Red Rabbit is the thirteenth book written by Tom Clancy, but the third in the Jack Ryan Universe. There were several books in the series written before this one, but this story takes place a few months after Patriot Games and before The Hunt Before Red October. It takes pace in the early 1980’s when Pope John Paul II was the active pope and the Solidarity Movement in Poland was starting to get international attention. Jack Ryan a new analyst with the CIA (and an up and rising star on the analyst side) is assigned to work in England alongside British Intelligence (SIS) specializing on the Soviet Union. All of a sudden he is assigned to sit in at the debriefing of a high-level Soviet defector.
This book doesn’t have as much action as his earlier novels. There isn’t much action until around two-thirds of the way into the story. But when the action starts, it keeps the reader glued to the book to see what’s going to happen. During the first two-thirds of the book, the reader can start guessing some of what is going to happen, but still is wondering how and when it will happen. There are still a lot of surprises after the action begins. It’s not his best book, but is still a good thriller.
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World of Sleuths Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)