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Red Storm Rising This is definitely the longest it has taken me to finish a book in years In this case, the cause was a COVID 19 reading slump that started in mid March 2020 Red Storm Rising was the last remaining hold out from the books I started before the quarantine began Now I can begin to move on fully as I no longer have books from that timeframe hanging over me.The rating of this book is based on my personal experience, as I think it should be However, it is not based on what was obviously a labor of This is definitely the longest it has taken me to finish a book in years In this case, the cause was a COVID 19 reading slump that started in mid March 2020 Red Storm Rising was the last remaining hold out from the books I started before the quarantine began Now I can begin to move on fully as I no longer have books from that timeframe hanging over me.The rating of this book is based on my personal experience, as I think it should be However, it is not based on what was obviously a labor of love with hundreds of hours of carefully researched military strategy Other Tom Clancy books that I have read and enjoyed, I enjoyed them mainly because the story of the political intrigue greatly outweighed military strategy In this case, it was the exact opposite with 90% descriptions of military battles and planning and 10% story So, if you really, really like military strategy, this is the book for you And, when I say really, really I REALLY mean itthis book is very long so you are committing yourself to A LOT of military strategy Also, this is early 1980s, US vs USSR, cold war military strategy so it is a bit dated But I think if this type of book is one of your favorite genres, then that will not matter.Casual Clancy fans might enjoy Fans of political thrillers who enjoy story over tactics should proceed with caution But, if you enjoy stories with 20 page air battles, submarine vs battleship engagements, tank battlefield plotting and execution, etc then this is a book you must check out Overall this was an entertaining read I have read numerous Tom Clancy novels and I feel his early works are the strongest This book does not involve Jack Ryan or John Clark The plot setting is during the 1980s and involves the Soviets, Americans, and Germans The book contains action, espionage, and pretty much all out war I think his writing style is descriptive and sometimes can be over technical but that doesn t take away from the story I would recommend The Hunt For Red October and C Overall this was an entertaining read I have read numerous Tom Clancy novels and I feel his early works are the strongest This book does not involve Jack Ryan or John Clark The plot setting is during the 1980s and involves the Soviets, Americans, and Germans The book contains action, espionage, and pretty much all out war I think his writing style is descriptive and sometimes can be over technical but that doesn t take away from the story I would recommend The Hunt For Red October and Clear and Present Danger if you liked this one Thanks Loved this book when it came out summed up in one word, enthralling It s told from multiple points of view of multiple locations and incidents each one was interesting in itself An epic story on a massive scale I remember the length of the book and how I didn t want it to end.Reread it today and found found it lacked character building and a simplicity of prose I might ve given it three stars but that fond memory of past enjoyment bolstered it to four.David Putnam author of The Bruno John Loved this book when it came out summed up in one word, enthralling It s told from multiple points of view of multiple locations and incidents each one was interesting in itself An epic story on a massive scale I remember the length of the book and how I didn t want it to end.Reread it today and found found it lacked character building and a simplicity of prose I might ve given it three stars but that fond memory of past enjoyment bolstered it to four.David Putnam author of The Bruno Johnson series Ah, clancy If you like his stuff, you ll love this book If you like the books that he didn t write that have his name on them, you ll probably really like this book.Few people know that this book was written as part of a competition that clancy had with Stephen King, to see who could write the longest book in a week Sadly for clancy, King won, but that s only because Clancy took 15 minutes out of the contest to call up the army and ask them the names of some cool guns and planes and stuff A Ah, clancy If you like his stuff, you ll love this book If you like the books that he didn t write that have his name on them, you ll probably really like this book.Few people know that this book was written as part of a competition that clancy had with Stephen King, to see who could write the longest book in a week Sadly for clancy, King won, but that s only because Clancy took 15 minutes out of the contest to call up the army and ask them the names of some cool guns and planes and stuff A nice touch this book contains one word for every bullet that was fired in the vietnam war.Russians run out of oil, decides to attack NATO to get lots , it doesn t work, and everyone forgets about it Fortunately for the good guys, Russians only know how to fight by following the rule book, and Americans know when to throw the book out the window Also, everyone that dies in war is either someone that you don t know or care about, or they die in a removed, abstract sort of way How convenient While this book does have 350,000 words, it s easily readable It s clearly written by a war nerd he says in the introductory author s note that he developed lots of the plot while in discussion with a guy that created a war simulation game Sweet His enthusiasm is clearly evident, and it does make the bookpleasurable to read Allah 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 USSRTo 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 GulfBut 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 My relationship with this book got off to a bad start I ve never known much about or cared much for the Cold War, and while I read of the Russian Politburo plotting a way to seize oil from the Persian Gulf without incurring NATO opposition, I was wiki ing terms like KGB and Kremlin Things didn t improve when the Russians failed to break up NATO, World War III started, and I was searching my dictionary for things like fighter and carrier.But 830 pages gives you a long time to learn, and My relationship with this book got off to a bad start I ve never known much about or cared much for the Cold War, and while I read of the Russian Politburo plotting a way to seize oil from the Persian Gulf without incurring NATO opposition, I was wiki ing terms like KGB and Kremlin Things didn t improve when the Russians failed to break up NATO, World War III started, and I was searching my dictionary for things like fighter and carrier.But 830 pages gives you a long time to learn, and within a few hundred pages, I was checking my dictionary less and enjoying the bookClancy is brilliant Most fight scenes to me are boring, endless combinations of shooting, bombs and explosions While most of Red Storm Rising was fight scenes, there was so much thinking go on that I never got bored waiting to see if a strategy would work, and I was continually surprised by unmentioned strategies that did work Clancy is not just smart, he s hardworking too He clearly did his research, with lots of knowledge on war maneuvers, Soviet politics, war machinery, and everything else related to war It amazed me when I realised that the ships he mentioned, like USS Pharris or HMS Battleaxe, really do exist in real life The fact that he never let the war degenerate into a nuclear war, so common in 1980 s fiction, allowed him to show off his knowledge of conventional weaponry and gave him control over the events so that they were always realistic.It could have been difficult to manage the many groups of people and many places involved in a World War, but I felt that Clancy handled it quite well As I ve said, there were many well developed main characters, but all the other characters were identified by their roles rather than by name, helping me keep all the characters straight Clancy also broke the book down into various small sections, a few paragraphs set in Germany, a few in Iceland, a few in Scotland, and so on, allowing him to continually update the reader on what was going on in each area and how different groups of people were cooperating or not with each other The shortness of each section also made a long book easier to read.While the book was largely technical, Clancy did not forget the human aspects of war, and there was just the right amount of humanity to be emotional without being unnecessarily tear jerking I also enjoyed how both sides were portrayed in a somewhat balanced manner Sure, NATO were the good guys and the Russians were the bad guys, but Clancy was quick to note that not all Russians are bad, and even as I rooted for NATO and in particularly Ed Morris and Jerry O Malley, I rooted for Alekseyev and the Sergetovs as well In fact, characterisation was a strong point of the book There were many characters, in keeping with the fact that the book was about a World War, but the main characters were all realistic people that I could feel for That is, apart from Vigdis, a beautiful and courageous Icelandic girl, perfect in every way Not all stories need a love interest, really.It takes something extraordinary to make someone like me interested in a book about war, and Clancy clearly has that something extraordinary I read it once when I was too young to understand many key themes so it was an action thriller at the time During my second read through my perspective changed, gone was the line between clearly good and clearly evil Instead I found myself rooting for the Russians Not because of anti americanism or any foolish rubbish, but simply because it seemed the west had an abundance of four leaf clovers and lucky charms Any and all luck was on their side and despite the desperation of the situation, A I read it once when I was too young to understand many key themes so it was an action thriller at the time During my second read through my perspective changed, gone was the line between clearly good and clearly evil Instead I found myself rooting for the Russians Not because of anti americanism or any foolish rubbish, but simply because it seemed the west had an abundance of four leaf clovers and lucky charms Any and all luck was on their side and despite the desperation of the situation, America is always going to win Everything they do and have is better, and what could have been a brutal conflict with the challenge of facing intelligent nations both with the will to come out on top into the equivalent of shooting paper targets on a range I m not disputing the outcome, I would have just rather read about actual struggles instead of random secret technologies being pulled out of the sky at just the right moments In the end the final message I got from this was America fuck yeah and democracy hurr Awful, boring overlong story of war and rape The only good portion of this novel aside from the victim finding love is the end which should have ocurred one third of the way through this travesty 2 of 10 stars As much of a fan I am of Tom Clancy and his work, I can t believe it s taken me so friggin long to read RSR Well I ve finally read it and haven t come back disappointed Red Storm Rising is Tom Clancy s second written novel, co written by his friend Larry Bond Red Storm Rising follows a World War III scenario between NATO and the Soviet Union, set during the Cold War, after terrorists from Azerbaijan attacks and destroys an Oil Refinery in Russia, threatening to cripple the Soviet Union s oil As much of a fan I am of Tom Clancy and his work, I can t believe it s taken me so friggin long to read RSR Well I ve finally read it and haven t come back disappointed Red Storm Rising is Tom Clancy s second written novel, co written by his friend Larry Bond Red Storm Rising follows a World War III scenario between NATO and the Soviet Union, set during the Cold War, after terrorists from Azerbaijan attacks and destroys an Oil Refinery in Russia, threatening to cripple the Soviet Union s oil economy due to massive shortages The Soviet Politburo decides to launch a massive attack and seize the Persian Gulf by military force in order to retake the Oil losses But the only thing standing in Soviet s way is NATO, so they decide the NATO forces must be eliminated before reaching their objective, so the whole globe is plunged into world domination by 2 countries.A fascinating, and nail biting thriller, and Risk Board Game like novel that will keep you up past your bedtime, turning the pages until the unforgettable climax Another winner by Tom Clancy I m guessing Tom Clancy novels are mostly a guy thing If it s a Tom Clancy novel I m probably going to check it out I m something of a Naval Action freak I blame the 1943 Lawrence O Donnell science fiction short story CLASH BY NIGHT, which I read in Junior High, for my fetish Asimov made me want to readscience fiction Lawrence made me wantNaval Action RED STORM RISING presents a global non nuclear war between the U.S and Russia that involves our NATO allies The first read I m guessing Tom Clancy novels are mostly a guy thing If it s a Tom Clancy novel I m probably going to check it out I m something of a Naval Action freak I blame the 1943 Lawrence O Donnell science fiction short story CLASH BY NIGHT, which I read in Junior High, for my fetish Asimov made me want to readscience fiction Lawrence made me wantNaval Action RED STORM RISING presents a global non nuclear war between the U.S and Russia that involves our NATO allies The first read through I read everything, but on re reads I skip many parts, depending on my mood, and focus on the parts involving the weatherman in Iceland, a U.S Air Force lieutenant who is the main hero There is also a cute love story that develops here There is some great submarine action here Many readers think Clancy novels are technical over kill, but what he does in RED STORM RISING works for me hg47


About the Author: Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy was an English major at Balti s Loyola College As a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history, his dream of writing a novel came true with his first effort, The Hunt for Red October 1984 He since wrotethan a dozen novels, which have a blend of realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor sharp suspense Ten of the novels, including The Teeth of the Tiger Berkley, 2004 , feature the character Jack Ryan, former stock broker and CIA employee Clancy s non fiction works include a series of guided tours of America s warfighting assets, Submarine, Ard Cav, Fighter Wing, Marine, and Airborne.He lived in Maryland.The following are the books and approximate time frame in the Jack Ryan UniverseWithout Remorse 1969 73Patriot Games 1981 82Red Rabbit 1982The Hunt for Red October 1984The Cardinal of the Kremlin 1986Clear and Present Danger 1988The Sum of All Fears 1990 91Debt of Honor 1995 96Executive Orders 1996Rainbow Six 1999 2000The Bear and the Dragon 2002The Teeth of the Tiger 2006Dead or Alive 2007Locked On 2007Threat Vector 2009Command Authority 2013Support and Defend 2014Full Force and Effect 2014


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