Red Storm Rising Book Summary and Study Guide

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It is the late 1980s, and the USSR is in trouble. Muslim terrorists have destroyed the largest oil refinery in the Soviet Union, and in 6 months, the USSR will run out of oil. Faced with this disaster, the Politburo makes a fateful decision. To survive, the USSR needs to seize the oil in the Middle East. Before that can happen, NATO must be neutralized. Operation Red Storm begins.
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Skillfully distracting and deceiving the West for four months while its army trains, the USSR convinces the world that West Germany is preparing to attack. Using this excuse, the Red Army invades. America, Britain, and France stand by their treaty commitment, and World War III starts.

The Soviet surprise attack, including an invasion of Iceland and the closing of the Atlantic to NATO, catches the West horribly off guard, and NATO is thrown into a desparate defense. But the West comes roaring back, forcing the Soviets into a stalemate.

Soon, the entire war comes down to the outcome of a single battle deep in West Germany. Both armies are at the breaking point, and a startling plot in being carried out in the capital of a superpower...
The review of this Book prepared by Kyle Nunnery

The Hunt for Red October is about a Soviet submarine captain who decides to defect to America after his wife dies. With the help of Jack Ryan and most of his officers, he gets the enlisted crew off the state of the art ballistic missle sub he commands, and delivers itto the United States.   
The review of this Book prepared by Matt Line

When a Russian oil refinary is destroyed by Afgan terrorists, the Politburo decides on a conventional war with NATO to allow the USSR to sieze control of the Persian Gulf oil stocks. But can Russia close the Atlantic? Can the Red Army defeat NATO in Europe? And will the war remain conventional?
The review of this Book prepared by Matt

A multi-theater story of what World War Three could have been like involving sea battles,land battles,and a long trek to freedom on Soviet occupied Iceland.Also involved are a number of high-tech instruments of war including the previously secret F-117 stealth fighter plane and the simple use of a common video tape recorder to find enemy fuel storage sites as viewed from sattelite spy cameras.Includes many stories of individual heroism and sacrifice,as well as a developing romance between a U.S.soldier and a young Icelandic woman(pregnant)who he rescued from certain rape and death at the hands of Russian invaders.Without question the finest fictional war story ever written.
The review of this Book prepared by John Juergens

After a successful terrorist attack on the U.S.S.R.'s oil supply cripples Russia, the Soviet Union invades West Germany, hoping to knock out NATO. Then, the U.S.S.R. would be free to control the Middle East's oil fields. Nato fights back, producing World War III.
The review of this Book prepared by S Nunnery

A terrorist attack leaves the Soviet economy in shambles...and now the only way to save the Union is to do the unthinkable...A chilling account of what World War III could be like...
The review of this Book prepared by Jacob Hurt

If I never read another book, I'll be satisfied. This is THE war novel to end all war novels. If you think Clancy's stories of Jack Ryan are all Clancy has to offer, then you're seriously in the dark my friends. While this isn't a Jack Ryan book, it's the best War novel I've ever read. Go read this immediately.
The review of this Book prepared by Steve Schmitz

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army    -   Navy    -   Air Force Specific to    -   near future war Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Southeast    -   Midwest Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France    -   Germany    -   Eastern Europe    -   Russia Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   Ocean Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   submarining Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Atlantic Ocean Island Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   rape (yeech!) A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   military technology Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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