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Red Storm Rising: A Suspense Thriller Kindle Edition
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Praise for Tom Clancy
“He constantly taps the current world situation for its imminent dangers and spins them into an engrossing tale.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A brilliant describer of events.”—The Washington Post
“No one can equal his talent for making military electronics and engineering intelligible and exciting...He remains the best!”—Houston Chronicle
About the Author
- Publication date : January 22, 2009
- File size : 1279 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 740 pages
- Publisher : Berkley; Reissue edition (January 22, 2009)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B001QEAQQC
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,675 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Long version: Tom Clancy got more grown men reading in the 1980's and 90's than Playboy did. A remarkable feat, to be sure, but he's not without his weaknesses as an author. His characters can be a bit weak, their motivations shoehorned into a larger narrative. And while Jack Ryan made a fun, believable character, some of his other continuity books (specifically without remorse>> rainbow six) haven't aged all that well.
Red Storm Rising is that unique book that made the most out of all Clancy's strengths, while minimizing his weaknesses. The book's epic global scale lets his procedural knowledge and expertise shine, while giving him a backdrop for the tension and suspense that turn a 750 page book into a page-turner. What's more; by focusing on dutiful enlisted men and officers, he's able to sidestep the bad characterization that hurt his other works, and allow natural well-rounded characters to emerge from their own actions instead of some hamfisted exposition.
Red Storm Rising provides a stunningly realistic and believable account of an imagined "World War 3" between NATO and Soviet Forces. It's action-packed and exciting without ever being over the top. You root for the characters, and you genuinely fear for their lives as the conflict unfolds. It never gets boring, it never becomes unbelievable, and it never ceases to amaze in its depth of realism.
Red Storm Rising was Clancy's second novel and it is an excellent suspense story of how the U.S. and Soviet Union (remember, this was before the USSR broke apart - in 1991, roughly 5 years after this novel appeared). Like all good Clancy novels, it's full of the technical details of military weapons and strategy, lending the story the impression at least of great credibility in describing how a war with the Soviet Union could develop and progress.
These days, I enjoy returning to favorite novels that I've read years ago, and it's been long enough in this case that I had really no memory of the details of the story, so it was essentially a new discovery for me again.
Great novel, enjoyable and interesting to read, from cover to cover.
In terms of the military events portrayed the novel is accurate in most things. The only amusingly wrong thing was the expectation of what a small 'stealth' aircraft would look like and be capable of. At the time the F-117 was the deepest darkest secret technology of the American military and the speculative F-19 stealth fighter bomber imagined by the author is a not unreasonable attempt to describe a weapon system no civilian had ever seen and estimate its capabilities. All in all Mr. Clancy did a masterful job of creating a machine that while looking nothing like the F-117 is able to preform the same bombing missions that real world aircraft can accomplish.
Mr. Clancy also paints the war in a realistic fashion, neither side has a runaway victory overwhelming the other with vastly superior technology, commitment, or tactics. Both sides start out over confident of what they can accomplish and both sides make mistakes which the other tries to take advantage of. In some cases they succeed and in others they fail, but the events have a very real world feel to them much like reading a novel set in either World War where the same pattern progressed.
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Glad I did, but I should give some fair warning if you're looking to purchase this:
- At times, it can be very technical. NOT A BAD THING, but I did struggle reading this before bed. I found it much more enjoyable when I could give it a decent 2-3 hour reading on weekends.
- Tense and realistic. As others have noted, it's all seems plausible - I bought in quite fast.
- Personally, I enjoyed the parts where people were talking more than the warfare engagements. They were really well written, but I was always left wanting more of that.
I do recommend this, but I do think it requires some persistence. I was very tempted to put this down when it started getting technical. If you like the technical side, you'll probably find this an easy 5-star read.
I do think that the pace was greatly helped by his wargaming the plot of the novel. Another one like this is a sci-fi novel called Marching through Georgia, by S.M. Stirling.
The book was written and is set on the 1980s when the world was a very different place, but put that aside and read it.
It all kicks off with a group of Islamic terrorists blowing up a very large pertochemical plant in the USSR, which resultantly leaves 'Ivan' a little short on fuel. To resolve the crisis, the USSR plan to invade the Middle East and use their oil. However, as the West has a lot of interest in the area they first of all need to make sure that they cannoy upset their plans and decide to invade Western Europe to neutralise NATO.
The rest of the book then follows the beginning, middle and end of World War Three through several different characters and scenarios.
It is a very gripping read though there are a few criticisms of the book for being unrealistic, but 99% of the people who read the book, including myself, don't care about the true range of a Soviet Backfire bomber. Also, yes, there are a lot of acronyms, such as SACEUR (Supreme Allied Commander EURope), but there is a definitions page and to be honest, it doesn't take a degree to figure out most military acronyms.
Overall, a very, very good book that you will stuggle to put down.