Patriot Games (Movie Tie-In)

Patriot Games (Movie Tie-In)

by Tom Clancy

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Tom Clancy reveals Jack Ryan's origins in this electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling thriller that pits the former Marine turned family man against a vicious group of international terrorists.

As an American in London on vacation with his family, Jack Ryan never imagined his quick thinking would prevent an assassination attempt on Britain's royal family and earn him the gratitude of an entire nation--and the scorn of an ultra-left-wing faction of the IRA. Irish terrorist Sean Miller and his followers in the Ulster Liberation Army intend to make sure Ryan pays for his interference in blood. But he's not the only one they're after...

With the lives of his pregnant wife and young daughter in mortal danger, Ryan accepts a role as a CIA analyst in order to find Miller and shut down the ULA. Going head to head with a ruthless terrorist is a fool's errand, but Jack Ryan is the kind of man who will do whatever it takes to protect his family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440001034
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Jack Ryan Series , #2
Edition description: Media Tie
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 400,794
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

A little more than 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. 212 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 More than 1 year ago
robindejarnett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this when it first came out, back when I was in my thriller phase. It's my favorite Clancy book - probably because there's more to the characters than in his previous submarine books.Jack Ryan is a CIA analyst and ex-Marine who unintentionally gets caught in the fight for Northern Ireland. His actions foil an attempt by a factional group to kidnap a member of the royal family, and makes him a target of terrorists. Jack's family becomes the one in danger as the war crosses the Atlantic and ends up in his backyard--literally.Written in a time when the IRA was the most feared terrorist organization around, the book is dated. But that doesn't take away from the suspense. Of course, there is the movie version too, which does do a pretty good job of capturing the book.
Connor16 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book in all by one of Americas best war writters Tom Clancy. The book is powerful and strong and really shows the two sides of the England vs IRA and PIRA conflict and how he thinks they operate.Takes a large attention span too read and coupled with some more adult themes at parts is suggested for older more mature readers.
Borg-mx5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The continuing adventures of Jack Ryan. I enjoyed this book but began to wonder how Jack could get into so much trouble so often.
Othemts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read The Hunt For Red October when challenged to read something I wouldn't usually read and found it surprisingly good. Patriot Games was my second (and last) try reading a Tom Clancy novel. Woah, was this bad! The characters are cardboard, the scenarios ridiculous -- the IRA invading Maryland?!?! Yeah, I couldn't suspend my disbelief for that one.
Lynngood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author of "The Hunt for Red October" has produced another adventure thriller centred upon a scheme by the Ulster Liberation Army to kidnap the Prince of Wales. Jack Ryan with his Marine training foils this attempt but in the process becomes a target of Northern Ireland's most dangerous men.
xieouyang on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this novel rather disappointing. Compared to [The Hunt for Red October], the storyline left a lot to be desired. Many parts of the book seemed to drag too long and the dialogue was rather uninteresting.
medievalmama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my absolute favorite of Clancy's politial fiction -- perhaps because of the locations -- London, the house outside Boston, the glance into the midshipmen's lives at the naval academy, the hospital scenes; or it could be the action, the characters, the plot resolution; or maybe even that no one has tried to use this one to damage the US. Some of the others come a little too close to truth.
Doondeck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good effort by Clancy
tmstimbert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best of the Clancy books
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fast moving thriller, hard to put down. I like the IRA complication in this. Having read it long ago, I can be no more specific at this time.
Whicker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yet another page turner from Clancy. This fast moving tale follows Jack Ryan as he tries to protect his family from the IRA. Exciting but not Clancy's best work. Worth the read.
Sturgeon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The bottom of my Clancy list. An interesting story but thank goodness we got back to the usual bad guys :)
nesum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The tension just never really got off the ground in this one. It has an interesting start, but there is no build up from there. The situation is interesting and plot interesting in a very dry sense, but I was just never really that interested in finding out what happens next. THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER is considerably better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much filler get to the point
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago