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Paperback Patriot Games Book

ISBN: 0006174558

ISBN13: 9780006174554

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This description may be from another edition of this product. From Tom Clancy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Ryan novels--including his latest blockbusters Command Authority and Threat Vector--comes a gripping story of the Ryan family...

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One Of Clancy's Greatest Books To Date!!!!

This book is Clancy at some of his best. The action starts in the first chapter. In the chapter, CIA anylast Jack Ryan witnesses a shooting while vacationing in London. Jack interveines and kills two of the shooters. One shoots him in the shoulder and escapes. Later Jack learnes he saved the Prince of Wales, his wife, and their new son. He also learns that the attack was done by one of the most dangerous and secretive Irish terrorist organizations, the Ulster Liberation Army or ULA. Soon, Ryan and his family become a target of international terrorism. This book was exciting! A page turner indeed. Besides a few dull filler chapters, every chapter is as exciting as the previous. The smaller sub-plots provide action in every page. A bit long when you first look at it, but it is truly a thriller. Clancy is the king of detial. The man could write a 1,000 page story on a trip to the grocery store and still keep you entertained. Not that I want him to write this though. An all around great book! "Two Thumbs Up!"

The complete backstory on the Jack Ryan story

On vacation in London, Jack Ryan stops a terrorist attack by the Ulster Liberation Army on the Prince and Princess of Wales and their infant son. When the leader of the attack escapes from custody, Ryan and his family become targets. To defend them, Ryan goes to see his old friends at the C.I.A. and tells them he wants back in. The climax of the book is another attack on the terrorists at Ryan's own home where the Prince and Princess are dinner guests. "Patriot Games" is an atypical Tom Clancy novel in that is the Jack Ryan book least reliant on cutting edge technology, dealing more with the consequences of Jack's choices for his family and his career.In is interesting to read this 1987 book knowing that filming it turned Tom Clancy against selling the movie rights of his books to Hollywood (although apparently the powers that be can have their own way with the Jack Ryan character). The problem, of course, was the final scene. In the film, Harrison Ford's character kills Sean Miller at the end of an exciting fistfight on a speeding boat. In the book, Jack Ryan does not shoot his gun at the fatal moment so that he can tell his newborn son, "Your father isn't a murderer." Clancy's conservative inclinations are well known, but forcing him into a fascist stereotype really misses the point, especially when it tries to make his hero some sort of a reactionary. "Patriot Games" takes back several years before the events described in "The Hunt for Red October," where the Sir John Ryan backstory is certainly alluded to at a couple of points. I wondered if maybe Clancy had simply written this novel first but could not get it published, yet one of the strengths of his work over the years has been the detailed backgrounds on the various characters (the best examples are probably Red Wegener and Ding Chavez in "Clear and Present Danger," where the complete backgrounds are given although one is a minor character in the novel and the other goes on to be a main supporting character). One of the reason I always liked this book is because of the pure audacity of making members of the Royal Family main supporting characters, especially Prince Charles, who has continued to pop up from time to time. This is the book where Clancy dropped the annoying subtitles used in his first two novels. In retrospect "Patriot Games" is a much more intimate novel than what is follows. Certainly the threat is much more personal, targeting Ryan and his family. With Clancy's tendency to tell stories where nuclear war is a distinct possibility, this becomes an atypical effort, similar to "Without Remorse," which supplies the complete backstory on John Clark. Another reason for the feeling of intimacy is that Clancy's novels have tended to get longer and longer. Final note: people who have read these book in the "correct chronological order" find "Red October" to be something of a step backwards, so the best advice remains to read them in the order they were written.

Awesome book, but spare me the right wing propaganda.

I guess I shouldn't complain too much about Tom Clancy's books having a right wing bias. After all, there are plenty of other good authors out there who inject the opposite leanings into their works. Since I'm fashionably liberal myself, TC's political views tend to rub me the wrong way. Nevertheless, he still writes excellent thrillers, and Patriot Games is no exception. If you're new to Clancy's books, this is a good one to start with. One reason his stories are so good is that he always has things go wrong during tense situations. Someone's key piece of equipment fails or a communication is misunderstood, causing chaos. This brings a real-world flavor to his stories which make them quite believable. I thought this book had a good story and was exciting to the end. The development of Jack Ryan as a character is well done and continues throughout most of the other Clancy books.

WHOOOO! a lot of action

This was truly a good book. It is about Jack Ryan and his family. Jack is on vacation in Britain when some terrerists start shooting the heck out of a Rolls Royce. Jack who is unarmed four-arm-shivers the guy and then gets shot. Then the castle gaurd comes and the attack is stopped. Jack recovers from his bullet wound the becomes the terrerists number 1 target. Led by Sean Miller these Irish terrerists are relentless and could care less about who they kill.

Accion Pura

Es una novela increible de accion constante. Jack Ryan (el protagonista) es un tipo muy interesante en que es posible verlo como una persona normal de qualquier lugar. Tom Clancy hizo buen trabajo con los detalles de poner juntos todas las historias de gente diferentes en la novela. Pero ten cuidado, porque es largo y al empezarlo, quieran leerla al fin. Tambien recomiendo (Tom Clancy).

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Published by Beth Clark • December 31, 2018

Instead of doing a typical "year in review" post like everyone else, we thought it would be fun to close the door on 2018 from a different angle: by looking back at the books that played roles in the careers of the year's biggest stars. Everybody has to start somewhere, but with hard work and a few lucky literary breaks, these household names didn't stop there.

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