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 Techno-thriller
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 bestselling novel by Tom Clancy. It incorporates the 1981 plot to assassinate Pope John Paul II. It made it on to the New York Times bestseller list.

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. The assassination is ordered by Yuri Andropov, the head of the KGB, out of concern of the Pope's support of the Polish Solidarity movement. Should Poland wiggle out of the Soviet sphere of influence, Andropov lacks confidence he can crush it with military force as he did with the 1956 Hungarian uprising, and said idea is ruled out as the new US President, Ronald Reagan, is not as relaxed as his predeccesors towards Soviet aggression. Other themes explored are Jack Ryan's adjustment to being stationed in England while his wife Cathy gets a job as an eye surgeon in a British hospital, Andropov's Politboro service under the waning years of the Era of Stagnation and a doddering Leonid Breznev, as well as shortages in the Soviet economy and its drab existence for the majority of its populace, whilst the Politboro and other select elites live in places as nicely furnished as any of the "Western capitalists" they denounce.


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.