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Red Rabbit (Jack Ryan Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Tom Clancy
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31 Aug 2003 Jack Ryan Novels (Book 11)

Tom Clancy's new Jack Ryan thriller, Command Authority, is available to pre-order now.

In Red Rabbit Tom Clancy gives Jack Ryan fans an insight into his greatest hero's first years fighting terrorism.

Jack Ryan. The early CIA days . . .

When young Jack Ryan joins the CIA as an analyst he is thrust into a world of political intrigue and conspiracy. Stationed in England, he quickly finds himself debriefing a Soviet defector with an extraordinary story to tell: senior Russian officials are plotting to assassinate Pope John Paul II. The CIA novice must forget his inexperience and rely on all his wits to firstly discover the details of the plot - and then prevent its execution. For it is not just the Pope's life that is at stake, but also the stability of the Western World.

Red Rabbit is the thrilling eighth novel featuring Jack Ryan, following The Sum of All Fears and Debt of Honour. Published after Executive Orders, the novel charts Jack Ryan's earliest mission for the CIA, and is the stunning prequel to The Hunt For Red October.

Praise for Tom Clancy:

'Truly riveting, a dazzling read' Sunday Express

'A brilliantly constructed thriller' Daily Mail

Thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore's Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted on to the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it 'the perfect yarn'. From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.

--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 636 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Reissue edition (31 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425191184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425191187
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,791,994 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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Amazon Review

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.

Review

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.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassing 7 Feb 2003
Format:Hardcover
I'm an American who has been living in the UK, going on for five years now. Usually, I'll read a Clancy book with great gusto. I love his earlier books. His Republican views never really bothered me before .......... before this one. I am just incredibly ashamed by this book. Forget the plot (boring), forget the characters (no new insights), and try to forget the conservative Republican jargon. This book's sole purpose is to rant and rave about the USA, Reagan, the CIA, the US health system, coffee, the DOW, food and to criticise anything non-American. From the way he goes on and on about the UK (NHS, coffee, food, the peeling paint and decay of the buildings, lazy workers who I assume rather be at home with their families instead with work colleagues, etc) and Russia I wasn't quite sure which country was worse off. They are both depicted as second world nations ... barely even that. Did anyone else notice that the good guys all have some form of Catholic backgrounds? It made me cringe every time Clancy had his American characters correctly predict the fall of the USSR or the futures in stocks. Oh how about when the CIA leaders were singing the praises for Martin Luther King? Yeah, right! The stereotypes of the British have been mentioned by many of the previous reviewers so no need to dwell on it again. My God, I have never read such arrogance, such righteousness, and sole ownership of high ethics. No wonder many non-Americans are annoyed by us. I wonder if Clancy understands the annoyance he has caused by his extremely bias tome?
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So What? 24 Dec 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a Tom Clancy fan, on the strength of his previous books I bought this one straight 'off the shelf'.
But this book was disappointing. It was strongly nationalistic, sickeningly pro-american (to be expected but this was too much - possibly done in response to recent american developments?), anti-communist, patronising, and in parts racist, whilst not providing much in the way of redeeming features such as excitement or suspense.
On the upside, it was interesting to read a theoretical "how this could have happened" story, but this was constructed more like a biased documentary than a spy thriller; the lack of real action or plot twists ensured that my most common thought was "So what?"
If you're not a Jack Ryan fan, don't bother. If you are a fan, you'll probably want to read it simply so you don't miss anything, but don't expect too much.
Personally, I'm going to use this book to prop up my broken sofa.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rabbits on far too much 25 July 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is truly awful. As previous reviewers have said the story is fiction based around historical facts (so, like Titanic you already know the ending). I was expecting more, but no!
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish, and this from a Clancy fan! 27 Jun 2005
By Darren Simons TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I think most people who have read Tom Clancy before will agree that although the writing style isn't anything special the storylines are huge and complex, the attention to detail of warfare is second to none, and the characters who are found in many of Clancy's books (notably John Clark or in this case Jack Ryan) are interesting.
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.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment 25 Nov 2003
By John
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a big Clancy fan, but this is very disappointing. For starters, it is all a bit anticlimatic. You pretty much know how things are going to turn out for all the main protagonists with 20 pages of 'meeting' them. There is little action, and most of the book is portrayed in Jack's office or his home - film rights unlikely I think. And the end seems rushed, as though he had to get it to the publishers on time.
In addition, annoyingly Jack is portrayed as some sort of prophet. The collapse of communism, the collapse of the Japanese economy, the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan, how his wife would be a laser surgery pioneer, are all predicted by Jack in the space of a few days. Indeed it is apparently thanks to a letter from Jack that London is littered with Starbucks.
In addition this book is written in a patronising tone. It also seems far less balanced than previous books. There is a huge amount of America is great - nothing compares in this book. Perhaps this is what was required when Clancy wrote it?
Overall though I would not recommend this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than reading Pravda
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 more
Published 2 months ago by John Fitzpatrick
1.0 out of 5 stars Probably OK
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 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic reading
once again Tom Clancy has excelled, it was with great difficulty that i put this book down such gripping stuff.
Published 4 months ago by sospanite37
1.0 out of 5 stars LANGUAGE PROBLEM
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.
Published 8 months ago by DAVE
4.0 out of 5 stars Clancy
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 usual
Published 14 months ago by Franco
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
Red Rabbit .Good detail somewhat predictable outcome. Follows most of the previous epics that build to a conclusion of a number of plots.
Published 20 months ago by DJ
2.0 out of 5 stars slow running rabbit
I bought and read this book as I love Tom Clancy novels after starting them last year....as I'm a bit behind I'm reading them all in the order of the year the action takes place. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!!!!!
I got the impression he wrote it just to fulfill a book contract. That is all you need to know!!

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Published 22 months ago by D. A. Bowman
1.0 out of 5 stars Whoops I can't read German
I purchased this book not realizing that it was the German version so sadly I cannot review it...my fault should of checked before purchasing
Published 22 months ago by Jansmum
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be great, but.....
Finally got round to reading "Red Rabbit" after someone recommended it to me. Having read many Clancy novels in the past I was rather looking forward to this little talked about... Read more
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