and exciting read.
This is supposed to be the first in the Jack Ryan series but written after the Hunt of Red October?? Ah well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not the best of Jack Ryan 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start of a suberb series. 18 April 2000
By A Customer
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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Published 1 month ago by Abee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Author
We read many books,all from Amazon,this is a good read and I would recomend it to readers of thrillers, buy it.
Published 9 months ago by Raymond Groutage
2.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic
What? The scenes with the Royal Family are cringemaking but the real stupidity comes with the attack on Ryan's house. We are told that rebels' van is stopped and searched. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy's books are a great read.
Tom Clancy's books are always a great read.
This one did not disappoint. Even though it was a used book the condition was very good.
Published 15 months ago by N S Champion
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift!
Book arrived in good time. I cannot comment on the book itself as it was a gift and I have not read it myself.
Published 21 months ago by SL
5.0 out of 5 stars pure enjoyment
as usual with a clancy novel a non stop adventure ride with more twists than chubby checker a main character you can believe and identify with suberp
Published on 29 Oct 2011 by muppet
4.0 out of 5 stars Carries the luck of the Irish
Being a fan (sort of) of the 1992 film, I was looking forward to trying this book version. I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2011 by Mr James Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy-patriot games
Unfortunately the book cover was completely different to the one received. Whilst that does not affect the story, I somehow felt it was misleading as I would have ordered an... Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2010 by Kayla
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal read
Though Patriot Games was en excellent movie, the novel puts it to shame.
The inclusion of the Royal Family as characters makes it extremely interesting, and it is far more... Read more
Published on 27 July 2010 by Mr. D. M. Eynon
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot
Though the plot lines of Tom Clancy books are amazing I do find that they drag on longer than needed. Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2008 by Simon Wells
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