- Mass Market Paperback: 636 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Books; Reissue edition (31 Aug. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425191184
- ISBN-13: 978-0425191187
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,289,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Red Rabbit (Jack Ryan Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Aug 2003
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Red Rabbit is an innovative and intriguing entry in the Tom Clancy canon, satisfyingly sketching in details of his hero Jack Ryan's early life. The author can still be counted on to deliver the expected Clancy trademarks: this one is full of intriguing, well-researched detail, and studded with the adroitly staged action set-pieces we have come to expect.
Working on the bottom rungs of the CIA's analysis departments, Jack Ryan is given the unenviable mission of debriefing a key Soviet defector. He discovers a dark secret: there is a plot afoot to murder Pope John Paul. Of course, this is only one aspect of a massively complex skein of skulduggery, and as Jack penetrates to the heart of the mystery (with less assurance than usual--he is younger, after all), Clancy admirers will definitely feel all the right areas are being massaged. Not, perhaps, vintage Clancy, but still a stylish and economical piece of work that grips from the first page. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Booksellers, oil those tills. Tom Clancy returns to Jack Ryan's early days in a swiftly-moving novel of global political drama. Long before he was President, Jack Ryan was a novice CIA analyst; one of his first assignments was to debrief a high-level Soviet defector who told an amazing tale of officials planning to assassinate Pope John Paul. In the end, however, it will not just be the Pope's life, but the stability of the Western world that is at stake. Clancy's books (such as The Hunt for Red October and Clear and Present Danger) famously lack nuance, but are perfectly tooled machines for raising the pulse of the reader. And Clancy's jaw-dropping sales are the envy of all his many rivals. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Well, perhaps Tom Clancy has had an off-day or is toying with the idea of writing children's books.. either way this book is rubbish (and I'm trying to be as polite as possible), and I've never said that of any book I've reviewed on Amazon.
The story itself is a combination of fact (the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II), a conspiracy theory (that it was orchestrated by the KGB) and fiction (enter Jack Ryan... who I always think of as Harrison Ford due to his film roles). For those familiar with Ryan from other books, Red Rabbit is set in the early 80s, Ryan has an honourary knighthood (for saving the royal family in Patriot Games) but is not yet President (Executive Orders and thereafter).
So what do I dislike about this book so much:
- Weak storyline - as Clancy books go, there really isn't much to get excited about in this one. Once I got about a third of the way through I was convinced there would be another thread of the storyline to grip the reader but no, there was nothing.
- Where's the weapons and action? - A Clancy book without detailed description of weaponry, warfare and operational tactics just isn't a Tom Clancy book.
- Terrible writing style - I'm not sure why I've picked up on this but the style Clancy has adopted for this book is a bit like "Jack went up the hill. It was raining. Tomorrow would be an important day. "Hello, I'm Jack - do you want to be my friend?" etc.Read more ›
While the plot was reasonable, I am afraid 'Sir' Jack Ryan, the immortal ex-marine, ex-city trader turned multi-millionaire, who saved a member of the British royal family, and is now a brilliant CIA agent that can do no wrong has just stepped out of the real world. The ending is obvious and has been hurriedly shoe-horned into the last 40 pages. The story could have been well written in 300-400 pages. Tom Clancy, if you think that all British people are the way you portay them in this book, then you need some stronger Starbucks coffee, or think about retirement! Readers, please spend your hard earned money on something else - my copy has gone to the charity shop for free!
Also large bits of the book can be summaried as:-
Everything American is great, everything Russian is awful, everything British is somewhere between the two (but closer to rubbish). OK, Ryan and Clancy are American, so maybe that's forgivable especially given the political situation at the time.
However, what isn't forgivable at all is the terrible editing. There are lots of repeated facts and text...I don't know how many times I was informed that Jack's wife is a surgeon....maybe my attention span is much better than Clancy's average reader?
Don't bother with this book, you'll regret it.
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If you want a good read, just spend half an hour going through the reviews for this book. There is more literary merit in the criticism contained within these missives than in the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Angus Prune
great author sad loss wanted to read some of his work as only watched the films in the past.Published 15 months ago by Kevin60uk
We are supposed to believe that the US and UK intelligence services set up an operation to spring a KGB agent out of Russia because he suddenly has a pang of conscience on learning... Read morePublished 21 months ago by John Fitzpatrick
I didn't realise it was the German edition when I bought it! Is it available in English? If it is, I will buy the English version. Can it be exchanged?Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
once again Tom Clancy has excelled, it was with great difficulty that i put this book down such gripping stuff.Published 23 months ago by sospanite37
WHY WAS I ABLE TO ORDER THIS.THE TITLE IN ENGLISH,AT LEAST WHEN I ORDERED.WHEN IT WAS DOWNLOADED,THE BOOK WAS IN GERMAN.
PLEASE ARRANGE FOR ME TO OBTAIN THE BOOK IN ENGLISH.
You never get bored with Clancy and his stories: sometimes it's a bit hard to follow all the characters but it's a good book as usualPublished on 26 May 2013 by Franco
Red Rabbit .Good detail somewhat predictable outcome. Follows most of the previous epics that build to a conclusion of a number of plots.Published on 22 Nov. 2012 by DJ