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4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than the film
Like a lot of people I came to this after seeing the film Hunt For Red October Special Edition [DVD] [1990] (a classic in its own right). The film was based on this book, however it has missed certain key portions that the book has. If you are wanting a typical Tom Clancy thriller this is among the best - don't expect groundbreaking symbolism in this book! The book...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Different plotline to the original book
I love Tom Clancy's work. I've read The Hunt For Red October countless times in it's paperback form and was so looking forward to reading the kindle version. Bitterly dissapointed with the download version though as it misses out huge swathes of the plotline and the spelling mistakes are terrible. If the Kindle books are abridged or altered in plot line then they should...
Published on 14 Jan. 2011 by cardifflandlord


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Dec. 2014
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B. A. Lacey "jessica" (uk) - See all my reviews
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good read husband is a fan of Tom Clancy author
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Jan. 2015
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well writen could not put the book down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: The Hunt for Red October (Paperback)
Probably my favourite Clancy book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 1 Aug. 2014
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Great story, couldn' put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Nov. 2014
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Best read for a long long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 26 Oct. 2014
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loved it. Will read it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Nov. 2014
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Compelling story telling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 17 Sept. 2014
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Liz Guest (united kingdom) - See all my reviews
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brought as xmas pressie
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tom, you're writing THRILLERS, not Military-nerd handbooks., 18 Jan. 2011
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The technical inaccuracy isn't Clancy's problem in this novel, as few care about this detail but military hardware and weapon nerd-bores. It is his lumbering prose, littered with numbing detail and blur of alienating, baffling and frankly BORING military abbreviations and acronyms that is the issue.They keep cropping up, completely unexplained, to hit you in the face mid sentence. The wealth of detail is initially interesting, and the Russian history also, but after three chapters, you become aware it could do with some condensing into a tighter paced writing and taking a leaf out of Ian Fleming's book.

Often, Clancy cannot seem to mention an object or piece of equipment without buttonholing you with two things: anecdotes -- often a lengthy paragraph or more -- about the objects significance and personal history to the character, such as a paper knife, pot of tea, or completely unneeded explanation of what this or that bit of SACPAC, COMPAC, BB-Q5, or some "array" of this or that computer does in *excruciating* detail. Nobody cares! just say the USS Dallas' sonar computer identifies sound signatures of ships and subs...and move on...

There are many points in the novel when my sub-editor instinct itched and baulked over the waffle, and you find yourself almost wanting to take your pencil and score out so much padding and over-exposition you could pull your hair out.

Another egregious example is where Clancy babbles on for the first five pages of Chapter "The 6th Day" (pp98) on Jack Ryan reading a file about how a CIA spy --named CARDINAL in the novel-- informed JFK that during the '62 Cuban Missile Crisis the Soviet missile systems were not quite ready, and hence gave the President leverage. This chapter doesn't get to the point until the sub-chapter "The Whitehouse", where Jack Ryan briefs Whitehouse senior staff...It starts to gather pace - "FINALLY!" you think...

The interactions and exchanges between the characters are evocative and has that small talk everyday realism to it, but when characters are not present and no conversations take place, and hence plot advancement, progress is sluggish as you crash into yet another paragraph of techno-waffle.

Remove the excess of techno nerd waffle and a leaner, faster book results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Dec. 2014
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a very good read
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