Red Rabbit

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Red Rabbit
Red Rabbit cover.jpg
Author Tom Clancy
Country United States
Language English
Series Jack Ryan universe
Genre Thriller novel
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
2002 (1st edition)
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 618 pp (hardback edition)
ISBN 0-399-14870-1 (hardback edition)
OCLC 49925127
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3553.L245 R39 2002
Preceded by Patriot Games (chronologically)
Followed by The Hunt for Red October (chronologically)

Red Rabbit (2002) is a New York Times bestselling novel by Tom Clancy. It incorporates the 1981 plot to assassinate Pope John Paul II.

The abridged book on CD released in 2002 was read by Dennis Boutsikaris.

The unabridged book on CD released in 2002 was read by Derrick Hagon.

Plot summary[edit]

Jack Ryan, former Marine turned CIA analyst, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the British Secret Intelligence Service help with transporting a Russian defector and his family to the United States. The defector tells of a KGB plan to kill Pope John Paul II.

Reference in other Clancy Novels[edit]

In Command Authority, When trying to find information on the KGB assassin known as Zenith. Ryan asks Greer if 'Rabbit' knows anything about the assassin with Greer confirming to Ryan that 'Rabbit' does not know anything about him.


Upon its release the novel received somewhat poor reviews. Critics praised Clancy's believable account of the plot, but disdained the lack of suspense. Reviewers for CNN and The New York Times considered the development of the main plot slow and tedious and noted that sub-plots remained underdeveloped and unresolved.[1][2] Reviewers for Publishers Weekly and Esquire believed the involvement of Clancy's main character Ryan in the main plot to be highly marginal.[3][4] Nevertheless, the novel reached #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List.[5]


  1. ^ Meagher, L.D. (September 24, 2002). "Review: Clancy's 'Red Rabbit' rotten". CNN. Retrieved 2006-10-23. 
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (August 15, 2002). "Books of the Times: Swipes About Hollywood And Other Media Types". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Miller, Adrienne (September 11, 2002). "Clancy Time". Esquire. Retrieved 2006-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Red Rabbit". Publishers Weekly. July 29, 2002. Retrieved 2006-10-23. 
  5. ^ "NYT Best Sellers List; Fiction" (PDF). Hawes Publications. August 25, 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2010.