The Hunt for Red October
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet submarine commander has just made a fateful decision: the Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. And the most incredible chase in history is on.
The Hunt for Red October is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy's phenomenal career. A military thriller so accurate and convincing that the author was rumoured to have been debriefed by the White House. Its theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. Its story: the chase for a runaway, top secret Russian missile submarine. END --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"Flawless...frighteningly genuine."--"The Wall Street Journal"
"Remarkable...intricate and nerve tingling."--Clive Cussler
"Gripping narrative...Navy buffs and thriller adepts have been mesmerized."--"Time "
Flawless frighteningly genuine. "The Wall Street Journal"
Remarkable intricate and nerve tingling. Clive Cussler
Gripping narrative Navy buffs and thriller adepts have been mesmerized. "Time "" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Once again I enjoyed the story however there was no way that this book could have been proof read before it was sold as there are lots of typographical errors. This would not be acceptable in a printed book so why should we have to accept it in an electronic version. I would like to see Amazon apologise, proof read it properly and once corrected notify everyone who has purchased a Kindle version that a "proper" copy is now available.
For me the story rates five stars but the "translation" one.
If you have not read the book in it's previous forms then it is still a good yarn but this has put me off buying the other Kindle versions of Clancy's work.
However the kindle version contains various spelling errors and some sections of the book appear to have gone missing.
There's an enormous cast of characters that I had to keep going back to clarify in my mind.
Also, as mentioned, the e-book version contains a lot of spelling mistakes and grammar errors.
It's just not as good as I had expected.
I find it hard to abandon a book midway through, no matter how terrible it is, so I sorely regretted starting this one, and the last hundred pages were like watching paint dry. It's just boring.
Buried under four hundred pages of absolute tedium is actually a genuinely good story, but it's beaten so thinly that you hardly notice it. This book reads like a technical field manual for nuclear submariners, CIA agents and seamen.
Clancy has clearly done an enormous amount of research to make the story more realistic... and didn't want to waste a single drop of it! And I think this is my problem with it. Clancy tries to conjure a realistic picture by describing every tiny detail to exhaustion, and yet misses the most important stuff completely.
There are so many characters, it's almost impossible to keep track of them all, even when reading pretty quickly (I read it over a four day period). And they're all cardboard cut-outs, with almost no emotional nuance whatsoever.
Clancy tries clumsily to inject some emotion by having these drones talk about their children now and then, but it's not nearly enough. Other than the Russia vs. America thing, you really don't care what happens to any of them.
If you're a technical, political or military intelligence nerd, you'll probably love this. If you're a sociopath with no real empathy for your fellow man, this should also work quite well for you.
But for me, it reads like a tedious court transcript providing an exhaustively detailed and objective account of an international incident that occurred in a time and place I just can't relate to.
I don't feel compelled to pick up another Clancy book anytime soon.
When I say this book is a little long, I don't mean to deprecate it in any way, it is merely that, although I can see the necessity of the political background and descriptive narrative regarding boats, ships, submarines and aircraft, as a "girlie", I found myself tuning out in some of the above and therefore having to reread, to make sure I'd missed nothing important, which of course I hadn't. The basic story, of course, is laid before us quite reasonably in the film, and although I found it considerably helpful that I had seen it, more than once, and knew where it was going, I found the book much more exciting, particularly the last third, hence the four hours staying awake to finish it. It has, of,course, a fatal flaw, ignored by everyone, including me when watching the film; Ramius is a murderer. He kills in cold blood in the first chapter and yet we treat him as a hero, because he defects to the west with a valuable prize for the Americans. Should he not have been tried for his crime? I suppose one assumes he failed to pass this information on to the Americans but nevertheless, we know. Still, I would highly recommend this book as a well constructed adventure story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as action-based as the film, but still a good read. Very heavy on technical details but these are usually explained in detail for the benefit of thew reader.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
As always Tom Clancy's john Ryan novels are a good read, the pages fly past.Published 1 month ago by Peter
Having come to the book via the film I was pleasantly surprised (particularly after the disappointment of 'Where Eagles Dare'). This was a good holiday read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gill Kirk
I read this book many years ago and thought it was brilliant. Decided to read it again and wasn't disappointed second time around. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scott-tythy
Love the film so thought I'd better read the book. Tom Clancy can take 3 pages to describe something when a paragraph will do which made this not as easy of a read as I felt this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dunc