All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – DVD – Chapter Ten – Periscope Depth

The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy flim The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller directed by John McTiernan starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high tech excitement and sweats with the tension of the men who holds doomsday in their hands.

A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the red october he’s heading for the US Coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, the American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack a long CIA analyst has a different idea he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian Navy and Air commands are trying to find him too the hunt is on !

Chapter Ten- Periscope Depth – 1:32:57 – 1:43:44

The Red October and the Dallas break the surface of the water and Ramius looks though his periscope on the Dallas Mancuso is doing the same he asks Ryan want he wants to say, Mancuso sends the message to Ramius who is taken back and replys with one ping only, Ryan quickly works out something to tell Ramius, Mancuso thinks he’s out of his mind.
As Mancuso sends the message he asks Ryan how he knew Ramius was going to go starboard Ryan tells him it was 50/50 guess.


Ramius sees the message and sends yet another ping, Ryan knows the Russian want to sink the October and that they may have to do just that.
Walking away from the periscope Ramius tells the crew they most go south he shows Borodin on the maps the same place Ryan told Mancuso to send, as they head there Ramius gives his chief engineer a look.

In green letters we are now at the Grand Bank’s just north of laurentian Abyssal its now 20 hours later

The reactor on the Red October which is critical mass and alarms begin to sound, the coolant system has been contaminated and there is no way to vent it out as a ventilation shaft and ventilation unit has been compromised the doctor believes it may have happened when the Caterpillar drive was sabotaged. Ramius mouse to surface the ship so we can you circulate the air for the doctor believes that the catastrophic failure of the coolant system has contaminated dealership and it is in fact Sabotage but once again ramius does not believe this.

Then Borodin takes the doctor’s side and reluctantly ramius surfaces the ship and evacuates the men to the deck.They now using the rafts and waiting for the Russian Fleet to arrive. However when they reach the surface Borodin sees American warship telling them to remain on the surface are there will be fired upon, ramius takes a few seconds to think and then turns to the doctor, has the doctor to take the man off the ship into the rafts and the officers will go back into the ship submerge and then scuttle it.

The American warship sees this and the caption orders a shot to be fired above the bow of the submarine on the ship a helicopter takes off, and drops a missile into the water and the Russians watch it back in the control room a hand reaches down to the panel and at 200 yards the the missile is automatically self-destructive standing above the control panel is Admiral Greer to his side is Skip Tyler, he Giving orders to the Dallas.

Differences between the book and the film – 

The biggest differences are all the things that went on behind the scenes for example Admiral Greer and skip Tyler being on the warship that is able to track the red october is she surfaces, In the book there is an explanation of how they are able to do that with the two helicopter flights, and the near miss of the F22 as it heads home, but here with now have Admiral Greer on the war ship giving the same orders he did in the book, With a few minor changes.

As for our three main stages of operation the Red October,the Dallas and the British ship that took Ryan aboard, we seem to have lost the British ship no longer tails the Dallas in fact it is nowhere to be seen, the two remaining fly out that parts just as the book only minus the cob of the boat in fact the only four remaining characters are captain Marko ramius, captain Borodin, Jack Ryan and Captain Mancuso the doctor of the Red October however does make an appearance but only just after the critical moments, he used to text here is also quite evident as 20 hours have passed during the initial contact with each other and Ryan’s madcap idea of ordering the Red October in to a certain place.

What I Think – As I always said this film is not like most of the 1980s blockbuster films it’s more cerebral than that we have one man working through a system as he tries to help another man defect. There are lot of a long pauses and a lot of quick cuts to people actually working but not explaining in simple terms what they are doing the best example of this is the exchange between the chief engineer about the Red October and Ramius, at the height of telling somebody what to do he glances over at the chief engineer and all he has to do is slightly mad and the engineer understand completely his next move with a modern day or equivalent film of that era you would have to have words used but here simple actions take their place,

In fact much of the dialogue from the book if dialogue is needed is used in full, the exchange between Ryan and Mancuso as they send the signal to ramius to the Periscope is almost completely there in even the joke about the playboy bunny measurements is left in how that would go down with a contemporary audience these days I wouldn’t know but it there all the same.

There are a few interesting bits missing out like how did Admiral Greer and skip Tyler get to the American warship and how is the American warship able to track the Red October did it get its information from the Dallas or has it been watching radar read out all this time thanks to the help of Jonesy on the Dallas.

So that’s your chapter from the Red October flim for this week, But as always if you have done thanks for reading and I hope you can join me next week for chapter eleven East meets West, 

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All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – DVD – Chapter Nine – Rendezvous

The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy flim The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller directed by John McTiernan starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high tech excitement and sweats with the tension of the men who holds doomsday in their hands.

A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the red october he’s heading for the US Coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, the American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack a long CIA analyst has a different idea he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian Navy and Air commands are trying to find him too the hunt is on !

Chapter Nine – Rendezvous –  1:22:51 – 1:32:57

The crew of the Dallas get the now almost drowned Ryan on board, but Captain Mancuso is not impressed,

One quick cut and we are back with the Russian ambassador, who is now telling the Americans that the first report about the missing submarine was totally acute, they are saying he’s had brakedown and he’s going to fire his missiles on the US.They want help to kill everyone on the Red October.

Back on the Dallas Mancuso says they have all really found the Red October but had brake off the come and get Ryan, He wants to know if they can find him again want are they meant to do. Just as Ryan is about answer there call on the emergency radio, Mancuso sends someone to get the message and Ryan tells him the name of the submarine and that Ramius and the other officers wish to defect, the message is saying want the Russian ambassador said.

Mancuso heads to the con, and Ryan is given dry clothes,The Dallas is then put on battle stations,they dive deep and Jonesy makes contact and they follow, Ryan asks Mancuso to listen to him, Mancuso gives Ryan four minutes the time it will take to reach the Red October.

Ryan explains want he knows, but Mancuso still goes thorough with battle plan, until Ryan tells him that Ramius makes Crazy Ivans at set time, Mancuso then calls a armed office to the con Ryan asks if there is anyway way to contact the October without breaking orders, Jonesy tells Mancuso that the Red October is turning Mancuso asks which way.Ryan is right. Mancuso calls all stop.

The Red October can hear them now and Ramius is told they have open their missile doors, Ramius orders the same but locks the firing solution into the computer but leaves the doors on the missiles shut.

Back on the Dallas Mancuso asks Jonesy want is the October doing he’s told is heading it’s to periscope depth have a look around, Mancuso then asks if there any other targets around to which the reply is no they are not so he makes the depth of their summer in 65 feet.

Differences between the book and the film – Once again the differences between the book and a film at the fact that many of the characters are missing the entire mission with the doctor on the rescue of the previous smallest submarine is missing, 

All ambassador the interrogating or being interrogated by the president of the United States is also missing the pacing seems a bit quicker as well we cut back to the Dallas and to the Red October in the same way as the book yet most of the words that are spoken have been taken out and in fact two seasons are purely hand gestures by both captains.

What is the same however Ryan’s reaction to being on the small Submarine we see him first being terrified and then almost fighting for his life and his justification for being there, and Mancuso is also less open to hearing Ryan’s idea

What I think – Like I said before this film is not your average Blockbuster of the time there is not a Explosion every 5 minutes as it’s something like Die Hard would be here it is a more cerebral storyline in fact quite a lot of the book can be played out just by Simple hand gestures or two lines but we do have the same beats but not necessarily by the same people, but they are there to drive the story forward. We have gone from being in the wide open CIA Headquarters to the small submarines which gives the flim a lot more Believable atmosphere if we could kept moving around it would have been harder to understand.

So that’s your chapter from the Red October flim for this week, But as always if you have done thanks for reading and I hope you can join me next week for chapter ten called Periscope Depth.


All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – DVD – Chapter Eight- Carzy Ivans 

The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy flim The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller directed by John McTiernan starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high tech excitement and sweats with the tension of the men who holds doomsday in their hands.

A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the red october he’s heading for the US Coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, the American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack a long CIA analyst has a different idea he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian Navy and Air commands are trying to find him too the hunt is on !

Chapter Eight- Carzy Ivans –  1:08:21- 1:22:51

We are back with Jack as he’s washing and shaving talking out loud to himself, he works out that Ramius has already come up with a way to get his crew off the Red October all he has to do is work out that maybe. They want to get so how do get crew of submarine what to get off. Jack goes to see the captain of the boat but on the bridge there an emergency, there is fighter jet which has damaged it landing gear. 
As Jack waits the XO tells him the Russian navy are not really looking and searching for the red october they are trying to drive him into a certain position, as the XO and the captain talk about the jet, Ryan plays with the computer map and is shown the Dallas and ask who or what its the Captain tells him is Mancos boat and they have been picking up seismic activity on red route One, Ryan asks if there is anyway they can get him on to her.
The Captain tells Ryan the only way to get in there would be to turn a helicopter into a flying gas can, the jet clips the side of the ship and explodes into a thousand different shades, the XO,Ryan and the Captain head the flight deck the next thing we see is Ryan being strapped into helicopter jumpsuit and XO telling him when he gets there the Dallas might not even be there but they are trying to get the message to her.

The helicopter takes off and the flim dissolves the inside of the Dallas, Jones is working the sonar control the COB is taking to the other guy there when Jones holds up his hand, the seem then shows the Dallas moving ahead with the Red October behind and Borodin telling Ramius routine cleaning at the baffles and the fact the Caterpillar drivers back up and running but the crew know about the Saboteur.
Borodin tells can make it to a certain place and let the crew off, but room is pointing out that most of the crew will freeze to death before they rescue so it’s Massachusetts or Maine. Bordin’s next question is whether the Americans live in Montana, he then paints pictures of his soon-to-be life, and then the Red October makes the turning

On Dallas Jones hears the movement change and the Dallas crew react to the crazy Ivan, the guy ask Jones what going on and he tells him at Russian captains perform this manoeuvre to make sure there is nobody behind them.They have to run silent so the Russians don’t know they are there, As this happens Ramius tells Borodin want he misses is the peace of the simplest fishing.

Jones tells the captain the Red October is moving back to its original position as he does so another crew member shows the captain a message out of the printer, Wide shoot of rain filled sky overhead, almost reached that no return point but they have a reserve of 10 mins Ryan then pleads with the pilot to stay here 10 more minutes but before he can answer the spotter notices a contact on the water’s surface.
Both the helicopter crew and the crew begin to prepare for Ryan to jump on the cable down first try Ryan clips himself on the con tower and the crew of the helicopter try to really back in rhyme pushes himself off and between the space in the air releases his clip on the cable and fall straight into the sea.

The differences between the book and the film.
Now the difference is this time quite huge we’ve lost all the back and forth between the president aids and the members of the CIA task force as well as a lot of the history of those characters in fact many of the characters are not appearing here, and it would appear that Ryan is making up a lot of this in his own head Rather than taking orders from Admiral and the backup from CIA headquarters. But want they have kept is the backstory for Borodin which is a nice little thing, it goes a little way in exploring and explaining the state of the Russian working people.

What I Think – I am not sure that flim knows want is wants to be first’s not your typical 1980 Blockbuster film there are not any rapid fast moving cuts from one sequence to the other it’s a slower paced action adventure story, we have Alternative chapters 1 showing action and the other showing the cerebral workings of each characters mind and then a transition into the next one, This chapter is a prime example of that begins with Jack Ryan character working out that ramius has already a plan to take the crew off the ship, We then get the action sequence with the plane and it’s malfunctioning landing gear and Ryan’s quick rapid run to the Dallas

Then the slow back and forth between each crew of both the Dallas and the red october itself until then Ryan unceremonious trip into the water.

So that’s your chapter from the Red October flim for this week, But as always if you have done thanks for reading and I hope you can join me next week for chapter nine called Rendezvous.


All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – DVD – Chapter Seven- Evasive Action

The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy flim The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller directed by John McTiernan starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high tech excitement and sweats with the tension of the men who holds doomsday in their hands.

A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the red october he’s heading for the US Coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, the American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack a long CIA analyst has a different idea he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian Navy and Air commands are trying to find him too the hunt is on !

Chapter Seven- Evasive Action –  1:02:47 -1:08:21

The screen goes white and then in green letters we are given the information are foxtrot 692 Soviet anti submarine aircraft south of Iceland, as the camera tracks out we are shown the interior of the aircraft there are several people working at each control panel, Back on the red october Ramius he’s talking to the engineer and says his entire strategy depends on then getting the caterpillar drive back up and running is interrupted however by one of the sauna operators telling them that they have been overflown by an aircraft.
Ramius used cars for battle stations, as they have run out of time for another strategy and orders countermeasures to be released.

The radar operator on the plane bequests permission to drop a missile into the water and permission is granted by the captain of the Raider plane the torpedo hits the water and the sonar operator tells ramius it is now active, and He orders countermeasures to be launched.

One of the crew members questions Ramius orders about the countermeasures not working and the fact that they have no room to manoeuvre the red october through the canyon the torpedoes then runs straight through the counter measures and then reacquires then.


As torpedo closes in on them and they make their way down through the cavernous seabed Ramius still delays the order for turning by several seconds and the crew member who questioned Ramius requests that Borodin gives the order to make the turn but he doesn’t,


Several more seconds go by and nobody says anything, Then Ramius gives the order to sound collision and then the order to make the turn, frantically the crew carry out his orders as the torpedo slowly closes in.
The torpedo hits the wall and the crew of the October are very shaken up, and one member of the crew yells out that they really shooting at us and questions why Borodin tells him if they were really shooting at them they would dead by now.

Deep in the engine room, The problem with the Caterpillar Drive has been found someone has took out the buffer circuit and it was only a matter of time that it would Go critical and cause catastrophic failure work has been carried out by somebody that knew that it would not be easy to find in simple words they have a Saboteur aboard, Ramius knows It can’t be one of his officers as they had all the time in the world to do it before they see it must be one of the crew the orders Borodin  to look in the political officers quarters at his files.

The differences between book and film –
Are the differences are quite strong we do not get the whole Russian Navy sending coded communication between each one and the laying of the sonar buoys we have in fact one loan plane and a trader contact with the red october which causes, the some problems. And several of the crew to question Ramius as he deals with the torpedo, also missing is the painstaking work carried out by the engineers on the Caterpillar drive as they find out the saboteur work, here we are shown a broken piece of equipment and Ramius talking about having to take the crew off sooner than he planned.

What I Think –
It may be a more condensed version of what several chapters of the book would do but here for me it works better it shows ramius at odds with not only the Russian military machine but also several members of his crew the people that question him are not jis offices, they are his younger crew members and several pages of dialogue are removed simply with the look each one of them give him, At the end of the torpedo run. We even see him work out is next move when he finds out the caterpillar Drive has been sabotaged.

So that’s your chapter from the Red October flim for this week, But always if you have done thanks for reading and I hope you can join me next week for chapter eight  called Carzy Ivans 


All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – DVD – Chapter Six-Thor’s Twins.

The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy flim The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller directed by John McTiernan starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high tech excitement and sweats with the tension of the men who holds doomsday in their hands.

A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the red october he’s heading for the US Coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, the American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack a long CIA analyst has a different idea he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian Navy and Air commands are trying to find him too the hunt is on !

Chapter Six – Thor’s Twins – 0:49:42 – 1:02:47
On the Dallas Jones’s he takes his tape machine to the captain and explains that he’s washed the sound that he heard through the computer a few times, on the tape there is the sound of humming the computer thinks it Magma displacement, at 10× Speed the sound comes that of a man-made engine, Captain Mancuso takes more Interest when Jones shows him a map of each for contact points, called red route one. he then draws a line showing the course of the sound which lead all the way through a place called Thor’s Twins.

Captain Mancuso tells the other crew member to plot a course round red route one so they can intercept the submarine and then tells John see if he can get close enough would he be able to track them to which Jones he replies yes now he knows what to listen for.

Back on the Enterprise Ryan has told his story to both the captain and his other officer both men are having a hard time believing the whole this, And the idea of inspecting the submarine if and when it appears would not wash or work in fact the whole thing would take several months not at all weeks Jack then says well we have to keep it, They have to do it in such a way that they beleave the boat has been destroyed of the Americans don’t have it but you can’t just eliminate crew. A little bit beat up Ryan stops trying drive home the point about the boat captain of the ship decides it’s time for Ryan to sleep and tells him to go and see the COB who will fix him up. When Ryan leaves the room both talk the captains officer doesn’t like the idea and even worse it’s Ryan is wearing uniform, but the captain puts that Ryan once was navy but an accident caused him to break both legs and did his fourth year from the hospital.

The screen fades to black and then becomes the sea again and we are on the red october once more. The entire ship is on silent Running and they are passing through Thor’s twins, they begin to make runs though red route one. All time Ramius has remind in his quarters until they begin the first turn. But as they do he ordered them to increase speed. The crewmen whisper among themselves even to Borodin that they are going to fast, They make it through the second turn but cryogenic tank on the engine fails, Dr Petrov what’s to know if there is any radiation leakage, they have to shut down the Caterpillar drive and become a live sound target with the original engines the members of the crew in fact borodin himself does not like the idea.

Quick cut and we are the office of the man who head chairman ship of the meeting Jeffrey Pelt ( Richard Jordan) Jack speaker across from him is ambassador Andrei Lysenko (played by Joss Ackland) it would appear that have been talking about navy activity, the Ambassador denied all knowledge of the exercise but the guy behind the desk says they have dropped it off sonar poems for a man to walk across from Iceland to Greenland to Scotland without getting his feet wet. The Ambassador then says they have lost a submarine many of the offices are sons of very high party members. Pelt then changing his tone of voice offers help, Which the ambassador is unsure about but he pass on the suggestion.

 Differences between the book and the film – Major differences between the book and the film this time the lack of characters we are missing three to my knowledge the doctor who is called in when the Russian submarine needs rescuing and most significantly the entire scene for that and then the presidential address in the White House to the Russian ambassador himself, It is the after the first submarines lost it becomes The Catalyst for the Russian ambassador go and visit the president and we have pages of it but here we just have the Russian ambassador in Jeffrey Pelt’s office )the chairman of the meeting that Ryan was the main speaker at) questioning the ambassador.

Also the Sabotage of the reaction on the Red October does not appear to be what it claims it is not through Sabotage this time the reactor shutdown it is through the sheer minded captain ramius pushing the system as they make their way though red route one which causes them to take it offline.

The scenes with Jonesy and his captain play out quite beat for beat as in the book and once again it is teamwork then works the chain of command here and not one giving orders.

What I Think – Now for one thing that I think the film gets right and the book struggles with the first submarine accident in the book there is a submarine accident not the Red October and not any of the following ships that were sent to find her. She ends up hitting the bottom of the sea bed and the Americans are able to rescue one member of her crew the Russians are then called, To have a representative meet the president of the United States and then the president office help in finding the Red October

That all services to confuse a muddy the waters someone in the book now one downed submarine, one submarine that wishes to defect, and the rest of the Russian Navy trying to work out whether the downed submarine is in fact the Red October or is just a tragic accident. Plus trying to cover up everything from the Americans.

Here the film simplifies a lot of things, You have one submarine the red october wishing to defect you had the Russian Navy training her and Jeffrey Pelt asking the ambassador want the help is going on, the Russians lie just as in the book but it’s simple. And Ryan Still have to justify his actions to the captain of the Enterprise. Just three things not four or five happening all at once.

So that’s your chapter from the Red October flim for this week, But always if you have done thanks for reading and I hope you can join me next week for chapter seven called Evasive Action.



All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – DVD – Chapter Five- Sub Plots

The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy flim The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller directed by John McTiernan starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high tech excitement and sweats with the tension of the men who holds doomsday in their hands.

A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the red october he’s heading for the US Coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, the American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack a long CIA analyst has a different idea he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian Navy and Air commands are trying to find him too the hunt is on !

Chapter Five  – Ryan’s Sub Plots – 0:41:23 – 0:49:42

On the screen in green letters the words SSN Konovalov Captain Tupolov commanding and grid reference are shown, We then head into the submarine and a computer print is ripped out a printer by Captain Tupolov when.he’s read the page he pulls a map.from the table looks it over and then get submarine to change course.
He not happy about his orders beeing seven hours old lighting a cigarette he get the officers around him to check status of his vessel, under his breath he repeats himself “7 hours the entire bloody fleet is after him” He then orders the reactor to work and be pushed 105%, the office then ask why and were they are going to which his reply is we’re going to kill a friend we are going kill Ramius,

The Dallas Jones is sitting his little alcove headphones on listening to the tapes stop and starting them ever few seconds

The Red October all the officers are eating taking their food from a table at one end of the room, The Doctor is talking very loud, Ramius nods towards Borodin who then asks the Doctor if the latest figures the batch of radiation tests, he looks down at the plate and answers Now and Borodin also says now and the Doctor leaves the room. Borodin locks the door as he leaves, joining the others around the table. One of the men ask did the Political officer really slip on his tea, but Ramius goes on eating and the question goes unanswered. Borodin says that what would they think the political officer go away and sluck as they carried out that plans a few of the people around the table do not like this but the man who asked the question has no problem with it.

All the men around the table start arguing among themselves and One Gentleman says why don’t they just go back, to which Ramius tells them there is no going back because of the letter all the men around the table even Borodin is shocked. Ramius says when Cortez found a new world burnt the boats so his men would be well motivated. Half the men think they’re going to be found and the other half know when they are they will be killed. the first man who asked the question thinks the reason Ramius sent the letter was he’s ego.

But Ramius says everyone has their reasons, his started the day he was given the plans the Red October as for the rest he alone with carry with him, he gives himself one change in three they will be able beat their own navy and dismiss them.

When the men have left Borodin says it would have been better if he’d not told Moscow of their plan, But Ramius doesn’t see the navy as the problem is the Americas if meet the right kind the plan with will but if they meet some buckaroo. 

We then see Ryan Strap down in a helicopter seat shaking, as it flies though the night Over the sound of rattling and the engine the copilot begins to tell Jack about the crew being sick as they flew into hail storm they land on the USS Enterprise in the North Atlantic east of Nova Scotia thanks to the little  green letters, Jack is shown walking with another man into the captain office. Ryan then apologises to be dressed and naval uniform it being admiral Greer idea the captain then asks Ryan what’s going on.

The differences between the book and film 
There not that big of a shift this time around in the flim, only they happen in the wrong order Jack Ryan has already left for the British war ship even before Ramius talks to his crew and tells them about the letter. And its Captain Tupolev who moves first. 

The war room scene plays out pretty much the same way the Doctor is asked to carry an unnecessary task just to get him out of the way and Ramius tells his men about the letter. Here things are slow once again unlike the Americas were its all jumping up and down, Ramius holds the men even when they all talk at once all he has to do is look at them and they fall back into line.

What I Think
Once again we have gone from the Blockbuster movie countdown to the deep and detailed beats of the book, Ramius is shown as man who is always in control can think three or four steps ahead of the people around him, there is even the repeat of the cowboy line from the book, only we are shown Jack Ryan not the America Admirals and their gun ho attitude. However we have established that Ryan is the hero of the story and not the people around him with the exception that Jonesy the sonar man for the Dallas is almost a carbon copy of his book counterpart and the fact that we keep coming back to him however small his seems maybe the one where he’s just playing tape and there is no dialogue does provide us with a insight to working mind of the man.

So that’s your chapter from the Red October flim for is week, its a little shorter that last week but think that because is almost the book played out on screen, But always if you have done thanks for reading and I hope you can join me next week for chapter six called Thor’s Twins.


 

All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – DVD – Chapter Four – Ryan’s Briefing.

The following  blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy flim The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller directed by John McTiernan starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high tech excitement and sweats with the tension of the men who holds doomsday in their hands.

A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the red october he’s heading for the US Coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, the American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack a long CIA analyst has a different idea he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian Navy and Air commands are trying to find him too the hunt is on !

Chapter Four  – Ryan’s Briefing – 0:32:06 – 0:41:23

Greer is waiting for Ryan outside a unknown building, We have shot of the white house in the background and follow Ryan as he walks inside

Ryan asks Greer exactly what has gone on and Greer turns around and says that it’s no longer research exercise, they walk to a lift in and Greer pulls out a key and get the lift moving. Ryan then gives Greer the information about the silent propulsion system but Greer already knows they have submarine tailing the October and they have lost it now. He then hands Ryan paperwork and tells him to read it.

The paper says that most of the Russian submarine fleet are out, The lift stops and Greer gets out Ryan stay still reading pages but within a few seconds then head down Ryan walk after Greer,Then Ryan stops Reading to notice a sign saying White House briefing and only then asks were they going it a briefing for a Jeffrey Pelt national Security advisor and a few other people, Ryan asks who giving the briefing Greer tells him he is all he’s got to do is talk. as he’s the only one who truly understands the information about the submarine.

Nervously Ryan stumbles through the briefing about how in the last 24 hours the Russian navy have been acting strangely first the Red October took to sea and her propulsion system. He then says it’s enabled the red october to slip past the Dallas at the same time the Russian navy put to sea. There are now 58 nuclear submarines heading into the North Atlantic, A man at the head of the table asks Greer want conclusions can be drawn he thinks it could be an exercise to of the people at the table do not believe it so,

A second man then says Ramius sent the head of the Russian fleet a letter, Ryan tell Greer that it’s Ramius’s wife uncle, The contents of a letter are unknown but after a meeting with the Russian Premier the fleet was ordered out to look for the Red October and sink her.

All the voices on the table Talk at once they all think that ramius is a madman, but Ryan and Greer just watch, then something in Ryan’s head gives him an idea he ask Greer the date which is the 23th he hits the table with the flat of his hand and everyone stops talking and look at him.

The man at the head of the table asks if he would like to add anything else to the discussion and Ryan says there may be another possibility, Ramius maybe trying to defect to which one of the admiral s try shoot down but the head of the table tells Ryan to carry on, right then goes on to explain the Ramius has train most of the officers aboard his ship and has put in place people that can help him and the fact that he’s not Russian but in fact Lithuanian raised by his grandfather a fisherman he has no children no ties and today is the first anniversary of his wife death, Again the admiral trys to
stop Ryan.

But Ryan tells him that he knows Ramius and has meet him once, the admiral moves back in his chair. The guy at the head of the table asks how long does Ramius you have to be in the position to be able to launch his missiles and the answer is four days. The head of the table ends the meeting but tells Ryan to says, He wants to know want Ryan has planned simple grab the boat but is not an airplane is a huge submarine.

They need contact the American submarines directly if the Russians get hold of what they have planned things will go Rye next they have to devise a plan to get a few people on board call to Coast Guard inspection and third some how contact Ramius directly and find out what his plans truly are. And the answer the other guy comes up with is when does Ryan leave, to which Ryan is no best please about pointing out that he is only analyst and had no field training. But no matter Ryan is going.

The differences between the book and the film –
There are many differences in this chapter that the one in the book the first one being the place, in the book it takes place in the white house and deep inside the Situation at the presidents request, but here we have Greer leaving Ryan into a unknown building and only when they are half way there does Ryan question wants going on.
Second is Ryan himself he’s the only speaker here but in the book Ryan is introduced by Judge Moore then goes in the speech which in the book is an extremely huge technical exercise he also mentions going to see Skip and he’s the one who tells the president about the letter Ramius sent.
Third the history that Ryan gives to explain Ramius actions, in the book it was his grandmother that raised him and the fact his father was a good Party member but meeting a fisherman on the coast decided him to take On A Life at Sea, Yet here it was his grandfather a fisherman, Also the timeline is kicked out the window the book is spread out over the course of 18 days and few years have past since the death of Ramius’s wife here its the first anniversary and Jack is given three days.

What I think -Well the flim has just become a pressure cooker, with the weigh of it all now squarely on Ryan shoulders, In the book he’s a bookman more about the numbers and the what if ideas, we the people around him giving, him ideas and information to work with.
He still understands the man Ramius but the flim shows him a man of off the wall thinking taking hold of the Red October was Skip Tyler idea and only then after doing some research.
The fact that the president is not seen in this meeting does somewhat change things Ryan is shown to be the smartest man in the room the Admirals a fixed on the idea of what ramius could do with the nuclear missiles he has and it’s writing that says he may be detecting.
I can understand why they did this make Ryan the reluctant star of the story it works very well if your trying to establish a character study of what a man can do given the right tools.
Also Ramius’s history tweaked little bit so Ryan can have his moment of insight pushing the man at the head of the table into action.

I know it’s a long blog entry for something which is really a very short scene and only serves a purpose to drive home the point that Ryan is a very clever person and has the ability to work outside the box as it were. but it also changes the slow pace for the book into a action driven Blockbuster film.

Well that’s your chapter from the Red October flim for is week, as always if you have done thanks for reading and I hope you can join me next week for chapter five called Sub Plots.

All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – DVD – Chapter Two – Two Keys One Safe.

The blog following  has spoilers for the Tom Clancy flim The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller directed by John McTiernan starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high tech excitement and sweats with the tension of the men who holds doomsday in their hands.

A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the red october he’s heading for the US Coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, the American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack a long CIA analyst has a different idea he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian Navy and Air commands are trying to find him too the hunt is on !

Chapter Two – Two Keys One Safe 0:12:46 – 0:18:53


We are shown Marko ramius as he walks from the conning Tower down there’s about the ship to the main Bridge and all the crewmen, move around him heading to there stations. when he gets the centre of the room Captain Borodin tells him its time open the orders (in Russian with English subtitles) but also points out the political officer (Peter Firth) is his cabin as well, entering the cabin Ramius asks the office exactly why his sit down in here answer the answer he gives is privacy is not the major concern in the Soviet Union, ramius is that not best pleased with the answer and then the political office begins to read from a book


Behold I am becoming as a thief and they gathered them together in a place called Armageddon … the seventh angel poured forth his bowl the air and a voice cried out from the heaven saying ‘it is done’
A man with your responsibilities reading about the end of the world
I have become death the destroyer of worlds


As this happens the camera goes into the political officer and slowly turns out and both men and now speaking English so there is no need for subtitles .


Ramius answers is that he’s ancient Hebrew text quoted by an American putting the political officer then questions an American and put his answer is he invented the atomic bomb and was later accused of being a communist.

The political officer is under the mistaken impression that it is Ramius, Who wrote and underlined the passages and says it is his late wife who did so, Putin then  apologize for the mistake and said it was terrible accident what happened to Ramius  his wife and that he’s only doing his job, Ramius then wants to know how many officers KGB or otherwise are on his boat the political officer then points out that it’s not his boat it belongs to The people of the Soviet Union.And besides the KGB other parties work to put people on board the boat he would be the last one to know, It is time to open the safe ramius open the first door and remove the key from his pocket then turns to Putin who hands over a key from around his neck, 

Putin then reads out the orders their are Rendezvous at marked location with a second submarine and Putin points out the captain of which was a student of Ramius, once there they are to test the Caterpillar drive and return to the dark on or between the 16th, Putin is happy and stands up walking to the door, but Ramius who has been pouring tea stops him, by pulling him backwards and simply snapping the gentlemans neck, to cover the crime he then throws tea onto the floor and replaces the orders with ones from his pocket. He then calls Doctor Petrov telling him there has been a terrible accident.

The differences between the book and the film.
The first major difference between the book is in the fact that the political officer hasn’t no name at no point does ramius or Borodin use the man name, all that happens is ramus walks through the ship to be informed that the political officer is already sat in the captain’s cabin. Yet in the book the political officer is stood with Borodin and then walks with the captain in to the cabin. Also Ramius show giving orders before walking out of the bridge but here everything happens around him and his main priority is find out the orders. 

Establishing the fact that ramius likes to have half trained officers or farmboy’s straight out of the Academy is another difference only to be later altered to the fact that the political officer says the captain of the ship they are about to rendezvous with was once an ex student of Ramius.

The Bible verse that Ramius wife has supposedly wrote and underline is shorthand for the conflict that ramius is now feeling between the motherland and his own ideas, and in fact in the book the political officer has no knowledge of Ramius wife accident, and finally the way ramius kills the political officer in the book he kicks his legs from underneath and he knocks his head against the bulkhead table but here ramius comes from behind the gentlemen and one swift movement breaks the man’s neck.

What I think.
As before we have the same basic plot as chapters in the Book Ramius and the political officer have a conversation one of them ends up dead and the other replaces his original orders, but the ramius we are shown in film is subtly different to the ramus in the books. Ramius in the books is a more hands on officer shown giving orders and to have already established a working relationship with many of the crew. Who goes out of his way to shape the young minds on his boat. But on the film we have man that stands apart who’s men already know there work assignments, and who has a dislike for the political system much like in the book.

The political office of the book is more of a cypher trying to integrate himself into the crew rather than stand outside and report what he says to his superior officers trying to be liked. the one on flim however has no such redeeming features, it is shown has access to every member of the group including the captain personal Effects he reads Ramius wife’s journal and then says he is only doing his job. And then fakes insincerity when trying to apologise the death of Ramius is his wife.

It is a very neat trick for the Russian characters to begin the film speaking Russian only subtitling the more important parts and then using a known Bible verse to switch to English so it is not a very caring effect when suddenly they can speak perfectly clear and be understood by everybody.

This chapter of the DVD takes place on two sets, Ramius walking though the bridge of the submarine and then to his cabin, for the whole 6 1/2 minutes which I am guessing for a blockbuster for that time was unheard, just two people talking and ending with a death.

Well want was the two keys one safe chapter next week will be caterpillar drive which I hope you can join me for. As always if you have done thanks for reading and see next week.

All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – Book – The Fourteenth Day.

The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy book The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Somewhere under the 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
And the most incersdible chase in history is on…

Recap the thirteenth day – The Dallas have been keeping up with the red october and invincible watches as they move around the see it then sends two helicopters and the red october breaches the surface. Ramius then it’s taking a back when the Invincible signals to him though Morse code a personal message telling him that most of his Navy or after him and he needs to head to a new grid reference. Jack Ryan then tells the CIA.

In Washington the CIA have to deal with their own problems not only a senator who is questioning their actions about why the US Navy out playing around with the British fleet but the aid to the Senator who turns out to be a spy and is arrested by a member of the CIA.

When the red october reaches given to them by invincible the reactor engine starts to play up and the red october is forced once again to breach the surface.

THE FOURTEENTH DAY, THURSDAY, 16 DECEMBER pages 321 to 359

A Super Stallion
The helicopters mission was to fly specifically to the HMS Invincible from there they would fly to the HMS pigeon, but I’m no to both pilots there is a fracture in the transmission casing.

Harrier 2-0
The harrier flown by lieutenant Parker is the escort for the super Stallion helicopter as a search in the water for a contact.

Super Stallion
In the middle of a transmission to the harrier the super stallion in begins instantly dispute lubricant oil behind the rotor hub and suddenly everything freezes the rotary blades twist and the stallion savagely drops and rotates in midair jerking the two pilots out there seats commander Marcks begins and Mayday call but it’s too late

Harrier 2-0
Lieutenant Parker radios control, and tells them what has happened he is then giving instructions to stay in the area as they Mount sea rescue for What Remains of the crew.

The Invincible
Jack watches from the Bridge as a Medics carry the structure of a Crewman from the stallion is then given what The Truman was carrying a small metal Briefcase, Admiral white quarters they open the Briefcase and mine reads a very heavy sigh, the mission it’s been set out in black and white round then gets a call the president and he’s told that you can order him to do this but he knows what is extinct Ryan then asks for some help and he told he can only bring one British officer this up with him.
Admiral white gathers together for Lieutenant’s under the age of 30 and it’s planes Ryan needs an officer to accompany on a voluntary basis of a mission of the upmost importance and secretive. The man the volunteers is Mr Owen Williams.

33n 75w
The Scamp rendezvous with the Ethan Allen a few minutes after midnight and then later joined by the power diesel vessel USS pigeon.

The Red October
Melekhin tells both Ramius and the rest of the crew they have no other option they must continue to work on the diesel engine allowed ramius begins to question whether the Sabotage is part of somebody’s plan and not an accident and out loud he begins to shake his we cannot risk the Americans getting their hands on our submarine.

CIA HEADQUARTERS.
Judge Moore calls senator Donaldson into the office and the FBI and CIA know that Donaldson told his aide about the fake mission, and that a spy in Russia has already been killed, they are going to turn his aide Mr Henderson in spy and the senator himself will retire.

The Pigeon
Ryan and William uneventfully reach the destination.

The Dallas
Mancuso received a lengthy Eyes Only transmission which takes him a few minutes to decrypt when he has done so he is smiling from ear to ear.

The Pigeon
Ryan explained to the captain of pigeon as much of the plan as he can and the fact a pigeon will have to use a blinker light to signal to the Red October. They’re going to get all the crew of and those who may want to return to Russia can do then pretend to blow the ship up with one of the powerful scuttling charges the Russian ships are known to carry. The remaining crew will be taken through their butts northwest Pimlico sounds to watch and wait the soviets navy return home.

The Red October.
On board the red october Ramus the transmission from the Pigeon and understands the plan.

Norfolk Naval Medical Center.
The Russian soldier has now woken up and his name is Andre Katystin from Leningrad and the name of the ship he was on was called the Politovskiy, Dr Tait are happy but the Russians not so much and it means that there could be another missing submarine.

CIA HEADQUARTERS.
They put a plan into action to get cardinal out of Russia.

The Red October
Over the submarine Ramius ” the efforts to repair engines have failed A batteries and nearly flat we are too far from Cuba for help and we can expect help from the Rodina, we do not have enough electrical power to evaporate are environmental control systems for more than a few hours we had no choice we must have banned in the ship…” ” we have lost comrades we have made the signals to Moscow to tell and to the American ships we then we’ll dive 200 m and we have we will take no chance and they will cease our ship I take full responsibility for this disgrace, read the fault is mine alone.”

The Pigeon
The signal has been received and the driver of the Pigeon takes Ryan and Williams down to the mystic.

The Mystic
The mystic is winched into the water by the Pigeon and slowly beneath the depths of the ocean carrying both Ryan and William’s it makes its way to the Red October and then careful attaches itself to the Octobers hull, Ryan and pick up a wrench and knocks on the hull.

The Red October
Ramius opens that hatch and Ryan introduces himself he then tells them there is a major radiation leak in the reactor system Ryan believes him and together they begin the evacuation, Under The Captain’s orders Dr Petrov is to take the first group to be evacuated of 25 men at a time,

The Scamp
Is halted two miles away from the Ethan Allen as both submarines exchange messages the scan sonar man noticed the passage of the three submarines an hour earlier the pogy the Dallas now between the Red October and two American subs.

The Red October
When the third group of Crewman I cook at the end of the line breaks away explaining he wants to retrieve his cassette tape machine something has been saving monster no one notices when he doesn’t return not even ramius.

The pigeon
On the pitch in the Soviet crewed I take it to the curse of the American soldiers observe the Russian counterparts closely Without A Word being said the Russian pine table set with Amy love coffee bacon and eggs with a junior officer acting as interpreter they ask for and get plenty of additional bacon.

The Red October
When the last group of crew have left the red october ramius turns to Jack Ryan and asks for asylum, he then goes on to explain that he’s told his crew that he would scuttle the ship and Ryan then explains a missile submarine will explode two miles from here to persuade his crew that this is what indeed has happened.
The offices above the red october will be able to pilot to safe Harbour with the Jack Ryan help they will be able to steer the ship but Jack has to explain once again to ramius the teachers CIA officer and not navy man.
In fact Ramius has read parts of Jack’s books.

The Avalon
The crew of the Avalon finished planting the bombs.

The Red October
Ordering both sets of men in English and Russian ramius gets the crew to take to their posts and asked Ryan when are they going to leave the area, Ryan says whenever you’re ready.Williams and Kamarov work together on securing the hatches and missile silo.
Then Jack Ryan his something something that shouldn’t be but ramius dismisses him thinking it’s the first time he heard of the Caterpillar drive, he then takes out Pistols pop goes to investigate but does not want any doors about his vessel. Williams and Kamarov are now missing, still extremely upset Ryan has a gun ramius gives him permission to go and investigate they find on the floor Kamarov.
Rammus and Ryan take opposite ends but the missile room. There the cook with his own gun trying to keep of Ramius and Ryan away from the missiles which tense to use blow ship up, the Cook and Ryan exchange a few shots each trying to convince the other that they are right. In the end ramius puts himself in harms way getting shot twice and the Cook killed outright. it is then decided the red october will release remains of armaments into the water.

The Dallas
The crew hear the missiles being released.

The Red October.
The missiles you’re not float to the surface in fact they fall on to the sea bed and I crushed by the weight of the sea

The Ethan Allen
The four bombs with the equivalent of 25 tons of TNT evenly distributed throughout the whole the hull the squids fired almost simultaneously and results with catastrophic Ethan Allen Strong Steel full burst like it was a balloon he only item not totally destroyed was the ships reactor which health 3 of the shredded wreckage and drop rapidly to the Ocean Floor.

The Dallas
Jonesy hears the explosion and curses out loud, The captain of the boat tells the whole what they heard was nothing to worry about.

The White House.
The president is now getting nervous and hopes that the sacrifices of the men he has sent to die though in fact mean something and the rest of the Russian military will believe what has happened to the Red October.

What I Think – The book has become somewhat a rush to the finish with most of the action taking place in this last chapter bouncing from the Red October, to the Ethan Allen, the white house and The Dallas, and everywhere else in between how we have a few more chapters rent the book is almost over I have absolutely no idea but we do so we have to see how it all plays out. It nice touch that even when someone boards his own vessel ramius is able to maintain superiority over not only what remains of these offices but Ryan and his tiny party.

So that’s you lot for this week, and as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me next week for the next chapter.

All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – Book – The Thirteenth Day.

The following blog has spoilers for the Tom Clancy book The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.

Somewhere under the 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
And the most incersdible chase in history is on…

Recap the Twelfth day -The Dallas fans out the red october is in fact that Marina bin tracking for last 24 hours thanks to John zee and his computer technology then decide to switch off all engines and float for the red october will not pick them up. In Moscow the minister of Defence and his chief of staff talk about the spy they have a board the Red October and believe he will be able to stop ramius in his tracks and return the red october home to Mother Russia. As the red october move out of the patrol zone, the Dallas has to ask permission follow it and almost 24 hours later the Dallas has its permission from the men at the Pentagon and now the invisible carry Jack Ryan has started trying to transmit to the Dallas.

THE THIRTEENTH DAY WEDNESDAY, 15 DECEMBER pages 293 to 319

The Dallas
On the Dallas they monitor the red october making more crazy Ivan moves and this time they have been found out and they know the red october has seen them

The Red October
Yes the red october has seen them and works out they’ve been trailing them for the last two hours.

The Dallas
As the Dallas is now running silent Mancuso gives the order to actively search sonar things for the red october giving a target range.

The Red October
Everybody on the red october knows there is no hope now

The Dallas
Suddenly on the surface Jonesy hears there is very huge contact above them.

The Invincible.
The Invincible signals to the Bristol and Fife to stay with them, And the sends two helicopters to hover over the surface at fifty feet.

The Dallas.
Jones is able to hear the helicopters and work out the location of the The Invincible

The Invincible
Finds two submarines and the Admiral picks up his binoculars and starts to look around.

The Red October
Ramius has run the Red October into task force both British and American, he needs to see want up against so he gives the order to bring the ship to periscope depth.

The Invincible
Jack and the Admiral hold there breath as one of the helicopters report back that the Red October is heading up slowly.

The Red October
Borodin is slowly helping pump water as the Red October heads directly towards the invincible.

The Invincible
The Admiral calls a guy Hunter to comm to ask how well his morse code is as Jack stands there still feeling very sick.

The Dallas
Jones hears the sounds of the hull popping as the Red October heads up. Mannion thinks it’s dumb move but keeps that to himself Mancuco gives order to follow.

The Invincible
Admiral white now has everything trained on the depth and position for the red october they all have agreed that the best method of Passing a message would be used a blinker light, only someone placed in the Direct Line of Sight would be able to read the signal until moved the light holding the sheet of paper, Ryan had given him and the Yeoman begins to signal

The Red October
30 metres from the surface Captain ramius or is the periscope to be raised he looks out and see the three imperialist ships HMS Invincible and two Scouts.

The Invincible
And the Invincible they noticed the periscope and within seconds the caption is now controlling the light.

The Red October
At first Ramirez does not see this signal checking the Horizon from our ships and aircrafts when he’s finally made a circuit the second time he sees the flashing light quickly interpret signal Red October Red October if you can read this please pingos one time on active sonar the message keeps repeating and Orders Borodin to signal on active sonar.

The Invincible
With the ping received the invisible captain begins to send his message Red October Red October your fleet is chasing after you your path is blocked by numerous vessels in numerous is tax summary there waiting to attack you repeat proceed to rendezvous point 33 North 75 West we have ships there waiting for you repeat repeat Ping once again if you understand this message

The Red October
Ramius asks once again for the distance to target and borodin in replies 2000m, ramius doesn’t know why they know how long they have been training them he has to decide he asks once again for them to ping the target.

The Invincible
The Admiral the captain and Jack are very pleased and how it’s done Jack for the moment against he has sickness and disappears off to arrange things.

The Dallas
On the Dallas Mancuso shakes his head after reading the message that the English have sent for the red october Mannion brings the Dallas back into pursuit Of The Red October and still Mancuso has no idea what is going on.

The Invincible
In the radio room Ryan send an encrypted message to the CIA

The White House
The president is happy with the process of the mission so far but those things can go wrong.

The Invincible
Jack finishes sending his message as Admiral Wight walks into the room Jack has no idea what the next past the plan is but the Admiral says they have to move back to impose themselves between the Red October and the Soviet Fleet.

The Avalon
The Avalon is it DSV are creeping forward a long one of these houses port side, and from what the lieutenant can see something went wrong with her reactor burnt right through one of her sides. The job of the Avalon was to search and rescue and try to find out if anyone was still alive. But they receive a message to proceed at the best speed to 33 North 75 West the message didn’t say why they.

CIA HEADQUARTERS
The spy cardinal is still with the CIA and Ritter quite happy about that but the Admiral what’s cardinal to come out of Russia. But only that be ther now a senator wants to know what is really going on as he doesn’t by the cover story about the rescue mission and thinks we know something different.

Washington D.C.
Ritter heads to Senator Donaldson office were he’s kept waiting. After Ritter tells the Senator that the information he has comes from the President himself and if the Senator tells anyone things will be very bad. He tells him that the Russians have at least one submarine unaccounted for and someone we think it’s playing a trick on the operations director at the Soviet Northfleet, and about forged letters. The objective is to raise hell in the Soviet Union military channels and embarrass Moscow so the British and the French and the israelis have decided to come together try and stop them. There is also a man called Henderson who seems to be aware of the meeting going on between Ritter and the Senator, he walked out of the building after the meeting and it’s followed by special agent Hazel Lommis

The Pentagon
Admiral Davenport walks into a room full CIA intelligence officers and asks for volunteers none of the men leave and as he hands out of Manila envelope with the audience in he says they will have a chance to look inside a Soviet missile submarine.

33N 75W
On the Ethan Allen the chief quartermaster is becoming bored with waiting he wishes they had brought a proper cook with them. and giving him the job, as he talks to a second crew member he is asked what their mission is and he has no idea himself.

The New Jersey
Commander Eaton was perplexed, his battle group was holding twenty miles south of the Russians after the Mark battle with soviets Eaton is glad there is nothing more to be gained from harassment and anyway if it has to be his Battle group good switch from peace to war in about 2 minutes.

The Watergate Apartments
Hazel Loomis knocks on Hendersons door and asks to use his phone, he let’s her use it then try’s to pick her. With tour of his apartment, what halfway through there is a knock at his door and she arrested on suspicion of espionage and then lets in three gentlemen from the CIA rip the apartment apart.

The Red October
Discipline on the red october is being maintained as daily life continues but down in the engine room there is an alarm, there another malfunction, there has been a minor malfunction in the reactor system alarm everybody heard was not a major radiation late but rather a fault in the reactor rod control system. So ramius orders the submarine to go to snorkeling depth and to standby to activate the diesel.

The Dallas
With the Dallas still trailing behind the Red October, Jonesy worked out that they must have some kind of exotic fuel and not simply electrical to be able to drop and raise in such a short time there is then a whole cracking sound as if the red october is now once again heading up towards the surface.

The Red October
App snorkeling death ramius look around and see they have left the American escorts far behind them he then ordered them to open the main valves and vent the engine space and start diesel. The engine continues to crack throughout the whole and the men wait for the rumble of the engine to begin and catch after another try the engine does not kick in. ramius then finds his crew members that has feelings with diesel engines and hope they will be able to find out what is wrong with it.

What I Think – this chapter has a lot of good points with the back and forth of the Dallas and the red october being split into sections so you can find out their reactions without reading three or four pages, of not storyline. But the problem I have is all the new stuff with the Senator and the Spy at the Watergate it seems somehow added in just for effect no if they’re gone to the hospital with a Russian spy was and Mr Clancy had written how they intend to get him out of Russia that may have been something but to bring in two characters one who is a bumbling senator and is told a complete pack of lies and a spy, Who suddenly appears and is caught by a most honey trap that just becomes more filler. 

There are four Chapters left in the book and I’m trying to find out exactly what time will be executed by the end of the story with both the Admirals and captions of several shapes not knowing what’s going on and it only person that seems to have any idea stuck in the bowels of the CIA headquarters playing with a computer.

As always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me next week for the next chapter.