The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy

The Hunt for Red October

By Tom Clancy

  • Release Date: 1985-10-01
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,620 Ratings


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The #1 New York Times bestseller that launched the phenomenal career of Tom Clancy—a gripping military thriller that introduced the world to his unforgettable hero, Jack Ryan—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Somewhere under the freezing 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. The chase for the highly advanced nuclear submarine is on—and there’s only one man who can find her...
Brilliant CIA analyst Jack Ryan has little interest in fieldwork, but when covert photographs of Red October land on his desk, Ryan soon finds himself in the middle of a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek played by two world powers—a game that could end in all-out war.


  • Must Read!

    By eduard_0
    Author does great job keeping reader engaged in suspense. Definitely looking forward to the rest of Tom Clancy’s collection.
  • One of my favorite thrillers

    By Wwwt6126
    Tom Clancy was the master of setting a scene. I have never felt more tense and claustrophobic than I did while reading this book (multiple times). Plot-driven with enough fleshed-out characters to create an excellent thriller.
  • I like this book

    Easier to read than I imagined, fast paced with action while creating a huge world
  • Great novel

    By Mouse fanatic!
    The Hunt for Red October is one of Clancy’s best.
  • A classic

    By Screamer29
    The OG Jack Ryan novel. First re-read in a long time. It’s simply classic work by Mr. Clancy. A must read for anyone who enjoys military/govt thriller types. One. Ping. Only.
  • Great read!

    By KBH1025
    Very good read. I haven’t read a book in nearly 10 years, and when i did it took me over a month. I got through this in right over 2 weeks! Very detailed! Only thing I wish it had, were occasional maps to showcase the movement and the plotting of all the vessels mentioned. Other than that, awesome read!
  • Movie was better!

    By BGHPC
    I’ll give Clancy (RIP) a pass as this was his first novel, but the book paled in comparison to the movie. The ending was unexpected and provided the page-turning suspense Clancy’s novels are renowned for. It just took too long to get there. The mind-numbing military acronyms and jargon and tiresome white-hat vs black-hat caricatures are annoying, although both are standard Clancy. And I would have preferred more suspense as to Ramius’ intentions to defect rather than launch a rogue attack (as was made in the movie). An worthwhile read, but a bit of a slog.
  • Great read

    By Rickybobby3344
    Great read
  • Pretty good

    By Lower7896
    All the technical info was authentic but too difficult to keep up with for my taste. I liked the different perspectives (US vs Soviet Union) I’m glad I saw the movie before reading this book.
  • Still a classic

    By GeekReader999
    Even after all this time and knowing how it ends, it is still a great read. Yeah, Clancy was never going to win a literature prize, but he does tell a pretty good story. One issue, DARPA doesn’t have programmers.