The Hunt for Red October

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This is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy’s phenomenal career. A military thriller so gripping in its action and so convincing in its accuracy it’s rumored that the White House debriefed the author. The theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. The story: the chase for a top secret Russian missile sub. Lauded by the Washington Post as “breathlessly exciting,” The Hunt for Red October remains a masterpiece of military fiction by one of the world’s most popular authors, a man whose shockingly ...

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Overview

This is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy’s phenomenal career. A military thriller so gripping in its action and so convincing in its accuracy it’s rumored that the White House debriefed the author. The theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. The story: the chase for a top secret Russian missile sub. Lauded by the Washington Post as “breathlessly exciting,” The Hunt for Red October remains a masterpiece of military fiction by one of the world’s most popular authors, a man whose shockingly realistic scenarios continue to hold us in thrall.

A race between the Soviet and American fleets to find an errant Russian submarine.

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Editorial Reviews

John R. Alden
The plot is coherent, the reading easy and the matrix of encompassing detail almost frighteningly genuine. Mr. Clancy has done a terrific job describing the deadly cat—and—mouse game played by submariners.
The Wall Street Journal
Reid Beddow
Breathlessly exciting….It may be the most satisfactory novel of a sea chase since C.F. Forester perfected the form.
The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425269367
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Series: Jack Ryan Series , #1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 80,544
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Clancy is America’s, and the world’s, favorite international thriller author. Starting with The Hunt for Red October, all thirteen of his previous books have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. His books, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears have been made into major motion pictures. He lives in Maryland where he is a co-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.
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    1. Hometown:
      Huntingtown, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 12, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Baltimore, Maryland
    1. Date of Death:
      October 1, 2013
    2. Place of Death:
      Baltimore, Maryland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2000

    'He constantly taps the current world situation for its imminent dangers and spins them into an engrossing tale.' -New York Times

    The Hunt for Red October in this Clancy tells the story of a run away sub from Russia. This sub is special because it has a caterpillar drive, allows a submarine to move through the water silently and making it almost impossible to be tracked with sonar. Captain Marko Ramius is the man responsible for taking the Red October on the first voyage. His intent is different from that of his mission. He intends to take Red October and hand it over to the Americans. Clancy does a great job describing each of these events and I think that is his best equality of writing. Clancy is a great writer and everyone should give this book a chance.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Awesome!

    This guy is awesome! What a great story.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Best book he ever wrote!

    I loved this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    One I've read several times

    Great story which I've read several times.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    Great Book

    Great Book

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2011

    Best book ever!-everyone should read it.

    The Hunt for Red October is a NAVY/war/espionage thriller by "Tom Clancy". The Hunt for Red October was published in 1984 by "Naval Institute Press". This book is about Captain Ramius an elite Russian submarine captain who recently was put in command of a new CCCP Russian Typhoon-class Ballistic Missile Submarine. The submarine is unlike any other built in the world and has new structural features which worries the U.S. Jack Ryan (CIA analyst) is put in charge of finding out what the new mysterious submarine's purpose is.

    The book starts with Captain Marko Ramius leaving Russia to sea with his new prototype submarine and Jack Ryan heading to workThe Hunt for Red October is a NAVY/war/espionage thriller by "Tom Clancy". The Hunt for Red October was published in 1984 by "Naval Institute Press". This book is about Captain Ramius an elite Russian submarine captain who recently was put in command of a new CCCP Russian Typhoon-class Ballistic Missile Submarine. The submarine is unlike any other built in the world and has new structural features which worries the U.S. Jack Ryan (CIA analyst) is put in charge of finding out what the new mysterious submarine's purpose is.

    In my opinion this the best book of its kind and is unlike any other conceived in this genre. It is probably the most gripping novel of the Cold War. This book is for anyone who has ever picked up a book even remotely relating to mysteries/thrillers. The book is completely original and whenever someone makes a new book of this type they are compared to Tom Clancy's masterpiece.

    The setting is largely in the Atlantic Ocean and contains the massive network of submarines hunting the Red October. The events largely unfold on the USS Dallas(an LA-class fast attack submarine) and the Red October. Tom Clancy has meticulously made all facts relative to the story completely accurate complete with proper navy/air force jargon.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    Personal Observations about "The Hunt for Red October"

    This is the second of Tom Clancy’s books that I have read. However, “The Hunt for Red October” was the first book written. I read “Without Remorse” based on my friend’s statement that it was the first book. As it turns out, “Without Remorse” is sort of a Prequel, based on chronological time lines for each book. On the other hand, each book has entirely different story lines and main characters.

    According to the “About the Author” section, Mr. Clancy’s storyline for “The Hunt for Red October” was inspired by a newspaper article about a mutiny on a Russian frigate. Like many authors, Mr. Clancy did his due diligence on research and combined it with his imagination of what might happen. In his case he did this during times he wasn’t working as an insurance agent. I've read somewhere else that not long after “The Hunt for Red October” book was released; Mr. Clancy was brought to Washington, D.C. for some serious questioning. Having read this book, I can definitely understand why...it is chock full of details. The details while informative, especially if someone had never seen a submarine movie before, were also more than a little distracting to the action at times. Based on the time frame of the book, Cold War era, the main characters’ actions and reactions were quite believable. I know that the character Jack Ryan will occur in future Tom Clancy novels. I will be reading more Tom Clancy to see what happens because I feel certain that the movie version and the books will vary greatly.

    Mr. Clancy’s love for detail seems to be a pre-dominate theme in both books. I’ve heard from several sources that this is not unusual. So if you haven’t read a Tom Clancy novel and are considering reading one, bare this factor in mind.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

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    Surprisingly Detailed.

    I watched the motion picture some years before I read this piece. As always, the book is better than the movie. Clancy's apparent knowledge of submarines, the Navy, the Military and the USSR is impressive. The details that he provides add to the authenticity of the story. I have not verified all of the information that he provides in this work. However, as a former submarine sailor, I appreciate his depiction of life aboard an undersea vessel. Clancy adheres to the plot and does not add any unnecessary elements. The novel reads more like a report on international relations than like a maritime drama. It is a well written and informative tale.
    However, the plot does not flow consistently throughout this composition. Some of the segments seem out of place. The storyline is excellent, but Clancy obviously places more emphasis on accuracy and detail. In fiction, this is not absolutely necessary. I give it 3-1/2 stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Best Tom Clancy Book

    I throughly enjoyed this book and loved reading it. It was well written and it sucks your right it. Its one of the books you will just want to keep reading. I still wonder how Tom Clancy can write so well.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2004

    The first remains the best!

    This is still Clancy's best!!!! I have read multiple Clancy books, and although they are all very good and recommended, nothing has topped The Hunt for Red October. The plot is masterfully crafted, and it is no wonder that this established Clancy's career as a writer. Highly recommended. 5+ stars!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2003

    Nothing 'sub' par here!

    Although I enjoyed the movie, the book goes into much more in terms of character and plot development. I especially like the parts that focus on the V.K. Konovalov, the Alfa-class sub which pursues the Typhoon-class Red October. Clancy KNOWS HIS STUFF, and he makes his protagonists worth caring about...even if he tends to puff them up a little to make each one an All-American hero. However, that might be just the thing we need these days...especially in light of world events over the past year-and-a-half.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2001

    Good Read

    If you want something with (sometimes) technical adventure, along with great strategy, you've found the best book! The book is about the defection of a Russian captain and his submarine to the US. Lots of detail, author Tom Clancy is a great writer!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2000

    One of the best and most realistic novels ever writen!

    Tom Clancy is one of my favorite authors and this is one of his best novels! I've found myself reading this book untill two in the morning. I never wanted to put this book down and neither will you. It's an intense, suspensful, mysterious, action-packed thriller! Clancy makes you feel like you're really on a submarine hearing the alarms going off and the torpedoes zooming through the ocean. Clancy puts so many twists, turns, and surprises that you won't know what will happen next! Clancy gives extream detail on the way a submarine operates, but doesn't confuse you in the proccess. And the government in his novel operates exactly the way they would in real life! This is a must read. You won't regret it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    What's more Russian than a Scotsman? I first discovered ¿The Hu

    What's more Russian than a Scotsman?

    I first discovered “The Hunt for Red October” when the late, great Tom Clancy, informed me that the source material would be converted to film in the summer of ’89. When he explained that none other than Sir Sean Connery would play a crucial part, I immediately grew red in the face and hurled my glass of scotch into the fire quite dramatically. Regretting that impulsive act, I poured myself another glass, much larger than the first. When Tom inquired why I reacted so violently, I hurled that glass into the fire as well. Sit back, dear readers, and prepare to be aroused and astounded.

    When I first met my ancient nemesis Sean Connery, we were working together on a film called “The Highlander.” I was of a particular help because I’d written a poem in 1965 about a Scottish man trapped in the body of a Portuguese sailor. It won no great accolades, mostly because one couldn’t read it without weeping uncontrollably. 

    After we wrapped each night on the Isle of Skye, Christopher Lambert, Sean and myself would go down to a local public house called The Sheep’s Shaft and drink scotch, sometimes for days at a time. It was disastrous for the production, but a proper scotch diet tends to break a few eggs. Then one fateful night, Sir Connery became my eternal nemesis forever. I couldn’t say what happened for certain, but I awoke the next morn, fully clothed at the rail station with a frightening message scrawled on the palm of my hand:

    “Show your leathery face on the moors of Scotland again, Eric Jonrosh, and I’ll cask your headless corpse in a Scotch barrel. Warmest Regards, Sean Connery”

    As delicious as that might sound, I took heed of the threat and never returned to that peaty bog of a country. Now I am forced to buy my scotch by the can.

    So it stands to reason that Mr. Connery would make a perfect Russian turncoat submarine captain. And I daresay he nailed the performance in “The Hunt for Red October.” I imagine he just played himself. Likely because he couldn’t conjure a Russian accent to save his malty skin. He would have made a fine Winston Morehouse in my retelling of the heartbreaking epic “The Spoils of Babylon,” airing on IFC this very January the 9th, 2014. Alas, Mr. Connery is approximately 900 hundred years old, so, I cast the uber-talented Marty Comanche instead. He too is now my eternal nemesis.

    Warmest Regards,

    Eric Jonrosh, spellbinding creator of “The Spoils of Babylon,” airing on IFC, January the 9th, 2014

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Excelent

    It is an excellent book that one can read multiple times and enjoy it every time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    A must - read for Navy and / or Submarine people.

    The book was most enjoyable to me especially because, I'm a submarine 'nut', & comparing the two I find most interesting. I rate the movie as one of the very best ever made, however,in this case, I consider the movie to be considerably better insofar as it eliminates some long-winded details. It varies some from the book, but not in a way that destroys the story. For a thoroughly enjoyable experience, read the book followed up quickly by the movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Clancy at his best

    This was the first book, I've read and it totally the best I've read in 14 years of my life

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Love it

    Really read this its like an action thriller into the palm of your hands

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Hard to put down!

    Absolutely phenominal. I would recommend this book for everhone. Great read, keeps you interested from start to finish. This is one that is hard to put down!

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    GACK!

    Hate to say it but the book of "The hunt for Red October" SUCKS BIG TIME! The book has NOTHING in common with the movie, and it just rambles on and on.... I thought Steven King was bad? Tom Clancey TIES him. Was a total waste of an upload. I in no way blame Barnes & Noble. It's not their fault these dunderheads can't write.

    Sorry for such a bad review, but had to tell t he truth!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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