Book Reviews of Patriot Games (Jack Ryan, Bk 2)

Patriot Games (Jack Ryan, Bk 2)
Patriot Games - Jack Ryan, Bk 2
Author: Tom Clancy
ISBN-13: 9780399132414
ISBN-10: 0399132414
Publication Date: 8/4/1987
Pages: 540
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 60 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Book Type: Hardcover
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You probably already know about Clancy's main character - Jack Ryan -well this is where it all began!

This book is full of action, thrilling events and articulate language (you don't have to check your "Webster" to figure out what something means). The story is about an ordinary man - Jack Ryan, who accidently foils a terrorist plot to kidnap Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and their infant (at the time of the story) son Prince William.

In the world of fiction, everyone is flawless, marriages are forever, children are wonderful, wives are always beautiful. Well that's the way it is in this book! I found that a little annoying at times, but that's just me. Another thing that took me back a little was the language Clancy uses in his novels - a little raw at times (if you know what I mean). The only reason I even mention it is that it may be offensive to some who aren't expecting it.

Overall, this was an exciting foray into the world of Intelligence Agents, CIA, FBI, terrorists and various other bad guys. It's an incredible, believable story, and one I would recommend you take a listen to.

Wiley Coyote
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No paper box.
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great read until you reach the end when it seems like Clancy is trying to finish in a hurry.have been disappointed in Clancy as a whole,having said that,i would recommend "without remorse" as a good start with this as a close second(dont bother with Red rabbit!)
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Great movie; better book.
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Very intricate plot- not for bedtime readers!
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Patriot Games is Tom Clancy's third novel, and second in the "Ryanverse" set of novels. This novel is a prequel to "The Hunt for Red October." In "The Hunt for Red October," Clancy made several key points referring to the events of this outstanding novel, showing that he clearly had a vision for where Jack Ryan was headed, or more succinctly, where he came from.
Tom Clancy established himself as the king of and inarguably the creator of the "modern" techno thriller in "Red October" and "Red Storm Rising." To follow this up in "Patriot Games," he takes a lower tech vantage point, only using the "techno" stuff sparingly, and concentrates more on establishing his main character Jack Ryan as a family man. In doing this, he keenly brought his main character to a human, non superhero level that many readers could identify with. Overall, an excellent novel that is a "can't miss" for those seeking to read his later works.
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If you like high pitched excitement, you'll love this book. If you didn't see the movie with Harrison Ford, read it!
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Jack Ryan, Tom Clancy's hero kills a IRA? or was he assassin to protect English Royals. The evil doe not remain suppreessed, it follows Jack & his family back home in a story that will draw you into a deeper and deeper thriller ... great climatic ending...
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A really good book, Clancy at his best.
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Great book, better than the movie.
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Fast paced Clancy. Like the movie with Harrison Ford.
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This novel is a prequel to "The Hunt for Red October. Patriot Games is worth reading today because even 20 plus years after the fact this book has something to say to all of us about the true nature of terrorism.
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IRA versus the CIA; international terrorism tale taht is timely.
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Who doesn't love Clancey!
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Collection of stories by the great American short story writer.
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Third book in the Jack Ryan series. Better than the movie
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From England to Ireland to America, an explosive wave of violence sweeps a CIA analyst and his family into the deadliest game of their time: international terrorism. An ultra-left=wing faction of the IRA has targeted the CIA man for his action of salvation in an assassination attempt. And now he must pay...with his life.
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Read by Martin Sheen of The West Wing.
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An excellent thriller featuring Jack Ryan, one of Clancy's best characters.
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"Patriot Games" is a fast-paced book about the world of international terrorism. Terrorists try to strike targets in the states. This was unheard of when this book was first published. "Patriot Games" is worth reading today because even 20 plus years after the fact this book has something to say about the true nature of terrorism and how they win by stealing away our small freedoms
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A friend recommended Tom Clancy's Patriot Games and I wasn't disappointed. Plenty of excitement and suspense. Can't wait to read my next Jack Ryan series.
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I like Tom Clancy and enjoyed this one.
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Awesome read! This is a classic series.
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England, Ireland and America are the back drop for this CIA thriller on international terrorism... written in 1987...before the general population really knew terror...
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Great action,climax
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I'm reading it now i'll be done in a few days!
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Good standard Clancy thriller.
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A great story.
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This was a reread of a book I read when it first came out, and several times since then. It starts with a bang as Jack, on a working vacation in London with his family, witnesses a kidnapping attempt on the royal family. His instinctive reaction stopped the attack and put him in the bullseye of revenge.

One of the things I enjoy most every time I read this book is the deft mixture of action, darkness, and humor. The opening attack sucks me into the story immediately, on the edge of my seat as Jack rushes into action. Clancy's descriptions are vivid enough that I can picture the events as they happen. The confusion at the scene felt realistic, and I could feel Jack's worry that he'd end up "stuck like a pig" when the good guys showed up. I always laugh at the scenes in the hospital as Jack deals with the doctors (including his wife) and other medical personnel. The scenes with various law enforcement personnel show Jack what he inadvertently got involved in and reveal his razor-sharp mind as he processes what he learns. The scenes with multiple members of the royal family are good, but my favorite is when he helps the prince work through his feelings about what happened. Though not particularly realistic, it is still a great scene.

As the book continues we get the viewpoints of both the bad guys and the good guys. Jack and his family return home, secure in the knowledge that the bad guy is in jail and terrorists have never attacked on American soil. But the tension ramps up as the bad guy escapes and assorted good guys get a bad feeling about what might happen. Jack is lured into the CIA's sphere as he tries to get a handle on the group behind the attack. Their fears are realized when Jack's wife and daughter are nearly killed in an attack, and only luck prevents Jack from being attacked too. I ached for Jack as he dealt with his feelings of guilt and fear by getting more involved in the case. Jack goes through a lot of self-examination as he tries to reconcile his need for justice with the anger and desire for revenge that he also feels.

The tension continues to build as the book follows the terrorists as they make plans for their next attack. The attention to detail was intriguing and as were the insights into the various players' motivations. At the same time we see the good guys as they try to assemble the pieces of the puzzle in time to stop whatever is planned.

The final confrontation was a nail-biter. It started easy, with the royal visit and some amusing banter between Jack, Robby, and the prince. The chaos of the attack was described so vividly that I felt as though I was there. The escape by boat was exciting, and their arrival at the Academy was tense but also had a few lighter moments. The pursuit of the last of the bad guys had me on the edge of my seat until it was all over. Jack faced a crossroads in his life, and it was interesting to see how he handled it. I loved the ending.

One of my favorite lines is as the Superintendent asks Robby who is aboard the ship: "Chief Znamirowski and the duty boat section, Captain Peters and some Marines, Doctor Ryan, and, uh, Captain Wales, sir, of the Royal Navy" "Is that where he is?..."
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Another Jack Ryan story in which he does heroic deeds and eventually triumphs. Tom Clancy seems to always be consistent in producing a good BIG read. The usual cast of characters shows up here, plus a few new ones. Jack rescues some of Britain's royals in an assassination attempt and the story line comes from that event. Good read.
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Not the most exciting Clancy novel I've read but it's O.K.
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Boxed set that includes this book plus The Hunt for Red October and in original box. Good but not perfect condition.