'Red Storm Rising' was the first book by Tom Clancy, I ever read. Great novel, wich I had a hard time putting down and, knowing the minds (or lack of it) of politicians, it even has a quite plausible scenario. Having read this book, I immediately started looking for other books by the author. I have still to read the books that come after 'Without Remorse', but that is merely a quiestion of time and economics.
The Hunt for Red October is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy's phenomenal career. A military thriller so accurate and convincing that the author was rumored to have been debriefed by the White House. Its theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. Its story: the chase for a runaway top secret Russian missile sub.
Red Storm Rising
Tom Clancy shows just how possible World War III is, and how it would be done without nuclear weapons. It has many sub-plots that weave themselves together, in typical Tom Clancy fashion. His realistic descriptions of battles and strategies form an excellent mental image of what is going on. Along with the easy-to-write battle and action sequences, there are also a few sub-plots that have to do with the morality of war and the actions of the individuals thrown into situations beyond normal reason.
Overall, a very enjoyable story that takes you away from everything else that might be on your mind (as any good book should). Just be careful, you'll be staying up until 3am trying to get through the last part of the book, because once the final action starts, you won't be able to put it down!
The Cardinal of the Kremlin
Clear and Present Danger
Clear and Present Danger
The Sum of All Fears
Debt of Honor
Evidently Ludlum has pulled off yet another quite plausible scenario:
In 1991, an unusual submission was made to the Harvard Undergraduate Government Department as a course paper on Japanese political economics. Over the next decade, it cited, global interdependency would indicate a shift in political focus from military to economic hegemony. Dependency on trade and high-technology R&D would replace the bomb as determinants of political power, and "trade" would join "religion" and "territory" as incentives for war. "Debt of Honor" is an dramatic verification and original extrapolation of this paper. Tom Clancy expertly utilizes the same thesis, and adds a functional knowledge of modern-Japanese sociology, politics and US-Japan diplomacy. "Debt of Honor" does NOT illustrate the "only possible way" Japan and the US could go to war, it delineates a new class of scenarios which leaders must consider today. If that 1991 course paper were to be rewritten as an imprending-scenario illustration, Debt of Honor would graduate with Honors of its own. Tom Clancy points out that leaders of the developing technological utopia have as much, if not more responsibilty as those from the classical miltary theater. An amusing note: Clancy accurately hints at developments in the consumer electronics market. In one instance, he cites market release of the Nikon F5 camera half a year prior to the announcement in Tokyo.
ARappap891@aol.com I still can't get over how Clancy can use subtle innuendo to suggest policy or a course of action. The "Trade Reform Act" has a healthy ring to it. The Japanese pull another Pearl Harbor during a naval exercise. The stock market crashes due to a computer glich and to top it all off, Jack Ryan now holds the highest intellegence post in the US: National Security Advisor. I would be terribly offended if someone called me back to work while I was playing golf; President or no President. Clancy sees the world the way it ought to be seen; in black and white and not in any gray tones. There are still enemies out there. Whether it be Iran, Iraq, Libya, or any other nation who would like to see America put into the position that Clancy puts us in at the end of this book. I would like to think that America hasn't lost sight of it's place in the world arena and the American people haven't lost sight of what America has to do to remain at the top. Whether it means slapping on a trade embargo or going to war to protect our interests. People may think that it isn't that cut and dried, but if you think about it, that's the way it really is. Maybe we will wake up to that fact before it's too late.
It couldn't happen... or could it?
The recent tragedy off Long Island raised the question of whether terrorists could down a 747 with a Stinger. Clancy addresses this question in "Debt of Honor," where a Secret Service agent uses the Stinger. (He has a good reason: you'll have to read the book to find out what it is.) Fuel oil and fertilizer... not Oklahoma City, but Ceylon. Mr. Clark/Kelly meets Portugee Oreza after twenty years, under interesting circumstances. Clancy's writings are fiction, but they present plausible scenarios. It's quite possible that a destructive computer program (or virus) will be a weapon in the next "war." We reputedly used one in Desert Storm: a virus introduced into Saddam's air defense system from a printer, via the parallel port. (Everyone knows the parallel port is an output device, right??? Afraid not...) I cite "Red Storm Rising" and "Debt of Honor" in a chapter of a quality control book I'm writing, to illustrate the ISO 9000 quality standards. What could Clancy's technothrillers have to do with ISO 9000? "Storage, packaging, handling, and delivery," of course. In "Red Storm Rising," seawater damages Ivan's surface to air missiles (Army models, not designed to resist sea water.) In "Debt of Honor," there's a handling/packaging problem with some automobile gas tanks, and sea water is again involved. The story doesn't start moving as quickly as Clancy's other stories, but it REALLY moves near the blockbuster climax. The sequel will be interesting!
http://www.pic.net/~wlevinso "The Crisis Manager"
The Bear and the Dragon
Tom Clancy's Op-Center (with Steve Pieczenik)
Tom Clancy's Op-Center : Mirror Image (with Steve Pieczenik)
Tom Clancy's Op-Center : Games of State (with Steve Pieczenik)
The Cold War is over. And chaos is setting in. The new President of Russia is trying to create a democratic regime. But there are strong elements within the country that are trying to stop him: the ruthless Russian mafia, the right wing nationalists, and those nefarious forces that will do whatever it takes to return Russia to the days of the Czar.
In Los Angeles, an explosion kills the head of a major movie studio. In New York, a woman is kidnapped, threatening to spark the bloodiest Mafia war in history. In Russia, another Op-Center goes on-line--for the other side. And within one weekend, a handful of seemingly unrelated events will take the New World Order to the brink of extinction.
Armored Cav : A Guided Tour of an Armored Cavalry Regiment
Fighter Wing : A Guided Tour of an Air Force Combat Wing
Marine : A Guided Tour of a Marine Expeditionary Unit
Ssn : Strategies of Submarine Warfare
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