When Moslem fundamentalists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, making an already critical oil shortage calamitous, the Russians figure they are going to have to take things into their own hands. They plan to seize the Persian Gulf, and more ambitiously, to neutralise NATO. Thus begins Red Storm, an audacious gamble that uses diplomatic maneuvers to cloak a crash military build-up. When Soviet tanks begin to roll, the West is caught off guard. What looks like a thrust turns into an all-out shooting war, possibly the climactic battle for control of the globe.
©1986 Jack Ryan Enterprises Ltd. and Larry Bond. (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Sheer grit and perserverance turn the tide in this chilling, fleshed-out war game. Readers emerge elated and breathless, with a new vision of war and its wins and losses. Clancy will win an army of fans who will be looking for more." (School Library Journal )
"He constantly taps the current world situation for its imminent dangers and spins them into an engrossing tale." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Heart-stopping action...entertaining and eminently topical." (The Washington Post)
I'd read this book some 15 years ago or so. Listening to it again now, with the hindsight of more recent events and the state of world politics as it is now (in 2014) it's quite prescient about how things could have developed (particularly as regards "non-state aggressors"). The story actually moves along at a decent clip, so it didn't feel like you were plodding away through a long novel. That said, One of the weak points that I remember from reading the book applied to the audio version too. It's easy to lose track of all the characters, especially the Russian ones, as to who is who exactly. This is very true when it comes to players who you haven't seen/heard for a few chapters later on in the book.
Michael Prichard did a reasonable job narrating this, but he could do with a bit more variation for the characters. There's a few times where you have 3 or 4 characters talking, and it's too easy to find yourself losing track of who's saying what.
All in all it's a good book, if you're into techno thrillers, and it's one of Clancy's better ones, quite probably because it was an early one that he wrote completely himself, and without the more convoluted character history that eventually put me off the later Jack Ryan series (although Hunt For Red October is still a personal favourite. If you're listening to this, you'll want to do it in big chunks, just to make sure that you keep the story straight and get the most out of it.
I last read this book nearly 30 years ago on first publication. It's sheer scale was as immense as back then, and always looked forward to my next story fix. Just wish someone had the time and money to plough into a TV adaptation, as the big screen would be far too limiting for this story.
Ex Royal Navy (35 years). Now aged 84 and on my last legs.
Yes. It's too good to keep to oneself.
A professional rendition in a very acceptable accent.
The arranged explosion at the Kremlin.
It is easy to see just how easy it could be to start the next war.
Read this book when it came out and hasn't lost any of it's dynamism on listening again my years later. A good strategic overview of what if scenario , highly recommend.
I read this book years ago and loved it, so I thought I would give the audio book a try. The narration grinds you down as it's delivered in what's best described as an aggressive shout. what's more is there it's no change in tonality between characters. Other narrators make an effort to , for example portray a Russian character in a tone that sounds Russian. Can't even do a close English accent.
Given up on it - would like my money back please.
Really enjoyable. I listened to audiobook which recommend. Sure its a good read too. A well thought plausible scenario played through for war between nato and ussr. Includes fascinating account of submarine warfare (ref to this book came from Hunter Killers by Ian Ballantyne) as well as other theatres. You can tell Clancy did his homework.
"Excellent book, plenty to keep you listening"
I have re-listened to sections of the book, it has quite a lot of detail which suits a second listen
The battle descriptions
Consistency with a lot of the other Clancy books I've listened to. He's become the go to voice of the earlier Clancy novels
No, there is a lot to digest
Excellent book, well worth a listen. I would rate it in my top 3 of Clancy novels
"Red Russia, oil and war."
Red Russia and their Marxist views failing yet again.
It kept me wondering how bad things could have been if the Soviet Union didn't collapse.
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