Patriot Games

by Tom Clancy

Hardcover, 1987

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Jack Ryan, historian, ex-Marine, and CIA analyst, summons all his skills and knowledge to battle against international terrorism.

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LibraryThing member ctmskyde
The first I ever heard of Patriots Games was the movie from my brother. Upon seeing the movie, I knew immediatly that I had to read the book. The first few pages of the book yielded multiple reasons to read on. From my previous books, one can infer that I enjoy Action Novels. After the main character, Jack Ryan, foils a PIRA (Provisional Irish Republican Army) assassination attempt on the Prince of Wales and his family, PIRA finds a new target, the man who ruined their best assassination attempt on the prince.

Tom Clancy has outdone himself this time. Patriot Games is a fast-paced book, keeping the dialogueand suspense incredibly smooth the whole time. Some pages give you easy insight so as not to frustrate the reader, while others combine the perfect amount of excitement and wonder, leaving the answer just out of reach. When everything comes together in the end, it's breathtaking, watching the action that has been building throughout the whole book finally unfold. However, there are some big gaps in the action that are necessary for explanatory purposes, but slow down the pace completely. All things accounted for, Patriot Games has been one of the more pleasurable books I've ever read, Shooting four and-a-half stars out of five.
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LibraryThing member Whicker
Yet another page turner from Clancy. This fast moving tale follows Jack Ryan as he tries to protect his family from the IRA. Exciting but not Clancy's best work. Worth the read.
LibraryThing member Sturgeon
The bottom of my Clancy list. An interesting story but thank goodness we got back to the usual bad guys :)
LibraryThing member www.snigel.nu
I liked military related stuff when I was younger, so Tom Clancy was my favourite author for a while. Mostly the same as any other Tom Clancy novel, albeit a bit more down-to-earth and with less military mania.
LibraryThing member MrsLee
A fast moving thriller, hard to put down. I like the IRA complication in this. Having read it long ago, I can be no more specific at this time.
LibraryThing member ianw
I'll do the same review for all Clancy's novels because they're all pretty much the same. Very long, very detailed, and after a while, very repetitive. If you stop after just a few of his books you'd probably give them 4 or 5 stars, but beyond that they start to grate. Especially where Jack Ryan is involved. I mean, Clancy spends hundreds of pages getting his details just right, the settings perfect etc., then he has Ryan dodging more bullets than James Bond! I finally threw my hands up and surrendered when Ryan becomes President. I can't remember what piece of crap that was in.

I've given three stars as a compromise between my reactions when reading my first Clancy (brilliant) and last Clancy (doorstop).
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LibraryThing member nesum
The tension just never really got off the ground in this one. It has an interesting start, but there is no build up from there. The situation is interesting and plot interesting in a very dry sense, but I was just never really that interested in finding out what happens next. THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER is considerably better.
LibraryThing member Othemts
I read The Hunt For Red October when challenged to read something I wouldn't usually read and found it surprisingly good. Patriot Games was my second (and last) try reading a Tom Clancy novel. Woah, was this bad! The characters are cardboard, the scenarios ridiculous -- the IRA invading Maryland?!?! Yeah, I couldn't suspend my disbelief for that one.… (more)
LibraryThing member heidijane
This book was fast-paced and thrilling...in places... and slow and ploddy in others. Some aspects were incredibly far fetched, and it is rather larger than life. I haven't seen the film, but I guess the same probably applies. Its an entertaining read for a rainy afternoon, but not really anything to get your teeth into.
LibraryThing member Connor16
A great book in all by one of Americas best war writters Tom Clancy. The book is powerful and strong and really shows the two sides of the England vs IRA and PIRA conflict and how he thinks they operate.
Takes a large attention span too read and coupled with some more adult themes at parts is suggested for older more mature readers.… (more)
LibraryThing member medievalmama
This is my absolute favorite of Clancy's politial fiction -- perhaps because of the locations -- London, the house outside Boston, the glance into the midshipmen's lives at the naval academy, the hospital scenes; or it could be the action, the characters, the plot resolution; or maybe even that no one has tried to use this one to damage the US. Some of the others come a little too close to truth.… (more)
LibraryThing member Lynngood
The author of "The Hunt for Red October" has produced another adventure thriller centred upon a scheme by the Ulster Liberation Army to kidnap the Prince of Wales. Jack Ryan with his Marine training foils this attempt but in the process becomes a target of Northern Ireland's most dangerous men.
LibraryThing member xieouyang
I found this novel rather disappointing. Compared to [The Hunt for Red October], the storyline left a lot to be desired. Many parts of the book seemed to drag too long and the dialogue was rather uninteresting.
LibraryThing member mrdoan72
One of the best to clancy books out there. jack ryan stopping terrorist keeps you glued to this book. I would highly recommend this book
LibraryThing member robindejarnett
I read this when it first came out, back when I was in my thriller phase. It's my favorite Clancy book - probably because there's more to the characters than in his previous submarine books.Jack Ryan is a CIA analyst and ex-Marine who unintentionally gets caught in the fight for Northern Ireland. His actions foil an attempt by a factional group to kidnap a member of the royal family, and makes him a target of terrorists. Jack's family becomes the one in danger as the war crosses the Atlantic and ends up in his backyard--literally.Written in a time when the IRA was the most feared terrorist organization around, the book is dated. But that doesn't take away from the suspense. Of course, there is the movie version too, which does do a pretty good job of capturing the book.… (more)
LibraryThing member barbgarcia1987
This is one of my favorites of Mr. Clancy's books. I can't tell you how many times I have re-read it. My copy is getting a bit dog-eared.
LibraryThing member tmstimbert
The best of the Clancy books
LibraryThing member Doondeck
Another good effort by Clancy
LibraryThing member Plyte
Patriot Games is a roller coaster of a book. There are twists and turns at every turn of the page and events build up to create very dramatic drops every so often in the book until the very end. The characters seem real and will make you want to know each of their life stories. The book is James Bond meets Robert Langdon. Patriot Games will grab your attention from the very begging and not let go until the very end.

The story starts off in London. The protagonist of the story, Jack Ryan, is visiting with his family, Cathy and Sally. There, he helps save some people from dangerous gunman and the story begins to take a turn for the worst for Jack and his family. The story deals will international terrorists and multiple intelligence agencies from around the world.

As in his other books, Tom Clancy tells the story from multiple perspectives. Each one is going on almost simultaneously with the others, giving the reader different perspectives on each situation. Sometimes, some small hint is hinted during another character's perspective that directly affects another character, building up the tension when you may be guessing at what exactly may happen. Each person is brought out with wonderful detail. Everyone has their own personality, their own character, and their own reactions to the same problem. The details you see when Jack works at all his jobs is astounding. You really feel like you've become someone who was there with him, even though some of the places are very secretive in the real world.

Patriot Games is one crazy ride of a book. You'll be flying across oceans and continents to get to each of the different events throughout the story. Some small details in the story will have much greater impacts later on that you may never imagine. Tom Clancy did a wonderful job providing small hints and teasers throughout the book, making you guess at every little mystery or problem each character faces. You'll find yourself tied with the characters and what they go through. Patriot Games is a wonderful book that everyone should take the time to read.
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LibraryThing member HenriMoreaux
After reading & thoroughly enjoying Without Remorse I was looking forward to another immersive chapter in the Clark/Ryan series. Unfortunately I just couldn't seem to get into this one, the first 350 pages were tedious and just couldn't seem to hold my interest - finally about two thirds of the way through the plot lines come together and it picks up a bit, but still when over half the novel is dull it's hard to say it's a good book, or anything more than okay really.

Detailed, well written, good subject knowledge, well researched, unique plot - yes. However it just didn't pull them all together into an enthralling story.
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LibraryThing member aryadeschain
I have started to read this book mainly because after I played a couple of games that take Tom Clancy's name, I became interested to know what sort of stories he told in his books. After doing a bit of research on the main themes, the focus on the Cold War, secret services and military themes sounded very promising. I mean, if dozens of games and movies based on Tom Clancy's books were released, one would suppose that they did have something to catch your interest, no?
Unfortunately, I think that I expected too much from his older book and Patriot Games ended up not captivating me very much. Maybe I was expecting something more thrilling and a better elaborated plot, but it really, really, felt like watching cliché action movies with several moments of tedious nothingness. I mean, literally, during more than half of the book, absolutely NOTHING happens. And it really saddened me, because the first, say, 20 pages of the book were absolutely awesome, with a lot of action. It was naive of me to think that this rhythm was going to be kept through the more than 500 pages of the book. Of course, Patriot Games does have its share of frenetic action, but the interval between them is so long that the investigation parts didn't really hold my interest for too long. After a while, I started to think that the good parts of the book were actually the romantic scenes between Jack and Cathy.
There are tons of characters in the book and I find it amazing that pretty much all of them have a military background. Okay, Jack was once a Mariner, it should be kinda obvious that most of his contacts had a common background. But if you look carefully, there is not a single character in the book (besides the women) who doesn't have a military background, and the "coincidences" really bothered me.
The same goes for the multiple-view narrative. Clancy wanted to show both sides of the coin, but in the end, the villains were essentially evil people while all the other characters were support-good guys who praised Jack Ryan for his brave efforts in every single page. It was either this or Jack stating that "no, I'm nothing. You're the one who's awesome".

I still want to give a second chance for other Tom Clancy's books. Maybe it's just the fact that this is one of the first books he ever wrote. I want to believe that his writing skills improved as time went by.
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LibraryThing member Borg-mx5
The continuing adventures of Jack Ryan. I enjoyed this book but began to wonder how Jack could get into so much trouble so often.

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Publication

G. P. Putnam's Sons

Original publication date

1987-08 (G.P. Putnam's Sons Edition)

Physical description

499 p.; 9.13 inches
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