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Tom Clancy Hunt for Red October First Edition First Printing

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Binding: dj/HC
Illustrator: Limited to 5,000
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An original collector's grade hardcover book for your Tom Clancy collection.

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 incredible chase in history is on....

The Hunt for Red October is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy's phenomenal career. A military thriller so accurate and convincing that the author was rumored to have been debriefed by the White House. Its theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. Its story: the chase for a runaway top secret Russian missile sub.

Naval Institute Press, 1984. Tom Clancy "The Hunt for Red October". First edition, First printing. Scarce in this excellent condition. ISBN 0-87021-285-0. A true 1st edition and 1st printing of this title along with the 1st issue of the dust jacket in original condition.

Condition: Fine hardcover book. A wonderful bright clean copy with straight boards. Free of markings, writings, or stamps. No attached bookplates or indication of any removed. The binding is uniform and tight. Sharp corners. Very near fine dust-jacket. The bright dust-jacket shows very slight wrinkles in a couple of spots without any closed tears. This book is now protected in a brand new Mylar plastic covering. All photos of actual book.

This book is one of only 5000 First Printings with all the correct issue points:

1) Six "blurbs" on the back of the dj. - The 3rd blurb by Clive Cussler.

2) The dj is NOT priced.

3) There is NO stated printing and no "First Edition" on the copyright page.

4) There are 18 lines of print on the copyright page.

5) The ISBN appears on the back of the dj and on the back of the binding.

Book Information

The Hunt for Red October is a novel by Tom Clancy. The story follows the intertwined adventures of Soviet submarine captain Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius and CIA analyst Jack (John) Patrick Ryan.

The novel was originally published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press�the first fictional work they ever published and still their most successful.

"The Hunt for Red October is Tom Clancy's superb, exciting story, only made better by the reading of Richard Crenna...Even if you have read the book and seen the movie, this cassette with Crenna's voice will give you two hours and 41 minutes of thrills...Don't miss this listening pleasure!" -- The News Chief

The Hunt for Red October was the start of a loosely connected series by Tom Clancy which shared a rough continuity and many of the characters in the novel. Jack Ryan in particular went on to be the central character of many of Clancy's later novels, though some of Clancy's novels were explicitly unrelated (such as Red Storm Rising).

The ultimate fate of the Red October is explained in the Clancy novel The Cardinal of the Kremlin, where it is revealed that the vessel was reverse engineered and stripped of all technology. The Red October was then sunk in a deep ocean trench to avoid discovery.

Film Adaptation

The novel was made into a commercially-successful movie in 1990, starring:

  • Sean Connery as Marko Ramius

  • Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan

  • James Earl Jones as Adm. James Greer

  • Scott Glenn as Cmdr. Bart Mancuso

  • Sam Neill as Captain 2nd Rank Vasily Borodin

  • Fred Dalton Thompson as Rear Adm. Joshua Painter

There were several differences between the novel and the film, including the Red October traveling up the Chesapeake Bay and near Tom Clancy's Calvert County home on the water and the prominence of the Royal Navy, including the HMS Invincible. The order of many events also has been changed.

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