The Hunt for Red October is a fast paced tech-thriller from the mastermind of Tom Clancy. It a very exciting read that often feels too real for the reader's own good- you almost feel as if you're reading some sort of top secret file that you somehow picked up by mistake. In that lies the magic of Tom Clancy's thrillers: it's all in their believability.
The plot revolves around Tom Clancy's signature character, CIA pencil pusher Jack Ryan, as he attempts to assist a Russian submarine captain - Captain Marko Ramius- who along with a group of his personally selected officers wishes to defect to the United States, bringing with them the latest vessel in the Soviet Navy, a nuclear submarine with a new propulsion system known as Red October. It becomes a race against the clock as American and British naval forces compete with the Russian navy to see who can apprehend the super-sub.
This is a book that will keep you interested from beginning to end and has enough details to feel believable without ever getting boring. Clancy knew how to keep his story interesting and he never seems to steer away from the exciting core of his story.
P.S.: The exciting movie adaptation is also worth checking out.
Like "The DaVinci Code" or any of a score of Clive Cussler novels, after watching hundreds of (mostly) men carrying paperback copies of them through airports, I decided it was time to read "The Hunt for Red October". I don't choose what I read by what's popular, but sometimes the intense popularity of a book or author suggest that I should find out what all the fuss is about. So here's what I found: Red October is a very good … more
Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision: the Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. And the most incredible chase in history is on....
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.