Patriot Games

Patriot Games

Book - 2013
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"Years before the defection of a Soviet submarine will send him hurtling into confrontation with the Soviets in Red October, Jack Ryan, historian, ex-marine, and CIA analyst, is vacationing in London when the Ulster Liberation Army makes a terrorist attack on the Prince and Princess of Wales. By instinctively diving forward to break up the attack, he gains both the gratitude of a nation and the hatred of its most dangerous men. Jack Ryan must summon all of the skills and knowledge at his command to battle back against his nemesis."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2013, c1987.
ISBN: 9780425269404
Call Number: CLANCY
Characteristics: 787 pages ; 19 cm.
Subjects: Ryan, Jack, Sr. (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Intelligence service -- United States -- Fiction.
Intelligence officers -- United States -- Fiction.
Terrorists -- Fiction.
Action and adventure fiction
Spy fiction


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Jan 13, 2019

Most of us have seen the movie. I became interested in the Jack Ryan series due to the mini-series and started reading the novels as I can get them - not necessarily sequentially. I was going to skip "Patriot Games" because I saw the movie. That would have been a mistake. It's a fine read and not quite the same story as the movie. It also introduces and further defines existing characters that you'll come across in later books. If you only read a few Clancy Novels, this should be one of them.

Oct 13, 2011

The plot was good and the action scenes were engaging, but the writing was a bit weird. Clancy added too much description of details that were completely unnecessary to the narrative of the story. For example he would write something like "Jack retrieved the steaks, which he'd picked up from the butcher on his way home from work before marinating them in his own special steak sauce, from the fridge and placed them on the barbeque, where they started sizzling immediately." I don't think Clancy should have spent so much time and energy describing mostly irrelevant information like this in such detail. As I said before the action scenes were engaging, but the long, slightly boring and overly wordy breaks in between the action scenes left me feeling bored and wanting to skim the pages to find the action and parts of the plot relevant to the story. I would recommend the first few chapters while they are in London and then the final few chapters while they are on the final chase for the terrorists - they were the most interesting parts. Most of the story in the middle could be condensed into one or two chapters quite easily without losing anything of the plot. Might try one of Clancy's later books to see if his style of writing has changed in the 25 years or so since he wrote Patriot Games.

May 17, 2011

Excellent book, great read!

Apr 13, 2011

Clancy at his best.


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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

Jack Ryan stops a terrorist attack by the Ulster Liberation Army. When the terrorist leader escapes from custody, Jack and his family become targets.


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