Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. And the most incredible chase in history is on…
The Hunt for Red October is not only Tom Clancy’s first novel, but it is also one of the best military thrillers published.
The novel is set in the mid-1980s at the end of the Cold War and focuses on the disillusioned, upright Marko Ramius, captain of the Soviet’s most advanced stealth submarine and at the helm of the most dangerous defection ever attempted. Hunted by both the Soviets and the Americans, Ramius’s only ally is the young CIA analyst, Jack Ryan.
The Hunt for Red October launched the career of both Clancy and his signature character, Ryan. Meticulously researched, the story takes us from briefing room, to ship, to submarine. The action is taut, and the characters are well-developed.
The Hunt for Red October is a gripping read that is not to be missed.