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Red Storm Rising [Paperback]

Tom Clancy
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2 Feb 1998

Tom Clancy’s second classic No 1 bestselling thriller – a chillingly authentic vision of modern war – now reissued in a new cover.

Three Muslim terrorists who destroyed the Soviet Union’s largest petrochemical plant thought they were striking a blow for freedom. What they had done, unknowingly, was fire the first shots in World War III.

Desperately short of oil, the Kremlin hawks see only one way of solving their problem: seize supplies in the Persian Gulf. To do that, they must first neutralise NATO’s forces and eliminate their response – and so they develop Red Storm, a dazzling master plan of diplomatic subterfuge and intense rearmament. The battle lines are drawn and Armageddon beckons…



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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (2 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006173624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006173625
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,302 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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From the reviews of Red Storm Rising:

‘Packed with more nerve-shattering tension than anything in print today… gripping, audacious, brilliant storytelling at its very best.’
Washington Times

‘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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From the Back Cover

The superpowers hurtle towards global conflict, in this chillingly authentic vision of modern warfare from the world's #1 thriller writer.

The Muslim terrorists who destroyed the Soviet Union's largest petro-chemical plant thought they were striking a blow for freedom. What they had done, unknowingly, was fire the first shots in World War III.

Desperately short of oil, the Kremlin hawks see only one way of solving their problem: seize supplies in the Persian Gulf. To do that, they must first neutralize NATO's forces and eliminate their response – and so they develop Red Storm, a dazzling master plan of diplomatic subterfuge and intense re-armament.

The battle lines are drawn and Armageddon beckons…

"Packed with more nerve-shattering tension than anything in print today…gripping, audacious, brilliant storytelling at its very best."
WASHINGTON TIMES

"Frighteningly realistic…I dare you to read one chapter and put it down."
NEW YORK NEWSDAY

"Graphic, exciting…horribly convincing."
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-review 25 Jun 2002
By N SMITH
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, if dated, World War III epic. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awesome 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the word "Great" is an understatement 2 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is simply the best thing I've ever read regarding possible WWIII scenarios. It describes in detail all the elements from politics down to military logistics, and not far sought either. Just read it, don't hesitate.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best 28 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I first read this many years ago and it is one of the only books I have read more than once. This is simply the best book I have ever read. Totally gripping and full of action but not devoid of interesting characters. The battle scenes kept me completely enthralled and the authors tactical descriptions are excellent (some may have been copied for use in real life conflicts). This war story is not all blood and gore. Clever tactical plays made by both sides aid the realism as does the occassional fall of luck. If you don't read anything else by Tom Clancy read this. I think I may just go and read it again!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most intelligent thriller ever written? 16 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
Let's get one thing straight right away, shall we? There can be no ambiguity. Red Storm Rising is the best book of its type ever written.
It is not a pure technothriller. The Hunt for Red October (by Clancy) and The Flight of the Old Dog (by Dale Brown) are pure technothrillers, in that they run convergent with reality. They still make sense when viewed retrospectively.
Red Storm Rising is trapped by circumstance. World War Three never took place, so this a technofantasy rather than a technothriller. Having said that, this is a beautifully realised fantasy. There are the intricate machinations we have come to expect of Clancy. His understanding of the world he envisages would impress JRR Tolkien. But best of all, he never allows the larger ramifications of the war to eclipse the human tragedies of his protagonists.
Moving fluidly through a variety of theatres (Iceland, Germany, the North Atlantic, the Barents Sea) and a variety of warfighting scenarios, Clancy demonstrates a thorough understanding of his subject matter. He displays the same depth of knowledge one would of expect of an Ivy League professor, but he never allows us to be overwhelmed by the technicalities. In doing so he strikes the most delicate possible balance--he adds enough details to add verisimilitude, but not enough to swamp the streamlined lines of his plot.
Terry Pratchett has seen this as a weakness of the genre. He speaks of books 'a thousand pages thick and crammed with weapons specifications,' but Clancy enhances rather than detracts with his research. Although he has not always been successful (The Sum of all Fears springs immediately to mind) in this case he pulls it off magnificently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my favourite of all clancys novels fantastic throughout
Published 19 days ago by padrock
5.0 out of 5 stars Book condition
Great book. But didn't expect an old choppy with a load of scribble on the inside cover!will be more careful next time.
Published 1 month ago by Kevin M Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I love Tom Clancy and it made great reading whilst on recent sunshine holiday. I have passed it to my partner who loves it too.
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Published 1 month ago by Gemma
3.0 out of 5 stars Not far behind "War & Peace" in page numbers (830!)
It goes on and on and on: considerably detailed ... in the extreme.
Up to p.702 and haven't even got to the Gulf States yet! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Poppy Quartermaine
1.0 out of 5 stars Does this really exist
I have a much thumbed paperback edition. I have been looking for a Kindle version for ages. Usually, on Amazon UK it does not exist however, occasionally, like this morning here it... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stall Warning
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
I have been fortunate to read all of Tom Clancy's books
This is the best in my humble opinion
If you just read one Tom Clancy book. Make it this one
Published 11 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I have read all of Tom Clancy's books and this is my favourite, I have read this dozens of times and it still captures your imagination, it is beginning to be a bit dated regarding... Read more
Published 13 months ago by MK Bracegirdle
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete item. Unable to revue
Book received in incomplete state. i.e. first 50 pages missing. It has been returned for replacement and revue will be possible later
Published 14 months ago by very old fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best fictional war book.
What a great book. The only one I have read that has a fictional third world war on a truly international scale. Read more
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