History Literature / TheHuntForRedOctober

31st Aug '16 5:15:13 AM GuyIncog
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* ArtisticLicenseShips: Very few Soviet submarines were ever given official names, yet all of the Soviet submarines with viewpoint characters aboard - the Red October itself, the pursuing Konovalov, and the ill-fated ''Politovskiy'' - are named.
19th Aug '16 11:12:53 PM Kalaong
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* TheMutiny: Inverted. An American officer calls it a mutiny, only to be told that "mutiny" is when the crew rises against officers. When the ''officers'' try to steal their ship, the correct term is "barratry".

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* TheMutiny: Inverted.{{Inverted}}, {{Lampshaded}}, and glibly noted to be [[NoExceptYes academic]]. An American officer calls it a mutiny, only to be told that "mutiny" is when the crew rises against officers. When the ''officers'' try to steal their ship, the correct term is "barratry". Doesn't mean that the Kremlin's not going to be furious someone stole their SuperPrototype boat.
25th Jun '16 3:47:05 PM marcoasalazarm
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* SocietSuperscience: ZigZaggedTrope: While the ''Red October's'' caterpillar drive is incredibly advanced tech (thus making the submarine the MacGuffin of the story), the sub as a whole (even if the most advanced vehicle the Soviets had devised) is still laughably far behind American submarine technology (to the point that one of the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments Of Funny]] of the book is Jones looking over the ''Red October's'' communications systems and fixing them with ease (they had been "sabotaged" earlier) while deeming them unbelievably old-school compared to the Dallas'... and the ''Red October'''s communications officer is standing right next to him, taking offense at that).

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* SocietSuperscience: SovietSuperscience: ZigZaggedTrope: While the ''Red October's'' caterpillar drive is incredibly advanced tech (thus making the submarine the MacGuffin of the story), the sub as a whole (even if the most advanced vehicle the Soviets had devised) is still laughably far behind American submarine technology (to the point that one of the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments Of Funny]] of the book is Jones looking over the ''Red October's'' communications systems and fixing them with ease (they had been "sabotaged" earlier) while deeming them unbelievably old-school compared to the Dallas'... and the ''Red October'''s communications officer is standing right next to him, taking offense at that).
25th Jun '16 3:45:52 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AndIMustScream: The final fate of the ''Konovalov' and its crew: ripped in half by the ''Red October'' [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming it]], it is unable to stop itself from sinking to the bottom, and to those crewmen who survived the crash, the fact that the distress buoy got stuck on the sub's tower means that what awaits them is a slow death by suffocation.

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* AndIMustScream: The final fate of the ''Konovalov' ''Konovalov'' and its crew: ripped in half by the ''Red October'' [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming it]], it is unable to stop itself from sinking to the bottom, and to those crewmen who survived the crash, the fact that the distress buoy got stuck on the sub's tower means that what awaits them is a slow death by suffocation.
25th Jun '16 3:44:57 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AndIMustScream: The final fate of the ''Konovalov' and its crew: ripped in half by the ''Red October'' [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming it]], it is unable to stop itself from sinking to the bottom, and to those crewmen who survived the crash, the fact that the distress buoy got stuck on the sub's tower means that what awaits them is a slow death by suffocation.


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* SocietSuperscience: ZigZaggedTrope: While the ''Red October's'' caterpillar drive is incredibly advanced tech (thus making the submarine the MacGuffin of the story), the sub as a whole (even if the most advanced vehicle the Soviets had devised) is still laughably far behind American submarine technology (to the point that one of the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments Of Funny]] of the book is Jones looking over the ''Red October's'' communications systems and fixing them with ease (they had been "sabotaged" earlier) while deeming them unbelievably old-school compared to the Dallas'... and the ''Red October'''s communications officer is standing right next to him, taking offense at that).
22nd Jun '16 8:29:03 PM Bissek
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* ArbitraryMinimumRange: Russian torpedoes have a safety feature that will only arm the torpedo when it is a safe distance away from the ship that fired it. Captain Ramius knows this so he [[spoiler:steers his submarine toward an incoming torpedo so the torpedo does not have time to arm itself and bounces harmlessly off the sub's hull]]. The pursuing sub then deactivates the safety feature for its next shot so the torpedo no longer has a minimum range. [[spoiler: ''[[BatmanGambit Just like Ramius wanted]].'' His ''next'' trick is to redirect the resulting unsafetied torpedo into [[HoistByHisOwnPetard destroying the attacking sub!]] ]]

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* ArbitraryMinimumRange: Russian torpedoes have a safety feature that will only arm the torpedo when it is a safe distance away from the ship that fired it. Captain Ramius knows this so he [[spoiler:steers his submarine toward an incoming torpedo so This means that the torpedo does not have time to arm itself and bounces harmlessly off fired on the sub's hull]]. The pursuing sub then deactivates the safety feature for ''Red October'' during its next shot so the torpedo no longer has a minimum range. [[spoiler: ''[[BatmanGambit Just like final attack run is useless, as Ramius wanted]].'' His ''next'' trick is trying to redirect get close enough to ram the resulting unsafetied torpedo into [[HoistByHisOwnPetard destroying the attacking sub!]] ]]opposing submarine.



* BasedOnATrueStory: the story was inspired by a real-life mutiny on board a Soviet frigate (the ''Storozhevoy'', mentioned in the book) in 1975, but differs in several key respects from it. Most notably in that Valery Sablin (the real-life mutineer) was attempting to ignite a second, anti-Stalinist bolshevik revolution, rather than flee to the west in his lust for blue jeans and Coca-Cola.

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* BasedOnATrueStory: the The story was inspired by a real-life mutiny on board a Soviet frigate (the ''Storozhevoy'', mentioned in the book) in 1975, but differs in several key respects from it. Most notably in that Valery Sablin (the real-life mutineer) was attempting to ignite a second, anti-Stalinist bolshevik revolution, rather than flee to the west in his lust for blue jeans and Coca-Cola.
9th Jun '16 6:46:47 PM PaulA
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* BuzzJob:

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* BuzzJob:BuzzingTheDeck:



** Later in the book a flight of A-10s buzz a Russian cruiser and shoot off flares to send a message.

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** Later in the book a flight of A-10s buzz a Russian cruiser and shoot off flares to send remind the Soviets that they were a message. long way from both home and any serious hope of support if they didn't take a step back.



* CoolBoat: The ''Red October'', with its unique silent propulsion system.



* DefectorFromCommieLand: Ramius and his officers are attempting to defect, bringing the ''Red October'' as a gift, with Ryan as the protagonist whose task is to help them succeed.



* DoABarrelRoll: The "Crazy Ivan" maneuver, a sharp 360 degree turn taken to bring the sub's forward sonar to bear on what was in their "baffles" directly behind the sub before the turn, to make sure someone's not hiding behind them.



* GuyInBack: Robby Jackson's Radar Intercept Officer, who's severely injured by a missile fired by a hotheaded Soviet pilot with wounded pride from an earlier encounter with US forces.



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: One of first actions taken by Ramius is to break Ivan Putin's neck and then set it up to look like he slipped on spilled tea and fell backwards into the corner of a table. This is largely done to fool Doctor Petrov and the enlisted men so that they would not discover the officers' plans.

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: KansasCityShuffle: The CIA's plan to fool the Soviet Navy is based on convincing them that their cover story (that Ramius was framed by a plant) is true by acting as if they too are baffled by the events and conducting massive inquiries.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident:
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One of first actions taken by Ramius is to break Ivan Putin's neck and then set it up to look like he slipped on spilled tea and fell backwards into the corner of a table. This is largely done to fool Doctor Petrov and the enlisted men so that they would not discover the officers' plans.plans.
** When a KGB agent thinks it's a good idea to break out a cigarette and lighter next to a patient who's on 100% oxygen, the attending doctor suspects him of attempting this. Ultimately averted; the KGB agent wasn't actually attempting to murder the patient, but merely too arrogant to consider the possibility that a hospital's "No Smoking" signs might be there for a reason. When the doctor explains what would've happened had he lit up, he's horrified.



* ShownTheirWork: The portrayal of submarine life and submarine warfare is pretty realistic -- in some cases, too realistic, as some of the technology got Clancy a visit from the government to find out how he knew about it, as it was classified top secret at the time.

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* ShownTheirWork: The portrayal of submarine life and submarine warfare is pretty realistic -- in some cases, too realistic, as some of the technology got Clancy a visit from the government to find out how he knew about it, as it was classified top secret at the time. The descriptions of submarine warfare are so realistic that ''The Hunt For Red October'' has become one of the only fictional works to appear on the U.S. Naval Academy's recommended reading list.
7th Jun '16 5:30:07 AM StarSword
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The first and [[FirstInstallmentWins most famous]] novel by Creator/TomClancy, first published in 1984. It is the fourth novel to take place chronologically in the [[Literature/JackRyan Ryanverse]].

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The first and [[FirstInstallmentWins most famous]] novel by Creator/TomClancy, first published in 1984. It is the fourth novel to take place chronologically in the [[Literature/JackRyan Ryanverse]].
Ryanverse]], and the first piece of fiction ever published by the Naval Institute Press.
18th Apr '16 3:01:40 AM TinMan
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* GoodIsNotSoft: One of the Joint Chiefs hints that DCI Arthur Moore, a laid-back, soft spoken former judge, was involved in some very dark stuff in his CIA career, like making the crew of a captured North Korean freighter disappear.
3rd Apr '16 8:50:16 PM Kalaong
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* ArbitraryMinimumRange: Russian torpedoes have a safety feature that will only arm the torpedo when it is a safe distance away from the ship that fired it. Captain Ramius knows this so he [[spoiler:steers his submarine toward an incoming torpedo so the torpedo does not have time to arm itself and bounces harmlessly off the sub's hull]]. The pursuing sub then deactivates the safety feature for its next shot so the torpedo no longer has a minimum range. [[spoiler: ''[[BatmanGambit Just like Ramius wanted]].'' His ''next'' trick is to redirect the unsafetied torpedo into [[HoistByHisOwnPetard destroying the attacking sub!]] ]]

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* ArbitraryMinimumRange: Russian torpedoes have a safety feature that will only arm the torpedo when it is a safe distance away from the ship that fired it. Captain Ramius knows this so he [[spoiler:steers his submarine toward an incoming torpedo so the torpedo does not have time to arm itself and bounces harmlessly off the sub's hull]]. The pursuing sub then deactivates the safety feature for its next shot so the torpedo no longer has a minimum range. [[spoiler: ''[[BatmanGambit Just like Ramius wanted]].'' His ''next'' trick is to redirect the resulting unsafetied torpedo into [[HoistByHisOwnPetard destroying the attacking sub!]] ]]
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