Patriot Games is the third book written by Tom Clancy, second one written in th Jack Ryan series. Although it was written after The Hunt for Red October, this book takes place before and events in it are referred to in The Hunt for Red October. In this book, Jack Ryan, a history professor at the Naval Academy, is on a family vacation in London and is also doing some research for a new book. Just after he meets his wife and daughter in a park after a research session, a terrorist attack starts right in front of him on a Rolls Royce. That’s when some of Jack’s Marine training kicks in and he takes action by doing a blindside tackle on the closest terrorist to him, knocking the terrorist out, taking his gun and fires at the other one, killing him. A third terrorist takes off in a vehicle before anything could be done to him. The terrorist that he had knocked out later escapes from prison a vows vengeance on Jack.
It’s been at least five years since I’ve last read this book until now. It was the third tecno-thriller that I ever read (back in the 80’s) and it helped solidify my love for thrillers. The action continues throughout this book and keeps the reader wondering what’s going to happen next. I consider this a must read for anybody that likes thrillers.
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Tim’s Rating: *****
(Five out of five stars)
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