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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 the Paperback edition.

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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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Product Details

  • Series: A Jack Ryan Novel (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: 4.3 x 1.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (874 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alex Diaz-Granados on May 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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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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"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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By A Customer on October 29, 1999
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I am an avid Audio Book listener. I check out quite a few from the library on a regular basis. The Brilliance Co. edition of this book is the Best book on tape ever...bar none. The story is great on its own, but Mr Charles' voice makes it even better. I liked it so much I bought the set and pull it out to listen to it again and again. Get this Tape
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When this book came out, the Kremlin ordered 500 copies! The idea of a Soviet sub commander deciding to defect to the United States with his submarine was their deepest, darkest fear! The U.S. Navy and FBI also were very unhappy - they wanted to know who had been talking to Clancy - they couldn't believe that someone could find out all this by doing research. They were convinced that several people with Top Secret clearances had been talking to Clancy.

The storyline is this: Marko Ramius is the Russian Navy's most experienced and highly decorated submarine commander, who has become disillusioned with the Communist Party. After seeing the plans for the newest Russian submarine - "The Red October". A sub that is almost completely silent - a submarine with one purpose - "to start a nuclear war". Ramius decides to steal the submarine with the help of the officers of his crew after he is assigned the command of The Red October. Before leaving port on it's madien run, Marius mails a letter to the Secretary of the Navy telling him of his intent to steal the sub. The letter arrives 2 days after the Red October sails from port. The Soviets in a panic, send their entire fleet in the region after it trying to find and sink the Red October. The Soviets approach the United States telling them that Marius sent a letter to the Secratary of the Navy explaining his intent to launch a nuclear attack against the United States, and ask for help in hunting the sub down and destroying it.

Jack Ryan, currently a CIA analyst, who has written several books on naval warfare strategy, and who has met Marius at a diplomatic party, is asked to consult the President of the United States and the Chiefs of Staff at an emergency meeting.
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