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The Cardinal of the Kremlin (A Jack Ryan Novel) Paperback – October 29, 2013
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“Cardinal excites, illuminates...a real page-turner.”—Los Angeles Daily News
“Fast and fascinating.”—Chicago Tribune
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- Publisher : Berkley; 0 edition (October 29, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 816 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425269396
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425269398
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 1.78 x 7.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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little action by anyone! Yes, the era in which the story unfolds had a very different feel - the whole cold war scenario (which I actually lived through) seems surreal today but was scary enough at the time.
Regardless, the characters are real enough and as always, we get a complete picture of all the major players and there are many in this early Clancy work. Where this book shines though is in the descriptive passages that put the reader on the ice and snow covered streets of Moscow in the dead of winter and in the cold, classic Russian pre-war copied edifices. I got chilled just reading about them. At any rate, it’s still a good look at what was termed the ‘arms race’ and all its’ ramifications. Four stars.
What strikes me profoundly after reading Cardinal of the Kremlin again after so many years is how the language and attitudes of its characters so clearly reflect the conservatism of the Reagan years.
What I really liked about the Cardinal of the Kremlin was the return of Jack Ryan, John Clark, and the Foleys. Clancy’s stories always have strong characters with equally strong convictions.
What I did not like is the length of the novel, however that is a Clancy trademark. I imagine a Clancy short story would be about 280 to 300 pages. He was a prolific writer who very slowly and carefully set up the plot stone by stone by stone.
Some of the language in the story would get Tom Clancy “canceled” in today’s cancel culture. In the 1980’s Tom Clancy was Ronald Reagan’s reported favorite author. Times have changed.
"Cardinal" is Colonel Mikiheyl Filitov, a highly decorated veteran of World War II. Readers learn that the deaths of his wife and two sons due to Soviet politics, led him into becoming an American information source--to make the State pay for his losses.
Now, Cardinal faces his greatest challenge yet--balancing American requests for information about the Soviet counterpart to America's new missile system against his own survival.
Rising in the CIA's ranks, Jack Ryan comes to learn more about Cardinal's activities and their implications on American soil.
A VERY good book, with so much going on - several threads that are all a part of the whole.
Published in 1988, these threads come together around an excellent spy story. It's about SDI, the Strategic Defense Initiative, the 1980's anti-nuclear missile program in the U.S., and its counterpart in the USSR.
There are so many players in this novel that Jack Ryan almost gets lost in the crowd.
I would have rated it '5 out of 5 Stars' if it wasn't so bloody long - 800 pages. I seldom stop reading a book once I start it. I'd have been tempted if it weren't for the fact that this was my son-in-law's selection for our two-man book club. In my opinion it could easily be trimmed by 150-200 pages, especially in the beginning.
Still, it well worth it, and I'm very glad I finished it.