Red Storm Rising (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Red Storm Rising (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Tom Clancy
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Red Storm Rising (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Tom Clancy

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Read by F. Murray Abraham


With that shrill cry, three Muslim terrorists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, creating a critical oil shortage that threatens the stability of the USSR.

To offer the effects of this disaster, members of the Politburo and the KGB devise a brilliant plan of diplomatic trickery - a sequence of events designed to pit the NATO allies against each other - a distraction calculated to enable the Soviets to seize all the oil in the Persian Gulf.

But as this spellbinding story of international intrigue and global politics nears its climax, the Soviets are faced with another prospect, one they hadn't planned on: a full-scale conflict in which nobody can win.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780833512420
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 07/28/1987
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 329,036
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tom Clancy's previous novels include The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Debt of Honor, Clear and Present Danger, Without Remorse,  Executive Orders, and Rainbow Six.  He is co-creator of the Op-Center, Power Plays, and Net Force series.  He lives in Maryland.

About the Reader
F. Murray Abraham is a critically acclaimed actor who was the recipient of the academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Salieri in the motion picture Amadeus.


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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title says it all, with the exception of his Jack Ryan novels, I'm including "The Bear and the Dragon" with those. This is his finest novel. Even nearly 25 years later, this story still rings true to what's happening today. Other than the USSR, one could easily replace "USSR" with "Russia" and this could happen next week. A must read for any Tom Clancy fan, or Larry Bond, Dale Brown, or any of the other Military thriller novelists. This book deserves a permanent place in your libraries.
klmmicro More than 1 year ago
I read this novel while serving a few years after it was published. I worked in one the the primary rates that the story focuses on. Found Clancy's understanding of the overall dynamics of the cold war frightening. I could not put this book down until I was done. It was read by most of my division and by the time I got it back, it was in tatters...but everyone loved it. This was his second book and I think it really put him on the map for a lot of readers. His first book, Hunt for Red October was great, but limited in scope to primarily ASW. This novel showed that his mind was keen to an overall picture that was poised to happen for 40 years. Younger readers might have a tough time understanding some of the "how could this happen" as the Soviet Union has been dissolved for a while. The world was living in the intrigue of the of the first few chapters for most of the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. This novel could be thought of as a history lesson based on a fictional line of events. It was that close...great read, and it is out as an Ebook for my Nook as well!
Halldawg More than 1 year ago
To me, the best book he ever wrote.
SgtJohnson More than 1 year ago
Here's a surprise: another great book from Tom Clancy. It is one of only two novels that are not part of a series. In general, the book is a world war three scenario in which the Cold War becomes hot. It starts when the Soviet Union begins a massive assault on Eastern Europe due to dwindling oil reserves. They quickly take much of Germany as well as Keflavik, Iceland. Despite the ferocious attack, it quickly settles into a war of attrition. Each side has underestimated the amount of supplies needed and it is a race to re-supply their militaries. This becomes increasingly difficult for NATO due to Soviet air attacks based out of Keflavik. Eventually the Soviet Commander-in-chief (Western Front) realizes the Politburo was wrong in starting the war. He begins to doubt the USSR's leadership (Beyond that you'll have to read the book for yourself!). There are several sub-plots ranging in location from Iceland to Germany and the Sea of Okhostk. They start off separately but eventually intertwine to create an explosive ending. Tom Clancy uses this novel to demonstrate the fact that many conventional ideas about warfare are exceedingly incorrect. He states that in a major conflict, munitions usage is much higher than projected. He also presents the idea that fast attack helicopters (Such as the AH-1 Cobra and MI-24 Hind) are too lightly armored and ineffective in a ground conflict. One of Clancy's most notable achievements in this book is the intertwining of numerous sub-plots to express how modern warfare is multi-faceted. He utilizes several main characters (Such as Lt. Edwards (USAF) and General Pavel Leonidovich Alekseyev) from each side and all from differing perspectives to show the true nature of war. As usual, Clancy uses his one-of-a-kind writing style to convey the emotions of the characters. It is especially effective in Lt. Edwards story. However, despite Tom Clancy's incredible talent, there is perhaps too much of a focus on submarine warfare. The overuse of this aspect can take away from the novel's overall effect, as they become dull and boring later on in the book. Overall, Red Storm Rising is perhaps one of Clancy's greatest novels, especially of those dealing with the Cold War. It deals with all major issues surrounding modern warfare, and causes the reader to wonder if NATO is as well prepared for war as they would like us to believe. If you are a fan of Tom Clancy, this book is most definitely a must-read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, this is NOT a Jack Ryan novel, forget what you may have seen on some paperbacks. What this is is a very plausible telling of what could have happened if some relatively minor incidents were allowed to get out of hand. On the political side it shows what happens when scared men are too afraid to admit their mistakes, and choose war over easier solutions that would have required admitting mistakes. On the military side, well some of it is dated material. The stealth fighter, for example, is not used in the manner described, but it still makes for excellent story telling. The naval action scenes are beyond first-rate and worth re-reading. The air combat and other combat scenes grab you by your gut and hold on to you. You get your money's worth from this novel. Personally I believe it is one of Clancy's best works.
Bill_in_LA More than 1 year ago
I think this was one of the first books that I ever read by Mr Clancy. I just finished reading it again after many years. All I can say is WOW! He is truly a master. It'll keep you up for hours, not wanting to put the book down. Well done!
BinkyBear143 More than 1 year ago
This book is a Christmas Present for my father he loved the book when he read it isn paperback, but he wanted the hardcover to complete his collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read Red Storm Rising 5 times over the past ten years and enjoyed it more each time. Once you open the book you just can't put it down. Extremely realistic. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can read the synopsis to get an idea of story line. This book is a great story and was written during the Cold War when we really feared the "Red Storm". The editing of this book could use some work, having read both hard copy and ebook versions, there seems to be a lot of spelling errors in the ebook version.
Dave Cummings More than 1 year ago
One of Clancy's best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An epic battle for the North Atlantic and Europe. Once it gets going, you won't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Red Storm Rising is the best book I have ever read. I have never read a Tom Clancy book before, and I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Clancy series. The writting is superb. Clancy describes everything perfectly. You will find your self wanting to know more about each character and later on you do. This book is about a war between NATO and the Soviet Union. And Clancy intertwines the stories of several characters throughout the war. You will follow a Russian politician, Air Force lieutenant, Navy Commander, Russian General, and many more. Clancy makes it easy to get to know each character and transitions from each story very well throughout the novel. There are many action packed chapters as well as political chapters and they compliment each other well with a perfect balance. It would be good to have some basic military knowledge before reading this. Very great story Tom Clancy! I wish this book never ended, I want more! Red Storm Rising
theftm More than 1 year ago
Clancy's Red Storm Rising puts you in the middle of both sides and their way of thinking of how to out fox their opponet..Its spy vs spy at its best. It is very hard to put down once you start, so find a quiet soft chair or sofa and curl up with something to drink for your in for a very good read..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book toms best. Better than his newer books. He should write like this again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Red Storm Rising is a masterpiece of the multi-thread techno thriller fiction genre. Weaving in and out of five separate storylines through seven hundred pages of novel after a while you start to feel like an "inside baseball" player in Intelligence. My greatest regret was that no one ever figured out how to make this book into a movie, or mini-series, which in the 1980's would have been very timely and powerful. Seems like they missed their window. Larry Bond and Clancy together will keep you on the edge of your seat, but provide enough technical background to keep the geeks and weenies like me enthralled. As I re-read the book some 25 years after it's initial publication, I find myself closely identifying with the characters, and trying to speak the Russian names and places aloud. It just plain grabs you. Well Done, TC/LB!
Jrage More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this one. A real thriller.
mortis_99 More than 1 year ago
I was stationed there for nine years. Spent time in all those towns and in some of the forests. This book really brings home what it would have been like if it had really happened. The feel and taste of combat in the FRG was real with no holds barred. Best read ever.
Acrob More than 1 year ago
Typical Tom Clancy. Can't go wrong with this book.
jason31047 More than 1 year ago
I've read this book several times over the years and it never gets boring. If you like outstanding military fiction, you'll love this book.
RetiredGrandpa More than 1 year ago
I was a big fan of Tom Clancy many years ago and attempted to return to his novels with this book, spurred on by my new NookColor. Red Storm Rising is just too long for my current reading habits. Clancy is a master at military terminology.
Warner22 More than 1 year ago
Just read it again, and again, a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book - I've given this book much thought over the last 2-3 years when I think of our present situation as our military is scattered in so many places - in 1986 when the book came out, it was a very scary scenerio - now in 2007, I really think about the scenerio. But one thing is for sure - it IS a very long book and once you start it, its so intense that you can't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!! Besides the long beginning of the Russians meeting to decide on their situation, it was the most tense book I've ever read! Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, so the USSR has broken up, but like the Nazi's in WWII, they'll live on in pop cluture as the one of the great 'human' enemies. Why was there a Cold War? Here, Kid, read this, and then give it back to me so I can read it again.