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Red Rabbit Hardcover – August 5, 2002
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I am a major fan of Clancy's past books, and I have no problem with him making a few extra bucks by "phoning this one in", but I think he did his readers a disservice.
If he did write this himself, it's even more disappointing.
Red Rabbit focuses on the spy game that was so prevalent during the Cold War 80's between the Soviets and the British/Americans. Attempting to relieve political pressure from the Pope and remind Poland who's boss, the Soviets decide to assassinate the Pope. Having read previous Clancy books I assumed that this was the catalyst and that the plot would promptly fill in around it. That was my first mistake (and possibly Clancy's too). Instead of moving on with the details of the assassination and the West's attempt to prevent it, the story completely switches gears, now attempting to highlight an unremarkable character in KGB agent Oleg Zaitzev that has an attack of conscience and decides to defect with his family and some very sensitive information. On a sidenote, how can Clancy possibily expect the reader to believe in the shear coincidence of Zaitzev arbitrarily choosing a person on the subway to help with his defection because the guy looked like an American, when in fact he's actually chosen the CIA chief of station in Moscow. Lucky guess, right?
My second mistake was assuming that the story would right itself and get back on track with what seemed to be more interesting, the prevention of the assassination. Instead the pace of the books slows considerably while the focus has shifted to the defector.Read more ›
While sleeping the sleep of the just he looked at his wife, the eye cutter, and asked himself, "How many divisions does the Pope have?" which made him realize that little girls give the best hugs. Suddenly he recalled that the KGB had roasted a traitor alive and made a film of it so he decided to buy some Starbucks stock before it was available. Then the Pope didn't get killed.
Now read it again and again and again.
Anyway, to the book. It's been a long time since I had to force myself to finish a book by an author that I liked but this read was work. Hard work. I, for one, always have found the relationship of Jack and Cathy Ryan to be wooden and stilted but there were always other exciting sub-plots running in the background that eventually drew us mercifully away. Not here. They are like Luci and Desi on Prozac. Several times I caught myself fantasizing about Cathy hitching a ride on the Popemobile and taking one or two for the Pontif. But I digress. I have long ago accepted Clancy's difficulty in showing a believable man-woman relationship just like I have given up on ever seeing John Grisham end a book well. Heavy sigh!
I've run on way too long but here's the book in a nutshell. No real drama or suspense as to the outcome. Too much of Jack and Cathy. No entertaining side issues or sub-plots. Not even any good jingoistic rhetoric. Too big to be so dull. C'mon, Tom!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jack Ryan is one of the greatest characters is modern literature. Red Rabbit is a great story, bridging the gap between Patriot Games and Red October.Published 1 day ago by Jonesy
Good story but way too much dialog that had nothing to do with the plot.Published 14 days ago by Robert Comers
I thought this was a much better book that what the overall rating was when I ordered it (2 or 2 1/2 stars) but I wanted to read the whole series in order. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Indiana
This book suffers from awful timing and lazy writing. Tom Clancy's first post-9/11 book is a blast to the past nobody wanted. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful insider's tale of espionage during the Cold War some if Clancy's best work.Published 1 month ago by Sharman Plaugher
CIA analyst Jack Ryan is stationed in London with his family when he gets assigned to help facilitate a KGB defectors escape from moscow. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Bass
Great story line and characters. Multilayered plots kept me wondering how it would all work out and enough loose ends to get me to read the next book as soon as possible.Published 2 months ago by Pamela Hogan
Great story. First read it over 20 years ago in hard copy. Bought the kindle version and loved it again!Published 2 months ago by Jim Nielsen