Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal â?? America's highest agent in the Kremlin â?? and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace . . . or war. Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece â?? a riveting novel about one of the most intriguing issues of
The Cardinal of the Kremlin was another great masterpiece by Tom Clancy. Even though it may start off a bit dry and slow, Clancyâ€™s meticulous writing skill leaves one satisfied and not begging for questions. I found that this book had one of the most intense few ending chapters of all time (even for Clancy standards), and I read the second half of the book in under three days, whereas the first half took several weeks. It was worth every second because The Cardinal of the Kremlin is a adrenaline fueled action espionage adventure which will make your hands tremble with anticipation with every turn of a page.
I've given three stars as a compromise between my reactions when reading my first Clancy (brilliant) and last Clancy (doorstop).
In a complicated plot, action takes place in Afghanistan where the U.S. is helping the Afghans resist the Russian invasion, in part, by providing missiles to destroy Russian helecopters.
The United States and Russia are competing to develop a
Russian spy Colonel Mikaeil Filitov, "The Cardinal" has been providing U.S. with info about Russia's military for years but now, he must escape from Russia and Jack Ryan must help.
Interesting to re-read this novel and see the many characters who will be part of Clancy's future books.
I thought the book was boring. Clancy goes into every little detail which is very boring. I think thatâ€™s a
Two men possess vital data on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is CARDINALâ€”America's highest agent in the Kremlinâ€”and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other is the one American who can save CARDINAL and
That said, the insights into Soviet machinations and a quest for absolute power for its own sake are fascinating. The passing of secrets, tiny little film cartridges and the great detail that Clancy put into every single hand-off are great. What the spies do to maintain their cover and how they are found out are also brilliant. But Clancy constantly trots out the "Marxist-Leninist doctrine" as motivation for the non-US characters in ways that don't fit either the characters or the overall story arch. The women who are mentioned by name at least have some depth or motivation: the good ones are mothers and are US citizens; the bad ones are single and Soviet citizens.
Unlike "A Perfect Spy," this book has just not held up well over the decades when it was written and the events that take place in it.