Patriot Games Book Summary and Study Guide

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Jack Ryan is on vacation in England when he thwarts a terrorist attack on the royal family as a bystander. During the incident he is injured, and he kills a terrorist. When Jack returns to America his life returns to normal until an attack on him and his wife and child fails. Jack then decides to work with the CIA to help the find the terrorists. In the end of the book the royal family comes to the U.S. and visits the Ryan's. While they are at the Ryan's house the terrorists attack and get past the defenses around Ryan's house, Ryan and his company wage a guerilla war against the terrorists, and escape by sea, but the terrorists follow. When the terrorists try to transfer onto another boat they are caught, and the book ends.
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The review of this Book prepared by A.Rooney

Dr. Ryan was on holiday in London with his family when he was caught in the middle of a terrorist attack upon the Prince of Wales. His instincts took over and Ryan used his Marine officer skills to thwart the attack, killing at least one of the terrorists. Miller, the terrorist who was captured and interrogated by British intelligence, faced Ryan at his trial. When Miller escaped the custody of British authorities while being transferred to a high security prison, those eyes of Miller's haunted Dr. Ryan. And for good reason. Miller swore he'd kill Ryan for destroying his perfect plan for kidnapping the Prince and Princess of Wales. Ryan joins the CIA in order to protect he and his family, trying to find out where Miller would strike next. It's a game of chess that's unfolding between two clever opponents: Ryan and Miller...with their American, British, and Irish counterparts or accomplices.
The review of this Book prepared by F. Scott Sinclair

Jack Ryan, a part time employee of the the CIA stops an attack on british royalty. When the terrorists (IRA) come for revenge it is all out war on Jack Ryans Virginia home. This book is amazing, I spent all march break reading it. Totally addictive.
The review of this Book prepared by Matt Parker

Jack Ryan is in the wrong place at the right time and ends up saving The Prince and Princess of Wales. In doing this he kills a man, who's brother seeks revenge on Jack. Jack's pregnate wife and daughter are almost killed by this man and his companions in a sub group of the IRA. Very good book.
The review of this Book prepared by Josh

Jack Ryan stops a terriost attack on the prince, his wife, and kid. He is hurt, but gets over it and testifies against the terrorist he shot. The terrorist, who didn't say anything durind the time there, escapes from armed guards by buddies. He wants to get back at Ryan and decides to hurt his family, too. He almost kills Ryan's wife and kid. Ryan has the royal prince and princess over and the terroists come and break through security and almost get the whole family.
The review of this Book prepared by Emily

In Patriot Games, Jack Ryan prevents the kidnapping of the Prince of Wales by a splinter group from the IRA, and brings their anger down upon him. They try to kill him twice, almost killing his wife, Cathy, and daughter, Sally, the first time. They manage to eliminate a whole detachment of security personnel during the second attempt to kill Ryan and capture the Prince of Wales, who he is having dinner with. However, Ryan and the His Royal Highness are able to escape the terrorists and then guide the FBI and local police in to arrest them.
The review of this Book prepared by Matt Line

The exciting accounts of a retired naval officer who resccues the members of the royal family, and how the underground decides to handle the american hero.
The review of this Book prepared by James

Although not the first published,but the first chronologically of Tom Clancy's series of Jack Ryan novels.The story begins with Ryan and his wife and daughter in London on a working vacation.Ryan happens upon an IRA terrorist attempt on the car driving the Prince of Wales and his wife (Diana ?).He thwarts the attempt,suffering grave injury,and recovers to testify in the trial of one of the terrorists,who escapes while being transported to prison.The remainder of the story follows the escaped terrorist's plot for revenge on Ryan,ending with a full scale assault on Ryan's home by terrorists while Ryan is entertaining the Prince Of Wales and his wife!All of Ryan's family are targeted by the terrorists and injured to varying degrees prior to the finale.
High adventure throughout with righteous violence and cold anger as well as heroism prevailing.Tightly written.
The review of this Book prepared by John Juergens

Patriot Games the "first" Ryan book explodes from the beginning pages. When Jack thwarts an attempt on the Royal Family while visiting London the terrorists come gunning for him in the US. Feeling secure Ryan and family fall back into normalcy believing they are safe. However the terrorist hunt Jack and his family down..Jack joins the CIA in an attempt to find and eliminate those who did him and his family harm.

The review of this Book prepared by William Eskridge

Jack Ryan rescues members of the Royal Family from an assasination attempt in London, and now one of the would-be killers wants revenge for his brother's death...and Jack and his family are the targets...a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, and this time the bad guys just might win...
The review of this Book prepared by Jacob Hurt

Patriot Games is one of the better books by Tom Clancy, and that is saying something to most readers. This book introduces readers to Jack Ryan, who goes on to star in a number of other great Calncy books. Ryan must capture a terrorist group after it attaected his family.
The review of this Book prepared by Scott Sehi

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 11.8%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 31.8%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 46.4%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing/finding assassin    -   kidnap/rescue Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   generic terrorists

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Mid-Atlantic states Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Ireland

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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