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Tom Clancy's Patriot Games is filled with the exceptional realism and authenticity that distinguished the author's two previous bestsellers, Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising. Patriot Games puts us on the cutting edge of another type of war โ€” the international battle of terrorism. It is fall. Years before the defection of a Soviet submarine will send him hurtling Tom Clancy's Patriot Games is filled with the exceptional realism and authenticity that distinguished the author's two previous bestsellers, Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising. Patriot Games puts us on the cutting edge of another type of war โ€” the international battle of terrorism. It is fall. Years before the defection of a Soviet submarine will send him hurtling into confrontation with the Soviets, historian, ex-Marine and CIA analyst Jack Ryan is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter, when a terrorist attack takes place before his eyes. Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved -- the Prince and Princess of Wales and their new young son -- and which enemies he has made -- the Ulster Liberation Army, an ultra-left-wing splinter of the IRA.By his impulsive act, he has gained both the gratitude of a nation and then enmity of hits most dangerous men -- men who do not sit on their hate. And in the weeks and months to come, it is Jack Ryan, and his family, who will become the targets of that hate.


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Tom Clancy's Patriot Games is filled with the exceptional realism and authenticity that distinguished the author's two previous bestsellers, Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising. Patriot Games puts us on the cutting edge of another type of war โ€” the international battle of terrorism. It is fall. Years before the defection of a Soviet submarine will send him hurtling Tom Clancy's Patriot Games is filled with the exceptional realism and authenticity that distinguished the author's two previous bestsellers, Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising. Patriot Games puts us on the cutting edge of another type of war โ€” the international battle of terrorism. It is fall. Years before the defection of a Soviet submarine will send him hurtling into confrontation with the Soviets, historian, ex-Marine and CIA analyst Jack Ryan is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter, when a terrorist attack takes place before his eyes. Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved -- the Prince and Princess of Wales and their new young son -- and which enemies he has made -- the Ulster Liberation Army, an ultra-left-wing splinter of the IRA.By his impulsive act, he has gained both the gratitude of a nation and then enmity of hits most dangerous men -- men who do not sit on their hate. And in the weeks and months to come, it is Jack Ryan, and his family, who will become the targets of that hate.

30 review for Patriot Games

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    I'll do the same review for all Clancy's novels because they're all pretty much the same. Very long, very detailed, and after a while, very repetitive. If you stop after just a few of his books you'd probably give them 4 or 5 stars, but beyond that they start to grate. Especially where Jack Ryan is involved. I mean, Clancy spends hundreds of pages getting his details just right, the settings perfect etc., then he has Ryan dodging more bullets than James Bond! I finally threw my hands up and surr I'll do the same review for all Clancy's novels because they're all pretty much the same. Very long, very detailed, and after a while, very repetitive. If you stop after just a few of his books you'd probably give them 4 or 5 stars, but beyond that they start to grate. Especially where Jack Ryan is involved. I mean, Clancy spends hundreds of pages getting his details just right, the settings perfect etc., then he has Ryan dodging more bullets than James Bond! I finally threw my hands up and surrendered when Ryan becomes President. I can't remember what piece of crap that was in. I've given three stars as a compromise between my reactions when reading my first Clancy (brilliant) and last Clancy (doorstop).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Louis Scuderi

    Somehow, people like this book. Other people complain about the slow plot, or the level of detail, or the lack of action. I was perfectly fine with all of this, and in fact, I quite liked the idea that injuries were taken seriously and meant that people were out of action for a long time. The thing that makes this book truly bad is the lack of development of any of the characters, particularly Jack Ryan. He is possibly the worst Mary-Sue character I've read in such a widely published book. He is Somehow, people like this book. Other people complain about the slow plot, or the level of detail, or the lack of action. I was perfectly fine with all of this, and in fact, I quite liked the idea that injuries were taken seriously and meant that people were out of action for a long time. The thing that makes this book truly bad is the lack of development of any of the characters, particularly Jack Ryan. He is possibly the worst Mary-Sue character I've read in such a widely published book. He is perfect in every way: he is incredibly smart, women find him attractive (but he's humble and doesn't think he's handsome), everybody loves him (but he feels uncomfortable around too many people and prefers just a few close friends). He is a tough ex-marine with great combat sense, reflexes, and a sense of honor to match, but he is also a history professor and a legitimate academic. All his students universally love him, even though he's a really hard teacher. He is super rich and has a beautiful house in a secluded location. He loves his perfect family. The Queen of England is his biggest fan. He manages to win the friendship of Prince Charles by telling him off. I could go on with so many more examples. None of his problems are internal, derive from personal flaws, or are even all that troubling. He's like that guy at a job interview who, when asked what his biggest weakness is, says something like "I guess I'm just too hard a worker," or something equally uninformative and boring. Everything he is challenged with in this story is external, and though clearly dangerous, it is only superficially so. One particularly bad section of the novel centers on Jack's plane flight home from England. Clancy waxes lyrical about the tragic events of Ryan's past having made him afraid of airplanes and flying. Many pages are devoted to this description, but we learn nothing fundamental about Jack, only some details about his history. This scene unfortunately draws a direct comparison with a particular James Bond novel (Live and Let Die, I believe) when Bond is flying from the United States to Jamaica and his plane is caught in a bad thunderstorm. With only a few short paragraphs of inner monologue, we see Bond, who we just saw handle himself calmly and cooly in multiple situations of extreme peril, become terrified of death in an airplane crash. He becomes almost insensible until the danger passes, and we learn that what Bond is truly afraid of is his own powerlessness in this situation. It speaks volumes about the character. Jack Ryan has no such moment, nor anything close. He is entirely content, unperturbed, and unmotivated. Jack Ryan is the very image of self-satisfied rich white American culture from the mid-1980s, and while that itself does not necessarily make him a bad character, the superficial way in which it is handled does. I will sum-up by saying that this book essentially reads like a bad British Monarchy fanfiction with an incredibly transparent main character.

  3. 4 out of 5

    RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 5 star ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒบ

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Executive Summary: After enjoying The Hunt for Red October, I had high hopes for this book, and found myself a bit disappointed. Audio book: I've listened to one or two books read by Scott Brick. He's a decent reader, but nothing special. He does a passable English and Irish accent here, but not in anyway to make the characters of similar accents distinguishable from one another. He does a better job of that with his American voices, but still not great. I'd happily listen to another book read by Executive Summary: After enjoying The Hunt for Red October, I had high hopes for this book, and found myself a bit disappointed. Audio book: I've listened to one or two books read by Scott Brick. He's a decent reader, but nothing special. He does a passable English and Irish accent here, but not in anyway to make the characters of similar accents distinguishable from one another. He does a better job of that with his American voices, but still not great. I'd happily listen to another book read by him, but wouldn't rank him among my favorite readers. Full Review I've seen every Jack Ryan movie they've made (and enjoyed most of them), including this one, but this is only my 3rd book in the series I've read. This is one of the few cases where I think the movie is better though. I rather enjoyed The Hunt for Red October, which I think had a slightly better reader plus a bunch of sound effects that really added to the experience. The real core of my disappointment here was the pacing. The book starts out great and ends pretty well, but really got bogged down inbetween. After a pretty exciting start the next quarter or so seemed to just drag on. See Jack Ryan, budding Analyst and he recovers in a hospital! Contain your excitement as he tours old castles along the English Country side. Watch your anticipation grow and you wonder: Will Jack be able to put together his daughter's Christmas presents while recovering from his wounds? Eventually though things started to pick back and up and I thought I was over a rough patch. Unfortunately things slowed back down again for awhile before a pretty enjoyable finish. Mr. Clancy offers a variety of POVs to give the reader the details from both the terrorists and those trying to catch them. I like this idea, though the execution was lacking in my opinion. If the goal was to accurately portray the tedium and frustration of a CIA analyst, then this book succeeds. However if the goal was to mix in reality with fiction to tell an exciting spy thriller, this book fell short for me. I think for me this was best contrasted by the book I was reading while listening to this. The Deaths of Tao is a spy thriller with a sci-fi setting, where aliens secretly run the world. Wesley Chu is far less known/successful than Tom Clancy yet I found his book far more exciting. While I found this book disappointing, it hasn't completely put me off of the series or Tom Clancy. I may switch to try our his John Clark books instead though. I mostly likely won't be buying my next Clancy book though, and will borrow it from the library instead.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Strรถmquist

    A 'prequel' to The Hunt for Red October that came a few years before, this takes us back and makes the common mistake of presenting a younger version of a protagonist that really does not seem consistent with the one we met in a later story. As if that wasn't enough, the real-life prince of Wales figures and that whole storyline sinks the entire story. To top it off, Clancy seems to have struggled with his obviously pre-defined volume this time around; very long parts of this book could easily h A 'prequel' to The Hunt for Red October that came a few years before, this takes us back and makes the common mistake of presenting a younger version of a protagonist that really does not seem consistent with the one we met in a later story. As if that wasn't enough, the real-life prince of Wales figures and that whole storyline sinks the entire story. To top it off, Clancy seems to have struggled with his obviously pre-defined volume this time around; very long parts of this book could easily have been cut and nothing would have been lost. Disappointing entry, but he revenged himself with The Cardinal of the Kremlin.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jayna

    Dude books. I call them "palette cleansers" because sometimes I just get tired of reading about FEELINGS and EMOTIONS and THOUGHTS. This book didn't have any of those other things. It had intrigue, machismo, swearing, guns, and violence. Pretty much pg-13 level, nothing too too much. But it also had bravery, mystery, and for reals: the main guy likes his wife and kid. And he doesn't cheat on her. Two thumbs up. So, in all, a bit more insight than the movie version, but pretty much the gist of it. Dude books. I call them "palette cleansers" because sometimes I just get tired of reading about FEELINGS and EMOTIONS and THOUGHTS. This book didn't have any of those other things. It had intrigue, machismo, swearing, guns, and violence. Pretty much pg-13 level, nothing too too much. But it also had bravery, mystery, and for reals: the main guy likes his wife and kid. And he doesn't cheat on her. Two thumbs up. So, in all, a bit more insight than the movie version, but pretty much the gist of it. And now my palette has been cleansed. On to girl books once more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fred Shaw

    Review to follow

  8. 4 out of 5

    L.M. Mountford

    I heard that Tom Clancy hated the movie this book inspired. Having read it, i can understand why. Nobody likes it when someone takes your idea and makes it enjoyable. This is another one of Tom Clancy's political statements disguised as a novel, with the IRA representing communism. The Pacing is dull, the story unbelievable and at times hilarious. I suppose though my biggest problem is with Clancy's notion that Ryan is somehow able or even capable of doing half of what he undergos, just because I heard that Tom Clancy hated the movie this book inspired. Having read it, i can understand why. Nobody likes it when someone takes your idea and makes it enjoyable. This is another one of Tom Clancy's political statements disguised as a novel, with the IRA representing communism. The Pacing is dull, the story unbelievable and at times hilarious. I suppose though my biggest problem is with Clancy's notion that Ryan is somehow able or even capable of doing half of what he undergos, just because he's a former marine with a career of 3 months and who'd never seen combat. Especially as in HFRO, he can barely keep his cool when being shot at by a cook. In reality, Ryan would have been struck dumb by it all like everyone else, and even if he hadn't, if he had gone head to head with an IRA gunman, they would have eaten him for breakfast. I know that to Clancy's mind the rest of the world is small and inferior compared to anyone born in the states but the IRA are tough bastards, not the sort a history teacher would knock out with one tackle. Also, why does Clancy always refer to the royal family with their titles?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    3.5 to 4.0 stars. Third Jack Ryan book published but first in terms of internal chronology as the events take place before those in The Hunt for Red October. While I enjoyed some of the later Ryan novels more (especially those in which John Clark and his crew played a major part), this is still a quality thriller and certainly worth a read. A pretty good Clancy novel is still much better than a lot of the junk that is out there.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Isaacs

    Although an old novel, but this is a classic novel about Jack Ryan, a former US marines who was on a work/vacation to the UK. A day after his arrival, he finds himself in a gun battle with 3 terrorists attacking the prince of Wales, his wife and few months old baby. They survived the attack, thanks to Jack who sustains an injury but got the Knighthood for his bravery. After that comes trouble from... Hey! go read it yourself to find out what happened in the end. I really like the plot. It's a clas Although an old novel, but this is a classic novel about Jack Ryan, a former US marines who was on a work/vacation to the UK. A day after his arrival, he finds himself in a gun battle with 3 terrorists attacking the prince of Wales, his wife and few months old baby. They survived the attack, thanks to Jack who sustains an injury but got the Knighthood for his bravery. After that comes trouble from... Hey! go read it yourself to find out what happened in the end. I really like the plot. It's a classic like from a master plotter (mario Puzo). Have fun reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Asghar Abbas

    Irish bashing aside, a solid thriller. Can't deny I had a good time with the sun, not in the sun. Too much fun. Not that you need to know any of that. Details are all mine.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Asheley

    After losing my Dad recently, I watched the entire Jack Ryan series on Amazon all the way through over about 36 hours. Sleepless nights and such. But it was so good that I ended up watching it again with my husband. Then I went out and grabbed this book. (FYI, the show is not based on any particular book according to the show creators, so I don't feel like I spoiled anything by watching first.) I love Jack Ryan. I love how he loves his wife and daughter. He has this feral-like need to protect the After losing my Dad recently, I watched the entire Jack Ryan series on Amazon all the way through over about 36 hours. Sleepless nights and such. But it was so good that I ended up watching it again with my husband. Then I went out and grabbed this book. (FYI, the show is not based on any particular book according to the show creators, so I don't feel like I spoiled anything by watching first.) I love Jack Ryan. I love how he loves his wife and daughter. He has this feral-like need to protect them, and he isn't interested or tempted by other women. (I hope it stays like that throughout the series.) Jack Ryan is an ex-marine who ends up working for the CIA in a very roundabout way. I love the beginning of the book, how Jack is vacationing in London with his family when he finds himself thwarting an attack on the Prince of Wales and his family. Ryan finds himself a hero with the Royal family and the rest of the country, but when his injuries heal and he returns to America, he brings trouble to the US, out for revenge. What I didn't really enjoy is the trouble that he brought back. I just couldn't muster enough interest in the bad guys. There are so many of them, their part of the plot is so complicated, and they even involve outside terrorist agencies in what they are doing. Just so much terrorism-speak, it got muddy and boring. It seemed like Tom Clancy really disliked the bad guys. I noticed that he gave them no redeeming qualities or sympathies whatsoever. They do not have anything to identify with at all. They don't speak fondly their wives or their mothers or their children. They don't hesitate for even a second or have second thoughts. They are just flat-out bad guys with no redeeming qualities. Even the way they dialogue with one another is very stilted and almost harsh. Very interesting. (This was a definite contrast from the show, because they gave the bad guys at least some humanity with their perspectives.) So I liked this one, but I didn't love it. There were parts that were exciting and heart-pounding, but that feeling certainly didn't carry throughout the entire length of the book. I'll read/listen to more from Clancy and Jack Ryan, but I'm not in a huge hurry to do so. Audiobook Notes: Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators, but I don't feel like this is one of my favorites from his audio collection. Maybe it was because of the accents that he used for the Irish and British characters? Or maybe it was because I just didn't feel his enthusiasm with this story like I have with some of his other work. It was good, but just not a favorite. This is a good introduction to Jack Ryan's character and still totally worth the use of a credit. My husband is now reading the book without the audiobook and it is taking him forever to get through it. I'm glad that I listened to it, but I'm not completely sure that the Clancy series is a re-listen series for me. Title: Patriot Games by Tom Clancy Series: Jack Ryan #1 Narrated by: Scott Brick Publisher: Random House Audio Length: 22 hours, 2 minutes, Unabridged

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    When I read an old bestseller like this, I always ask myself if I would have recognized its potential. In this case: no way, rejectorama. I couldn't bring myself to read more than a third of it--which, by the way, amounted to 250 pages. What happened in those pages? There's a great opener where Jack Ryan is almost hit by a bus and barely exhales before he is swept into a kidnapping attempt on the British royal family. That contrast between the near disaster, his relief and reorientation, and then When I read an old bestseller like this, I always ask myself if I would have recognized its potential. In this case: no way, rejectorama. I couldn't bring myself to read more than a third of it--which, by the way, amounted to 250 pages. What happened in those pages? There's a great opener where Jack Ryan is almost hit by a bus and barely exhales before he is swept into a kidnapping attempt on the British royal family. That contrast between the near disaster, his relief and reorientation, and then the real disaster is very well done. But it's all downhill from there as we feel the boredom of waiting around to be discharged from the hospital, interrupted by multiple, totally gratuitous visits from members of the royal family who express their deep admiration of Ryan, but in awkwardly bantering ways. Once he gets out of the hospital, we're taken on a tourist visit to the Tower of London which feels like a transcript of the actual tour, except for more awkward bantering at the end about how special Jack is. Not sure he's special? In addition to being a former banker, Marine, current college professor and (we quickly learn) CIA agent, and on top of his oh-so-American down-to-earth humility and sexy, devoted, symbolically fertile wife, he gets knighted and is now Sir John Ryan! His universally adored daughter is given horse-riding lessons by the royal family, although I didn't read far enough to learn whether she also gets a fairy princess wedding or a unicorn or whatever. I read for a good bit after he gets back from the UK, but there was no point, since it doesn't become good and is less hilariously bad after that. I was amazed at the slack, daydreamy pace of this novel, especially having the seen the movie (which I recall as rather exciting). Daydream is le mot juste because this does feel like the fantasy life of a certain kind of person who is not me. I scoffed aloud when I hit the transparent description of the luxurious and attractive, and also tactically complex, landscape surrounding Ryan's family home. When are they going get to the fireworks factory? I give up.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bre

    I still can't understand how, after 787 pages, Tom Clancy was unable to develop even the slightest hint of personality in any of the 30+ characters in this novel. Jack Ryan is one of the most boring, one-dimensional characters I've ever encountered. I'm sure Clancy did plenty of research on the military, procedures, guns, planes, ships, ranks, etc. This would explain the pages and pages and pages of pointless blathering about types of automatic weapons, ammunition, tomcat planes, boats, Concorde I still can't understand how, after 787 pages, Tom Clancy was unable to develop even the slightest hint of personality in any of the 30+ characters in this novel. Jack Ryan is one of the most boring, one-dimensional characters I've ever encountered. I'm sure Clancy did plenty of research on the military, procedures, guns, planes, ships, ranks, etc. This would explain the pages and pages and pages of pointless blathering about types of automatic weapons, ammunition, tomcat planes, boats, Concorde flights, and SargeantMajorLieutenantCaptain chatter. Add to that the god-awful dialogue, the cringeworthy awkwardness of the 'sex' scenes, and the breathtakingly and unforgivably stupid yelling-at-the-crown-prince (who later wields an Uzi in a boat chase) scene, and it's probably one of the most painful 800 pages I've ever read. So awful.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Todd Hickman

    I have a theory that this is actually the first novel that Tom Clancy wrote, simply because it seems to me to be a wish-fulfillment fantasy. "Wouldn't it be great if I saved the royal family of England and was knighted by the queen." Great daydream and he turned it into a novel. Anyway, I liked it anyway. Good page-turner. It is probably a 4.5 stars read, but I rounded up.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Barnabas Piper

    It really deserves more like 4.5 stars. Iโ€™d forgotten how good Clancy was at pacing and building a plot. His books are pure pretty caesura land can bog down in the details here and there, but in general theyโ€™re excellent and pull the reader along in a compelling way. Really enjoyable.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tal

    ืกื™ื™ืžืชื™ ืื•ืชื• ืœืคื ื™ ื›ืžื” ื“ืงื•ืช ื•-"ื•ื•ืื•" ื”ื™ื ื”ื“ืจืš ืฉืœื™ ืœืกื›ื ืืช ืžื” ืฉืงืจืืชื™ ื”ืจื’ืข. ืืช ื˜ื•ื ืงืœื ืกื™ ื”ื›ืจืชื™ ืœืคื ื™ ืฉื ื™ื ื“ืจืš ืžืฉื—ืงื™ ื”ืžื—ืฉื‘ ืฉื”ื•ื ื”ื•ืฆื™ื. ื›ืฉื ื•ื“ืข ืœื™ ืื—ืจ ื›ืš ืฉื”ื•ื ื”ื™ื” ืกื•ื›ืŸ(ื‘ืื•ืชื• ื–ืžืŸ ื—ืฉื‘ืชื™ ืฉCIA, ืื‘ืœ ื”ื•ื ื”ื™ื” ืกื•ื›ืŸ ื‘ื™ื˜ื•ื— ื›ืžื“ื•ืžื ื™) ื•ื”ื•ืฆื™ื ื”ืจื‘ื” ืกืคืจื™ื ื ื—ืฉื‘ื™ื ื‘ื–'ืื ืจ. ืื ืชื•ืกื™ืคื• ืœื–ื” ืืช ื”ืžืฉื—ืงื™ื ืฉืœื• ืฉืฉื™ื—ืงืชื™ ื•ืืช ื”ืฆืคื™ื™ื” ื‘ืกืจื˜ "ื›ืœ ื”ืคื—ื“ื™ื ื›ื•ืœื" ื”ืžื‘ื•ืกืก ืขืœ ืกืคืจื• ืฉืœ ืงืœื ืกื™ ื‘ื›ื™ื›ื•ื‘ื ืฉืœ ื‘ืŸ ืืคืœืง ื•ืžื•ืจื’ืŸ ืคืจื™ืžืŸ ืชืงื‘ืœื• ืฉื”ื™ื™ืชื™ ื—ื™ื™ื‘ ืœืงืจื•ื ืกืคืจ ืฉืœื•. ื‘ืื•ืชื• ื”ื–ืžืŸ ืœื ืงืจืืชื™ ื•ื—ื–ืจืชื™ ืœืงืจื™ืื” ืจืง ื‘ืกื•ืฃ 2015 ืื—ืจื™ ืฉืงื™ื‘ืœืชื™ ืืช ื”ืกืคืจ "ื‘ื™ืช ื”ืกืคืจ ืœืงืกื ืื™ืฉื™"(ืฉ"ืžืฉื—ืง ืกื™ื™ืžืชื™ ืื•ืชื• ืœืคื ื™ ื›ืžื” ื“ืงื•ืช ื•-"ื•ื•ืื•" ื”ื™ื ื”ื“ืจืš ืฉืœื™ ืœืกื›ื ืืช ืžื” ืฉืงืจืืชื™ ื”ืจื’ืข. ืืช ื˜ื•ื ืงืœื ืกื™ ื”ื›ืจืชื™ ืœืคื ื™ ืฉื ื™ื ื“ืจืš ืžืฉื—ืงื™ ื”ืžื—ืฉื‘ ืฉื”ื•ื ื”ื•ืฆื™ื. ื›ืฉื ื•ื“ืข ืœื™ ืื—ืจ ื›ืš ืฉื”ื•ื ื”ื™ื” ืกื•ื›ืŸ(ื‘ืื•ืชื• ื–ืžืŸ ื—ืฉื‘ืชื™ ืฉCIA, ืื‘ืœ ื”ื•ื ื”ื™ื” ืกื•ื›ืŸ ื‘ื™ื˜ื•ื— ื›ืžื“ื•ืžื ื™) ื•ื”ื•ืฆื™ื ื”ืจื‘ื” ืกืคืจื™ื ื ื—ืฉื‘ื™ื ื‘ื–'ืื ืจ. ืื ืชื•ืกื™ืคื• ืœื–ื” ืืช ื”ืžืฉื—ืงื™ื ืฉืœื• ืฉืฉื™ื—ืงืชื™ ื•ืืช ื”ืฆืคื™ื™ื” ื‘ืกืจื˜ "ื›ืœ ื”ืคื—ื“ื™ื ื›ื•ืœื" ื”ืžื‘ื•ืกืก ืขืœ ืกืคืจื• ืฉืœ ืงืœื ืกื™ ื‘ื›ื™ื›ื•ื‘ื ืฉืœ ื‘ืŸ ืืคืœืง ื•ืžื•ืจื’ืŸ ืคืจื™ืžืŸ ืชืงื‘ืœื• ืฉื”ื™ื™ืชื™ ื—ื™ื™ื‘ ืœืงืจื•ื ืกืคืจ ืฉืœื•. ื‘ืื•ืชื• ื”ื–ืžืŸ ืœื ืงืจืืชื™ ื•ื—ื–ืจืชื™ ืœืงืจื™ืื” ืจืง ื‘ืกื•ืฃ 2015 ืื—ืจื™ ืฉืงื™ื‘ืœืชื™ ืืช ื”ืกืคืจ "ื‘ื™ืช ื”ืกืคืจ ืœืงืกื ืื™ืฉื™"(ืฉ"ืžืฉื—ืงื™ื ืคื˜ืจื™ื•ื˜ื™ื™ื" ืขื•ืžื“ ืื™ืชื• ื‘ืจืฉื™ืžืช "ืกืคืจื™ ื”ืžืชื— ื”ืœืึพืชืขืœื•ืžืชื™ื™ื ื”ื›ื™ ื˜ื•ื‘ื™ื/ืื™ื›ื•ืชื™ื™ื ืฉืงืจืืชื™ ื‘ื—ื™ื™"). ืื—ืจ ื›ืš, ื’ื™ืœื™ืชื™ ืืช "ืกื™ืคื•ืจ ื—ื•ื–ืจ" ื•ืฉื ืงื ื™ืชื™ ืืช "ื—ื•ืžืช ืืฉ". ืœืื—ืจ ืžื›ืŸ, ื‘ืกืคืจื™ื” ื”ืขื™ืจื•ื ื™ืช ื”ืงืจื•ื‘ื” ืœื‘ื™ืชื™ ืžื›ืจื• ืกืคืจื™ื ื‘ืฉืœื•ืฉื” ืฉืงืœื™ื ืœืื—ื“, ื›ืš ื™ืฆื ืฉื”ืฉื’ืชื™ ืขื•ื“ ืืจื‘ืขื” ืกืคืจื™ื ืžื”ื™ืฉื ื™ื ืฉืœื•. ืžืฉื ืฉื‘ื•ืข ื”ืกืคืจ ื•ืขื•ื“ ื‘ื™ืงื•ืจ ื‘ืกื™ืคื•ืจ ื—ื•ื–ืจ ื•ื’ืžืจืชื™ ืขื ืขืฉืจื” ืกืคืจื™ื ืฉืœื•. ืœืฆืขืจื™, ืชืงื•ืคืช ื”ื‘ื—ื™ื ื•ืช ืฉื”ื™ื™ืชื” ื‘ืคืชื— ืžื ืขื” ืžืžื ื™ ืœื”ืชืขื ื’ ืขืœ ื”ืกื“ืจื” ื•ื›ืฉืื ื™ ืœื ืงื•ืจื ืžืฉื”ื• ืฉืื ื™ ื“ื™ ืจื•ืฆื”, ืฆื™ืคื™ื•ืช ืžืชืคืชื—ื•ืช, ื‘ืžื™ื•ื—ื“ ื›ืฉื–ื” ื”ื•ื ืกื•ืคืจ ืฉืœื ืงืจืืชื™ ื•ื™ืฉ ืœื™ ืขืฉืจื” ืกืคืจื™ื(ืงืฆืช ืื™ืžืคื•ืœืกื™ื‘ื™ ื•ื”ื™ืžื•ืจ ื‘ืจืื™ื™ื” ืœืื—ื•ืจ). ืœืกืคืจ ื”ื–ื” ื”ื™ื• ืฆื™ืคื™ื•ืช ืœื ืงื˜ื ื•ืช ื•ื”ื•ื ืœื ืื›ื–ื‘ ื‘ื›ืœืœ. ื ืขืฉื” ื–ื•ืึพืื™ืŸ ืขืœ ื”ืกืคืจ ื›ืขืช. ื’ยดืง ืจืื™ื™ืŸ. ื”ื”ื™ืกื˜ื•ืจื™ื•ืŸ. ืื™ืฉ ื—ื™ืœ - ื”ื ื—ืชื™ื ื•ื”ืกื™.ืื™.ืื™ื™, ื”ื’ื™ื‘ื•ืจ ื”ื›ืจื™ื–ืžืื˜ื™ ืฉืœ ื”ืžืจื“ืฃ ืื—ืจ ืื•ืงื˜ื•ื‘ืจ ื”ืื“ื•ื, ืžื›ื›ื‘ ื›ืืŸ ื›ื’ื™ื‘ื•ืจื” ืฉืœ ืžืœื—ืžื” ืžืกื•ื’ ืื—ืจ - ื”ืžืœื—ืžื” ื”ื‘ื™ื ืœืื•ืžื™ืช ื‘ื˜ืจื•ืจ. ืจืื™ื™ืŸ ื ื•ืคืฉ ืขื ืืฉืชื• ื•ื‘ืชื• ื‘ืœื•ื ื“ื•ืŸ ื›ืฉืœืคืชืข, ืœื ื’ื“ ืขื™ื ื™ื• ืขื•ืžื“ ืœื”ืชืจื—ืฉ ืคื™ื’ื•ืข ื˜ืจื•ืจื™ืกื˜ื™. ื‘ืื•ืคืŸ ืื™ื ืกื˜ื™ื ืงื˜ื™ื‘ื™ ืคื•ืจืฅ ืจืื™ื™ืŸ ืืœ ื–ื™ืจืช ื”ืžืื‘ืง. ื”ื•ื ื ื•ืจื” ื•ื ืคืฆืข. ืจืง ื›ืืฉืจ ื”ื•ื ืžืชืขื•ืจืจ ื‘ื‘ื™ืช - ื”ื—ื•ืœื™ื, ืžืกืชื‘ืจ ืœื• ืฉื”ืฆื™ืœ ืžืžื•ื•ืช ืืช ื”ื ืกื™ืš ืžื•ื•ื™ื™ืœืก, ืจืขื™ื™ืชื• ื•ื‘ื ื ื”ืคืขื•ื˜. ื”ื•ื ื–ื•ื›ื” ื‘ืชื”ื™ืœื” ื•ื‘ื”ื•ืงืจื”, ืืš ื‘ื• ื‘ื–ืžืŸ ื’ื ืจื•ื›ืฉ ืœื• ืื•ื™ื‘ื™ื ื—ื“ืฉื™ื. ืžืŸ ื”ืื›ื–ืจื™ื™ื ื•ื”ืžืกื•ื›ื ื™ื ืฉื‘ื˜ืจื•ืจื™ืกื˜ื™ื. ื”ื—ื‘ืจื™ื ื‘ืฉื•ืจื•ืชื™ื• ืฉืœ ืคืœื’ ืฉืžืืœื™ ืงื™ืฆื•ื ื™ ืฉืœ ื”-IRA. ืืœื”, ื—ื•ืจืฉื™-ืจืข, ื ื•ื˜ืจื™ื ื•ื ื•ืงืžื™ื, ืœื ื™ื ื™ื—ื• ืœืœื”ื˜ ืฉื ืืชื ื•ืœืฉืื™ืคื•ืช ื”ื ืงื ืฉื‘ืœื‘ื ืœื“ืขื•ืš. ืขืœ ืจืื™ื™ืŸ ืœื’ื™ื™ืก ืืช ื›ืœ ื›ื™ืฉื•ืจื™ื•, ืืช ื›ืœ ื”ื™ื“ืข ื”ืขื•ืžื“ ืœืจืฉื•ืชื•, ืืช ื›ื•ืฉืจ ื”ืžื ื”ื™ื’ื•ืช ืฉืœื• ื•ืืช ืžื™ื˜ื‘ ื”ืื ืฉื™ื, ื›ื“ื™ ืœื”ืฉื™ื‘ ืžืœื—ืžื” ื•ืœืขืžื•ื“ ื ื’ื“ ืื•ื™ื‘ื™ื•. ืžืฉื—ืงื™ื ืคื˜ืจื™ื•ื˜ื™ื™ื ื”ื ืžืฉื—ืงื™ื ืฉืœ ื’ื‘ืจื™ื ื ื—ื•ืฉื™ื ื”ื ืื‘ืงื™ื ืขืœ ื—ื™ื™ื”ื ื•ืœืžืขืŸ ืžื˜ืจื•ืช ื›ืœืœ - ืื ื•ืฉื™ื•ืช ื•ื‘ื™ื ืœืื•ืžื™ื•ืช. ืขืœื™ืœืช - ื”ืžืชื— ื”ืžืจืชืงืช ืžืชืจื—ืฉืช ื‘ืื ื’ืœื™ื”, ื‘ืื™ืจืœื ื“ ,ืžืขื‘ืจ ืœืื•ืงื™ื™ื ื•ืก - ื‘ืืžืจื™ืงื”. ื”ืกืคืจ ื”ื•ื ื›ืจื•ื ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ืช ื”ืฉื ื™ ื‘"ื™ืงื•ื ื’'ืง ืจืื™ื™ืŸ", ืจืืฉื•ืŸ ื›ืจื•ื ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ืช ืขื ื“ืžื•ืชื• ืฉืœ ืจืื™ื™ืŸ ื•ืฉื ื™ ืœืคื™ ืกื“ืจ ื”ื”ื•ืฆืื” ื‘ืื•ืชื• "ื™ืงื•ื"(ื”ืจืืฉื•ืŸ ื›ืจื•ื ื•ืœื•ื’ื™ืช ื”ื•ื "ืœืœื ื—ืจื˜ื”" ื”ืžืกืคืจ ืขืœ ื’'ื•ืŸ ืงืœืืจืง ื‘ืชืงื•ืคืช ืžืœื—ืžืช ื•ื™ื™ื˜ื ืื ื•ื”ืจืืฉื•ืŸ ืœืคื™ ืกื“ืจ ื”ื”ื•ืฆืื” ื”ื™ื ื• "ื”ืžืจื“ืฃ ืื—ืจ ืื•ืงื˜ื•ื‘ืจ ื”ืื“ื•ื" ื”ืžืกืคืจ ืขืœ ื’'ืง ืจืื™ื™ืŸ). ืœืคืขืžื™ื ื”ืกืคืจ ืžืจื’ื™ืฉ ื˜ื™ืคื” ื ืžืจื—. ืจืื™ื™ืŸ ื ืคืฆืข ื‘ืชื—ื™ืœืช ื”ืกื™ืคื•ืจ ื•ืงืœื ืกื™ ืœื•ืงื— ืืช ื”ื–ืžืŸ ื›ื“ื™ ืœื’ืจื•ื ืœื• ืœื”ื—ืœื™ื ื›ืžื• ืฉืฆืจื™ืš. ื–ื” ืžืจื’ื™ืฉ ืืžื™ืŸ ื•ืžืื•ื“ ืื”ื‘ืชื™ ืฉื”ื•ื ื”ื—ืœื™ื˜ ืœืขืฉื•ืช ื–ืืช. ื”-"ื‘ืขื™ื”" ื”ื™ื ืฉื’ื ื‘ื”ืžืฉืš ื”ืกืคืจ ื–ื” ืงื•ืจื” ืฉื“ื‘ืจื™ื ื–ื–ื™ื ืœืื˜, ืื‘ืœ ื‘ืจื’ืข ืฉื–ื” ื›ื‘ืจ ืžืชื—ื™ืœ ืœื”ืจื’ื™ืฉ ื›ืื™ืœื• ืงืœื ืกื™ ืžื•ืจื— ืœืขื•ื“ ื“ืคื™ื ืื– ืžืฉื”ื• ืงื•ืจื”. ื›ืžื• ื›ืŸ, ื—ื•ืฅ ืžื”ื”ืชื—ืœื” ื•ื”ืžืื” ื—ืžื™ืฉื™ื ืขืžื•ื“ื™ื ื”ืื—ืจื•ื ื™ื, ื’'ืง ืจืื™ื™ืŸ ืื•ืœื™ ื”ื“ืžื•ืช ื”ืจืืฉื™ืช, ืื‘ืœ ื”ืขืœื™ืœื” ืžืชืคืชื—ืช ื‘ืขื™ืงืจ ืžื”ืฆื“ ืฉืœ ื”ื‘ืจื™ื˜ื™ื\ืืฃ.ื‘ื™.ืื™ื™ ื•ืฉืœ ื”ื˜ืจื•ืจื™ืกื˜ื™ื. ืžื” ืฉื›ืŸ ืžืชืคืชื— ืืฆืœ ื’'ืง ืจืื™ื™ืŸ ื–ื” ืžื” ืฉืื ื™ ืžื ื—ืฉ ื”ื“ืจืš ืฉื‘ื” ื”ื•ื ืžื’ื™ืข ืœืžืฆื‘ ืฉื‘ื• ื”ื•ื ื”ื™ื”(ืื• ื™ื”ื™ื” ื‘ืฉื‘ื™ืœื™) ื‘"ืžืจื“ืฃ ืื—ืจ ืื•ืงื˜ื•ื‘ืจ ื”ืื“ื•ื". ืขื•ื“ ืžืฉื”ื• ืฉืžืื“ ืื”ื‘ืชื™, ื–ื” ืืช ื’'ืง ืจืื™ื™ืŸ ืขืฆืžื•, ื”ื“ืžื•ืช ืืžื™ื ื”, ืื ื•ืฉื™ืช, ืื™ืฉ ืžืฉืคื—ื” ืขื ื—ื•ืœืฉื•ืช, ืกืคืงื•ืช ืฉืœืคืขืžื™ื ืืคื™ืœื• ืžืงืœืœ ืืช ืขืฆืžื• ื‘ืœื‘. ืื•ืœื™ ื–ื” ื‘ื’ืœืœ ืฉื”ืกืคืจื™ื ืฉืœืคื ื™ ื–ื” ืงืจืืชื™ ื”ื™ื• ืขืœ ื’ื‘ืจื™ืืœ ืืœื•ืŸ ื•ืขืœ ื’'ืง ืจื™ืฆ'ืจ ืฉื”ื ื™ื•ืชืจ ื”ื’ื™ื‘ื•ืจื™ื ื”ื˜ื™ืคื•ืกื™ื™ื ื‘ื–'ืื ืจ ื”ืคืขื•ืœื” ืื– ื”ื ื™ื’ื•ื“ ื”ื™ื” ื˜ื™ืคื” "ื‘ื•ื”ืง" ื™ื•ืชืจ. ื‘ื›ืœืœื™, ื›ืœ ื”ืกืคืจ ืžืจื’ื™ืฉ ืฉื”ื•ื ื™ื›ื•ืœ ื”ื™ื” ืœืงืจื•ืช ื‘ืืžืช ื‘ืฉื ื•ืช ื”ืฉืžื•ื ื™ื. ื”ื“ืžื•ื™ื•ืช ืืžื™ื ื•ืช, ืจืฆืฃ ืื™ืจื•ืขื™ื ื”ื’ื™ื•ื ื™ ื•ืžืจื’ื™ืฉ ืืžื™ืชื™ ื•ื”ืขืœื™ืœื”? ืœื ืจืฆื™ืชื™ ืœื”ืคืกื™ืง ืœืงืจื•ื. ื‘ืงื™ืฆื•ืจ, ืกืคืจ ืžืฆื•ื™ืŸ, ืžื•ืžืœืฅ ืžืื•ื“! ืกืœื™ื—ื” ืขืœ ื”ื—ืคื™ืจื” ื•ืขืœ ืฉื’ื™ืื•ืช ื”ืขื‘ืจื™ืช ืื ื™ืฉ :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Clancy's second Jack Ryan book is a prequel, which is perhaps why some suggest new readers should read them in the order the events took place rather than in the order they were written. Some of the suspense is muted because you know how the big picture will work out. This story is about Ryan's actions in England when, as an innocent bystander, tries to stop a terrorist (IRA-like group) action and what happens as a result in England and then back home in Annapolis. It also tells of how he gets r Clancy's second Jack Ryan book is a prequel, which is perhaps why some suggest new readers should read them in the order the events took place rather than in the order they were written. Some of the suspense is muted because you know how the big picture will work out. This story is about Ryan's actions in England when, as an innocent bystander, tries to stop a terrorist (IRA-like group) action and what happens as a result in England and then back home in Annapolis. It also tells of how he gets roped into the CIA. The event was referenced multiple times in "Red October" The story, despite knowing how it will turn out (from reading it once before, seeing the movie multiple times, and having read "Red October"), is exciting and fun. Clancy does have a knack for keeping the pedal to the metal when he's in the middle of action sequences. Scott Brick narrated the audiobook, which made it feel a bit like a science fiction story at first (he has done a lot of them), but I got over that quickly. I like his narration, though he pronounces "Annapolis" funny.

  19. 5 out of 5

    David Lucero

    The movie follows the book closely, but with far more detail, which is expected in books. I read this after watching The Hunt for Red October and reading that book, too. Jack Ryan is a CIA analyst who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and unexpectedly thwarts a kidnapping attempt of the British Royal family while on seminar in England. He becomes a hero to the British people and an enemy of the IRA (Irish Republican Army), who put out a death warrant on him. Ryan returns to Ameri The movie follows the book closely, but with far more detail, which is expected in books. I read this after watching The Hunt for Red October and reading that book, too. Jack Ryan is a CIA analyst who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and unexpectedly thwarts a kidnapping attempt of the British Royal family while on seminar in England. He becomes a hero to the British people and an enemy of the IRA (Irish Republican Army), who put out a death warrant on him. Ryan returns to America, but the IRA send their thugs to 'take him out,' and accidentally target his family in the process. This in turn brings bad publicity to the IRA, but things heat up when Ryan goes on the defense. A vivid story of revenge, filled with the latest technological information of modern war against terrorism.

  20. 5 out of 5

    JC

    This book started and ended with a bang but lost me in the middle. After the quick start with lots of action, the next 150 to 200 pages felt like filler pages. A lot of them could have been taken out or condensed down and the book would have been better. The last part of the book really picked up though and made for a good ending. If you are looking for a deep intellectualy book then Patriot Games probably isn't for you. The book focuses on terrorism and is a complete work of fiction. Ryan Jack i This book started and ended with a bang but lost me in the middle. After the quick start with lots of action, the next 150 to 200 pages felt like filler pages. A lot of them could have been taken out or condensed down and the book would have been better. The last part of the book really picked up though and made for a good ending. If you are looking for a deep intellectualy book then Patriot Games probably isn't for you. The book focuses on terrorism and is a complete work of fiction. Ryan Jack isn't a super deep character but he is a pretty smart one who wonders a lot about why things are the way they are. He is a good fit for the story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    William

    I may be rating this a bit low because compared to the movie and screen play it was a bit dull. Recommend only to those who are going to read "the jack Ryan Universe"; it explains how he got into the CIA.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Armin

    Ein Mรคrchenhafter Agentenroman, Thriller wรคre zu viel des Guten. Denn beim Bildungsroman seines spรคteren Serienhelden und Mittelpunkt eines Spionageuniversums, schreibt Tom Clancy die Spannung zunรคchst ziemlich klein: Auf eine mรครŸige Ballerei von allenfalls drei Seiten, folgen 60 Seiten Krankenbesuche, an deren Ende der Rekonvaleszent immerhin den total zerknitterten Prince Charles wieder aufmรถbelt. Bei Clancys Kapiteln mit Jack Ryan als Liebling der kรถniglichen Familie fรผhlt man sich hundert Ja Ein Mรคrchenhafter Agentenroman, Thriller wรคre zu viel des Guten. Denn beim Bildungsroman seines spรคteren Serienhelden und Mittelpunkt eines Spionageuniversums, schreibt Tom Clancy die Spannung zunรคchst ziemlich klein: Auf eine mรครŸige Ballerei von allenfalls drei Seiten, folgen 60 Seiten Krankenbesuche, an deren Ende der Rekonvaleszent immerhin den total zerknitterten Prince Charles wieder aufmรถbelt. Bei Clancys Kapiteln mit Jack Ryan als Liebling der kรถniglichen Familie fรผhlt man sich hundert Jahre zurรผck versetzt, aber ohne diesen ganzen monarchischen Mumpitz und die Mรคnnerfreundschaft zwischen JR und PC, funktioniert das Finale nun mal nicht, wie sonst sollte der Prince of Wales sich zu einem Privatbesuch bei Jack Ryan verpflichtet fรผhlen, der den Terroristen viel bessere Zugriffsmรถglichkeiten als beim vom amerikanischen Touristen vereitelten Angriff auf den kรถniglichen Rolls-Royce bietet? Zwei kรถnigliche Familien im Kreuzfeuer Zwischen diesen beiden Extremsituationen, bei denen sich der spรคtere Serienheld als Mann bewรคhren darf, beschreibt TC Ryans Weg vom Skeptiker, der die Agency ab und an fรผr seine Zwecke nutzt, zum รœberzeugungstรคter, der beim Auslangsgeheimdienst insgeheim schon als Kronprinz gilt. Insofern ist der all-american Boy JR, der ja spรคter sogar Prรคsident wird, wรคhrend PC bis heute nicht auf den Thron gekommen ist, sogar ebenbรผrtig. Auf dieser Ebene ist das Buch also nicht mal so schrecklich hingeschludert, zumal es ja zwischendrin noch ein Attentat auf Queen Ryan und die kleine Prinzessin gibt. Aber die schlicht mรคrchenhaften Strukturen machen deutlich, warum derartige Sachen zu einem so groรŸen Erfolg werden konnten. Anscheinend trรคgt der technische Teil viel zur Glaubwรผrdigkeit von TCs Bรผchern bei, wenn man nicht gerade Historiker ist, wirken die betreffenden Passagen sogar als grรถรŸerer Ballast als das monarchistiche Brimborium, aber die Entwicklung in Sachen Spionagetechnik und das Allgemeinwissen รผber Terrorismus hat seitdem massiv zugenommen, dass die Bรถsewichter ebenfalls wie aus dem Mรคrchenwald wirken. Zwei Minuten von Der Mann, der niemals lebte genรผgen, um Tom Clancy in die Agatha-Christie-Dimension zu stecken. Und vielleicht lieber ein paar Romane von David Ignatius zu lesen, der als Korrespondent seine Schauplรคtze und die Lebensgewohnheiten auch aus eigener Anschauung kennt. Die London-Kapitel, insbesondere die Szenen aus dem Buckingham-Palast wirkten schon wie Karl May. Fazit: Mission so weit erfรผllt, der Prinz ist vorgestellt und hat seine erste Bewรคhrungsprobe bestanden. Eine komplette Charakterstudie wรคre unter diesen Umstรคnden zu viel verlangt gewesen. Viele Mit- und Gegenspieler bleiben dagegen vergleichsweise eindimensional oder schrumpfen gar zu bloรŸen Namen, aber im Gegensatz zum Bader-Meinhof-Komplex gibt es im Roman kein Personenregister. Fรผr meinen nรคchsten Clancy muss ich mir wohl selbst eines erstellen. Von daher 55/100 knapp drei Sterne fรผr ein Buch, das seinerzeit als Prequel zum รผberraschend zum Weltbestseller aufgestiegenen U-Boot-Thriller Jagd auf Roter Oktober auf Kiel gelegt wurde.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Louis Dohanich

    Tom Clancyโ€™s Patriot Games 4.5 stars Tom Clancy is known around the world for his fast paced action books. (Several of his books have been made into movies, and one has even been made into a video game series!) This is one of his earlier books, and I anticipated a book just like those who have made him famous with his writing style, such as Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising, and others. I wasnโ€™t disappointed. This book, Patriot Games, is a great book, as most of his others were. The Theme of Tom Clancyโ€™s Patriot Games 4.5 stars Tom Clancy is known around the world for his fast paced action books. (Several of his books have been made into movies, and one has even been made into a video game series!) This is one of his earlier books, and I anticipated a book just like those who have made him famous with his writing style, such as Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising, and others. I wasnโ€™t disappointed. This book, Patriot Games, is a great book, as most of his others were. The Theme of this book is of how terrorism is a problem that we all should stop. This book was centered on the time when the PIRA was a huge terrorist threat. The setting is mainly in either the United Kingdom or the United States of America. This book's emotion was very dark, but humorous too. The writerโ€™s tone is whimsical (Tom Clancy is one of the few people who can do that in an action book). In the beginning, Jack Ryan (the protagonist, who is a family man who has been trying to get away from his old past which becomes a plot twist) intervenes in an assassination attempt to kill the Prince of Wales while on a business trip to London, England, which was the beginning of the conflict as well as the exposition, and grabbed me in. After the intervening, in which he was injured and hospitalized for an injured shoulder, Jack was known as a hero to both England and the United States. While in the hospital, Jack gave a pep talk to the Prince of Wales, who was the one person he saved from assassination and later becomes a friend in the story, which proves the main character is nice but tough. Jack was then revealed as a Former CIA operative (this is the plot twist I was telling you about), and you thus learned more about the main character, although it was a tad early to reveal this. A surprise commenced in the story when Jackโ€™s wife, Cathy, was found pregnant with her second child. In order to save England from the PIRA, Jack re-entered into CIA. All of a sudden, Jackโ€™s wife and first child, Sally, were hurt severely, but not killed, by terrorists from the PIRA as a "message" which intends to tug at the heartstrings of the reader (it does its job well). I would reveal more to how the rest of the book goes, but that's for me to know and you to find out. What I think was good about the book was that it was humorous, fast paced, and full of action. It was similar to the Tom Clancy games, which was based off of books like these. However, there were some bad things about the book. For instance, you need to know history from this time period in order to fully grasp the idea of the book. Also, you need to have a basic idea for what guns are and types of them to find out what Tom Clancy is talking about in his book. Overall, I recommend this book for Tom Clancy fans, military fans, or just plain action fans.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    5.5/10 This was quite a dull read in all honesty. Iโ€™m pretty sure Iโ€™m going to leave Tom Clancy alone for now or at least until Iโ€™ve read all of Vince Flynnโ€™s books. I know Mitch Rapp came afterwards but I prefer him by a country mile! The plot overview seemed interesting enough but I knew after 50 pages when the first terrorist attempt had taken place that there was still 550+ pages to go and not much was going to happen in the run up to the climax. I think Tom Clancy likes to waffle; perhaps heโ€™ 5.5/10 This was quite a dull read in all honesty. Iโ€™m pretty sure Iโ€™m going to leave Tom Clancy alone for now or at least until Iโ€™ve read all of Vince Flynnโ€™s books. I know Mitch Rapp came afterwards but I prefer him by a country mile! The plot overview seemed interesting enough but I knew after 50 pages when the first terrorist attempt had taken place that there was still 550+ pages to go and not much was going to happen in the run up to the climax. I think Tom Clancy likes to waffle; perhaps heโ€™s paid extra for going over a certain word count. I jest, he is very detailed in his descriptions and it seems like heโ€™s put a lot of time in for his research. This doesnโ€™t help the pacing of the story and the book could have been half as long in my opinion. I also wasnโ€™t too impressed with how the Royal Family were portrayed as some all caring, lovable family. I have nothing against the Royal Family but this is definitely not how I see them and at times it was a bit nauseating. The climax of Patriot Games also didnโ€™t feel all that well written but I could be wrong as my enthusiasm had long waned at that point. I read Rainbow 6 a couple of years ago and remember enjoying that quite a lot, that book was longer than this too, but the last two Clancy novels I have read (Hunt for Red October and this) have soured my appetite for any more. If you like this try: โ€œTransfer of Powerโ€ by Vince Flynn

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    It's been years since I'd read this book. I think it was my favorite after The Hunt for Red October, but that may be just because it's been so long since I've read any Tom Clancy. I want to work my way back through the all again. It's been so long, but it's almost like reading them the first time. This one was written long enough ago (1992) that the Irish "Troubles" were still a daily event in the news. Seems like such a better time back then before global terrorism was the norm as it is today.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hari widijanto

    Sooo gud.... baik film & bukunya, bro/sis... Alurnya enak sekali diikuti, khas dengan detailnya yg paten ala Tom Clancy... Pokoknya oche gtu lhooo... Oh ya, di squel ini, jack ryan mulai diperankan oleh Harrison Ford... and this is the 2nd Tom Clancy's book that i had read.....

  27. 5 out of 5

    KC

    Along with John Grisham, Tom Clancy was a pulp-fiction author I wanted to get a sample from in my reading list this year. Even though Patriot Games is not the first book published, it is the first book in the Jack Ryan Chronology, so I figured I'd start here. Given that it was written in the 80s, it appears to have had a strong influence in the development of the "invincible federal agent" archetype manifested in later pop culture icons like Jack Bauer, John Mcclane, Jason Bourne, etc. The enemie Along with John Grisham, Tom Clancy was a pulp-fiction author I wanted to get a sample from in my reading list this year. Even though Patriot Games is not the first book published, it is the first book in the Jack Ryan Chronology, so I figured I'd start here. Given that it was written in the 80s, it appears to have had a strong influence in the development of the "invincible federal agent" archetype manifested in later pop culture icons like Jack Bauer, John Mcclane, Jason Bourne, etc. The enemies are terrorists, but interestingly enough, are not Islamic Jihadists, but rather Irish Maoists. That certainly does some damage to the stereotypes that have congealed since 9/11. Clancy's writing is meticulous, detailed and thorough. While that does wonders for a well-developed setting and well-rounded characters, I found it laborious and tiresome. The plot itself can be distilled into a decently concise set of events, yet Clancy somehow manages to spread out the prose's volume to the scale of Moby Dick's word count. The themes of military ethics, and searching for humanity in the hearts of criminals made an appearance, and there was a nice sense of coming full circle in contrasting Jack's encounter with Sean Miller in the final showdown with their earlier encounter in the courtroom. The fact that Jack could finally relate to Miller was an important item of character development, and Clancy pulled it off well. Although I liked the character of Jack, I found him hard to relate to. Barely over 30, he has had a short military career as a trained Marine, made millions as an investment banker, has a very nice home and family, got a PhD in history and a professorship, and has published an academic book successful enough for him to be recognized at conferences. Mm-hmm. Right. Maybe at fifty, but come on, at 31? That is the age that most Millennials are finally moving out of their parents' basements.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    Tom Clancy's novel, Patriot Games, is the second book in the critically acclaimed Jack Ryan series. While the novel was very good at some points, at others the writing was mediocre at best. The main character that the book presents to the reader is Jack Ryan. This man works for the CIA part-time but is also a professor at a college. On a trip to England, he notices that an assassination attempt is occurring. Due to his CIA training instincts, he prevents the attack from happening but also gets s Tom Clancy's novel, Patriot Games, is the second book in the critically acclaimed Jack Ryan series. While the novel was very good at some points, at others the writing was mediocre at best. The main character that the book presents to the reader is Jack Ryan. This man works for the CIA part-time but is also a professor at a college. On a trip to England, he notices that an assassination attempt is occurring. Due to his CIA training instincts, he prevents the attack from happening but also gets shot and provides the villains with what he and his family look like. Now, Ryan must deal with terrorists not only attacking him but also attacking his family. As stated earlier, the novel can be very boring at times. For example, as Ryan is recovering in the hospital from a bullet wound, the press interviews him on why and how he took that bullet. This scene occurs every day that he is in the hospital, and can make the book repetitive. This repetition lasts for 70+ pages at the beginning of the book, but soon after, the book picks up again. The rest of the novel has ups and downs in terms of how the writing is displayed, but the story was still able to keep the reader hooked because there wasn't as much repetition as there was in this opening scene. Readers may have mixed reviews about this novel, but the story is fantastic. Despite having scenes that are repetitive and boring, the novel rebounds many times and is able to keep the reader hooked and engaged. While it may be difficult to find your way through a scene that is very tedious, just make it through and it is guaranteed that the book will pick up. The book should be recommended for adults/mature teens because there is a lot of strong and vulgar language and many violent and graphic scenes. Overall, the novel strikes a point where it attempts to but doesn't have enough variety to make a lasting impression on the reader.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ean

    Tom Clancyโ€™s, Patriots Games, is a riveting thriller that makes you question if a similar situation can happen to you. While on a family vacation Jack Ryan (main character) has an attempted terrorist attack happen right in front of his eyes, with his family. Jack by current employment is only a history teacher, but with a more trained past, having marine core training and a shady past with the CIA. Jack foils this attack but has consequences to pay for it, the man he stops escapes from jail and Tom Clancyโ€™s, Patriots Games, is a riveting thriller that makes you question if a similar situation can happen to you. While on a family vacation Jack Ryan (main character) has an attempted terrorist attack happen right in front of his eyes, with his family. Jack by current employment is only a history teacher, but with a more trained past, having marine core training and a shady past with the CIA. Jack foils this attack but has consequences to pay for it, the man he stops escapes from jail and follows him home. Threatening his family Jack must try to save them and Jack isnโ€™t one to take targeting his family to lightly. The book was very well written showing the 2 different sides of the โ€œbattleโ€ throughout the story. We would see Jackโ€™s story and than see his oppositions side of things. The book is written in the late 80โ€™s so you can see the technological difference from then till now. My favorite part of the story is toward the beginning when Jack thinks to himself that it would be nice to be knighted and the Queen of England actually knighted him. The setting of the story takes place in Ireland, the US, and in England, which allows for a very diverse setting and really interesting to see the different perspectives of people from those countries.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lel

    Another great Clancy book. Jack is in the wrong place at the worng time and saves the Prince of Wales and his family from being kidnapped. The book is about people seeking revenge on Jack for interfering in the kidnapping attempt. The book transpires over land and sea and multiple countries as Clancy books are wont to do. The good bits: lots of tension and suspense. There are some very nail biting moments in this book to which I sat, at the detriment of all else, and plowed through them. All the Another great Clancy book. Jack is in the wrong place at the worng time and saves the Prince of Wales and his family from being kidnapped. The book is about people seeking revenge on Jack for interfering in the kidnapping attempt. The book transpires over land and sea and multiple countries as Clancy books are wont to do. The good bits: lots of tension and suspense. There are some very nail biting moments in this book to which I sat, at the detriment of all else, and plowed through them. All the while cursing and praising Mr Clancy for writing such compelling scenes. The bad bits: Cathy. I really didn't like her character in this book. She seemed completely unbelievable and wooden. I know that she is a surgeon and therefore calm in the face of problems, but I will that she portrayed no emotion whatsoever in some situations that warrant a little hysterics. If you love Clancy then this is a must!

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