by Tom Clancy Book : Fiction
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"The Hunt for RED OCTOBER" Review   (2010-04-27)
I highly recommend reading Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for RED OCTOBER.” The story is a fictional account of submarine operations and is set during the Cold War. Exciting and plausible, “The Hunt for RED OCTOBER” is both entertaining and an excellent case study of government and military leadership. These characteristics make “The Hunt for RED OCTOBER” a very worthwhile book to read.
The protagonist of the story is Jack Ryan, an analyst for the CIA. Stationed in England, Ryan reports to Washington, D.C. with news of a new Russian missile submarine with a nearly undetectable propulsion system—the Red October. Further investigation yields that the captain of the Red October and his officers intend to defect to the United States. The Russians immediately deploy the vast majority of their fleet to sink the Red October while the Americans and British join the hunt in hopes of finding the Red October first. Ryan in thrown into the thick of the action, and the story mainly follows his experiences.
Although “The Hunt for RED OCTOBER” is a work of fiction, Tom Clancy went to great lengths to make the story plausible, including consulting with military professionals. This grounding in reality makes the story all the more engaging. Each minute detail was clearly thought through with great care, and the resulting intricacy of the story commands the reader’s interest. Despite all the technical information and acronyms Clancy used, the story is very readable. The accuracy Tom Clancy achieved is impressive.
“The Hunt for RED OCTOBER” is also an excellent book for professional mariners to read, especially Navy and Coast Guardsmen. The exquisite detail of the book allows for close examination of the strategy and decision making involved in the operation. These details make for an informative case study. Additionally, on a broader scale, the hunt for the Red October mirrors real operations, such as major search and rescue missions. Both involve multiple agencies operating together for a common goal. These close reflections of real scenarios make “The Hunt for RED OCTOBER” a very useful aid to professional development.
Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for RED OCTOBER” is both entertaining and useful. By incorporating intricate, accurate technical knowledge into a thrilling fictional tale, Tom Clancy has created a book that is well worth reading.
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