All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – Book – The Third 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 Second Day- Captain Marko ramius has read out orders For the Red Octobers training exercises but one of the crew don’t think they are correct. On the USS Bremerton there hear the Russian sub three days late and then wait as it shuts off it engines Somewhere back in Russia there is an envelope that is failed to be delivered on time.In England, Jack Ryan sits at his computer working on the authorized biography of Fleet Admiral William Halsey a task he’s had for the last three years. And at the real rendezvous point for the Russian games the soviets sit and wait for ramius

THE THIRD DAY – SUNDAY, 5 DECEMBER – pages 27-43

The Red October – Their course was now two-five-zero on the west edge of the Barents Sea, Ramius hands over the watch a Lieutenant Ivanov who fresh and green, Ramius wants to test all his men so gives men chance to prove themself.

He and the other Senior officers head to their weekly political disscussion, Ramius then gets the doctor to watch two more new Lieutenants in the engineering section,  at the meeting with the demise of the zampolit Ramius is now in full control.

Each officer in this room was is a member of his conspiracy- so far there have been some minor changes which he’s not told anyone. Then he tells them about the letter, so there is no going back.

The planning had started with the death of his Natalia, the rage he had almost unknowing supperessed throughout his life. 

(We go back in time to Ramius childhood) – His father and how he ruled the Lithuanian Party Central Committee but how his Grandmother Hilda told him nighttime stories from the Bilble, even managed to have him baptized a Roman Catholic. But soon he works out that the Marxism-Leninism was jealous god, tolerating no competing loyalties, but he grows up a good boy and a good party member.

Until he’s eight years old a finds an old fisherman Sasha, who spends hours telling him tales of the sea and also the freedom of the sea, at thirteen Marko wants become a man of the sea. He works hard a falls in love not with the boats but the subs. Ramis is out standing in his own field.

And by has his own command and married to Natalia Bogdanova his career had been one uninterrupted story of achievement, for all the world to see a good party man.’

Then Natalia died and the hand of drunk surgeon- the State had robbed him of more that his wife, it had robbed him of a means to assuage his grief with prayer, it had robbed him of the hope – if only an illusion – of ever seeing her again.

Ramis could not have the doctor punished he was the son of a party chieftain so the state would be made to pay.

(Back at the table) All the men around him hi hand pick each with their own Reasons for leaving Mother Russia.

What I think – We are three days into this book and so far so good. But the only thing I would have done would have put all Ramis backstory as day one or even made it a extra start will the death frist then have on the sub.

All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – Book – The Second 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 Frist Day- Captain First Rank Marko Ramius has taken control the Soviet Submarine Red October as it begins sea trials, as they a pulled out to sea Ramius reflexs on his life and is not to happy about it, when they reach open water and inside the safety of his quarters he and his political officer Ivan Yurievich Putin open the orders for the sea trials. Ramius then kills Putin making it look like a accident and now has full control of the nuclear weapons aboard the vessel.

THE SECOND DAY SATURDAY, 4 DECEMBER – pages 17 – 26 

The Red October – One day has past since Ramius has killed Putin, Ramuis has let the crew settle into the ship’s routine and so now its time to disclose their orders he enters the contorl room and talking up the microphone in one hand and set file cards in the other beings

He starts be telling them about the tragic accident that killed their beloved friend and comrade Putin and how the orders do not permit them to tell fleet headquarters, but they are to dedicate their efforts and work to his memory.

The orders are to make the ultimate test of the new silent propulsion system, they are to head west though the imperialist sonar nets, skirking around the American coast evade dection from not only them but there own fleet, and then the pormised land of white sand beaches and dusky girls and socialist brothers that is Cuba for one whole week.  

Inside the aft galley a petty officer heards Ramius talking and knows that wasn’t what their orders werw supposed to be, had there been a change in plans.

Back in the control room Ramius stops talking and orders the swiching on of the new drive which has been called ‘the caterpiller’ by a young engineer who had been involved in the development. Everything is set and functioning well so they head bearing two-six-zero.

The USS Bremerton – Thirty miles to the northeast, USS Bremerton hears the screws of the Soviet sub Red Octoder shutting down two weeks early at fourteen knots but soon lose contact and think she will do a long slow drift they move closer.

Severomorsk, USSR – In the Cental Post Office a mail sorter pulls out an offical-looking envelop addressed to the Main Political Administration of Navy, What did the letter say ? He plays out ideas in he’s head but at sixty-two he know that it will just be is some pampered prima donna submariners writing home. The letter falls to the floor tomorrow it will someone else job to pick it up.

Morrow England –  Jack Ryan sits at his computer working on the authorized biography of Fleet Admiral William Halsey a task he’s had for the last three years, when his daugter come to ask if Santa will know where they are this year. And yes he will. So Sally goes off the play happy Jack however save the work he’s been doing and prints out the christmas list so as not to forget something. When he’s back in Washington next week (There is a little bit here I am leaving out as its to do with spanking a child)

The V.K. Konovalov – In grid square 54-90 waits the VK Konovalov, Captain Second Rank Viktor Alexievich Tupolev paces the periscope pedestal, waiting for his old mentor and the start of the October Frost exercise. Hoping to beat the old man by mimicing the American tactic of drifing. No-one as yet to embarrass the schoolmaster Tupolev wants to be the frist.

What I Think – The deeper we get into the book more smaller the world gets Mr Clancy makes you feel the cold, the mind set of the good and the bad party members. As they come to terms with life on the subs plus there everyday lives at the post office.

And the Americans as they watch and wait.

Then there is Jack Ryan who for three years has been writting a book, and is stop by his little to ask about Santa, which has happend more that once.

So what will happen next, How will Jack Ryan play role in want Ramius has planned, what is the letter at the post office. And will Tupolev become the new schoolmaster. Only time will tell

As always thanks for reading and see you next week when we cover All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October day three

All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – Book- The First 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…

Or so says the paper back book I have, over the following blog I cover the whole book and its 469 pages outlining each chapter and then what I think will happen next. A quick look at the book shows there are no chapter numbers, and it would apper that they are titles spanning eighteen days. So that people can read along or keep I will be writing how long each chapter is by page number this will also work for the flim and audio later.

THE FIRST DAY – FRIDAY 3 DECEMBER – pages 1-15

The Soviet Navy submarine Red October leaves the base at Polyarnyy, after two months, her Captain Frist Rank Marko Ramius stands watch as with help from the icebreaker Purga they head to the open sea.

Captain Second Rank Ivan Yurievich Putin – political officer joins him and they talk, Ramius dislike the man and does his best not to let it show, as Putin questions Ramius about his need to be out at sea.

Inside his head Ramius relives his childhood his father rise in the party and the fact he’s half Lithuanian, then about the death of his wife a crime committed not by god but the State, that demanded punishment.

The water around the October rises and Putin heads back inside but Ramius stands watch for another hour until they reach the open sea and leave the Purga, this will be the last time Ramius  will see all this one way or another he’ll never come back.

Ramius gives the dive order and the October is filled noise a the ballast tanks go to work, using the periscope Ramius watchs the black water change briefly to foam, they level off at one hunderd meters. Ramius gives the sub over to Comrade Lieutenant Gregoriy Kamarov and heads aft.

Putin and Ramius are in the wardroom, here there is a safe with October’s orders in side. Ramius has one combination and Putin the other they have fifteen minutes until Ramius can open the safe.

They spend the time talking about how Ramius trians the men, and that his just a sea and not a schoolmaster despite want people say the chronometer chims four. Each in turn they dial in their combination.

The orders are for war games with the attack sub V.K Konovalov and her captian Viktor Tupolev, Ramius knows the captain and will not let Tupolev. As for Putin he knew the orders even before opening the safe.

Putin is about walk out of the door when Ramius kicks his legs from under him and quickly, skillfuly and simply brakes the man’ neck in his strong fisherman’s hands. He uses the tea they have been drinking and makes it look like Putin fell over.

He calls for the medical office who checks Putin yes the man is dead, Ramius act sorry for the man and is sad for him,  Petrov asks if he should report to fleet headquarters, but Ramius shows him orders that are explicit and say maintain strict radio silence, so its with huge sadness Putin body is put in the freezer but not before taking control for the missile control key from around his neck.

Ramius takes the conn once again and he orders the sub to a course of two-nine-zero degrees, west-northwest, the war games are to the east.

What I Think – So that was only the frist chapter/day, I knew that Mr Clancy put a lot into his writing, and it only fair I do the same of this review, each blog post will just be one chapter/day how every long that will be.

And want I have read so far is very enjoy able, we have been given the feeling of being on a Russian sub not only by description of the weather and the sub itseld but the fact that Mr Clancy uses Russian words like zampolit, Rodina and michman with english not to far away so you don’t get to lost.

We have meet the Russian, heard them speak and got inside Captain Frist Rank Marko Ramius head were we go from here is anyones guess.

As always thanks for reading and see you next week when we cover All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October day two


All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October – Intro 

The votes have been counted, both this week and last, In all that time I had the sum total of two votes, on here and twitter both wanting me to read/cover Tom Clancy’s  The Hunt For Red October.

So just like The Ipcress Flie I going to give you a little background on the three incarnations I will be using. 

Frist off the book the copy I have is a paperback one a Berkley Book published by arrangement with Naval Institute Press, the cover is embosted with Tom Clancy’s name in white and in gold the title and the image of Sean Connery. Followed by three stills from the flim, then flim credits then half way down the next page we have a print history which tells the frist print was by the Naval Institute Press in 1984 and the Berkley Book edition 1985, then copyright informtion for the flim still which are 1990. The book was printed in united states of america. There are a total of 469 pages. Not counting acknowledgments and at the back of the book a small about the author section.

Second the flim, its a single DVD copyright 1989 by Paramount Pictures and from their Widescreen Collection, just as the book cover it shows Sean Connery in red, and had his name above the title under this is the name Alec Baldwin. On the back of the case there is small a synopsis and the list of special features, then more words naming the directer, producer and the main cast, it also says the flim run time is 130 minutes.

The last incarnation of the story I have is a Harper Collins Audio Book which is two abridged cassette tapes approximately three hours listening, read by Richard Crenna, copyright 1986 unlike the book and  flim case Sean Connery doesn’t feature instead Tom Clancy’s name and the title is printed in purple with a red outline, I have chose to use this incarnation of the audio book as quick serach around the internet has the uncut reading at 12 hours long and reader is unkown. And there for can not be credited as a reliable and credibile soucre.

Now it may look as if I only doing half the work on the audio side of things but the whole point is to see want gets left in and what gets taken out in each form of media and why.

Going into this I know the main characters name is Jack Ryan but that is all. And that The Hunt For Red October was Mr Clancy’s debut novel and that is it.

As always thanks for reading and see you next week when we start All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October – beginging with the book