Red Rabbit

Red Rabbit

Jack Ryan Series, Book 3

eBook - 2003
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Long before he was President or head of the CIA, before he fought terrorist attacks on the Super Bowl or the White House, even before a submarine named Red October made its perilous way across the Atlantic, Jack Ryan was an historian, teacher, and recent ex-Marine temporarily living in England while researching a book. A series of deadly encounters with an IRA splinter group had brought him to the attention of the CIA's Deputy Director, Vice Admiral James Greer—as well as his counterpart with the British SIS, Sir Basil Charleston—and when Greer asked him if he wanted to come aboard as a freelance analyst, Jack was quick to accept. The opportunity was irresistible, and he was sure he could fit it in with the rest of his work. And then Jack forgot all about the rest of his work, because one of his first assignments was to help debrief a high-level Soviet defector, and the defector told an amazing tale: Top Soviet officials, including Yuri Andropov, were planning to assassinate the Pope, John Paul II. Could it be true? As the days and weeks go by, Ryan must battle, first to try to confirm the plot, and then to prevent it, but this is a brave new world, and nothing he has done up to now has prepared him for the lethal game of cat-and-mouse that is the Soviet Union versus the United States. In the end, it will be not just the Pope's life but the stability of the Western world that is at stake. . . and it may already be too late for a novice CIA analyst to do anything about it. "Clancy creates not only compelling characters but frighteningly topical situations and heart-stopping action," wrote The Washington Post about The Bear and the Dragon. "Among the handful of superstars, Clancy still reigns, and he is not likely to be dethroned any time soon." These words were never truer than about the remarkable pages of his breathtaking new novel. This is Clancy at his best—and there is none better.
Publisher: 2003
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Berkley, 2003. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 829 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781101002339

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TwilightBlue
Sep 29, 2017

meh.

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 29, 2017

Surprisingly average when it first published.

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timettial1
Mar 23, 2017

I am reading the 'Jack Ryan' books in order. This novel, like 'Debt of Honor', which was a look back/prequel involving character Jack Clark, goes back in time with Jack Ryan. It is an outstanding spy novel taking place in the Reagan era. KGB and CIA with most of the story taking place in England and Russia.

BookReviewer2015 Nov 08, 2014

a taut and exciting Jack Ryan prequel thriller!

This is a great book, as it can be read as an entirely stand alone book from allof the other Clancy books. If you were to read this in exact chronological order you would read this book after Patriot Games, but before Hunt for Red October.

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DirtyHarry55
Jul 03, 2012

You cannot read the Jack Ryan series in the order published. It is MUCH better to read them in the chronological order. This is the third book chronologically, but the 4th of the series I have read. I thought this was the worst so far. At the beginning of the book you find out that the KGB is mad at someone because of some letter they wrote. However, you do not find out who wrote the letter or what they said until page 87. Parts of this book went down like glass. It did get better about two-thirds of the way through. I am not kidding when I say that I almost returned the book before I was halfway through it. I've said it before and I will say it again; I do not really like Jack Ryan. I wish that Clancy would do a series focusing on John (Kelly) Clark or the Foleys. They are MUCH more interesting. I only say that this is suitable for 17+ because I do not think that anyone younger than that could follow the book.

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rahmmie
Sep 15, 2011

Despite being a "prequel" I think this is one of Clancy's best

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Keogh
Apr 13, 2011

Clancy spends too much time retconning his own previously established continuity and banging the reader over the head again and again with the fact that the story's set in the early Eighties. There are elements of the book that work well, but it's not like the work he's done before.

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DirtyHarry55
Jul 03, 2012

Sexual Content: A couple of casual references to having sex with one's spouse, but very minor.

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DirtyHarry55
Jul 03, 2012

Violence: Not until the end, but there is shooting involved.

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DirtyHarry55
Jul 03, 2012

Coarse Language: Swearing, but nothing overly vulgar.

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DirtyHarry55
Jul 03, 2012

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DirtyHarry55
Jul 03, 2012

Frightened by a letter written by the Pope, the KGB plots to kill him. With the help of a KGB defector, Jack Ryan becomes an unwilling participant in the effort to aid in the defector's escape and stop the plot to kill the Pope.

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