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on 11 May 2017
Worst. Clancy. Ever.
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on 4 April 2014
I didn't realise it was the German edition when I bought it! Is it available in English? If it is, I will buy the English version. Can it be exchanged?
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on 13 March 2015
As the other ones
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on 22 November 2012
Red Rabbit .Good detail somewhat predictable outcome. Follows most of the previous epics that build to a conclusion of a number of plots.
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on 25 November 2003
I am a big Clancy fan, but this is very disappointing. For starters, it is all a bit anticlimatic. You pretty much know how things are going to turn out for all the main protagonists with 20 pages of 'meeting' them. There is little action, and most of the book is portrayed in Jack's office or his home - film rights unlikely I think. And the end seems rushed, as though he had to get it to the publishers on time.
In addition, annoyingly Jack is portrayed as some sort of prophet. The collapse of communism, the collapse of the Japanese economy, the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan, how his wife would be a laser surgery pioneer, are all predicted by Jack in the space of a few days. Indeed it is apparently thanks to a letter from Jack that London is littered with Starbucks.
In addition this book is written in a patronising tone. It also seems far less balanced than previous books. There is a huge amount of America is great - nothing compares in this book. Perhaps this is what was required when Clancy wrote it?
Overall though I would not recommend this.
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on 24 September 2002
It seems that Tom Clancy has gotten a bit lazy. His usually meticulous research doesn't appear with Red Rabbit, and so the plot suffers with generalisations (all Brits say "What-ho" and drink ale at every opportunity, all Russians are moody alcoholics, and all Americans are bright and brilliant) and the glaring errors (the Yorks and "ordinary" Land Rover saloons as mentioned by previous reviewers). Also incredibly irritating is his "interesting facts", which get re-used time and time again throughout the book - he obviously likes a few ideas then forgot he had used them previously in the same book.
The trademark Clancy plot twists and turns, hundreds of seemingly unconnected events coming together, and tense endings are completely missing in this book. In Red Rabbit, before you even turn the page you know that Jack will figure everything out, will implausibly get to go and do everything, things will go smoothly (unless you're a Russian) and that it will all turn out alright in the end.
Come on Mr Clancy, what happened to the great writing of old?
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on 2 November 2014
Bought 2nd hand so not brilliant condition, but a great read. Personally I prefer the politically oriented novels rather than those which give great detail about weaponry etc and this is a gripping story.
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on 9 November 2014
great author sad loss wanted to read some of his work as only watched the films in the past.
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on 26 April 2014
We are supposed to believe that the US and UK intelligence services set up an operation to spring a KGB agent out of Russia because he suddenly has a pang of conscience on learning that the Pope (a Pole) is about to be assassinated as part of a fiendish plan hatched by Yuri Andropov, head of the KGB and soon to be head of the Politburo.

This is based on the agent suddenly thinking it is wrong to kill an "innocent man" when he learns about the plan even though he is an atheist Russian Communist who probably hates Poles.

Enter Jack Ryan, Clancy's version of James Bond, an ex-marine who calls his wife "babe" and spends most of his time comparing the lousy coffee served in Europe with the real stuff back in the US and getting annoyed that he can't get the latest baseball scores. (This was in pre-Internet days.)

Along with his English sidekicks, who uses terms like "old boy" and "good man", he heads off on a mission to get the Russian out and save the Pope's life.

The plot is feeble, as are the characters and there is a particularly disgusting part involving the mutilation of a four-year old girl's corpse that makes you wonder what kind of mind Clancy (and his publisher) had as it has no bearing on the story.

Without giving away the plot I can tell you that the Pope lives and guess who was responsible for foiling the plot?

Six hundred pages of repetitive, padded tripe. Don't even touch it.
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on 23 May 2016
It has been said that this book is awful and yes it is. But what I want to say is that you people that read Jack Ryan stories and think they are great. He is a white collar criminal, the books constantly talk of his genius but really, he made his "fortune" from an insider tip that gave him a 23:1 return on the investment of $230,000.

Constantly they say what a genius on stock tips but if you have an insider tip that makes you $7 million, how are you a genius. This acceptance of white collar crime done by white people is just justified by Clancy and his republican readers. Why are Americans in the middle east? They prop up dishonest leaders and if the people oppose them the Americans kill them.

Constantly white people do crimes ( in these books) that are OK cause they are educated and have jobs but a poor person (usually not white) is just dishonest and doing some dodgy street crime needs to be locked up to save society. His wife speeds in her Porsche with their daughter in it but that is OK cause she is a good (white) driver. Jack insider trades but that is OK cause he covered it by saying he can link it to a magazine article.

All the Americans are in love with their jobs and are all hugely competent in their roles.
I really tire of this rosy eyed view on life, with two absent parents busy with their hugely successful careers and really well behaved children. Who is teaching these children to be so well behaved?

I no longer what anything more with this Clancy rubbish - not his books or his video games.
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