UPDATE TO BLOG POST, 06-10-14: Today the Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is now available for purchase. I am so excited, as I have already purchased my copy and really look forward to watching it on our big screen TV. I hope everyone is having a good day today. My love to you all. Sharon.________________________________________________________
UPDATE TO BLOG POST, 05-27-14: This update is just to let you know that for all those interested in purchasing the movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, on Blu-ray/DVD, it is slated for release on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
UPDATE TO BLOG POST, 01-18-14: This update is strictly about the movie. I just got back from seeing the movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. I absolutely LOVED! the movie. Chris Pine and Kevin Costner work wonderfully together to save the U.S. from national economic and terrorist disaster. The major villain, Kenneth Branagh, is delightfully awful as the bad guy, and Keira Knightly is beautiful, but still manages to get in on the action scenes, too. Chris Pine has left his arrogant "Captain Kirk," Star Trek role behind and is very successful in adopting the new persona of a young Jack Ryan. I really loved that the writers enhanced the script to show Jack Ryan's early days, the helicopter crash and major back injury, as well as his painful recovery and then recruitment by Thomas Harper (AKA: Kevin Costner), into the CIA. This all is a wonderful tribute to Tom Clancy. And finally, I give major kudos to Kenneth Branagh, who has done a masterful job as Director of the movie! Go see the movie! It is a very fun watch and it may inspire you to read more of Tom Clancy's novels.________________________________________________________
|The Hunt for Red October,|
(Kindle Ed.) by Tom Clancy.
|Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is|
scheduled to open January 17, 2014
(originally scheduled for 12-25-13).
|The Hunt for Red October |
in blu-ray (image).
Check out the new trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
So...this book review, about The Hunt for Red October, is prompted not only by Tom Clancy's death, but is also is meant to consider the tie-in to the soon-to-be-released movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Indeed, I selected The Hunt for Red October instead of one of another of Clancy's very popular books because Red October specifically addresses the young Jack Ryan's early beginnings (as posited by Kenneth Branagh, above).
|My wonderful husband, Carl|
(photo taken at our home, 2011).
The Hunt for Red October: Escaping torpedoes scene.
|The Red October submarine in the|
movie, The Hunt for the Red October.
Shockingly, as soon as he has his orders, Ramius reaches out, grabs Putin, slams the man's head into the table, breaks his neck, and sets about covering up the murder. We wonder what kind of vengeance this madman is about to wreak upon the Soviet Union. We wonder whether it will involve launching the nuclear missiles at his command and whether or not the U.S., itself, will soon be pulled into Ramius' plans to wreak vengeance through nuclear war.
|Crazy Ivan: a term used in the book|
describing a strategic submarine move
involving a sharp, quick turn.
The Hunt for Red October is rife with intrigue, spying, sabotage, betrayal, murder, "red herrings" (pardon the bad pun), action sequences, dead-pan humor, and sentimental longing. The answer as to whether Ramius will get his revenge on the Soviets--and...whether or not he will come out of it alive--is answered as the book comes to its dramatic climax. This action-packed, yet oddly pensive book, keeps you turning the pages right to the end to discover the outcome.
|One ping only.|
The Hunt for Red October:
Captain Ramius asked Vasili
to re-verify the Red October's
range to target:
Ramius: "One ping only."
Vasily: "Captain, I - I - I just..."
Ramius: "Give me a ping, Vasili. One ping only, please."
Vasili: "Aye, Captain."
Of course, the above quote is from the movie. The book does it slightly differently: "Borodin," he said finally, ... A single ping, Comrade. Just one, for range." [p. 269 of 423, 64%]
WHAT DO I THINK ABOUT THIS BOOK?
Well...I'm afraid that I've already tipped my hand as to what I think about the book. I mean, after getting to this point in the book review, and having read all of the above information--peppered, I must admit--with little gems of excitement and praise, how can you not already know how I feel about this book?
That having been said, I have to tell you that usually, I like to read a book and then see the movie after it has gone to the big screen. With Red October, however, I saw the movie first, and it was only after seeing the movie did I read the book. The Hunt for Red October was my very first Tom Clancy novel. So, the book and the movie are sentimental to me in more ways than one.
The Hunt for Red October has many typical elements of other stories about submarines. One typical plot element in many submarine stories has the hunter's tables turned on it so that it suddenly becomes the hunted. Also, submarine movies often have conflicts between the crew and commanding officers, threatened mutiny, and problems with equipment or damages to the engines or the nuclear reactor. Here, the Red October becomes the hunted--the movie's title tells us that much up front. Also, an undercurrent of a conflict exists between the Soviet's Political Officer Putin and Ramius (before Ramius kills Putin).
|The Hunt for Red October, Cartoon.|
While many elements of Tom Clancy's novel are similar in nature to other submarine novels and movies, in general, his execution of the story is masterfully entertaining. Moreover, the story was timely in the sense that Clancy wrote the story before the demise of the the Soviet Union while everyone was still worried about a potential missile crisis. My recommendation is to read this book. Tom Clancy has nailed the suspense, excitement and drama that piloted his book into best-seller status.
My rating for this book:
04/12/47 - 10/01/13
Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (February 3, 20009)
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Kindle Edition: Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Have you ever wondered what, "Red October" means? Here's an audio clip giving you a short definition of Red October.
I sincerely hope you have enjoyed this weeks posting. Join me again, next week, for a new book review.
Until next time...
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