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Red Rabbit

by Tom Clancy

Penguin Putnam | July 25, 2002 | Hardcover

Red Rabbit is rated 2.25 out of 5 by 8.

Long before he was President or head of the CIA, before he fought terrorist attacks on the Super Bowl or the White House, even before a submarine named Red October made its perilous way across the Atlantic, Jack Ryan was an historian, teacher, and recent ex-Marine temporarily living in England while researching a book. A series of deadly encounters with an IRA splinter group had brought him to the attention of the CIA''s Deputy Director, Vice Admiral James Greeras well as his counterpart with the British SIS, Sir Basil Charlestonand when Greer asked him if he wanted to come aboard as a freelance analyst, Jack was quick to accept. The opportunity was irresistible, and he was sure he could fit it in with the rest of his work.

 

And then Jack forgot all about the rest of his work, because one of his first assignments was to help debrief a high-level Soviet defector, and the defector told an amazing tale: Top Soviet officials, including Yuri Andropov, were planning to assassinate the Pope, John Paul II.

 

Could it be true? As the days and weeks go by, Ryan must battle, first to try to confirm the plot, and then to prevent it, but this is a brave new world, and nothing he has done up to now has prepared him for the lethal game of cat-and-mouse that is the Soviet Union versus the United States. In the end, it will be not just the Pope''s life but the stability of the Western world that is at stake. . . and it may already be too late for a novice CIA analyst to do anything about it.

"Clancy creates not only compelling characters but frighteningly topical situations and heart-stopping action," wrote The Washington Post about The Bear and the Dragon. "Among the handful of superstars, Clancy still reigns, and he is not likely to be dethroned any time soon." These words were never truer than about the remarkable pages of his breathtaking new novel. This is Clancy at his bestand there is none better.

Format: Hardcover

Published: July 25, 2002

Publisher: Penguin Putnam

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399148701

ISBN - 13: 9780399148705

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wish I'd only paid 7 dollars for it I love Tom Clancy books. I wait impatiently for new releases. This is the first hardcover of his that I had bought in a long time. I wish that I hadn't. Long and boring to sum it up. I will buy more of his books but I hope they are not like this one.
Date published: 2004-01-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from boring, repetitive here's a synopsis: a foreign government wants to do something to the pope; jack ryan doesn't like planes; america is the best; jack ryan doesn't like his father in law; the russians are pretty good, but the americans are better; the british are pretty good, but the americans are better; ryan doesn't like planes; cathy ryan doesn't like not sleeping beside jack; jack doesn't like not sleeping beside cathy; ryan doesn't like planes; america is the best place to live.... blah blah blah, THe first 3/4's of the book is boring and highly repetitive. The last 1/4 is OK. I'm a big fan of Tom Clancy's books containing more technical and suspensful content (i.e. most of the books before this one). This book had no suspense or cool technical stuff. This book is barely worth reading and certainly not worth buying new.
Date published: 2003-10-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ...But where are the rabbits? okay, so I get about 200 pages into the novel when I realize, this book has very little to do with actual rabbits at all. Still though, for a book NOT about rabbits, it's pretty good.
Date published: 2003-05-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Were they all this bad? I am a Tom Clancy fan. I have read all of the books. As I read Red Rabbit I found myself asking if they were all this bad. This book is full of redundancy. Facts on background are stated over and over ad nauseum-- I know that Jack Ryan was a marine. When I learned that this novel was a precursor to the other Jack Ryan stories I was looking forward to see how Clancy would craft this story. I was so disappointed. His demeaning depiction of Russia and Russians detracted from the story. His trite references to events that would unfold were meaningless. A major flaw is that he has now pegged Jack Ryan as 32. At 32 he has been an officer in the USMC, a professor at Harvard, made millions as an investor for Merrill Lynch, gone back to being a professor at Harvard and now is a spy. The plot was weak, excitement was lacking and it was just a poor read.
Date published: 2003-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable Tom Clancy has written some great thrillers in the past but this book is not thrilling at all. It's a predictable tale with an ending that doesn't surprise anyone. And to top it off it's even more of a right wing propaganda tract than anything else, Regan and Thatcher were the greatest leaders ever, USSR evil, USA great. I'm usually a fan but the preaching has gone too far, even worse than the last Ryan novel.
Date published: 2002-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Satisying Clancy Red Rabbit is clear evidence of Clancy's growing maturity displaying subtle characterization, noteable attention to detail and succinct writing style. Even though the book's timeline is situated before the 'Cardinal of the Kremlin,' and after 'Patriot Games,' the ability to enter the reader into the setting of the book is remarkable respecting what has already been established in other novels. Clancy shares details of the period that jar memories, which most readers will have forgotten. Apparently the publisher hasn't read the book, as the description doesn't match the actual plot of the book, as the focus is balanced on Sir John Ryan and his family, the Foleys, life in the UK, life in the former USSR, and the 'rabbit.' However, as compared to other Clancy novels, the book is as satisfying as any past, earning a respect for the author's ability to tie loose threads and tell a story that demands reading.
Date published: 2002-09-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointment Tom Clancy is one of my favorite authors, however of late I noticed that his style is getting tired. I was able to skip over complete paragraphs and not miss a thing, he kept on repeating things over and over again like he was dealing with children. It is nice to be a patriot and think the world of your country and your culture, but there is no need to put down others in the meantime (the incident about the British doctors drinking during an operation). How is that related to the story line? For someone of Clancy's caliber to release a book with spelling mistakes is a little below par. As for the ending, it came as an anti-climax. It took him over 500 pages to build a storyline (which by the way was completely predictable) and he decided to end it in less than 2 pages. I believe the book would have been complete and satisfying in 300 - 400 pages, that's how much repetition and non-story related text was there. Mr. Clancy if you ever read these reviews, we hope your next boo
Date published: 2002-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good This is the 2nd Clancy book I have read, and I really liked it. It wasn't quite as good as The Hunt for Red October, but it came pretty close. The only real things wrong with it were: 1) there were too many typos. Clancy should get a new editor. 2) It gave away a lot of events from Patriot Games, a book which I haven't read yet. 3) In Red October, Ryan says he hasn't been 'in the field' before while working for the CIA, and yet he goes into the field in this book. 4) This book is set almost immediately before Red October, but the head of the Russian government is Brezhnev instead of Narmonov, and the U.S. President is Reagan instead of an unnamed former D.A. All in all, a great book. It almost made a 5-star rating, except for the problems I listed above. (What I'm really saying is: buy this book! It may not be perfect, but buy it anyway, or at least borrow it when it comes into a library! If you're a Clancy fan, buy it! If you're not a Clancy reader, this is a good starting point!)
Date published: 2002-08-17

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Red Rabbit

by Tom Clancy

Format: Hardcover

Published: July 25, 2002

Publisher: Penguin Putnam

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399148701

ISBN - 13: 9780399148705

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PROLOGUE The Back Garden THE SCARY PART, Jack decided, was going to be driving. He''d already bought a Jaguar-pronounced jag-you-ah over here, he''d have to remember-but both times he''d walked to it at the dealership, he''d gone to the left-front door instead of the right. The dealer hadn''t laughed at him, but Ryan was sure he''d wanted to. At least he hadn''t climbed into the passenger seat by mistake and really made an ass of himself. He''d have to remember all that: The "right" side of the road was the left. A right turn crossed oncoming traffic, not a left turn. The left lane was the slow lane on the interstates-motorways, he corrected himself. The plugs in the wall were all cockeyed. The house didn''t have central heating, despite the princely price he''d paid for it. There was no air-conditioning, though that probably wasn''t necessary here. It wasn''t the hottest of climates: The locals started dropping dead in the street when the mercury topped 75. Jack wondered what the D.C. climate would do to them. Evidently, the "mad dogs and Englishmen" ditty was a thing of the past. But it could have been worse. He did have a pass to shop for food at the Army-Air Force Exchange Service-otherwise known as the PX at nearby Greenham Commons Air Base-so at least they''d have proper hot dogs, and brands that resembled the ones he bought at the Giant at home in Maryland. So many other discordant notes. British television was different, of course, not that he really expected much cha
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From the Publisher

Long before he was President or head of the CIA, before he fought terrorist attacks on the Super Bowl or the White House, even before a submarine named Red October made its perilous way across the Atlantic, Jack Ryan was an historian, teacher, and recent ex-Marine temporarily living in England while researching a book. A series of deadly encounters with an IRA splinter group had brought him to the attention of the CIA''s Deputy Director, Vice Admiral James Greer—as well as his counterpart with the British SIS, Sir Basil Charleston—and when Greer asked him if he wanted to come aboard as a freelance analyst, Jack was quick to accept. The opportunity was irresistible, and he was sure he could fit it in with the rest of his work.

 

And then Jack forgot all about the rest of his work, because one of his first assignments was to help debrief a high-level Soviet defector, and the defector told an amazing tale: Top Soviet officials, including Yuri Andropov, were planning to assassinate the Pope, John Paul II.

 

Could it be true? As the days and weeks go by, Ryan must battle, first to try to confirm the plot, and then to prevent it, but this is a brave new world, and nothing he has done up to now has prepared him for the lethal game of cat-and-mouse that is the Soviet Union versus the United States. In the end, it will be not just the Pope''s life but the stability of the Western world that is at stake. . . and it may already be too late for a novice CIA analyst to do anything about it.

"Clancy creates not only compelling characters but frighteningly topical situations and heart-stopping action," wrote The Washington Post about The Bear and the Dragon. "Among the handful of superstars, Clancy still reigns, and he is not likely to be dethroned any time soon." These words were never truer than about the remarkable pages of his breathtaking new novel. This is Clancy at his best—and there is none better.

About the Author

Thomas L. Clancy, Jr., known to his multitudes of fans as Tom Clancy, was born in 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Loyola College in 1969, became an insurance agent, and in 1973 became the owner of an insurance agency. It was not until 1980 that he started writing military thrillers. Clancy's novels are highly successful, detailed techno-thrillers about espionage, the military and advanced technology. Clancy is so well liked by the military that he has been invited to visit military bases and tour ships. His first bestseller was Red Storm Rising, a fictional military account of a conventionally fought World War 3, published in 1986. His books Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger were so popular they were adapted into major motion pictures. Some other bestsellers by Clancy are The Cardinal of the Kremlin, The Sum of All Fears, and Rainbow Six. Into the Storm: A Study In Command (1997) is part of a nonfiction series cowritten with retired U.S. Army General Fred Franks Jr., commander of the U.S. Army VII Corps, whose job was to defeat Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard during the 89-hour ground war in Desert Storm. Other nonfiction written by Clancy includes Submarine, Armored Cav, Fighter Wing, and Airborne, which describe the workings of military units and their weapons, and Reality Check: What's Going on Out There? Tom Clancy lectures at the FBI, attends meetings at the CIA, and often dines at the White House. He is a member of the U.
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Editorial Reviews

"Smart and likable, Jack Ryan has become one of the best-known characters in contemporary American fiction."
—The Washington Post
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