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  • Series: Jack Ryan (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425240339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425240335
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (578 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub 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 rumored 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 sub. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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

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Tom Clancy is America's, and the world's, favorite international thriller author. Starting with THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, all thirteen of his previous books have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. His books, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, PATRIOT GAMES, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER and THE SUM OF ALL FEARS have been made into major motion pictures. He lived in Maryland where he was a co-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on May 30, 2003
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The Hunt for Red October

Although it was the first of the series to be published, Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October is actually the third novel in the Jack Ryan series. It propelled Clancy, who had been an insurance salesman with only a few letters to the editor under his writing belt, to best-selling superstar. His success with military and espionage-related fiction earned him a title he does not readily accept: father of the techno-thriller.

This novel, if I remember correctly, was the first work of fiction published by the Naval Institute Press, the publishing arm of the United States Naval Institute, a civilian entity which promotes all things naval, including the study of naval history, strategy, technology, and tactics. Some of the Naval Institute Press' other books include A.D. Baker's Fleets of the World, Clay Blair, Jr.'s Silent Victory, and Norman Friedman's Desert Victory: The War for Kuwait. But considering that although Clancy's novel deals with the workings of other federal agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency, the FBI, the National Security Agency, and both the Executive and Legislative branches, the heart of the story is a sea chase.

Based loosely on a 1975 incident in which a Soviet frigate attempted to defect to the West, The Hunt for Red October tells the by-now familiar tale of how Captain First Rank Marko Ramius and a group of selected officers aboard the Soviet Navy's newest Typhoon-class SSBN (the Navy designator for a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, or "boomer") band together to defect to the United States and hand over the Red Navy's most advanced "stealth" submarine.

Ramius, you see, is motivated by one of the strongest emotions of all: the desire for revenge against the callous Soviet state.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2000
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Russia's newest Typhoon-class nuclear missile submarine the Red October, equipped with a silent Propulsion system, sets sail from Murmansk. Meanwhile a mysterious letter is sent from the captain of the Red October, Marko Ramius, to the Chief Political officer of the Soviet Navy. Ramius has made a fateful decision, the Red October is heading west. The Americans want her and the Russians want her back. Soon after the whole Soviet fleet from the Mediterranean and North Atlantic are sent to hunt down the mighty ship. CIA-analyst Jack Ryan believes that Ramius is trying to defeat the west, however the Pentagon thinks that Ryan is lying and believe the Soviets, who told them that Ramius is a "mad man" and will launch a nuclear weapon at the United States. The Race between NATO and the Soviet Union begins, as does the most incredible chase in history.
Tom Clancy developes a strong feeling of intensity throughout the book. The suspense captivates the reader and makes it remarkably hard to put the book down. By using a lot of explicit, factual detail, Clancy is able to captivate the mind of the reader. The dialect used in "The Hunt for Red October" is also a major key, which helps this book keep the interest of even the least attentive readers. Clancy kept each page, each paragraph exciting, interesting and full of detail.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Hester on May 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Hunt for Red October" Tom Clancy's first book, is about a Russian submarine lead by sub master Marko Ramius. Ramius and the other leaders of the ship have plans to use the submarine to escape to the United States. To rid the ship of the original crew, Ramius orders them to evacuate because the submarine is going to explode. To complete the plan, Ramius volunteers to stay with the ship to see that the United States does not get a hold of their new submarine technology. This way Marko is seen as a true Russian while in fact he plans to become a US citizen. Clancy's use of setting is what sets this book apart from other military novels. Even without knowing anything about submarines or the military, readers can still pick up on what is happening. The book takes place not only in the Russian sub, but in American subs and ships as well. Clancy's nautical terms compliment the setting by putting the reader in the setting as part of the crew. The book is slow to start due to the nautical and military terms, but once familiar with it the book reads quite well. Most of the setting is on the Russian sub, so some Russian words and phrases are used, but they are explained. The thing I enjoyed most about the book was the realism. Clancy did a great deal of research on the subject before writing this book and it is definitely seen throughout the writing.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joe Zika TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 7, 2002
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The Hunt for Red October written by Tom Clancey is by far one of the best submarine action-adventure techno-thrillers to come along in quite awhile. The action is so convincingly gripping you feel like you're there watching the story play out in front of you.
The plot is some espionage coup and this is a Jack Ryan novel, Claney's main hero in the book. Red October is a new class of Soviet submarine and it's captain, Captain First Rank Marko Ramius and his command crew have a plan to hijack the submarine and defect to the United States. This book is at the height of the cold war in time frame and Clancy does an excellent job setting the ground work and stage of the book. Red October is the latest in technology th Soviets can muster an the United States wants to find out more about it.
There are action-packed submarine chases chock-full of high suspense as Clancy works the plot and sub-plots to a masterfull stroke making this book a real page turned. I finished this book in one evening as I was riveted to the story as the character development was solid to the storyline.
As we read on in the book, you feel the emotions and adrenalin rush, making this one of Clancy's best written books. Buy this book and you'll have a story that you can read and reread as the adventure will remain fresh and electrifying.
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