- Series: Jack Ryan (Book 5)
- Mass Market Paperback: 547 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Books (August 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425116840
- ISBN-13: 978-0425116845
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 471 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Jack Ryan) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1989
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Two men possess vital data on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is CARDINAL--America's highest agent in the Kremlin--and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other is the one American who can save CARDINAL and lead the world to the brink of peace--or war.
From Library Journal
In his fourth book, Clancy uses nuclear strategies to probe the ambiguities of fighting the good fightthe Americans vs. the Soviets. By the time familiar hero Jack Ryan steps in to investigate mysterious structures on the Soviet-Afghan border, the Soviets have struck again by zapping a satellite with a free electron laser. The title's cardinal, an elite, well-placed source in the Kremlin, leaks details of this secret activity to the United States. In the backdrop of technological bravura, spiced by artful espionage and all-too-human mistakes, intelligence is transferred back and forth and there are attacks and counterattacks. It is a mark of Clancy's growing maturity as a writer that he can bring these subtleties into highly entertaining form. Literary Guild Main. Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
HOWEVER, this PRINTING of the book is utter GARBAGE!!! They printed up through page 738 and then inserted pages 675-706 for a second time. Sadly a reader will go from 738 to 771 without getting the pages inbetween. Those pages are the climax for each of the story lines.
What lazy printing house lets an error like this out the door? Get a different printing. Do not buy the 2013 printing.
Having decided to go back and read Jack Ryan's adventures in chronological order on my lovely Kindle, I've just reached "The Cardinal of the Kremlin"; it is still a great book.
However, the KINDLE edition is terribly tacky. There are no indications when the action changes to different characters, not even a simple double-space between stuff happening in Moscow, and stuff happening in Pakistan.
You really need to hire a better class of transcribers. I give the BOOK a 5-star rating, and the KINDLE edition a 2-star rating---it's not the WORST Kindle book I've gotten from you (big chunks were MISSING from THAT one) but it's right down there in the basement with it.