Literary Techniques

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Clancy is a first-rate storyteller. He creates interesting characters, involves them in interesting events, and fills his plot with surprises...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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The Hunt for Red October is a big, wide-ranging novel with plenty of good topics for discussion presented in it. In fact, the biggest...

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Social Concerns

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The plot of The Hunt for Red October may focus on the attempt of a Soviet submarine captain and his officers to defect to the United...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Anderson, Patrick. “King of the ’Techno-Thriller.’” The New York Times Magazine, May 1, 1988, 54.

Cowley, Jason. “He Is the Most Popular Novelist on Earth.” New Statesman 130 (September 24, 2001): 2.

Greenberg, Martin H., ed. The Tom Clancy Companion. New York: Berkley Books, 1992.

Grossman, Lev. “Ten Questions for Tom Clancy.” Time 160 (July 29, 2002): 8.

Phillips, Christopher. “Red October’s Tom Clancy: After the Hunt.” Saturday Evening Post 263, no. 6 (September/October, 1991): 16-19.

Ryan, William F. “The Genesis of the Techno-Thriller.” Virginia Quarterly Review 69, no. 1 (Winter, 1991): 24 41.

Struckel, Katie. “A Conversation with Tom Clancy.” Writer’s Digest 81 (January, 2001): 20.

Terdoslavich, William. The Jack Ryan Agenda: Policy and Politics in the Novels of Tom Clancy—An Unauthorized Analysis. New York: Forge, 2005.

“The Tom Clancy Effect?” The Atlantic Monthly 294 (November, 2004): 59.

Literary Precedents

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Clancy uses a device to create suspense that has been used many times before. He organizes his novel chronologically, each chapter covering...

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Related Titles

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The Hunt for Red October introduces Jack Ryan, CIA officer. Patriot Games (1987) explains how he joined the CIA while...

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In 1990 Paramount released a motion picture version of The Hunt for Red October, starring Sean Connery as the Russian submarine...

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