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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (2 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006173624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006173625
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,723 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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‘Packed with more nerve-shattering tension than anything in print today… gripping, audacious, brilliant storytelling at its very best.’
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‘Chilling authenticity… has the fascination of being on a high-speed train which is about to crash. The description of a submarine patrol racing for the safety of the icepack is as vivid as I ever hope to read.’
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A classic war thriller from the master of the genre. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By N SMITH on 25 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
I have just finished this book for the umpteenth time.
Forget the fact that the Soviet Union no longer exists, rewind your brain to a time when the threat was very real and saviour the exquisite storytelling.
Without having to wory about the threads that run through all of the "Jack Ryan", "Op-Centre" or other series, Clancy is free to concentrate all of his abilities on this one story. The action is fast flowing and the attention to procedure and detail is as accurate as ever.
For me personally, the strongest testament to this book is; even though I have read it several times, I still found myself unable to put it down at 03:00hrs and go to bed!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "rasam23" on 25 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
Red Storm Rising broke new ground as it was the first time in literature that World War III was depicted without the use of nuclear weapons (though it comes close). This was the first Clancy book I ever read and I thought it brilliant. The characters are great, the battle scenes are vivid and tense, the intrigue well thought out.
The NATO-Warsaw Pact scenario has obviously dated, but there are moments in the book that betray its age - the F-19, speculation about the Victor-III subs pod, and the way the MiG-29s are described (the description is of the old artist conceptions before the plane was publicly unveiled). Being a Brit, I found the portrayal of the British characters were close to being comical and stereotypical. The same goes for the Norwegian sub captain, and French and German characters. The climax is pretty good, but it came across a little rushed.
Rather brilliantly though, the book, despite its mammoth length, rarely falters in pace. Just when it seems to be slowing down, we'll jump to another scene and it'll pick up again.
Personally I prefer this book to most of the Jack Ryan novels. I noticed some reviewers accused this of being jingoistic. There's no real flagwaving going on here, unlike the Ryan books. And the Americans aren't always perfect. One Admiral's arrogance results in the sinking of several ships including a French aircraft carrier, and the USS Saipan with 2000 Marines onboard. Later, "Beagle's" reported sightings of Soviet fighters on Iceland are registered as "unconfirmed" resulting in a disastrous bombing raid which sees several B-52s getting shot down by MiG-29s.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D.Buxton on 18 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
I've read this book at least 5 times over the years. Granted i'm a big Clancy and technothriller fan but i've never come across another book to match this in this genre.

The premise (as you've no doubt read on other reviews) is that because of a terrorist attack the USSR is left with a huge energy shortfall so decides to take the power it needs. Basically this causes world war 3.

Mr Clancy has an undoubted plethora of knowledge concerning military tactics and technology and he puts this to good work in this novel.

You're taken across Europe, Iceland, parts of Russia, the Atlantic in these pages. You're presented with main characters in the theatre's of operation, both 'goodies' and 'baddies'. These characters are explained very well and you get to know them insomuch as to understand their drives and motivations.

One major thing i liked is that whilst USA forces take up most of the pages you're never left with the feeling that it's the usual "here we come to save the day" way of writing, the other allied forces arn't belittled and viewed as needing to be saved by America.

The battle scenes be it in the air, at sea or on the land are the best i've read from any author and i read a lot of technothriller books.

This is the best Clancy book out there by far.

Very much recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Haydn Kemp on 9 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
I have returned to this novel several times. Every few years I dig it out, dust it off and read it from cover to cover in a matter of days. It is an absolutely fantastic read if you like warfare novels, and yet....

The entire premis of the story is fairly believable so I can run with the whole reason for WWIII, if not with a bit of a nagging doubt. I love the way the story moves from the intel, ground, air and navy theatres and it simply never gets boring. If youve ever played Harpoon (The naval sim) then the book is like that, multi dimensional (no ground war in early Harpoon though.)

However, I am no stranger to Russia or Russian people and sadly Mr Clancy seems to view them through the fog of the Iron curtain as a bit two dimensional. Some are no better than Bond villains, others are nicely presented with background info that brings them to life but they are simply too cliche. The frequent use of "comrade" is simply too much, I cant recall ever hearing anyone say the word in Russia in the late nineties without it being done tongue in cheek, its antiquated and reads as an anachronism. But forgivable as it merely reminds the reader of who the enemy is. The Brits say "old chap", the Germans throw in a "Ja" and so on. No-one is ordinary, even the weatherman officer from the USAF at Iceland ends up being some kind of GI Joe, killing people with a knife, falling in love with the girl he saves and yomping alongside Royal Marines, because he did some track running etc. Things just dont add up.

The first two thirds of the book are fantastic with NATO responding to Soviet tactics and gradually learning but war is not a simply act, react, learn, win scenario.
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