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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Ryan's First Adventure!
International terrorism is the topic Clancy tackles in his novel, 'Patriot Games.' When history teacher and sometime CIA anylist Jack Ryan intervenes in an IRA hit on the Prince of Wales, he soon finds himself a political target. When his family is attacked in Baltimore Ryan again goes to work for the CIA in the hopes of stopping the terrorists. While the story is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book - not so great Kindle edition
I've been a Clancy fan for years and love this series. However, the Kindle edition has some obvious flaws apparent right from the beginning. The initial quotes in Patriot Games from Edmund Burke and William Webster are simply not in the Kindle edition. Also, I believe the publisher used some form of OCR (optical character recognition) to input this book. Words like...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Ryan's First Adventure!, January 25, 2001
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Cody Carlson (Salt Lake City, UT United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Patriot Games (A Jack Ryan Novel) (Mass Market Paperback)
International terrorism is the topic Clancy tackles in his novel, 'Patriot Games.' When history teacher and sometime CIA anylist Jack Ryan intervenes in an IRA hit on the Prince of Wales, he soon finds himself a political target. When his family is attacked in Baltimore Ryan again goes to work for the CIA in the hopes of stopping the terrorists. While the story is gripping and the action scenes fast-paced and exciting, the first two hundred pages of the book are for the most part slow. If you're a patient reader you should get through it okay. The ending is a climax in the great Clancy tradition and the characters, as always, are people you'd like to know. There is much more in the book than in the movie, but it's essentially the same story. On the whole it's a great first ride for Jack Ryan.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book - not so great Kindle edition, September 10, 2010
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I've been a Clancy fan for years and love this series. However, the Kindle edition has some obvious flaws apparent right from the beginning. The initial quotes in Patriot Games from Edmund Burke and William Webster are simply not in the Kindle edition. Also, I believe the publisher used some form of OCR (optical character recognition) to input this book. Words like 'corners' in the hard-copy edition come across in Kindle as comers. Not a big deal, but jarring nevertheless. While I love the convenience of carrying around the whole series without the need for a backpack, this kind of sloppy, lazy data transfer gives e-books a bad name.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Though long, the book is well worth the time., May 18, 1999
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This review is from: Patriot Games (Hardcover)
Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
If you're a fan of long, realistic, action filled novels, you'll love Patriot Games, but if you enjoy reading short books filled with pure action and suspense, don't even bother trying to read it, unless you are feeling adventurous. Patriot Games dives into the world of terrorism matched only by Rainbow Six.
It starts with amazing action- a terrorist attack upon the Prince and Princess of England. John Ryan, the hero of Hunt for the Red October and Clear and Present Danger, is caught in the middle. He stops the attack and kills one of the attackers; but unknowingly, he has brought himself into the world of terrorism and the cubicles of the CIA. Clancy describes beautifully, as he always does.
But then comes the part that can cause one to abandon the book: the huge number of pages that separates the action. However, if you have enough stamina and survive the dull parts, you soon get pulled back in as terrorist activity spreads for the first time into the United States. It is one of Clancy's finest, and is a thrill to read.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The complete backstory on the Jack Ryan story, October 14, 2000
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On vacation in London, Jack Ryan stops a terrorist attack by the Ulster Liberation Army on the Prince and Princess of Wales and their infant son. When the leader of the attack escapes from custody, Ryan and his family become targets. To defend them, Ryan goes to see his old friends at the C.I.A. and tells them he wants back in. The climax of the book is another attack on the terrorists at Ryan's own home where the Prince and Princess are dinner guests. "Patriot Games" is an atypical Tom Clancy novel in that is the Jack Ryan book least reliant on cutting edge technology, dealing more with the consequences of Jack's choices for his family and his career.
In is interesting to read this 1987 book knowing that filming it turned Tom Clancy against selling the movie rights of his books to Hollywood (although apparently the powers that be can have their own way with the Jack Ryan character). The problem, of course, was the final scene. In the film, Harrison Ford's character kills Sean Miller at the end of an exciting fistfight on a speeding boat. In the book, Jack Ryan does not shoot his gun at the fatal moment so that he can tell his newborn son, "Your father isn't a murderer." Clancy's conservative inclinations are well known, but forcing him into a fascist stereotype really misses the point, especially when it tries to make his hero some sort of a reactionary.
"Patriot Games" takes back several years before the events described in "The Hunt for Red October," where the Sir John Ryan backstory is certainly alluded to at a couple of points. I wondered if maybe Clancy had simply written this novel first but could not get it published, yet one of the strengths of his work over the years has been the detailed backgrounds on the various characters (the best examples are probably Red Wegener and Ding Chavez in "Clear and Present Danger," where the complete backgrounds are given although one is a minor character in the novel and the other goes on to be a main supporting character). One of the reason I always liked this book is because of the pure audacity of making members of the Royal Family main supporting characters, especially Prince Charles, who has continued to pop up from time to time.
This is the book where Clancy dropped the annoying subtitles used in his first two novels. In retrospect "Patriot Games" is a much more intimate novel than what is follows. Certainly the threat is much more personal, targeting Ryan and his family. With Clancy's tendency to tell stories where nuclear war is a distinct possibility, this becomes an atypical effort, similar to "Without Remorse," which supplies the complete backstory on John Clark. Another reason for the feeling of intimacy is that Clancy's novels have tended to get longer and longer. Final note: people who have read these book in the "correct chronological order" find "Red October" to be something of a step backwards, so the best advice remains to read them in the order they were written.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Clancy's Greatest Books To Date!!!!, March 31, 2001
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"webmatt7588" (Deerfield, IL, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Patriot Games (Hardcover)
This book is Clancy at some of his best. The action starts in the first chapter. In the chapter, CIA anylast Jack Ryan witnesses a shooting while vacationing in London. Jack interveines and kills two of the shooters. One shoots him in the shoulder and escapes. Later Jack learnes he saved the Prince of Wales, his wife, and their new son. He also learns that the attack was done by one of the most dangerous and secretive Irish terrorist organizations, the Ulster Liberation Army or ULA. Soon, Ryan and his family become a target of international terrorism. This book was exciting! A page turner indeed. Besides a few dull filler chapters, every chapter is as exciting as the previous. The smaller sub-plots provide action in every page. A bit long when you first look at it, but it is truly a thriller. Clancy is the king of detial. The man could write a 1,000 page story on a trip to the grocery store and still keep you entertained. Not that I want him to write this though. An all around great book! "Two Thumbs Up!"
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patriot Games, August 13, 2002
This review is from: Patriot Games (A Jack Ryan Novel) (Mass Market Paperback)
Patriot Games written by Tom Clancy is a Jack Ryan novel. As Clancy's hero Jack Ryan takes us to England, Ireland and the United States in this techno-thiller, with international terrorism and action-packed excitement.
Clancy works his magic with this story and leaves the reader with a sense of dangerous adventure. This book gives the reader a better sense of who Jack Ryan is and Clancy keeps you well engaged throughout the book.
I enjoyed the read, as page after page seemed to melt away to an exciting climax. You will not be disappointed reading this book as a daring assination attempt and violence seem to carry you on to the conclusion. Tom Clancy is a storyteller in this well written book.
Definitely entertaining...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Prequel, January 9, 2001
This review is from: Patriot Games (A Jack Ryan Novel) (Mass Market Paperback)
This prequel is a good story about terrorists and is more visceral than most Clancy stories, but it works to his advantage here. The book has a great beginning, then it slows down a bit in the middle, then it kicks back into high gear for an amazing ending. Jack Ryan here is a Professor of History at the Naval Academy on vacation in London when he intervenes in a terrorist attack on the Prince of Wales (who is never given a name, even in Clancy's later works). This book then tells of the revenge act by the IRA that ultimately ends with a mesmerizing end sequence with the ultimate gun fight. This is an excellent page turner, and it will not disappoint
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good novel by Tom Clancy, January 23, 2004
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Eric (El Sobrante, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Patriot Games (Hardcover)
Patriot Games takes place years before The Hunt For Red October, and it involves a younger Jack Ryan, in Patriot Games, he is a history teacher at the Naval College in Maryland, but he took some vacation time in London, and he discovers terrorist trying to kill a passing motorcade, and Jack Ryan is right there witnessing it! So he brings into action, killing one of the terrorist, and getting shot himself, but he saved the people inside the car; it turns out it was the Prince of Wales with their newborn son!
Now Jack has made some friends, and some enemies; a right-wing Northern Ireland terrorist organization from the IRA. Now the main bad guy Sean Miller is taken into British custody, and he is tried before a English court with Jack Ryan already into knighthood by the Queen of England, and he testifies against Sean Miller. So Jack heads back home to Maryland and goes back to work as a History Teacher at the Naval War College living his normal life.
Jack has a couple of friends in the CIA business, but he wants to do what he loves to do; teach history. One of them happens to be Admiral James Greener, the main man in the CIA, and Captain Jackson, another friend of Jack's. But what Jack does not know, Sean is planning to get back at Jack by all means necessary, so when he is being transferred to another prison, and he escapes by his fellow right-wing terrorist's, and escapes.
Now Jack finds out what happens, and he goes on with his life, but when Sean Miller comes to America and tries to kill Cathy and his daughter Sally on the freeway, Jack then decides to join the CIA as a analyst, and once he gets in, he is drawn into the world of the CIA. What Jack does not know, he knows that Sean Miller is out there, and he knows where to find Jack, he wants Jack dead because he kille his younger brother at the beginning of the book. Then at a dinner party, Sean Miller and his goons go to Jack's house, and they try to kill everyone, but they fail, and they try to make a run for it, but Jack and them get them, and kill them for what they were trying to do.
The novel starts out boring, but it gets better and better once you reach the end, it is very exciting in the last 100 pages of the novel as the suspense builds up. Great book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Clancy Novel, December 29, 2003
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Ollie (Gaithersburg, MD) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Patriot Games (A Jack Ryan Novel) (Mass Market Paperback)
From Clancy's first novel, The Hunt for Red October, this novel takes us back in time to see pre-CIA Jack Ryan. Clancy does an excellent job with character development in this novel. Not only do we find out who Jack Ryan is, but we learn why he is. We see the young Ryan develop both mentally and emotionally from a history teacher at the Naval Academy to an analyst at the CIA. Also, the irony and juxtaposition in characters add a great deal to the novel. The irony of how the IRA functions and raises money is extremely interesting. Not only do we see Jack Ryan, an Irish American, and his obvious counterpart from the Ulster Liberation Army (an extremist faction of the IRA), but we also see more subtle juxtapositions of Ryan to the Prince of Wales and even Ryan's best friend, Robby Jackson, an African American pilot, to a radical African American communist. I highly recommend this book, especially over the movie. Although the movie is a good watch, it cannot compare with the things that happen within the book. Hope this helps with your decision . . . .
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patriot Games - One of Clancy�s finest!, January 21, 2003
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K. Wyatt "ssintrepid" (Cape Girardeau, MO United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Patriot Games (Hardcover)
Patriot Games is Tom Clancy's third novel, and second in the "Ryanverse" set of novels. This novel is a prequel to "The Hunt for Red October." In "The Hunt for Red October," Clancy made several key points referring to the events of this outstanding novel, showing that he clearly had a vision for where Jack Ryan was headed, or more succinctly, where he came from.
Tom Clancy established himself as the king of and inarguably the creator of the "modern" techno thriller in "Red October" and "Red Storm Rising." To follow this up in "Patriot Games," he takes a lower tech vantage point, only using the "techno" stuff sparingly, and concentrates more on establishing his main character Jack Ryan as a family man. In doing this, he keenly brought his main character to a human, non superhero level that many readers could identify with. Overall, an excellent novel that is a "can't miss" for those seeking to read his later works.
The premise: MINOR SPOILERS
Jack Ryan and his family, wife Cathy and daughter Sally are on a working vacation in London, England. Just as he meets up with his family in a park, he hears an explosion and small arms fire. Not thinking, but reacting as a former US Marine, he flings himself right into the fray. While injuring himself in the process and then getting shot as well, he dispatches a couple terrorists and sends the last one scampering away. Only later will he find that he's just saved members of the Royal family from murder or capture. Of course, to the British and members of powers that be in the United States, Dr. John P. Ryan is a hero, through and through. Unfortunately for him and his family, he's crossed paths with a terrorist's cell, which turns their undesirable attention on him and his family.
What follows is, one of the most intriguing mystery/suspense/techno thriller novels of its time. It is especially wonderful how Tom Clancy's weaves his tales around details that are highly enlightening in the "shadow" society.
For those who've only watched "Patriot Games" the movie, I recommend that you read this book. While the movie is excellent in its own medium, it doesn't contain the full richness and clarity of this excellent novel and the ending is much more fitting! {ssintrepid}
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