The Hunt for Red October (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Hunt for Red October (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Tom Clancy

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Overview

Both the Americans and the Soviets commence an intense naval search when a trusted and skilled Soviet naval officer defects, using the USSR's most valuable nuclear submarine as his escape vehicle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780808587354
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 03/01/1997
Series: Jack Ryan Series , #1
Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tom Clancy is the author of The Hunt for Red October and Clear and Present Danger, among several other bestselling novels. His has also written many works of nonfiction about the U.S. military. He is a co-creator of the Op-Center, Power Plays, and Net Force series. He lives in Maryland.

Hometown:

Huntingtown, Maryland

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1947

Date of Death:

October 1, 2013

Place of Birth:

Baltimore, Maryland

Education:

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

What People are Saying About This

Clive Cussler

Remarkable...intricate and nerve-tingling. --Clive Cussler

Stansfield Turner

An action—packed, suspenseful story that's fun to read.
—(Stansfield Turner, Admiral, USN (Ret.) Former CIA Director)

Edward L. Beach

This highly charged, fast—paced novel has a ring of authenticity that I haven't encountered in a book for some time.
—(Edward L. Beach, Captain, USN (Ret.), author of Run Silent, Run Deep)

John Moore

A damn good novel….The technical aspects are covered in a way which is rare in the modern novel.
—(John Moore, Captain, RN (Ret.) Editor, Jane's Fighting Ships)

Jack Higgins

Red October is first—rate by any standards. A superb example of a highly technical thriller which also contains a superb story. I couldn't put it down.
—(Jack Higgins, author of The Eagle Has Landed and Exocet)

Joseph Wambaugh

The detailed research into the world of the nuclear submarine is so believable that I expect this unique thriller to be an instant best seller in the Kremlin.
—(Joseph Wambaugh, author of The Blue Knight and Lines and Shadows)

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The Hunt for Red October 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 397 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Hunt for Red October in this Clancy tells the story of a run away sub from Russia. This sub is special because it has a caterpillar drive, allows a submarine to move through the water silently and making it almost impossible to be tracked with sonar. Captain Marko Ramius is the man responsible for taking the Red October on the first voyage. His intent is different from that of his mission. He intends to take Red October and hand it over to the Americans. Clancy does a great job describing each of these events and I think that is his best equality of writing. Clancy is a great writer and everyone should give this book a chance.
Jrage More than 1 year ago
This guy is awesome! What a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great story which I've read several times.
theaderholds More than 1 year ago
Great Book
Cush More than 1 year ago
I watched the motion picture some years before I read this piece. As always, the book is better than the movie. Clancy's apparent knowledge of submarines, the Navy, the Military and the USSR is impressive. The details that he provides add to the authenticity of the story. I have not verified all of the information that he provides in this work. However, as a former submarine sailor, I appreciate his depiction of life aboard an undersea vessel. Clancy adheres to the plot and does not add any unnecessary elements. The novel reads more like a report on international relations than like a maritime drama. It is a well written and informative tale. However, the plot does not flow consistently throughout this composition. Some of the segments seem out of place. The storyline is excellent, but Clancy obviously places more emphasis on accuracy and detail. In fiction, this is not absolutely necessary. I give it 3-1/2 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hunt for Red October is a NAVY/war/espionage thriller by "Tom Clancy". The Hunt for Red October was published in 1984 by "Naval Institute Press". This book is about Captain Ramius an elite Russian submarine captain who recently was put in command of a new CCCP Russian Typhoon-class Ballistic Missile Submarine. The submarine is unlike any other built in the world and has new structural features which worries the U.S. Jack Ryan (CIA analyst) is put in charge of finding out what the new mysterious submarine's purpose is. The book starts with Captain Marko Ramius leaving Russia to sea with his new prototype submarine and Jack Ryan heading to workThe Hunt for Red October is a NAVY/war/espionage thriller by "Tom Clancy". The Hunt for Red October was published in 1984 by "Naval Institute Press". This book is about Captain Ramius an elite Russian submarine captain who recently was put in command of a new CCCP Russian Typhoon-class Ballistic Missile Submarine. The submarine is unlike any other built in the world and has new structural features which worries the U.S. Jack Ryan (CIA analyst) is put in charge of finding out what the new mysterious submarine's purpose is. In my opinion this the best book of its kind and is unlike any other conceived in this genre. It is probably the most gripping novel of the Cold War. This book is for anyone who has ever picked up a book even remotely relating to mysteries/thrillers. The book is completely original and whenever someone makes a new book of this type they are compared to Tom Clancy's masterpiece. The setting is largely in the Atlantic Ocean and contains the massive network of submarines hunting the Red October. The events largely unfold on the USS Dallas(an LA-class fast attack submarine) and the Red October. Tom Clancy has meticulously made all facts relative to the story completely accurate complete with proper navy/air force jargon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is still Clancy's best!!!! I have read multiple Clancy books, and although they are all very good and recommended, nothing has topped The Hunt for Red October. The plot is masterfully crafted, and it is no wonder that this established Clancy's career as a writer. Highly recommended. 5+ stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I enjoyed the movie, the book goes into much more in terms of character and plot development. I especially like the parts that focus on the V.K. Konovalov, the Alfa-class sub which pursues the Typhoon-class Red October. Clancy KNOWS HIS STUFF, and he makes his protagonists worth caring about...even if he tends to puff them up a little to make each one an All-American hero. However, that might be just the thing we need these days...especially in light of world events over the past year-and-a-half.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want something with (sometimes) technical adventure, along with great strategy, you've found the best book! The book is about the defection of a Russian captain and his submarine to the US. Lots of detail, author Tom Clancy is a great writer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom Clancy is one of my favorite authors and this is one of his best novels! I've found myself reading this book untill two in the morning. I never wanted to put this book down and neither will you. It's an intense, suspensful, mysterious, action-packed thriller! Clancy makes you feel like you're really on a submarine hearing the alarms going off and the torpedoes zooming through the ocean. Clancy puts so many twists, turns, and surprises that you won't know what will happen next! Clancy gives extream detail on the way a submarine operates, but doesn't confuse you in the proccess. And the government in his novel operates exactly the way they would in real life! This is a must read. You won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an excellent book that one can read multiple times and enjoy it every time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was most enjoyable to me especially because, I'm a submarine 'nut', & comparing the two I find most interesting. I rate the movie as one of the very best ever made, however,in this case, I consider the movie to be considerably better insofar as it eliminates some long-winded details. It varies some from the book, but not in a way that destroys the story. For a thoroughly enjoyable experience, read the book followed up quickly by the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book, I've read and it totally the best I've read in 14 years of my life
Pat-Powers More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed this book and loved reading it. It was well written and it sucks your right it. Its one of the books you will just want to keep reading. I still wonder how Tom Clancy can write so well.
Anonymous 6 months ago
rememder loving it when first reading it in the 90 sDidnt lose anything with time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good+book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is verry moist. I red this book in the sower and the book fell apart. So a note for Tom Clancy,make your books water proof pleas?
csayban on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Any novel that in its wake produces an entire new genre and turns the author into one of the best-selling authors of all time must be viewed as one of the great stories written. The Cold War is long since over and it is still a gripping read. The art-book crowd might poo poo on this book, but fiction is about storytelling and Clancy tells a story in a way that had not been successful prior to this. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, than the long list of techno-thriller writers are a testament to how powerful this book really was.
Doondeck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Still the best Clancy book
Mendoza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As someone who grew up during the cold war I appreciate the suspense and dread of the possibilities of this novel - at the time it was written.Clancy singlhandedly made me grow to enjoy the whole military government espionage genre. The Hunt For Red October is one of my favourite.Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision: the Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. And the most incredible chase in history is on....THis is a non stop adventure ride filled with suspense. As enjoyable read now as much as it was over 20 years ago.
santhony on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is Clancy's first novel (to my knowledge). As such, it ushers in an almost original genre, the military technothriller. This novel will have you awake well into the early morning hours, engrossed in the story. Clancy follows this effort up with 5-6 equally outstanding efforts before essentially running out of things to say.
CharlesMcCain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel launched Tom Clancy's career and to read it is to understand why. However, like all of Clancy's novels, you have to really be interested in the technology and tactics of the weapons depicted, in this case nuclear submarines. The initial print run on the book was 5,000 copies. Someone gave it President Reagan for Christmas in 1983 and he walked off his helicopter at the White House and held the book up and yelled to reporters¿"it's unputdownable." The book sold a million copies in hardback¿unheard of then and now¿and went through 21 printings.
AresofAmbition on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Captain Marko Ramius, the most brilliant commander of the Soviet Navy has made a fateful decision: he orders the Red October, the largest and most powerful submarine in the world with the power to wipe out hundreds of cities at once before silently submerging beneath the water without a trace, on a course towards the United States. Soviets insist that Ramius is mentally insane and attempts to fire his nuclear warheads on the United States, but maverick CIA agent Jack Ryan is convinced that Ramius is attempting to defect.This book is excellent at capturing the threat of nuclear armageddon that cast a dark shadow on Americans and Soviets alike throughout the latter half of the 20th century. I recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in the Cold War. The in-depth analysis of of the US Navy, CIA, and submarine technology of the US and Soviet fleets might bore some readers, but you will be hardpressed to find any novel that captures these more realistically. The Pentagon itself has commended Tom Clancy for his accurate depiction of the US Navy, and has agreed to help research every novel Clancy has written since.Captain Marko Ramius is arguably the novel's main character as well as it's most interesting character. He is the person who is at the center of every plot twist the novel takes, and it is his actions that dictate the pace of the story. Captain Bart Mancuso, the no-nonsense yet likeable commanding officer of the USS Dallas, a US attack submarine, makes for a worthy foe for Ramius in the novel, as Jack Ryan, the lone CIA agent convinced of his idea, acts as the go-between the reader and the other characters. Despite him being surrounded constantly by the upper echelons of the US Government, he is never seems to fit in, which makes him more relatable in the eye of the reader.The action is unique, and Clancy succeeds in creating great tension in an ultimate clash of submarines at the climax of the novel, a feat that is very difficult to accomplish.
mausergem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marko Ramius, a senior USSR submarine captain, is unhappy with his government after his wife's death and decides to defect to America along with his submarine , Red October. The Russians find it out and send their entire navy fleet of shops and submarines to hunt him down. The Americans guess Ramius' intention and try to help him and succeed.The novel reads like an itinerary of the American military prowess. A serious joke of a book.