Political Thriller Novels - The Hunt For Red
Tom Clancy's Finest?
Definitely, for me. The book that Reagan read - maybe the only one? I don't know, but this
is a master expostion of the techno-thriller. Certainly, for most afficionados of thriller novels, this ranks
up there with Day of the Jackal, and made Jack Ryan a household name (well almost). It was the foundation of the
Jack Ryan franchise - with novels like Patriot Games and a host of others which followed. Political? Action?
Techno? This crosses all the sub-genre boundaries.
The great thing about this book is that the reader really feels that he/she is learning
about top secret technology; there is a great deal of factual matter in there. In reality, though, the technology
was quite old even when written about. Joe Public learns about these things ten years after they were built. The
film, with Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin and James Earl Jones, was an Oscar Winner in 1990 for 'Die Hard' director
John McTiernan. Of course, Harrison Ford took over as Jack Ryan in the later films of the franchise.