Patriot Games

Patriot Games

by Tom Clancy
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Patriot Games by Tom Clancy

Jack Ryan fights to protect his family from terrorists in the electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling thriller.

From Tom Clancy,master of the international thriller, comes a gripping story of the Ryan family under fire. In an explosive wave of violence, an ultra-left-wing faction of the IRA is hunting one man for his act of salvation in an attempted assassination. And now Jack Ryan must pay…with his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425269404
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2013
Series: Jack Ryan Series , #2
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 96,536
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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—the first of the phenomenally successful Jack Ryan novels—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.


Huntingtown, Maryland

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1947

Date of Death:

October 1, 2013

Place of Birth:

Baltimore, Maryland


Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland, 1965; B.A. in English, Loyola College, 1969

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Patriot Games 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 197 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Cymraeg_Draig More than 1 year ago
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.
salguod More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Great book though you have to keep in mind that Clancy hadn't yet come into his own as a writer when it was written. Still a lot of fun.
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BelAirKat More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly disappointing! I rarely can leave a book unfinished but this was so bad, I couldn't go on. Given Mr Clancey's reputation as a master writer and especially this book as one of his best, I was surprised at the slow and boring pace, abundance of cliches and really mediocre prose at best. To top it off, the nook version is full of typos. If you like this genre, then you will love Daniel Silva's Gabriel Alon series. It is masterfully written with timely plots and beautifully developed characters.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
To say that I slogged through this novel would be an understatement. No matter what I did, I couldn't get my footing for this book. I enjoyed The Hunt For Red October but here I was so bored. The bad kept outweighing the good. A big problem was the actual lack of action. The action scenes were few and very far between and when present were too easily wrapped up. Also, I usually hate when authors use absurd sounding names for characters but here Clancy does the opposite. Its very hard to keep track of who's who when the vast majority of the characters are named Miller, O'Donnell, Murray, and Ryan. Overall, I just expected so much more and was too often bored.
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
It is one of my favorates
Sailorsteve More than 1 year ago
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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PHdz21 More than 1 year ago
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.
Mike40 More than 1 year ago
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.
Coach-Anthony More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It could br a bit hard for young readers to understand. This is a pretty big book but withinthe pages of this book is a great story told by one of the best writers of war.
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