The Cardinal of the Kremlin

The Cardinal of the Kremlin

by Tom Clancy

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In this electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling thriller from Tom Clancy, a silent war between the USA and Russia will decide the fate of the world—and Jack Ryan is behind enemy lines.

Two men possess vital data on Russia’s Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is CARDINAL—America's highest agent in the Kremlin—and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other is the one American who can save CARDINAL and lead the world to the brink of peace...or war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425269398
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Series: Jack Ryan Series , #3
Pages: 816
Sales rank: 30,382
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A little more than thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October—the first of the phenomenally successful Jack Ryan novels—sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it “the perfect yarn.” From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.


Huntingtown, Maryland

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1947

Date of Death:

October 1, 2013

Place of Birth:

Baltimore, Maryland


Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland, 1965; B.A. in English, Loyola College, 1969

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“Clancy’s done it again!”—New York Daily News

Cardinal excites, illuminates…a real page-turner.”—Los Angeles Daily News

“Fast and fascinating.”—Chicago Tribune

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The Cardinal of the Kremlin 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 157 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm no Tom clancy fan, but C of the K left me wanting more. I find it is his best book ever (Red October was fine, but...). All that follwed only went downhill. I've stopped reading TC at Honor. But this is the one that should be a movie. Hey, i'm willing to direct, if that's it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clancy delivers as always!
Dotdotdave2 More than 1 year ago
A very intense and detailed account of what a "mole's" life must be like. The attention to even the smallest details is remarkable.
Barney Landrum More than 1 year ago
One of the best spy novels ever written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cardinal in the Kremlin is a real person in this story who transends limited focus on who gets his personal approval. The story is about the cardinal and all who are affected by his survival and his deeds. The coverage is not limited to people in the Kremlin, but also Afganistan, USA and the oceans. There are many areas of interest including the submarine Dallas (from the Hunt for Red October) to New Mexico. Tom Clancy successfully ties all these locations with mesmerizing stories and believable people. I have read Hunt and Cardinal books more than 5 times each and enjoy each reading as I find new connections to what I already remember from each story. Tom Clancy has the "golden" touch here in writing these stories. Jack Ryan although present is not a major factor in Cardinal. The link to Cardinal is thin at best. The Dallas has a stronger place here than Jack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Tom Clancy as we get to see the Foleys and Ryan in action in 'Mother Russia' as they use a high level military mind to poach some needed information from the upper reaches of the government.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Can not give the 5 stars: 1) Too many acronyms with no description. 2) Too many long russian names difficult to memorize. 3) Too many russian words with no translation. EJC
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dagwood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read this while I was in mid-20's. Very good story line that kept me immersed in the pages for hours on end.
mikedraper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jack Ryan of the CIA is back in this Tom Clancy novel.In a complicated plot, action takes place in Afghanistan where the U.S. is helping the Afghans resist the Russian invasion, in part, by providing missiles to destroy Russian helecopters.The United States and Russia are competing to develop a Star Wars missile system capable of shooting down enemy satilites. This could be enough for the country possessing this system to control space.Russian spy Colonel Mikaeil Filitov, "The Cardinal" has been providing U.S. with info about Russia's military for years but now, he must escape from Russia and Jack Ryan must help.Interesting to re-read this novel and see the many characters who will be part of Clancy's future books.
Lynngood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The superpower arms negotiations appear to be making progress, but a US spy satellite reveals that the Soviets are building a massive laser-defence system.
Borg-mx5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Back when I read Clancy, I enjoyed this book. Less so now. I do miss the old evil empire and the political intrigue we all assumed was going on. Overall, not a bad book.
tyroeternal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, as essentially all Clancy books are.
ianw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll do the same review for all Clancy's novels because they're all pretty much the same. Very long, very detailed, and after a while, very repetitive. If you stop after just a few of his books you'd probably give them 4 or 5 stars, but beyond that they start to grate. Especially where Jack Ryan is involved. I mean, Clancy spends hundreds of pages getting his details just right, the settings perfect etc., then he has Ryan dodging more bullets than James Bond! I finally threw my hands up and surrendered when Ryan becomes President. I can't remember what piece of crap that was in.I've given three stars as a compromise between my reactions when reading my first Clancy (brilliant) and last Clancy (doorstop).
santhony on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jack Ryan stars in this Clancy thriller. The top CIA operative deep within the Kremlin must be rescued before he is identified and terminated by the KGB.
ctmscofr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set near the end of the Cold War, The Cardinal of the Kremlin is a fast paced action adventure novel that I had a hard time putting down. Much like Clancy¿s other novels, this story is told through multiple points of views, and stars Clancy¿s famed protagonist, Jack Ryan. Mainly, it is about an undercover CIA agent, named Colonel Mikhail Semyonovich Filitov, who is hidden way high up in the ranks of the Soviet Army. When Filtrov sends information about the new Soviet laser defense system, all havoc breaks loose. A small slip on an exchange was witnessed by a KGB agent, and now the whole chain of CIA spies throughout Moscow is beginning to be uncovered. Jack Ryan and the rest of the CIA must find a way to get Filtrov and his information out of Moscow, while he is still alive. The Cardinal of the Kremlin was another great masterpiece by Tom Clancy. Even though it may start off a bit dry and slow, Clancy¿s meticulous writing skill leaves one satisfied and not begging for questions. I found that this book had one of the most intense few ending chapters of all time (even for Clancy standards), and I read the second half of the book in under three days, whereas the first half took several weeks. It was worth every second because The Cardinal of the Kremlin is a adrenaline fueled action espionage adventure which will make your hands tremble with anticipation with every turn of a page.
Doondeck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second best Clancy book
jpsnow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic Clancy about the race for superior defense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the boook
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Another great book. The only problem is the length, should be longer and as an e-book, cheaper. I've read all of Jack Coughlins books and they just get better.
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