Red Storm Rising

Red Storm Rising (A Jack Ryan Thriller)
Clancy, Tom

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 USSR. To 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 Gulf. But 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. Library Journal A second contemporary international thriller from the author of The Hunt for Red October. One of Russia's biggest oil refineries is destroyed by a Muslim terrorist group. Facing an oil shortage that would leave their country open to economic and political disasters, the Russian leaders decide to seize the oil in the Persian Gulf. They instigate a ground war that surprises NATO and the U.S. and threatens to eliminate them as political and military forces in Europe. This long, long novel is a detailed chronicle of the air, sea, and land battles that erupt as a result of ``Red Storm''the Russian plan of attack. The Russians are clearly the bad guys herefrequently frightened, inept, or evil. The Americans are always the heroic victims of unjustified aggression or the smooth skilled winners. Frighteningly realistic. Polished. Technical. Primarily for military novel buffs. Jean B. Palmer, Phillips Acad. Lib., Andover, Mass. School Library Journal YA Red Storm Rising, a World War III novel, begins in a blazing oil field in Russia, plunging readers into a gripping story of plots, strategies, wise men, and idiots that winds the tension ever tighter. Vivid characters emerge through the chaos of battles planned and fought. Sacrifices, heroes, great strategy confounded by bad weather, lack of supplies, and incomplete information draw readers into the adventure and the suspense of reversals. No Rambos herethe heroes are ordinary young people caught by chance on the turning edge of war. Sheer grit and perserverance turn the tide in this chilling, fleshed-out war game. Readers emerge elated and breathless, with a new vision of war and its wins and losses. Clancy will win an army of fans who will be looking for more. Annette DeMeritt, Houston Public Library The New York Times Book Review - Robert Lekachman Mr. Clancy's undistinguished prose is serviceable enough not to impede the flow of his narrative. His characterizations are on a Victorian boys' book level. All the Americans are paragons of courage, endurance and devotion to service and country. . . . The enemy is almost equally virtuous. . . . Don't get me wrong. Occasional longueurs aside, I enjoyed this rattling good yarn forthe same reasons I used to curl up with one of C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower adventures. Lots of action. Good men in tight spots. The comforting certainty that our side will win. Mr. Clancy has left the world in sufficientlytidy shape so that, if he is so inclined, he can favor us someday with the story of World War IV. The Christian Science Monitor (Eastern edition) - Sam Cornish The strength of {the novel} is its crisp, matter-of-fact language, which has the punch of a special news bulletin on network television. . . . {It} is based on a military war game called Convoy '84, a scenario about fighting a war with conventional weapons. . . . The story of men, machines, and technology in battle is both convincing and a prediction of what some say could occur tomorrow. Clancy's research is to be commended, and he is to be applauded for treating his subject seriously. {His book} never takes advantage of its readers; its horrors and violence serve the purpose of the story, and instead of exploiting them and shocking the reader, he makes us see a future we all hope to avoid. Time The book has a variety of heroes and villains in its complex weave of plot strands, but the diffuse loca

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