Patriot Games (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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While vacationing in London, CIA analyst Jack Ryan saves the Prince and Princess of Wales from a terrorist attack and gains the gratitude of a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous men.

Filled with exceptional realism and authenticity, Patriot Games puts readers on the cutting edge of a different type of war but one no less deadly: the international battle against terrorism. From the author of The Hunt for Red October and Red...

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Overview

While vacationing in London, CIA analyst Jack Ryan saves the Prince and Princess of Wales from a terrorist attack and gains the gratitude of a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous men.

Filled with exceptional realism and authenticity, Patriot Games puts readers on the cutting edge of a different type of war but one no less deadly: the international battle against terrorism. From the author of The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Introduced in The Hunt for Red October, Jack Ryan, the naval historian who freelances for the CIA, returns in this novel, in which Clancy demonstrates once again that he is a master of a genre he seems to have createdthe technico-military thriller. On a visit with his wife and daughter in London, Ryan stumbles onto an attempt by a new Irish revolutionary group to kidnap the Prince and Princess of Wales and their eldest son. Using his Marine Corps training, Ryan saves the royals (which leads to several visits between the Ryans and the residents of Buckingham Palace), but Ryan becomes the target of the surviving terrorists. Many familiar elements of the Clancy style are evident here: a fascination with machines and systems and procedures; thin characters; idealization of the soldier's life (``the discipline and the essential toughness that makes them different''); sarcastic humor; and a discordant sentimentality about family life. There are also some unintended ironies, particularly Clancy's praise of the CIA and the Marines, considering recent news from Washington and Moscow. Nonetheless, Clancy spins a marvelously tense yarn that will appeal to his legion of fans. First serial rights to Penthouse; Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Military Book Club, Reader's Digest Condensed Books selections. (August 7)
Library Journal
In Clancy's landmark first novel, The Hunt for Red October, there is a reference to the hero, Annapolis history instructor Jack Ryan, singlehandedly foiling a terrorist attack on members of the British royal family. Patriot Games starts there and follows Ryan's attempt (assisted by police, armed forces, the FBI, CIA, and MI5) to locate and destroy an unknown unit of Irish terrorists in the United States. Despite magnificent action scenes, this book lacks the sustained tension of the previous novels. The suspense is broken several times by redundant background matter, and loose ends abound in the plot. Although not up to other Clancy novels, this is a cut above the average thriller, and likely to be in high demand in public libraries. Literary Guild, Military Book Club, and Doubleday Book Club selections. John North, L . R . C . , Ryerson Polytechnical Inst., Toronto
School Library Journal
YA Jack Ryan is back with a vengeanceliterally. The hero of Hunt for Red October (Naval Institute Pr., 1984) stars here in a prequel to Clancy's first novel, with page-turning results. Years before Hunt. . ., Ryan, vacationing with his family in England, thwarts an assassination attempt on the Prince of Wales, his wife, and child. The terrorists responsible do not take such interference with their plans lightly, and Ryan and his family are in great danger from their new enemies. All of Ryan's considerable talents and courage are put to the ultimate test of saving those he loves from terrorist vengeance. There is greater emphasis in this novel on plot and characterization, less on military tactics and hardware, so that Clancy has fashioned a more old-fashionedand first-classthriller than in his first two novels. Patriot Games establishes that Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising (Putnam, 1986) were no mere trendy flukes, and that Clancy is an action writer of considerable talent. Karl Penny, Houston Public Library
Casper Weinberger
A high-pitched excitement.
— The Wall Street Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833516435
  • Publisher: Sanval, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Series: Jack Ryan Series , #2
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Clancy
Thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore's Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it "the perfect yarn." From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.
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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 April 7, 2006

    This is an excellent read!

    Tom Clancy¿s Patriot Games is an excellent example of a political thriller that maintains a necessary human factor that is elemental to the story. This is the tale of Jack Ryan, a former marine and now an American tourist in England who breaks up a terrorist attack on the Prince of Wales, heir to the throne. His intervention saved the Heir¿s life, and drew terrorist attention on him and his family. Clancy uses heart-stopping action to keep his readers excited and interested. The first attack and exciting climax are exceptional examples of this. The suspense he creates with Ryan and his family is incredible. The main character is Jack Ryan, a former Marine lieutenant who now teaches history at Annapolis. Clancy portrays Ryan as a man who will stop at nothing to keep his family safe. He is a man who stands up for what he thinks is right, and is haunted by his conscience for the actions he takes. He is not a warrior but knows how to use his mind, and his Marine training saves his life as well as the lives of others many times. The setting for the story is very valuable to the plot. The terrorists in the story are from Ireland, and are very professional. However, the antagonist, Sean Miller, uses a personal tragedy as an excuse to attack Ryan in America. This book was written in 1988, so terrorism was unheard of in America. If the plot had taken place anywhere else, then terrorism would be an understood threat and wouldn¿t be as exciting or foreign a threat. This is crucial to other parts of the plot. Clancy uses a 3rd person point of view to tell the story from all sides. Not only does it show what Ryan is thinking and doing, it also follows the terrorists throughout their training and attempts at retribution. Clancy also tells the stories of the inner-workings of international Counterterrorism, and the relationships between the British and American efforts. He does this with many characters that can be identified with. One example of this is FBI agent Dan Murray. He is the FBI¿s man in London and he works with the British MI-5 to apprehend international criminals. The author tells of how Murray¿s closest lead is blown when his wiretap is discovered in the suspect¿s store. The way Clancy portrays Ryan is one of the main reasons I enjoyed this so much. However, I would have to see the other side of the coin more. He didn¿t explore the terrorist motivations as much as I would have liked, and if he had dived in a little more into their mindset it would have added a very interesting topic. I think that this novel is an excellent read, and kept me interested the whole way through. I am no stranger to Tom Clancy¿s other novels, but I feel that his realism and talent really shined in this novel. I could not put it down, and would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good political thriller.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

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    Far Superior to the Movie

    I watched the movie before reading this book, and have to say that this book is far superior to the movie. Jack Ryan is a well designed character that is easy to relate to and understand. This book was engaging from beginning to end and was worth more than one read. A fantastic addition to the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

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    patriot games

    patriot games is a great read for young adults 14+.
    it has a shocking but amazing begining and it is very good for conversations.
    the charecters plot theme and everything else is great in this book as in all other tom clancy books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2007

    Amazing

    Patriot Games was an amazingly, quick read. Very entriging. I would recommend this for anyone who loves action packed novels with a little bit of a sense of humor.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    A good read. Parts of the story, such as Jack visiting with the

    A good read. Parts of the story, such as Jack visiting with the British Royal Family and fawning over their prestige, were not particularly interesting, but it rates four stars because it is a solid action novel. I have read it three times over the years, and that should say something about how much I enjoyed the story. I reserve five stars for novels of literary brilliance and mesmerizing prose. This is a commercial genre novel and as such four stars is great praise.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2003

    A Masterpiece!

    Tom Clancy's superb writing style is evident in 'Patriot Games.' With Sir John Ryan charging into battle with international terrorists, Clancy focuses more on the characters, then the machines and weapons. For a person who doesn't know what a M23-whoosewhat is(like me)this is a terrific novel. I hope Sir John appears in Clancy's work many more times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2002

    Tom Clancy never fails to deliver...

    This was an exciting book. Had I had more free time, I would have been finished in two days. As busy as I was, I still managed to tear through the 500 pages in four. If you are a Clancy fan, you can expect Clancy's usual high-quality story. If you haven't read Tom Clancy before, don't be deterred by the know-nothings who have posted negative reviews. Clancy is famous for his research and attention to detail. His characters are well thought out and developed. My guess is that some are offended by the sudden sense of stupidity that washes over them when they are overwhelmed by Clancy's superior grasp of the technicalities of his work, as well as his solid reasoning. Clancy's work does have the tendancy to strongly offend people who think they know everything.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    This is the first book I've read by Tom Clancy. it won't be the

    This is the first book I've read by Tom Clancy. it won't be the last. Great detail, great writer! Had to read another one, so I'm on to Executive Orders. This is a MUST READ!!!! But be prepared to lose sleep!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Review of Patriot Games by Greg Uctum Jack Ryan does it again! T

    Review of Patriot Games by Greg Uctum
    Jack Ryan does it again! Tom Clancy's Patriot Games is an excellent example of true selflessness in the face of danger. Written in such detail that the events of the book seem like they actually happened, Patriot Games tells the story of a former Marine who breaks up an attempted terrorist attack on the Prince of Wales while vacationing in London. Although he had no stake in the matter, Jack Ryan stepped in because his military training taught him to protect the innocent at all costs. This intervention attracted the attention of the terrorists after the Heir, and the bulk of the story deals with Ryan, the FBI, the CIA, and MI5 trying to track down the terrorists before another attack can be made on the Heir or on Ryan now that he is on their radar. 
    Clancy’s writing gives an inside look as to how things are done in government agencies when dealing with international disasters. Patriot Games reflects an early view of how terrorism was dealt with as it was written in 1988. It is an interesting read and is engaging from the first page to the final sentence. The constant action and shifting viewpoints helps give a clear picture of everything going on and how everyone is reacting to it. The book deals a lot with international cooperation as the Americans and British have to cooperate to find the terrorists responsible for the initial attack in London. The only part of the overall subject the book leaves out is how ordinary people would react if they knew what was going on because the CIA classifies everything on the man responsible, Sean Miller. This book particularly interested me because I enjoy reading about how the government handles matters. The book doesn’t have anything to do with my plans for the future, however it affected me in that it helped me realize that there is still a spark of humanity in everyone, and this is something important for many to realize. 


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    One of Clancy's best

    It is one of my favorates

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I have been a Clancy fan for years. My first read was "Without Remorse" but over the years I have read most of Clancy's books. I saw the "Patriot Game" movie and after reading the book I thought the book was much better. My plan now is to re-read all of the Jack Ryan/John Clark sagas. They are really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Good book

    Good book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Fang

    *she claps.*

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Sparrow

    *Clap clap*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Falling. ~Second Chapter~

    Laughter.
    Unattanable.
    Joy. Spirited.
    And yet, l laugh.
    Still.
    Free-falling.
    Plumeting.
    "Cassandra. Cassandra."
    Called out.
    "Marcus. Marcus."
    Replied.
    Hurt.
    He hurt me.
    Gave me away.
    To Zues.
    So it's Marcus's fault.
    Falling.
    Love.
    Still.
    I love him.
    Maybe.
    As i fall from the clouds.
    A broken spirit.
    That i will never reach the ground.
    But.
    Alas...
    All good things must come.
    To an end.
    I hit the Earth.
    A hard force.
    A falling star.
    Wind.
    Pushes the hair out of my face.
    I get up.
    Only to fall back again.
    "Help."
    I cry.
    Do they hear me?
    Can their hearts?
    Reach out to me?
    Fear.
    I fear not.
    Naught.
    I pray it is not all for naught.
    What good?
    Are my prayres.
    Singing.
    I sing.
    Soft.
    Then
    Loud.
    I pick myself up
    Battered
    Bloody
    Bruisen.
    My aura.
    Weakens as time passes.
    I leap.
    Air.
    Into the air, l leap, and to the ground.
    I fall.
    Ankles.
    Are twisted.
    Much
    Is lost.
    A girl.
    Comes to me in the darkness.
    Hands.
    Held out to me.
    I take.
    Cold and pale, she offers her hands.
    My crys...
    Have they been heard?
    Luck.
    It is most likely.
    "Jasmine."
    She whispers.
    To me.
    "Cassandra."
    I whisper.
    To her.
    Face is blank.
    What have l done wrong?
    Fear.
    On her face.
    Pale face.
    In
    The
    Moonlight.
    I stand.
    She steps back
    Auburn curls
    Bouncing.
    "Forgive me. Ma'm."
    She says.
    "I forgive
    For what am l forgiving?"
    I querie.
    "Have l startled you?"
    Confusion.
    On her face as she asks.
    "Oh no.
    Help me.
    Return me to my home.
    Please."
    I beg.
    Back to begging.
    Nodding.
    Meets my request.
    Eyes.
    They light up with joy.
    Mine eyes lght up.
    And yet...
    Still.
    Feeling empty.
    Hollow.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Xavier

    I want to read more. :3 So muh more. It's awesome!

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    One of the Best in the World!    This book is in fact, one of th

    One of the Best in the World!
       This book is in fact, one of the best books I have read of all time. Since I like books with a little bit of everything, this book had that. What I love most about this book is that you get to see all the characters point of view. I also love all the history the author puts in his book; I learned an abundance of information about the history of places and organizations. I also love that the villains are super smart and how the prosecutors were all trying hard. I advise you to read a chapter a night to understand everything. If you like action, agents, drama and unexpected twists; this book is most definitely not for you. JK!!!! Seriously though, you should read this book. So do it, but read the first one though, ill recommended too.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Golden oldie

    The Patriot Games was originelly seen as a movie. I finaly read the book. I plan to read all the "Jack Ryan" books this year.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

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    Another excellent book in the Jack Ryan series. The book is wa

    Another excellent book in the Jack Ryan series. The book is way better the movie with lots of extra details and characters, especially with regard to Ryan's time in Annapolis. A must read!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Disapointed JK from illinois

    Enjoyed the movie but found the book dull - needs more action and less verbosity.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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