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The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

dvornik575's review against another edition

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adventurous tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

astroprof's review against another edition

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix

4.5

carriedoodledoo's review against another edition

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3.0

Not my typical reading fodder, but an interesting cold-war-era novel. Adventure, but not too unbelievable, and technical and accurate sounding without being either too dumbed-down or too unintelligible. I especially liked the backgrounds and character sketches.

bboyshow's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny hopeful informative inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25

eawortman's review against another edition

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3.0

Not a bad book overall, a little heavy on the military "porn" for me.

adam_z's review against another edition

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4.0

Read it while I was in high school. Probably the first political thriller I'd ever read. Now the genre is one of my favorites :)

monkeyboystiff's review against another edition

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3.0

Ultimately, quite a good book. However, the technical details - whilst impressive and clearly exhaustively researched - was a bit much at times. Perhaps a little TOO much depth and minutiae. The characters were not very fleshed out, I didn't get a sense of any of their personalities save that Jack Ryan was a nice guy and Ramius was pissed off with the Soviet Union. But there were some excellent dramatic bits, where I was really fascinated about what was going to happen. That rescued the book for me!

jjones217's review against another edition

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adventurous tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

grdaneault's review against another edition

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adventurous tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

dnandrews797's review against another edition

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1.0

This read like a technical manual for the navy. While the story was vaguely interesting, you could cut out half of this book and it would be a lot quicker and more enjoyable. Much like the characters in the book, this felt like a whole lot of waiting around for something to happen. The few tense and exciting scenes in the book in no way made up for the countless paragraphs of jargon, phone calls, and moving from one place to another I had to endure to reach them. Even then, Tom Clancy found a way to make a submarine battle sound boring. I might have had a better appreciation for this if I knew more about naval terms and combat. As it is, wasn’t a big fan.