History Literature / PatriotGames

30th Aug '16 9:01:35 AM Viper16
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* DirtyCommunists: The ULA is Maoist, fanatically so. Their ultimate goal is to [[spoiler:take over the IRA and remake it into a movement more in line with their ideology]].


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** Discussed between Ryan and his supervisor Marty Cantor. After Ryan discovers the location of a French terrorist group, the information is passed on to the French government, which swiftly captures them and executes them after a military trial. The entire event leaves Ryan deeply troubled, which Marty points out wouldn't be true if the terrorists had been ULA. Ryan responds that that's personal and he can't be expected to feel the same way about it, a point Cantor refuses to concede. Every terrorist attack is personal to ''somebody''.


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* MysteriousBacker: One of the few things known about the ULA is that they're being heavily bankrolled and supported, though it's not clear by whom. The backer is eventually revealed to be the Libyan government, which hosts the ULA's training camp and provides them with protection and funding: the Libyans do the same for a number of other terrorists, and are interested in establishing a similar relationship with Alex Dobbens' group. It's hinted that the Soviet Bloc may, in turn, be the BiggerBad behind the Libyans: the two are shown to have a close relationship, many of the Libyan-based terrorists have communist leanings, and Kevin O'Donnell is believed to have had plastic surgery done in a state hospital in the USSR.
30th Aug '16 8:38:11 AM Viper16
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Alex Dobbens is uncomfortable about the attack on [[spoiler:Ryan's wife and daughter]], but not uncomfortable enough to turn down the money the ULA is offering. When the ULA hires him again for [[spoiler:the attack on the Ryan house]], he only agrees to go along if [[spoiler:Cathy, Sally, and the Ryans' maid (who is also black)]] are not targeted. This is when Miller begins to believe that Alex is sentimental and therefore untrustworthy.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EnemyMine: Alluded to against the ULA. Both the British government and the PIRA want them dead. During an unofficial meeting between members of the two groups, it's suggested that if the British ever develop enough intelligence on the ULA but can't pursue them, the PIRA would be happy to take their intelligence and do the job for them. Several British and Americans are tempted to accept the offer, but the opportunity never materializes.
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Alex Dobbens is uncomfortable about the attack on [[spoiler:Ryan's wife and daughter]], but not uncomfortable enough to turn down the money the ULA is offering. When the ULA hires him again for [[spoiler:the attack on the Ryan house]], he only agrees to go along if [[spoiler:Cathy, Sally, and the Ryans' maid (who is also black)]] are not targeted. This is when Miller begins to believe that Alex is sentimental and therefore untrustworthy.untrustworthy.
** Also from the PIRA, though this is more about professionalism than morality: they refuse to target the British royal family, knowing that such an attack would be counterproductive and only cost them public support. This is one of the differences between them and the ULA.


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** And ''Action Directe'', a French radical left-wing group whose Libyan training camp Jack Ryan identifies while looking for the ULA. Similar groups are alluded to in West Germany, Italy, and elsewhere.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Invoked by Jack Ryan, when identifying a female French terrorist who's later executed by her government thanks to the intelligence he develops, something that troubles him greatly. He admits he wouldn't be nearly as bothered if she were male and ugly.
30th Aug '16 7:49:05 AM Viper16
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* GoodCopBadCop: Invoked in-universe. During Sean Miller's brief stint in prison, he's brutally assaulted by a pair of ordinary criminals, an incident that was arranged by the warden. The anti-terrorism officer assigned to Miller's case arrives just in time to save him, and is infuriated with the jailer for his behavior. Miller, however, assumes that the entire thing was a good-cop-bad-cop ploy in order to make him grateful and willing to talk to the officer, which explains his lack of remorse when he later kills him in cold blood.


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* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: Discussed: it's one of the biggest problems with work as a CIA analyst. When Ryan is looking through intelligence reports for information on the ULA, Cantor tells him that it's almost statistically certain that one of them is a vital lead. "But you probably have two or three hundred such reports, and only one matters."
10th Jun '16 1:14:06 PM Bense
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Alex Dobbens is uncomfortable about the attack on [[spoiler:Ryan's wife and daughter]], but not uncomfortable enough to turn down the money the ULA is offering. When the ULA hires him again for [[spoiler:the attack on the Ryan house]], he only agrees to go along if [[spoiler:Cathy, Sally, and the Ryans' maid (who is also black)]] are not targeted. This is when Miller begins to believe that Alex is sentimental and therefor untrustworthy.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Alex Dobbens is uncomfortable about the attack on [[spoiler:Ryan's wife and daughter]], but not uncomfortable enough to turn down the money the ULA is offering. When the ULA hires him again for [[spoiler:the attack on the Ryan house]], he only agrees to go along if [[spoiler:Cathy, Sally, and the Ryans' maid (who is also black)]] are not targeted. This is when Miller begins to believe that Alex is sentimental and therefor therefore untrustworthy.
10th Jun '16 1:10:06 PM Bense
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Alex Dobbens is uncomfortable about the attack on [[spoiler:Ryan's wife and daughter]], but not uncomfortable enough to turn down the money the ULA is offering. When the ULA hires him again for [[spoiler:the attack on the Ryan house]], he only agrees to go along if [[spoiler:Cathy, Sally, and the Ryans' maid (who is also black)]] are not targeted. This is when Miller begins to believe that Alex is sentimental and therefor untrustworthy.
9th Jun '16 7:32:32 PM PaulA
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* AscendedExtra: Robby Jackson, who had a tiny role in ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'' as one of several outsider viewpoint characters, has a much bigger role here and is established as one of Jack Ryan's closest friends.
6th Jun '16 10:55:40 AM Bense
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* TheCavalry: A combination of the U.S. Marines, Coast Guard, FBI, Delta Force, and Maryland state troopers all show up to take on the terrorists at the end of the novel.
6th Jun '16 10:42:32 AM Bense
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: The British police investigating the attack on the royals are quite impressed by Jack's "Cambridge Datamaster Model-C Field Computer", which has ''two megabytes'' of memory. Well it ''is'' pretty impressive for 1983.
6th Jun '16 10:41:20 AM Bense
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: The British police investigating the attack on the royals are quite impressed by Jack's "Cambridge Datamaster Model-C Field Computer", which has ''two megabytes'' of memory. Well it ''is'' pretty impressive for 1983.
6th Jun '16 10:28:40 AM Bense
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* MistakenForServant: The terrorists mistake Sissy Jackson for the Ryans' maid. It's a fatal mistake, because they fail to realize there are unscheduled dinner guests in the Ryan home, and Bobby Jackson is later able to get the drop on them.

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* MistakenForServant: The terrorists mistake Sissy Jackson for the Ryans' maid. It's a fatal mistake, because they fail to realize there are unscheduled dinner guests in the Ryan home, and Bobby Robby Jackson is later able to get the drop on them.
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