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Synopses of Tom Clancy Novels by Craig Taylor

March 16, 2011

An avid reader, Craig Taylor counts military action and suspense novelist Tom Clancy among his favorite authors. A highly prolific writer, Tom Clancy has produced a large number of popular works over the course of his 26-year career. Here are a few brief synopses of Tom Clancy’s better-known novels.

The Hunt for Red October (1984) In Tom Clancy’s first novel, CIA operative Jack Ryan helps a respected Soviet submarine captain in his quest to defect from the Soviet Union. One of Clancy’s most popular works to date, The Hunt for Red October spawned a successful 1990 movie starring Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan and Sean Connery as Captain Ramius.

Patriot Games (1987) Another novel starring iconic CIA operative Jack Ryan, Patriot Games takes place before the events in The Hunt for Red October. In the book, Jack Ryan prevents an attack on the Prince and Princess of Wales by an Irish terrorist group, causing the organization to target Ryan’s home in Maryland while he hosts the royal couple. Patriot Games also led to a movie, this time starring Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan.

Clear and Present Danger (1989) In Clear and Present Danger, recurring protagonist Jack Ryan must travel to Colombia to rescue soldiers being held prisoner by drug cartels. During his unauthorized mission in South America, Jack Ryan meets up with John Clark, another recurring character in Tom Clancy’s novels. In the 1994 movie, Harrison Ford reprises his role as Jack Ryan, and Willem Dafoe plays the part of John Clark.

Rainbow Six (1998) One of Tom Clancy’s later works, Rainbow Six was released with a video game of the same name. In the book, John Clark and his son-in-law spearhead a global counterterrorism unit to stop eco-terrorists from infecting the world’s population with a deadly virus. The title of the novel refers to an elite black-ops group composed of highly skilled operatives from a number of countries.

By Craig William Taylor

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