Red Rabbit

Red Rabbit

Book - 2002
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Publisher: London : Michael Joseph, 2002
ISBN: 9780718145019
Characteristics: 618 p. ; 25 cm


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Feb 11, 2020

After reading some other Clancy work this one doesn't hold up to the excitement created in the other books. I do feel it is an important work in understanding some of the characters in the Ryanverse. Hard to suggest a book solely based on character development, but there are some interesting chapters. This is a book that I would suggest if you are going to read the Ryanverse series, but not as a stand alone.

Most Clancy books can stand alone, but I have found reading them in an order allows you to keep track of characters much better. Here is the most suggest list to follow. Note this does not follow publication date rather chronological order in the Ryanverse and includes books that were either approved by the Clancy estate after his death or co-written by him:
Without Remorse
Patriot Games
Red Rabbit
The Hunt for Red October
The Cardinal of the Kremlin
Clear and Present Danger
The Sum of All Fears
Debt of Honor
Executive Orders
Rainbow Six
The Bear and the Dragon
The Teeth of the Tiger - Last book written solely by Clancy
Dead or Alive - Written with Co-Author
Locked On - Written with Co-Author
Threat Vector - Written with Co-Author
Command Authority - Written with Co-Author
Support and Defend - First book not written by Clancy
Full Force and Effect
Under Fire
Duty and Honor
True Faith and Allegiance
Point of Contact
Power and Empire
Line of Sight
Oath of Office
Enemy Contact

Sep 29, 2017


Sep 29, 2017

Surprisingly average when it first published.

Mar 23, 2017

I am reading the 'Jack Ryan' books in order. This novel, like 'Debt of Honor', which was a look back/prequel involving character Jack Clark, goes back in time with Jack Ryan. It is an outstanding spy novel taking place in the Reagan era. KGB and CIA with most of the story taking place in England and Russia.

BookReviewer2015 Nov 08, 2014

a taut and exciting Jack Ryan prequel thriller!

This is a great book, as it can be read as an entirely stand alone book from allof the other Clancy books. If you were to read this in exact chronological order you would read this book after Patriot Games, but before Hunt for Red October.

Jul 03, 2012

You cannot read the Jack Ryan series in the order published. It is MUCH better to read them in the chronological order. This is the third book chronologically, but the 4th of the series I have read. I thought this was the worst so far. At the beginning of the book you find out that the KGB is mad at someone because of some letter they wrote. However, you do not find out who wrote the letter or what they said until page 87. Parts of this book went down like glass. It did get better about two-thirds of the way through. I am not kidding when I say that I almost returned the book before I was halfway through it. I've said it before and I will say it again; I do not really like Jack Ryan. I wish that Clancy would do a series focusing on John (Kelly) Clark or the Foleys. They are MUCH more interesting. I only say that this is suitable for 17+ because I do not think that anyone younger than that could follow the book.

Sep 15, 2011

Despite being a "prequel" I think this is one of Clancy's best

Apr 13, 2011

Clancy spends too much time retconning his own previously established continuity and banging the reader over the head again and again with the fact that the story's set in the early Eighties. There are elements of the book that work well, but it's not like the work he's done before.


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Jul 03, 2012

Sexual Content: A couple of casual references to having sex with one's spouse, but very minor.

Jul 03, 2012

Violence: Not until the end, but there is shooting involved.

Jul 03, 2012

Coarse Language: Swearing, but nothing overly vulgar.

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Jul 03, 2012

DirtyHarry55 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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Jul 03, 2012

Frightened by a letter written by the Pope, the KGB plots to kill him. With the help of a KGB defector, Jack Ryan becomes an unwilling participant in the effort to aid in the defector's escape and stop the plot to kill the Pope.


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