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The Hunt for Red October

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (5 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480522635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480522633
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,752,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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"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.

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Format: Kindle Edition
I purchased this book in paperback years ago and enjoyed it very much. It is now falling apart due to old age and being read lots of times. I waited until the Kindle version was cheaper than the paperback as I feel that it is a rip off to charge more for a book delivered electronically than physically.

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
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 IMHO advise you before buying.

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.
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This is one of Tom Clancy's truly amazing books, excellent plot, great technical details with well thought out and developed characters, it's a 5/5 all day long.

However the kindle version contains various spelling errors and some sections of the book appear to have gone missing.

Baffling.
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It's ok, but not the thriller I was hoping for and expecting really.

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.
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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 actually explains technical terms and the background in far more detail than the film, and the book stands on its own in terms of a thriller in the background of a NATO-Soviet conflict in the Atlantic. Whilst the main portion of the book is concerning Jack Ryan (the hero) and the Soviet submarine captain, there are interesting portions of the book which try and look into the actions of various ships and planes which are making up this conflict. Highly recommended!
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So many five star reviews... I must be missing something.

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.
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I have just spent the last four hours finishing this book. It's now 4 am and a good job I'm retired!

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.
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