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'''''Red Storm Rising''''' is an 1986 novel. A bit of a {{Doorstopper}} of a novel (830 pages), this is one of Creator/TomClancy's most famous works and one that is apparently on the syllabus of several military academies.

Co-written with Creator/LarryBond (creator of the ''{{Harpoon}}'' game series, which Clancy had used for ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober''), this novel tells the story of a conventional WorldWarIII between the WarsawPact and NATO in the late 1980s.

When a Soviet petro-chemical plant is destroyed by Islamist terrorists, the USSR realises it's ''seriously'' short of oil. So they decide to invade the Persian Gulf. To do that, they need to deal with NATO. They do this via launching an invasion of Western Europe, which they justify on the basis of a FalseFlagOperation to bomb the Kremlin and blame it on West Germany.

The war starts and the novel focuses on some of the people in the war. There are LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, but the main ones include:
* 1st Lieutenant Michael Edwards, USAF - a meteorologist on Iceland when it's captured by Soviet forces. He spends most of the novel with a ragtag group of Marines in hiding and monitoring Soviet movements.
* Commander Daniel X. [=McCafferty=], USN - Captain of the ''Los Angeles''-class submarine USS ''Chicago''.
* Commander Edward Morris, USN - Commander of two USN antisubmarine frigates. Gets to see the Second Battle of the North Atlantic from the 'getting shot at' end (hence ''two'' frigates- USS ''Pharris'' to begin with before it ends up becoming an essential write-off, then USS ''Reuben James'').
* Lieutenant Commander Robert Toland, USNR - Naval Reserve intelligence officer who starts putting together the picture of Soviet intentions, before the start of the conflict (and gets a FieldPromotion for it). Gets to see the Second Battle of the North Atlantic from the same end as Morris- he's injured when he's thrown across ''Nimitz''[='=]s CIC when the ship is hit by two [[ReportingNames "Kingfish"]] missiles.
* General-Colonel Pavel Leonidovich Alekseyev, SA - The main viewpoint character from the Soviet side. Starts out as Deputy CINC-Southwest, ends up as CINC-West.
* Mikhail Eduardovich Sergetov - Candidate (nonvoting) Member of the Soviet Politburo and Energy Minister. Another of the major Soviet characters and mainly provides a point-of-view from the Soviet political side.
* Captain Ivan Mikhailovich Sergetov, SA - Mikhail Eduardovich's son and Alekseyev's aide-de-camp. Starts the series as a Red Army captain and recieves a FieldPromotion to major.

It's not 100% accurate, with Bond and Clancy making some alterations to the scenario to stop the thing turning into a nuke-fest; e.g., the Soviets deciding not to use chemical weapons, which NATO would have interpreted as a license to go nuclear; and also having the Soviets place their boomers in their territorial seas to free up their submarines for anti-convoy missions (there was a dispute among Western analysts as to the point of the Soviet sub fleet, so they chose one of the two options).

Somewhat uniquely among Clancy's work we aren't really supposed to be taking sides. Certainly the Communist government is pretty evil, but mostly outside them and definitely all the actual soldiers are shown to be equally heroic and just doing their jobs. It makes for an odd read as the same events are told through opposing view points but makes for a much more effective look at war. No-one's evil and no-one's driven by hatred or vengeance, people are just following orders and doing their jobs.

The book was made into a naval computer game. In more recent years, a fan made it into a free campaign for the naval game ''DangerousWaters''. Sonalysts liked it so much they put it on an extras disc in the European edition. Another [[http://www.ghostrecon.net/files2/index.php?act=view&id=1192 fan-made campaign]] was also made for ''VideoGame/GhostRecon'' in 2010.

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!!Provides Examples Of:
* AchillesHeel: the entire Soviet Army has one in its fuel shortage. It's not really a factor until [[spoiler:the retaking of Iceland and the capture of Major Chapeyev, which is when the Americans learn about it.]] After that NATO's air strategy changes accordingly.
* AlasPoorVillain:
** For a politically motivated GeneralFailure, [[spoiler: CINC-West]] dies "a soldier's death," shooting at the [[spoiler: American bombers]] that kill him with a machine-gun.
** His successor, [[spoiler:the former CINC-Southwest and Alekseyev's boss]], is given a poignant parting when his plans are ruined and he faces arrest by the KGB, and the last Alekseyev sees of him is his empty holster as he leaves the command tent. [[spoiler:Kosov reveals that he was executed.]]
* AntiVillain: Any of the Soviet characters. Most notably, Mikhail Sergetov, who is at the very least a fellow traveler in the Politburo's war crimes. [[spoiler: Until his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* AnyoneCanDie - while none of the main characters die, let's face it: you really didn't expect [[spoiler:most of Edward's squad]] or [[spoiler:both the ''Boston'' and the ''Providence'']] to buy it, did you?
* AttackPatternAlpha - "Rules of Engagement - Option Bravo," which means conventional weapons only, much to Morris' relief. Later on, an EW officer calls "Plan Delta" for a heavy Soviet bomber strike supported by jammers. Obviously TruthInTelevision, as this is how real militaries work.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: The Supreme Soviet commander is called Marshal Shavyrin.
* {{Badass}}: So, so many.
** BadassArmy: You do ''not'' want to be on the receiving end of an attack by either a Soviet Category A formation or an Operational Maneuvre Group.
** Supreme Allied Forces Europe is one on its own, but special mention has to go to the Germans:
-->Did Germans get rattled? Even at [[WorldWarTwo the gates of Berlin]], were the Germans ever rattled?
** BadassBookworm - Michael Edwards is a weather analyst who manages to impress even crack British [[strike:paratroopers]] [[InterserviceRivalry Royal Marines]].
** Bob Toland, who works out why Russia started the war, and who survived the attack on the Carrier group.
** Ivan Sergetov, who starts off as "a young man with all [in this context, that means none] of the answers" fresh out of the Frunze Academy. Germany turns him into a real man.
** BadassLongcoat: The K.G.B Colonel who set the Kremlin bomb wears one. He keeps a silenced automatic underneath it, [[spoiler: which he later uses to kill several elite Russian soldiers.]]
* BadDreams - Morris must deal with the psychological aftermath of [[spoiler:''Pharris'' getting nearly sunk by a Soviet sub, including nightmares about his executive officer being decapitated by shrapnel]].
* BerserkButton - Michael Edwards' old girlfriend was raped and killed. This fact is used by MissionControl to verify his identity, and later causes him to personally execute three Russian soldiers after witnessing their rape of an Icelandic woman. (It also impresses his fellow soldiers to no end.)
* BigDamnHeroes - Inverted with [=McCafferty=], when, during his attack on ''Kirov'', a Norwegian submarine attacks the battle group and screws up his approach. ''Chicago'' is then forced to make an impromptu Harpoon attack on the battle group and quickly withdraw before seeing if their Harpoons hit anything. Several chapters later, he meets the Norwegian captain in a bar, who gratefully thanks him for saving his boat, since the Harpoons ended up hitting two destroyers that were about to sink his submarine, sinking one of them.
* BritsWithBattleships - When it first meets ''Reuben James'', the British frigate ''Battleaxe'' asks what a "Reuben James" is. The American crew's response:
-->AT LEAST WE DON'T NAME WARSHIPS FOR OUR MOTHER-IN-LAW
** A team of Royal Marines land in Iceland, and British forces are mentioned fighting in Germany.
* CanucksWithChinooks: Very briefly alluded to in a one-line reference before the actual shooting starts to tactical fighters from the United States and Canada cycling through Keflavik on their way to reinforce Europe. (Although it's otherwise never explicitly stated, Canadian involvement in the war is a given, considering NATO treaty obligations and that Canada had units stationed in Germany throughout the ColdWar).
* TheCaptain: Several:
** Morris, of the USS ''Pharris''
** [=McCafferty=], of the USS ''Chicago''
** And probably the best example of all - the Captain of the MV ''Julius Fucik'', who survives through 20mm cannon rounds to bring his cargo of paratroopers to Rekyavik.
* TheCavalry:
** Played straight during the LiveActionEscortMission sequence for the ''Chicago''. [[spoiler:The ''Alfa''-class submarine has managed to sneak up on and sink both the ''Boston'' and the ''Providence'', and has proven itself able to outrun the American Mark 48 torpedo. ''Chicago'' is left all alone against a superior opponent -- and then HMS ''Torbay'', which had heard the whole commotion, launches an ambush with the new-generation Spearfish torps.]]
** Marine support from the fleet sent to recapture Iceland shows up ''barely'' in time to rescue Edwards' team from Soviet troops. [[spoiler:As it is, most of them die.]]
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gun]]: while the fact that the Soviets are out of fuel is the ''casus belli'', it quickly fades into the background once the shooting starts--until American Intelligence makes a spectacularly lucky catch with [[spoiler:Major Chapayev]], the son of a Politburo member. Then the Americans make sure that the fuel shortage returns to haunt the Soviets with a vengeance.
* ChekhovsGunman: Be honest; you thought [[spoiler:the Airborne Captain at the memorial service]] was just [[LivingProp background colour]], didn't you? Well, so did [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Director Kosov]].
* ColonelBadass:
** The [[OneSceneWonder unnamed Soviet colonel]] in charge of the attack on Bieben, who became the ''de facto'' divisional commander after his general was killed. Competent, aggressive, not afraid to speak his mind, he is last seen giving orders to his division ''after casually surviving an artillery barrage''.
** The also unnamed KGB Colonel who sets the Kremlin bomb. He turns up in a later scene after killing ''every guard on the same floor of the Kremlin building as him''.
* CoolBoat:
** The portrayal of the USS ''Reuben James'' and the USS ''Chicago'' are pretty damn awesome.
** On the Soviet side, special mention must be made of the ''Julius Fucik'', the civilian merchantman transporting the Airborne Division detailed to capture Iceland. The ''Fucik'' manages to survive a missile hit and an American air attack, and still completes its mission.
** The HMS ''Torbay'', which yanks the USS ''Chicago'' out of the fire after [[spoiler: the Soviets destroy ''Boston'' and ''Providence''.]]
* CoolPlane: The F-19 Ghostrider, which ended up getting a model made of it as people thought it was real. In fact the design of the aircraft was actually too complex for the RealLife computers at the time to design.
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: When the oil crisis is revealed near the novel's end, an American laments that the whole war could have been avoided if the Soviet had just ''asked'' for help as the West would have been happy to give aid. Which is a bit idealistic, given that this is the Cold War. Aside from revealing their own weakness to their mortal enemies, the Soviet leadership expected that oil aid to come with major strings attached. In fact, SACEUR admits that NATO would have demanded some concessions for the aid, but they still would have been a lot less painful to both sides than the war was.
* CurbStompBattle: Several.
** The attack on the U.S.S ''Nimitz'''s carrier group involves the US Navy getting ''owned'' by Soviet Naval Aviation.
** Operation Polar Glory involves the Allied forces on iceland getting ''owned'' by the Soviets.
** During [[spoiler: Sergetov's coup]], the Taman Guards and the MVD get destroyed by the Soviet paratroops and the K.G.B forces.
** The flights of the Frisbee smash the Soviet attack in hours.
** The retaking of Iceland.
* DefconFive: Whilst Clancy avoids the common trap of stating that Defcon Five is the highest state of alert, he makes the mistake in reverse with the British "Queen's Order" system. The book is set in the 1980s, but the Queen's Order system was abolished in 1970. If the UK was in transition to war at some point during the 1980s, then it would be at either [[FailOSuckyname BIKINI Alert State: AMBER or BIKINI Alert State: RED]]. (The word BIKINI was randomly selected by a computer, by the way)
* DefensiveFeintTrap: employed by the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and their German Panzergrenadier counterparts in phase two of the defense of Bieben. The Germans let the Soviets overextend themselves, swing around, then executes a three-sided trap with the defiladed American tanks.
* {{Determinator}}: The captain of the merchant vessel ''Julius Fucik'', which is used by the Soviets to sneak troops into Iceland, valiantly stays at his post to guide the ship into harbor. Then his ship gets strafed by an F-15. So, does the Cap let ''20mm cannon'' wounds stop him: HELL NO!
** Alekseyev and Ivan Sergetov, especially after they get shot down.
* TheDreaded: [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht The Bundeswehr]]. Even before the fighting starts, the Soviets are terrified of them, and that reputation only increases. Slaughtering forty million Soviet citizens would tend to give one that reputation, even if the ''Deutsches Heer'' have cast off the trappings of Nazism. Indeed, Alekseyev's private monologues reveal that he considers the Fritzes to be his greatest threat:
-->Did Germans get rattled? Even at [[WorldWarTwo the gates of Berlin]], were the Germans ever rattled?
* ExecutiveMeddling: A big reason why the Soviet strategy fails is that every large-scale troop movement has to be approved by their high command (STAVKA) in Moscow. In theory, this means the Soviets can coordinate huge, sweeping attacks against gaps in the Allied lines; in practice, those gaps appear and disappear at a moment's notice due to the sheer speed of mechanized warfare (the constant air attacks against Soviet communications centers don't help, either). As Alekseyev repeatedly fumes, on multiple occasions he ''could've'' brought about a decisive victory if STAVKA had allowed him to mobilize the strategic reserves on his own initiative, instead of having to wait several hours for approval.
** Ironically, following the above case, in the next battle, ''lack'' of healthy ExecutiveMeddling permitted [[spoiler:a hot-headed regimental commander to redirect artillery that should have been above his authority level, causing the loss of much needed bridges and ending the best chance of a Soviet breakout]].
* {{Expy}}: Clancy didn't want WWIII in the Ryanverse, so he replaced CIA analyst Jack Ryan with NSA Analyst Bob Toland. Note that Cornelius Ryan was a historian who wrote several famous histories of WWII, such as ''The Longest Day'' and ''A Bridge Too Far'', while John Toland was a historian who wrote a famous biography of AdolfHitler.
* FalseFlagOperation: Used by the Soviets to create a ''casus belli''; they fake a bombing of the Kremlin and blame it on West Germany.
* FieldPromotion[=/=]YouAreInCommandNow - This is played remarkably frequently on the Soviet side, as NATO doctrine is to target the officers and commanders first, in order to throw the men into disarray. When Alekseyev first arrives at the front, the first commanding officer he meets is a colonel who's taken over command of his division after its general was killed. Making matters worse, his regiments are commanded by majors, and his battalions by captains.
** A series of these takes Alekseyev from an (admittedly senior) aide all the way to CINC-West and effective leader of the whole Soviet war effort.
** On the NATO side there's Sergeant First Class Terry Mackall, who manages to get this ''twice''. The first time is to commander of his tank platoon when the lieutenant commanding was killed on the second day of the war by a one-in-a-million artillery shell that landed right on top of his tank. The second is to XO of the troop (and with it the rank of lieutenant) when ''that'' commander was killed during a Soviet advance. It happens so quickly that it takes a while for it to register, and he still wears his sergeant's stripes for some time after said promotion since he can't find the time to change.
** Alekseyev also temporarily [[InvertedTrope inverts]] the trope by taking a step downwards from Deputy CINC-West to division commander of the 20th Tanks after its commander was killed in an airstrike. His boss was not happy about this, since Alekseyev was much too competent and too irreplaceable as a theatre commander to "run around and play divisional commander".
* FourStarBadass - Pavel Alekseyev, with a double bonus in that his rank actually is four-star.
* GaulsWithGrenades - The French aircraft carrier ''Foch'' is sunk in the first major Backfire raid. F-8 "Crusader" fighters (retired from U.S. service after the VietnamWar) flying from the carrier manage to score the only kills on the retreating Backfires, the U.S. defensive aircraft out of position to catch the Soviet bombers thanks to an earlier feint.
* GeoEffects - special notice goes to a rare ''seaborne'' use of them during the [[spoiler:retaking of Iceland.]] The NATO amphibious fleet positions itself in a rocky harbor, which makes navigation very difficult. The upside reveals itself once the Soviet bombers launch their dreaded MacrossMissileMassacre strategy: [[spoiler:the missiles are designed for use in the open ocean and home in on the largest radar/infrared signatures they can detect. In the rocky harbor, those belong not to ships but to volcanic mini-islands, causing most of the AS-4s to miss their targets.]]
* GeneralFailure - not particularly extreme, but both the old CINC-West on the Soviet side and Admiral Baker on the NATO side are far too complacent to be successful military leaders. [[spoiler:CINC-West is killed in an American air raid right after he relieves one of his sub-commanders for failing at his job, and Baker does not survive the attack on the ''Nimitz'' after his own complacency allows him to be lured into the Soviet trap. Their successors do a much better job.]]
** [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath for CINC-West]].
* GovernmentConspiracy - 90% of what the Politburo does 'on screen'.
* HotSubOnSubAction - The ''Chicago'' sequences focus more on sub versus surface ship, but there are a few sub versus sub moments, too.
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake - The captain of HMS ''Battleaxe'' is very surprised when a Soviet "Oscar"-class missile sub winds up taking ''three'' lightweight torpedo hits--and still manages to come to the surface in order to surrender. Justified, because the "Oscar"s are some of the biggest, toughest submarines ever made, complete with double hulls, and ASW torpedoes have relatively small warheads.
* HypercompetentSidekick: General-Lieutenant Viktor Beregovoy is one to Alekseyev, whilst Alekseyev himself is one to CINC-South West.
* IronicEchoCut - Terry Mackall grumbles about the bad weather, saying something along the lines of "The Russians must ''love'' this shit, our A-10s have a bare five seconds to attack before they have to pull back." In the next section, comes the Russian perspective: "Even the Goddamned weather in on the Americans' side - their planes come swooping in too low for our radar to warn us!"
** And happens again after that particular attack, the Russians note that, "We can't make that kind of mistake very often and expect to succeed." and Mackall says, "We can't survive much more of what the Russians are throwing at us."
* ItsAllMyFault - After Ed Morris [[spoiler:allows a Victor to close in and torpedo ''Pharris'', killing over a dozen of his crew including his executive officer]], he continues to blame himself and have nightmares for weeks to come afterward. He's even [[{{Irony}} taunted by his vanity license plate]], carrying his failure around with him. It takes [[spoiler:a considerable talking to by [=O'Malley=] after assuming command of ''Reuben James'']] to sort him out.
* ItsQuietTooQuiet - more accurately, the "it's successful--''too'' successful" variation, for the Americans during the first battle between the ''Nimitz'' and the "Backfires." Initially, the Russian bombers attack straight and dumb, and the defending fighters take them apart with ease, causing Toland to worry since the Russians are being just a little too stupid. It turns out he's right. The "bombers" are actually decoy drones to lure the American fighters out of position, and things get noisy very quickly once the ''real'' Soviet bombers show up, well within missile-launching range, from the other direction.
* ItsRainingMen - Royal Marine commandos parachute onto Iceland to assist Edwards. It doesn't go well: crosswinds, rocks, and parachutes don't mix.
* LittleHeroBigWar - Every character. It's WorldWarIII, after all. Special mention goes to U.S. Air Force Lt. Mike Edwards, a meteorologist who escapes the MacrossMissileMassacre of his air base at Keflavik, Iceland. After escaping, he leads a ragtag band of Marines across the island, directed by MissionControl on his handily acquired satellite radio to scout out Russian troop movements and assist in making sure the landing zone for a beachhead is relatively unguarded.
* LiveActionEscortMission: after Operation Doolittle runs into a bit of trouble. On a broader scale, the Atlantic convoys in general: shepherd the slow, fat, vulnerable merchies to Europe against Soviet submarines and bombers.
* LookBothWays - nonfatal example. A Spetznaz major, who is too busy grousing about his KGB superiors to check German traffic, steps right in front of a Peugeot, sending himself and a briefcase of important tactical information right to the Germans. As a result, NATO gets early warning of the attack and many of the remaining Spetznaz raiders are caught red-handed.
* MacrossMissileMassacre - A major part of the Soviet strategy to eliminate U.S. fleets and bases, used most prominently against Iceland and the ''Nimitz'' battlegroup. The Backfire bomber squadrons operating in the North Atlantic continue to wreak havoc on NATO shipping for much of the war. Clancy describes it eloquently:
--> Aegis was state of the art, the best SAM system yet devised, but it had one major weakness: ''Tico''[[note]]missile cruiser USS ''Ticonderoga'' (CG-47)[[/note]] carried only ninety-six [=SM-2=] surface-to-air missiles; there were one hundred forty incoming Kingfish[[note]]AS-6 "Kingfish", Soviet anti-ship missile[[/note]]. The computer had not been programmed to think about that.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Edwards and his Marines try to make their execution of the Soviet patrol they encounter look like an accident by making it look like the group drunkenly rolled off the cliff, causing their vehicle to explode. The investigating Soviets quickly see through the ruse as one of the bodies was thrown from the jeep, allowing them to identify a knife wound in his chest. The rest, though, went up with the vehicle along with its fuel and the grenades that subsequently cooked off in the flames.
* [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Nickname]]: The A-10 Thunderbolt-II. Shortly after the beginning of hostilities, the Soviets began to call it [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Devil's Cross]], in part because of a resemblance to a Russian Orthodox cross.
* MisguidedMissile: Inverted, in the Backfire raid mentioned in the GaulsWithGrenades entry. It's Soviet target training missiles that decoy U.S. Navy aircraft away from their carrier group, instead of aircraft leading away missiles.
** Also played straight later in the war, when the anti-sub helicopters of the HMS ''Battleaxe'' and USS ''Reuben James'' play "decoy" to lure away anti-ship missiles from their respective ships, after it was determined that the Soviets were focusing on the escorts to make the job easier for other Soviet forces to get at the convoys the escorts were defending.
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes - Justified, since every plan that works once will presumably be neutralized by different tactics on the opposition's part. For instance, the Soviet decoy drones that worked so well against the ''Nimitz'' battle group are not deployed against the ''Independence'' later on, since this time the Tomcats make sure to close to within camera range (still a good fifty-plus miles) before firing off their missiles, thus making sure that their targets are bombers and not decoys.
** Also [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] by the American Tomcat pilots defending British airfields against bomber raids: after they take a beating from long-ranged [=MiG-23s=] with heavy jamming support, the pilots determine that next time, they'll have missiles pre-configured to take out the jammers. "They learn, we learn."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The heads of state of either the Soviet Union or the United States are never directly named, though it is clear that the new Russian leader was an expy of Mikhail Gorbachev, whom had only been in office for a year or so when the book was published.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind - ''Providence'' is damaged by a patrol frigate, so ''Chicago'' and ''Boston'' offer to escort her to safety. [[spoiler:Subverted when ''Boston'' and ''Providence'' both don't make it, and ''Chicago'' just barely escapes with timely help from the British.]]
* OfficerAndAGentleman - Michael Edwards to a "T," and Alekseyev's a pretty nice guy too.
* OldSoldier - one of the most sympathetic Soviet Politburo members is Pyotr Bromkovskiy, who is a survivor of the Second World War. Prophetically, he denounces the whole war as madness, and is among the first to push for peace after the nuclear scare--perhaps the closest that the Politburo has come to nuclear war.
* OldSchoolDogfight - as part of an aerial LastStand by the Soviets on Iceland when the NATO fleet arrives, the remaining seven [=MiG-29s=] manage to jump a squadron of F-18s just as the Hornets are done dropping bombs. The problem is, the [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mikoyan_mig29.jpg [=MiG-29=]]] and the [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:FA-18_diving.jpg F-18]] look rather similar, especially at standard air combat distances. Since neither side wanted to fire on a friendly target, the result was a cannon duel at extremely close range as both sides tried to identify their targets visually. The [=SAMs=] firing more or less at random did not help.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: GeneralFailure [[spoiler: CINC-West]] dies heroically.
* RedsWithRockets - Loads of them. ''Kirov'' is sunk by NATO subs.
* ReportingNames - Loads of them. When one guy on the USS ''Pharris'' (an anti-submarine ''Knox''-class frigate) calls out "Down Beats!" you might end up getting confused unless you realise that "Down Beat" is the NATO designation for the look-down radar on the Tu-22M "Backfire".
* RightManInTheWrongPlace - Lt. Edwards, originally stationed in Iceland as a weatherman, with his best claim to martial fame being that he's a marathon runner.
* ScienceMarchesOn: Several of Clancy's books set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture make use of proposed weapons systems that never went into production, or never existed in the first place. The most famous example is from ''Red Storm Rising'': the "F-19 Frisbee stealth fighter". Clancy fell hook, line, and sinker for a fake description of the rumored stealth fighter's appearance and capabilities leaked by the Pentagon to conceal the real engineering principles behind the actual F-117 Nighthawk.
* ShootTheDog: The target of the FalseFlagOperation.
* ShownTheirWork: A staple of Clancy's writings in general. His research on Iceland and its geography is highly accurate, and in a broader sense the entire book shows off Clancy and Bond's encyclopaedic knowledge of military hardware and strategy.
* SmugSnake: Director Kosov of the [=KGB=], who regards the disastrous way the war plays out as the ideal leverage to dispose of his [[TheStarscream treacherous assistant]] (who helped start the war in the first place) and remains convinced of his own untouchability to the end.
* SpannerInTheWorks:
** ''Ametist'' managed to screw up the American plans pretty badly.
** Another incident has the spanner in the works being an ally. The USS ''Chicago'' had a perfect attack solution on the Soviet cruiser ''Kirov''. Then a Norwegian sub that had been undetected by both the sub and the Soviets attacks the ''Kirov'' first, and the Soviet retaliation ends up focusing on the ''Chicago''.
** And ''another'' incident, this time for the Soviets: the heretofore successful advance on Alfeld by the 20th Tank Division, under the command of Alekseyev, is brought to a screeching halt when one of his regimental commanders calls in artillery on the withdrawing Allied forces in a fit of rage. Unfortunately, he didn't bother to specify ''what kind'' of artillery, so high-powered artillery rockets end up landing on the very bridges Alekseyev needed ''intact''. The bridges collapse before Alekseyev could countermand the orders, and the resultant delays allow the Allies to dig in and contain the Soviet breakthrough once more.
** The Major of Parachute Troops becomes a fatal one for [[spoiler: Kosov.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: In one scene on the German battlefield, the readers (and a Soviet general) are shown the end result of a NATO fighter that crashed into the anti-aircraft mount that shot it down.
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: Ellington near the end, when his F-19 is shot down. Also essentially the Iceland sequences for Edwards.
* TrialByFriendlyFire:
** Edwards' team requests a strafing run from the fighters that show up to rescue them, despite the Soviet troops being literally on top of their position.
** And on the Soviet side, a constant problem for the ground-attack aircraft and the surface-to-air batteries that are supposed to support them. With only seconds to lock on and fire, missile units often have no chance to distinguish between friendly aircraft and NATO planes, a problem that frustrates Alekseyev no end.
** An issue for both sides in the final attack to retake Iceland, as the F/A-18 Hornet and [=MiG-29=] "[[ReportingNames Fulcrum]]" look remarkably similar, particularly in the middle of a giant furball.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: throughout the book, the readers are shown tantalizing glimpses of "Operation Doolittle": a sub wolfpack sortieing into the Barents, lots of ELINT work by the Brits, F-14s working out flightplans. It's not until [[spoiler:the Tomahawks hit the Backfire airfields on the Kola peninsula]] that we really figure out what it entails.
* VanityLicensePlate: Morris' car has the license plate FF-1094, the hull number of ''Pharris''. This becomes an IronicEcho after [[spoiler:''Pharris'' is crippled by a torpedo hit and several of the crew die]].
* VillainProtagonist: by definition, all of the Soviet POV characters. True, we're supposed to be rooting for NATO, but it's hard not to feel a thrill as Alekseyev's 20th Tank Division blasts its way into Alfeld.
* VillainousValor: the Soviets are shown as brave and capable fighting men, just as much as their NATO counterparts. Particular mention goes to the captured Spetznaz field team, whose leader was drugged into revealing their mission and talked to save their lives. His second-in-command is initially aghast and tries to kill him with a grenade, only to change his mind when he realizes that he had no choice in the betrayal. Instead of grenading his commander he blows up his team's maps and plans, earning a "well done, Andrushka!" from his team leader.
* WarIsHell - there's one particular [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene quiet scene]] where Alekseyev muses on this trope very, very bitterly.
* WeAreNotTheWehrmacht - Most of the land war takes place in Germany, and the German armed forces appropriately feature heavily.
* WhatTheHellHero - One of the Marines protests when Edwards is about to summarily execute their Russian prisoners. However, he and everyone else quickly accepts that they wouldn't have been able to take the Russians with them anyway and there was no way they could leave living witnesses.
* WorldWarIII
* YanksWithTanks - All four major branches of the U.S. military are involved in the war.
* YouAreInCommandNow - Lt. Edwards on Iceland, Cmdr. Toland aboard USS ''Nimitz''. (Toland isn't actually in command, but the XO gives him the conn despite Toland being a reservist staff officer because he's there when he's needed.)
* YouHaveFailedMe - Turns out the Politburo really doesn't like it when you can't carry out their warplans.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Daughter]]: Cause of the eventual downfall of Director Kosov, which is itself a TearJerker and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
-->[[spoiler:"For my little Svetlana ... who died without a face."]]

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'''''Red Storm Rising''''' is an 1986 novel. A bit of a {{Doorstopper}} of a novel (830 pages), this is one of Creator/TomClancy's most famous works and one that is apparently on the syllabus of several military academies.

Co-written with Creator/LarryBond (creator of the ''{{Harpoon}}'' game series, which Clancy had used for ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober''), this novel tells the story of a conventional WorldWarIII between the WarsawPact and NATO in the late 1980s.

When a Soviet petro-chemical plant is destroyed by Islamist terrorists, the USSR realises it's ''seriously'' short of oil. So they decide to invade the Persian Gulf. To do that, they need to deal with NATO. They do this via launching an invasion of Western Europe, which they justify on the basis of a FalseFlagOperation to bomb the Kremlin and blame it on West Germany.

The war starts and the novel focuses on some of the people in the war. There are LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, but the main ones include:
* 1st Lieutenant Michael Edwards, USAF - a meteorologist on Iceland when it's captured by Soviet forces. He spends most of the novel with a ragtag group of Marines in hiding and monitoring Soviet movements.
* Commander Daniel X. [=McCafferty=], USN - Captain of the ''Los Angeles''-class submarine USS ''Chicago''.
* Commander Edward Morris, USN - Commander of two USN antisubmarine frigates. Gets to see the Second Battle of the North Atlantic from the 'getting shot at' end (hence ''two'' frigates- USS ''Pharris'' to begin with before it ends up becoming an essential write-off, then USS ''Reuben James'').
* Lieutenant Commander Robert Toland, USNR - Naval Reserve intelligence officer who starts putting together the picture of Soviet intentions, before the start of the conflict (and gets a FieldPromotion for it). Gets to see the Second Battle of the North Atlantic from the same end as Morris- he's injured when he's thrown across ''Nimitz''[='=]s CIC when the ship is hit by two [[ReportingNames "Kingfish"]] missiles.
* General-Colonel Pavel Leonidovich Alekseyev, SA - The main viewpoint character from the Soviet side. Starts out as Deputy CINC-Southwest, ends up as CINC-West.
* Mikhail Eduardovich Sergetov - Candidate (nonvoting) Member of the Soviet Politburo and Energy Minister. Another of the major Soviet characters and mainly provides a point-of-view from the Soviet political side.
* Captain Ivan Mikhailovich Sergetov, SA - Mikhail Eduardovich's son and Alekseyev's aide-de-camp. Starts the series as a Red Army captain and recieves a FieldPromotion to major.

It's not 100% accurate, with Bond and Clancy making some alterations to the scenario to stop the thing turning into a nuke-fest; e.g., the Soviets deciding not to use chemical weapons, which NATO would have interpreted as a license to go nuclear; and also having the Soviets place their boomers in their territorial seas to free up their submarines for anti-convoy missions (there was a dispute among Western analysts as to the point of the Soviet sub fleet, so they chose one of the two options).

Somewhat uniquely among Clancy's work we aren't really supposed to be taking sides. Certainly the Communist government is pretty evil, but mostly outside them and definitely all the actual soldiers are shown to be equally heroic and just doing their jobs. It makes for an odd read as the same events are told through opposing view points but makes for a much more effective look at war. No-one's evil and no-one's driven by hatred or vengeance, people are just following orders and doing their jobs.

The book was made into a naval computer game. In more recent years, a fan made it into a free campaign for the naval game ''DangerousWaters''. Sonalysts liked it so much they put it on an extras disc in the European edition. Another [[http://www.ghostrecon.net/files2/index.php?act=view&id=1192 fan-made campaign]] was also made for ''VideoGame/GhostRecon'' in 2010.

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!!Provides Examples Of:
* AchillesHeel: the entire Soviet Army has one in its fuel shortage. It's not really a factor until [[spoiler:the retaking of Iceland and the capture of Major Chapeyev, which is when the Americans learn about it.]] After that NATO's air strategy changes accordingly.
* AlasPoorVillain:
** For a politically motivated GeneralFailure, [[spoiler: CINC-West]] dies "a soldier's death," shooting at the [[spoiler: American bombers]] that kill him with a machine-gun.
** His successor, [[spoiler:the former CINC-Southwest and Alekseyev's boss]], is given a poignant parting when his plans are ruined and he faces arrest by the KGB, and the last Alekseyev sees of him is his empty holster as he leaves the command tent. [[spoiler:Kosov reveals that he was executed.]]
* AntiVillain: Any of the Soviet characters. Most notably, Mikhail Sergetov, who is at the very least a fellow traveler in the Politburo's war crimes. [[spoiler: Until his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* AnyoneCanDie - while none of the main characters die, let's face it: you really didn't expect [[spoiler:most of Edward's squad]] or [[spoiler:both the ''Boston'' and the ''Providence'']] to buy it, did you?
* AttackPatternAlpha - "Rules of Engagement - Option Bravo," which means conventional weapons only, much to Morris' relief. Later on, an EW officer calls "Plan Delta" for a heavy Soviet bomber strike supported by jammers. Obviously TruthInTelevision, as this is how real militaries work.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: The Supreme Soviet commander is called Marshal Shavyrin.
* {{Badass}}: So, so many.
** BadassArmy: You do ''not'' want to be on the receiving end of an attack by either a Soviet Category A formation or an Operational Maneuvre Group.
** Supreme Allied Forces Europe is one on its own, but special mention has to go to the Germans:
-->Did Germans get rattled? Even at [[WorldWarTwo the gates of Berlin]], were the Germans ever rattled?
** BadassBookworm - Michael Edwards is a weather analyst who manages to impress even crack British [[strike:paratroopers]] [[InterserviceRivalry Royal Marines]].
** Bob Toland, who works out why Russia started the war, and who survived the attack on the Carrier group.
** Ivan Sergetov, who starts off as "a young man with all [in this context, that means none] of the answers" fresh out of the Frunze Academy. Germany turns him into a real man.
** BadassLongcoat: The K.G.B Colonel who set the Kremlin bomb wears one. He keeps a silenced automatic underneath it, [[spoiler: which he later uses to kill several elite Russian soldiers.]]
* BadDreams - Morris must deal with the psychological aftermath of [[spoiler:''Pharris'' getting nearly sunk by a Soviet sub, including nightmares about his executive officer being decapitated by shrapnel]].
* BerserkButton - Michael Edwards' old girlfriend was raped and killed. This fact is used by MissionControl to verify his identity, and later causes him to personally execute three Russian soldiers after witnessing their rape of an Icelandic woman. (It also impresses his fellow soldiers to no end.)
* BigDamnHeroes - Inverted with [=McCafferty=], when, during his attack on ''Kirov'', a Norwegian submarine attacks the battle group and screws up his approach. ''Chicago'' is then forced to make an impromptu Harpoon attack on the battle group and quickly withdraw before seeing if their Harpoons hit anything. Several chapters later, he meets the Norwegian captain in a bar, who gratefully thanks him for saving his boat, since the Harpoons ended up hitting two destroyers that were about to sink his submarine, sinking one of them.
* BritsWithBattleships - When it first meets ''Reuben James'', the British frigate ''Battleaxe'' asks what a "Reuben James" is. The American crew's response:
-->AT LEAST WE DON'T NAME WARSHIPS FOR OUR MOTHER-IN-LAW
** A team of Royal Marines land in Iceland, and British forces are mentioned fighting in Germany.
* CanucksWithChinooks: Very briefly alluded to in a one-line reference before the actual shooting starts to tactical fighters from the United States and Canada cycling through Keflavik on their way to reinforce Europe. (Although it's otherwise never explicitly stated, Canadian involvement in the war is a given, considering NATO treaty obligations and that Canada had units stationed in Germany throughout the ColdWar).
* TheCaptain: Several:
** Morris, of the USS ''Pharris''
** [=McCafferty=], of the USS ''Chicago''
** And probably the best example of all - the Captain of the MV ''Julius Fucik'', who survives through 20mm cannon rounds to bring his cargo of paratroopers to Rekyavik.
* TheCavalry:
** Played straight during the LiveActionEscortMission sequence for the ''Chicago''. [[spoiler:The ''Alfa''-class submarine has managed to sneak up on and sink both the ''Boston'' and the ''Providence'', and has proven itself able to outrun the American Mark 48 torpedo. ''Chicago'' is left all alone against a superior opponent -- and then HMS ''Torbay'', which had heard the whole commotion, launches an ambush with the new-generation Spearfish torps.]]
** Marine support from the fleet sent to recapture Iceland shows up ''barely'' in time to rescue Edwards' team from Soviet troops. [[spoiler:As it is, most of them die.]]
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gun]]: while the fact that the Soviets are out of fuel is the ''casus belli'', it quickly fades into the background once the shooting starts--until American Intelligence makes a spectacularly lucky catch with [[spoiler:Major Chapayev]], the son of a Politburo member. Then the Americans make sure that the fuel shortage returns to haunt the Soviets with a vengeance.
* ChekhovsGunman: Be honest; you thought [[spoiler:the Airborne Captain at the memorial service]] was just [[LivingProp background colour]], didn't you? Well, so did [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Director Kosov]].
* ColonelBadass:
** The [[OneSceneWonder unnamed Soviet colonel]] in charge of the attack on Bieben, who became the ''de facto'' divisional commander after his general was killed. Competent, aggressive, not afraid to speak his mind, he is last seen giving orders to his division ''after casually surviving an artillery barrage''.
** The also unnamed KGB Colonel who sets the Kremlin bomb. He turns up in a later scene after killing ''every guard on the same floor of the Kremlin building as him''.
* CoolBoat:
** The portrayal of the USS ''Reuben James'' and the USS ''Chicago'' are pretty damn awesome.
** On the Soviet side, special mention must be made of the ''Julius Fucik'', the civilian merchantman transporting the Airborne Division detailed to capture Iceland. The ''Fucik'' manages to survive a missile hit and an American air attack, and still completes its mission.
** The HMS ''Torbay'', which yanks the USS ''Chicago'' out of the fire after [[spoiler: the Soviets destroy ''Boston'' and ''Providence''.]]
* CoolPlane: The F-19 Ghostrider, which ended up getting a model made of it as people thought it was real. In fact the design of the aircraft was actually too complex for the RealLife computers at the time to design.
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: When the oil crisis is revealed near the novel's end, an American laments that the whole war could have been avoided if the Soviet had just ''asked'' for help as the West would have been happy to give aid. Which is a bit idealistic, given that this is the Cold War. Aside from revealing their own weakness to their mortal enemies, the Soviet leadership expected that oil aid to come with major strings attached. In fact, SACEUR admits that NATO would have demanded some concessions for the aid, but they still would have been a lot less painful to both sides than the war was.
* CurbStompBattle: Several.
** The attack on the U.S.S ''Nimitz'''s carrier group involves the US Navy getting ''owned'' by Soviet Naval Aviation.
** Operation Polar Glory involves the Allied forces on iceland getting ''owned'' by the Soviets.
** During [[spoiler: Sergetov's coup]], the Taman Guards and the MVD get destroyed by the Soviet paratroops and the K.G.B forces.
** The flights of the Frisbee smash the Soviet attack in hours.
** The retaking of Iceland.
* DefconFive: Whilst Clancy avoids the common trap of stating that Defcon Five is the highest state of alert, he makes the mistake in reverse with the British "Queen's Order" system. The book is set in the 1980s, but the Queen's Order system was abolished in 1970. If the UK was in transition to war at some point during the 1980s, then it would be at either [[FailOSuckyname BIKINI Alert State: AMBER or BIKINI Alert State: RED]]. (The word BIKINI was randomly selected by a computer, by the way)
* DefensiveFeintTrap: employed by the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and their German Panzergrenadier counterparts in phase two of the defense of Bieben. The Germans let the Soviets overextend themselves, swing around, then executes a three-sided trap with the defiladed American tanks.
* {{Determinator}}: The captain of the merchant vessel ''Julius Fucik'', which is used by the Soviets to sneak troops into Iceland, valiantly stays at his post to guide the ship into harbor. Then his ship gets strafed by an F-15. So, does the Cap let ''20mm cannon'' wounds stop him: HELL NO!
** Alekseyev and Ivan Sergetov, especially after they get shot down.
* TheDreaded: [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht The Bundeswehr]]. Even before the fighting starts, the Soviets are terrified of them, and that reputation only increases. Slaughtering forty million Soviet citizens would tend to give one that reputation, even if the ''Deutsches Heer'' have cast off the trappings of Nazism. Indeed, Alekseyev's private monologues reveal that he considers the Fritzes to be his greatest threat:
-->Did Germans get rattled? Even at [[WorldWarTwo the gates of Berlin]], were the Germans ever rattled?
* ExecutiveMeddling: A big reason why the Soviet strategy fails is that every large-scale troop movement has to be approved by their high command (STAVKA) in Moscow. In theory, this means the Soviets can coordinate huge, sweeping attacks against gaps in the Allied lines; in practice, those gaps appear and disappear at a moment's notice due to the sheer speed of mechanized warfare (the constant air attacks against Soviet communications centers don't help, either). As Alekseyev repeatedly fumes, on multiple occasions he ''could've'' brought about a decisive victory if STAVKA had allowed him to mobilize the strategic reserves on his own initiative, instead of having to wait several hours for approval.
** Ironically, following the above case, in the next battle, ''lack'' of healthy ExecutiveMeddling permitted [[spoiler:a hot-headed regimental commander to redirect artillery that should have been above his authority level, causing the loss of much needed bridges and ending the best chance of a Soviet breakout]].
* {{Expy}}: Clancy didn't want WWIII in the Ryanverse, so he replaced CIA analyst Jack Ryan with NSA Analyst Bob Toland. Note that Cornelius Ryan was a historian who wrote several famous histories of WWII, such as ''The Longest Day'' and ''A Bridge Too Far'', while John Toland was a historian who wrote a famous biography of AdolfHitler.
* FalseFlagOperation: Used by the Soviets to create a ''casus belli''; they fake a bombing of the Kremlin and blame it on West Germany.
* FieldPromotion[=/=]YouAreInCommandNow - This is played remarkably frequently on the Soviet side, as NATO doctrine is to target the officers and commanders first, in order to throw the men into disarray. When Alekseyev first arrives at the front, the first commanding officer he meets is a colonel who's taken over command of his division after its general was killed. Making matters worse, his regiments are commanded by majors, and his battalions by captains.
** A series of these takes Alekseyev from an (admittedly senior) aide all the way to CINC-West and effective leader of the whole Soviet war effort.
** On the NATO side there's Sergeant First Class Terry Mackall, who manages to get this ''twice''. The first time is to commander of his tank platoon when the lieutenant commanding was killed on the second day of the war by a one-in-a-million artillery shell that landed right on top of his tank. The second is to XO of the troop (and with it the rank of lieutenant) when ''that'' commander was killed during a Soviet advance. It happens so quickly that it takes a while for it to register, and he still wears his sergeant's stripes for some time after said promotion since he can't find the time to change.
** Alekseyev also temporarily [[InvertedTrope inverts]] the trope by taking a step downwards from Deputy CINC-West to division commander of the 20th Tanks after its commander was killed in an airstrike. His boss was not happy about this, since Alekseyev was much too competent and too irreplaceable as a theatre commander to "run around and play divisional commander".
* FourStarBadass - Pavel Alekseyev, with a double bonus in that his rank actually is four-star.
* GaulsWithGrenades - The French aircraft carrier ''Foch'' is sunk in the first major Backfire raid. F-8 "Crusader" fighters (retired from U.S. service after the VietnamWar) flying from the carrier manage to score the only kills on the retreating Backfires, the U.S. defensive aircraft out of position to catch the Soviet bombers thanks to an earlier feint.
* GeoEffects - special notice goes to a rare ''seaborne'' use of them during the [[spoiler:retaking of Iceland.]] The NATO amphibious fleet positions itself in a rocky harbor, which makes navigation very difficult. The upside reveals itself once the Soviet bombers launch their dreaded MacrossMissileMassacre strategy: [[spoiler:the missiles are designed for use in the open ocean and home in on the largest radar/infrared signatures they can detect. In the rocky harbor, those belong not to ships but to volcanic mini-islands, causing most of the AS-4s to miss their targets.]]
* GeneralFailure - not particularly extreme, but both the old CINC-West on the Soviet side and Admiral Baker on the NATO side are far too complacent to be successful military leaders. [[spoiler:CINC-West is killed in an American air raid right after he relieves one of his sub-commanders for failing at his job, and Baker does not survive the attack on the ''Nimitz'' after his own complacency allows him to be lured into the Soviet trap. Their successors do a much better job.]]
** [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath for CINC-West]].
* GovernmentConspiracy - 90% of what the Politburo does 'on screen'.
* HotSubOnSubAction - The ''Chicago'' sequences focus more on sub versus surface ship, but there are a few sub versus sub moments, too.
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake - The captain of HMS ''Battleaxe'' is very surprised when a Soviet "Oscar"-class missile sub winds up taking ''three'' lightweight torpedo hits--and still manages to come to the surface in order to surrender. Justified, because the "Oscar"s are some of the biggest, toughest submarines ever made, complete with double hulls, and ASW torpedoes have relatively small warheads.
* HypercompetentSidekick: General-Lieutenant Viktor Beregovoy is one to Alekseyev, whilst Alekseyev himself is one to CINC-South West.
* IronicEchoCut - Terry Mackall grumbles about the bad weather, saying something along the lines of "The Russians must ''love'' this shit, our A-10s have a bare five seconds to attack before they have to pull back." In the next section, comes the Russian perspective: "Even the Goddamned weather in on the Americans' side - their planes come swooping in too low for our radar to warn us!"
** And happens again after that particular attack, the Russians note that, "We can't make that kind of mistake very often and expect to succeed." and Mackall says, "We can't survive much more of what the Russians are throwing at us."
* ItsAllMyFault - After Ed Morris [[spoiler:allows a Victor to close in and torpedo ''Pharris'', killing over a dozen of his crew including his executive officer]], he continues to blame himself and have nightmares for weeks to come afterward. He's even [[{{Irony}} taunted by his vanity license plate]], carrying his failure around with him. It takes [[spoiler:a considerable talking to by [=O'Malley=] after assuming command of ''Reuben James'']] to sort him out.
* ItsQuietTooQuiet - more accurately, the "it's successful--''too'' successful" variation, for the Americans during the first battle between the ''Nimitz'' and the "Backfires." Initially, the Russian bombers attack straight and dumb, and the defending fighters take them apart with ease, causing Toland to worry since the Russians are being just a little too stupid. It turns out he's right. The "bombers" are actually decoy drones to lure the American fighters out of position, and things get noisy very quickly once the ''real'' Soviet bombers show up, well within missile-launching range, from the other direction.
* ItsRainingMen - Royal Marine commandos parachute onto Iceland to assist Edwards. It doesn't go well: crosswinds, rocks, and parachutes don't mix.
* LittleHeroBigWar - Every character. It's WorldWarIII, after all. Special mention goes to U.S. Air Force Lt. Mike Edwards, a meteorologist who escapes the MacrossMissileMassacre of his air base at Keflavik, Iceland. After escaping, he leads a ragtag band of Marines across the island, directed by MissionControl on his handily acquired satellite radio to scout out Russian troop movements and assist in making sure the landing zone for a beachhead is relatively unguarded.
* LiveActionEscortMission: after Operation Doolittle runs into a bit of trouble. On a broader scale, the Atlantic convoys in general: shepherd the slow, fat, vulnerable merchies to Europe against Soviet submarines and bombers.
* LookBothWays - nonfatal example. A Spetznaz major, who is too busy grousing about his KGB superiors to check German traffic, steps right in front of a Peugeot, sending himself and a briefcase of important tactical information right to the Germans. As a result, NATO gets early warning of the attack and many of the remaining Spetznaz raiders are caught red-handed.
* MacrossMissileMassacre - A major part of the Soviet strategy to eliminate U.S. fleets and bases, used most prominently against Iceland and the ''Nimitz'' battlegroup. The Backfire bomber squadrons operating in the North Atlantic continue to wreak havoc on NATO shipping for much of the war. Clancy describes it eloquently:
--> Aegis was state of the art, the best SAM system yet devised, but it had one major weakness: ''Tico''[[note]]missile cruiser USS ''Ticonderoga'' (CG-47)[[/note]] carried only ninety-six [=SM-2=] surface-to-air missiles; there were one hundred forty incoming Kingfish[[note]]AS-6 "Kingfish", Soviet anti-ship missile[[/note]]. The computer had not been programmed to think about that.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Edwards and his Marines try to make their execution of the Soviet patrol they encounter look like an accident by making it look like the group drunkenly rolled off the cliff, causing their vehicle to explode. The investigating Soviets quickly see through the ruse as one of the bodies was thrown from the jeep, allowing them to identify a knife wound in his chest. The rest, though, went up with the vehicle along with its fuel and the grenades that subsequently cooked off in the flames.
* [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Nickname]]: The A-10 Thunderbolt-II. Shortly after the beginning of hostilities, the Soviets began to call it [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Devil's Cross]], in part because of a resemblance to a Russian Orthodox cross.
* MisguidedMissile: Inverted, in the Backfire raid mentioned in the GaulsWithGrenades entry. It's Soviet target training missiles that decoy U.S. Navy aircraft away from their carrier group, instead of aircraft leading away missiles.
** Also played straight later in the war, when the anti-sub helicopters of the HMS ''Battleaxe'' and USS ''Reuben James'' play "decoy" to lure away anti-ship missiles from their respective ships, after it was determined that the Soviets were focusing on the escorts to make the job easier for other Soviet forces to get at the convoys the escorts were defending.
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes - Justified, since every plan that works once will presumably be neutralized by different tactics on the opposition's part. For instance, the Soviet decoy drones that worked so well against the ''Nimitz'' battle group are not deployed against the ''Independence'' later on, since this time the Tomcats make sure to close to within camera range (still a good fifty-plus miles) before firing off their missiles, thus making sure that their targets are bombers and not decoys.
** Also [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] by the American Tomcat pilots defending British airfields against bomber raids: after they take a beating from long-ranged [=MiG-23s=] with heavy jamming support, the pilots determine that next time, they'll have missiles pre-configured to take out the jammers. "They learn, we learn."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The heads of state of either the Soviet Union or the United States are never directly named, though it is clear that the new Russian leader was an expy of Mikhail Gorbachev, whom had only been in office for a year or so when the book was published.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind - ''Providence'' is damaged by a patrol frigate, so ''Chicago'' and ''Boston'' offer to escort her to safety. [[spoiler:Subverted when ''Boston'' and ''Providence'' both don't make it, and ''Chicago'' just barely escapes with timely help from the British.]]
* OfficerAndAGentleman - Michael Edwards to a "T," and Alekseyev's a pretty nice guy too.
* OldSoldier - one of the most sympathetic Soviet Politburo members is Pyotr Bromkovskiy, who is a survivor of the Second World War. Prophetically, he denounces the whole war as madness, and is among the first to push for peace after the nuclear scare--perhaps the closest that the Politburo has come to nuclear war.
* OldSchoolDogfight - as part of an aerial LastStand by the Soviets on Iceland when the NATO fleet arrives, the remaining seven [=MiG-29s=] manage to jump a squadron of F-18s just as the Hornets are done dropping bombs. The problem is, the [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mikoyan_mig29.jpg [=MiG-29=]]] and the [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:FA-18_diving.jpg F-18]] look rather similar, especially at standard air combat distances. Since neither side wanted to fire on a friendly target, the result was a cannon duel at extremely close range as both sides tried to identify their targets visually. The [=SAMs=] firing more or less at random did not help.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: GeneralFailure [[spoiler: CINC-West]] dies heroically.
* RedsWithRockets - Loads of them. ''Kirov'' is sunk by NATO subs.
* ReportingNames - Loads of them. When one guy on the USS ''Pharris'' (an anti-submarine ''Knox''-class frigate) calls out "Down Beats!" you might end up getting confused unless you realise that "Down Beat" is the NATO designation for the look-down radar on the Tu-22M "Backfire".
* RightManInTheWrongPlace - Lt. Edwards, originally stationed in Iceland as a weatherman, with his best claim to martial fame being that he's a marathon runner.
* ScienceMarchesOn: Several of Clancy's books set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture make use of proposed weapons systems that never went into production, or never existed in the first place. The most famous example is from ''Red Storm Rising'': the "F-19 Frisbee stealth fighter". Clancy fell hook, line, and sinker for a fake description of the rumored stealth fighter's appearance and capabilities leaked by the Pentagon to conceal the real engineering principles behind the actual F-117 Nighthawk.
* ShootTheDog: The target of the FalseFlagOperation.
* ShownTheirWork: A staple of Clancy's writings in general. His research on Iceland and its geography is highly accurate, and in a broader sense the entire book shows off Clancy and Bond's encyclopaedic knowledge of military hardware and strategy.
* SmugSnake: Director Kosov of the [=KGB=], who regards the disastrous way the war plays out as the ideal leverage to dispose of his [[TheStarscream treacherous assistant]] (who helped start the war in the first place) and remains convinced of his own untouchability to the end.
* SpannerInTheWorks:
** ''Ametist'' managed to screw up the American plans pretty badly.
** Another incident has the spanner in the works being an ally. The USS ''Chicago'' had a perfect attack solution on the Soviet cruiser ''Kirov''. Then a Norwegian sub that had been undetected by both the sub and the Soviets attacks the ''Kirov'' first, and the Soviet retaliation ends up focusing on the ''Chicago''.
** And ''another'' incident, this time for the Soviets: the heretofore successful advance on Alfeld by the 20th Tank Division, under the command of Alekseyev, is brought to a screeching halt when one of his regimental commanders calls in artillery on the withdrawing Allied forces in a fit of rage. Unfortunately, he didn't bother to specify ''what kind'' of artillery, so high-powered artillery rockets end up landing on the very bridges Alekseyev needed ''intact''. The bridges collapse before Alekseyev could countermand the orders, and the resultant delays allow the Allies to dig in and contain the Soviet breakthrough once more.
** The Major of Parachute Troops becomes a fatal one for [[spoiler: Kosov.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: In one scene on the German battlefield, the readers (and a Soviet general) are shown the end result of a NATO fighter that crashed into the anti-aircraft mount that shot it down.
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: Ellington near the end, when his F-19 is shot down. Also essentially the Iceland sequences for Edwards.
* TrialByFriendlyFire:
** Edwards' team requests a strafing run from the fighters that show up to rescue them, despite the Soviet troops being literally on top of their position.
** And on the Soviet side, a constant problem for the ground-attack aircraft and the surface-to-air batteries that are supposed to support them. With only seconds to lock on and fire, missile units often have no chance to distinguish between friendly aircraft and NATO planes, a problem that frustrates Alekseyev no end.
** An issue for both sides in the final attack to retake Iceland, as the F/A-18 Hornet and [=MiG-29=] "[[ReportingNames Fulcrum]]" look remarkably similar, particularly in the middle of a giant furball.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: throughout the book, the readers are shown tantalizing glimpses of "Operation Doolittle": a sub wolfpack sortieing into the Barents, lots of ELINT work by the Brits, F-14s working out flightplans. It's not until [[spoiler:the Tomahawks hit the Backfire airfields on the Kola peninsula]] that we really figure out what it entails.
* VanityLicensePlate: Morris' car has the license plate FF-1094, the hull number of ''Pharris''. This becomes an IronicEcho after [[spoiler:''Pharris'' is crippled by a torpedo hit and several of the crew die]].
* VillainProtagonist: by definition, all of the Soviet POV characters. True, we're supposed to be rooting for NATO, but it's hard not to feel a thrill as Alekseyev's 20th Tank Division blasts its way into Alfeld.
* VillainousValor: the Soviets are shown as brave and capable fighting men, just as much as their NATO counterparts. Particular mention goes to the captured Spetznaz field team, whose leader was drugged into revealing their mission and talked to save their lives. His second-in-command is initially aghast and tries to kill him with a grenade, only to change his mind when he realizes that he had no choice in the betrayal. Instead of grenading his commander he blows up his team's maps and plans, earning a "well done, Andrushka!" from his team leader.
* WarIsHell - there's one particular [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene quiet scene]] where Alekseyev muses on this trope very, very bitterly.
* WeAreNotTheWehrmacht - Most of the land war takes place in Germany, and the German armed forces appropriately feature heavily.
* WhatTheHellHero - One of the Marines protests when Edwards is about to summarily execute their Russian prisoners. However, he and everyone else quickly accepts that they wouldn't have been able to take the Russians with them anyway and there was no way they could leave living witnesses.
* WorldWarIII
* YanksWithTanks - All four major branches of the U.S. military are involved in the war.
* YouAreInCommandNow - Lt. Edwards on Iceland, Cmdr. Toland aboard USS ''Nimitz''. (Toland isn't actually in command, but the XO gives him the conn despite Toland being a reservist staff officer because he's there when he's needed.)
* YouHaveFailedMe - Turns out the Politburo really doesn't like it when you can't carry out their warplans.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Daughter]]: Cause of the eventual downfall of Director Kosov, which is itself a TearJerker and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
-->[[spoiler:"For my little Svetlana ... who died without a face."]]

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3rd Dec '13 4:08:41 PM Vasha
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Co-written with Creator/LarryBond (creator of the ''{{Harpoon}}'' game series, which Clancy had used for ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober''), this novel tells the story of a conventional WorldWarThree between the WarsawPact and NATO in the late 1980s.

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Co-written with Creator/LarryBond (creator of the ''{{Harpoon}}'' game series, which Clancy had used for ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober''), this novel tells the story of a conventional WorldWarThree WorldWarIII between the WarsawPact and NATO in the late 1980s.



* LittleHeroBigWar - Every character. It's WorldWarThree, after all. Special mention goes to U.S. Air Force Lt. Mike Edwards, a meteorologist who escapes the MacrossMissileMassacre of his air base at Keflavik, Iceland. After escaping, he leads a ragtag band of Marines across the island, directed by MissionControl on his handily acquired satellite radio to scout out Russian troop movements and assist in making sure the landing zone for a beachhead is relatively unguarded.

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* LittleHeroBigWar - Every character. It's WorldWarThree, WorldWarIII, after all. Special mention goes to U.S. Air Force Lt. Mike Edwards, a meteorologist who escapes the MacrossMissileMassacre of his air base at Keflavik, Iceland. After escaping, he leads a ragtag band of Marines across the island, directed by MissionControl on his handily acquired satellite radio to scout out Russian troop movements and assist in making sure the landing zone for a beachhead is relatively unguarded.



* WorldWarThree

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* WorldWarThreeWorldWarIII
3rd Dec '13 4:07:46 PM Vasha
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Co-written with LarryBond (creator of the ''{{Harpoon}}'' game series, which Clancy had used for ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober''), this novel tells the story of a conventional WorldWarThree between the WarsawPact and NATO in the late 1980s.

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Co-written with LarryBond Creator/LarryBond (creator of the ''{{Harpoon}}'' game series, which Clancy had used for ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober''), this novel tells the story of a conventional WorldWarThree between the WarsawPact and NATO in the late 1980s.



* BadAss: So, so many.

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* BadAss: {{Badass}}: So, so many.


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9th Oct '13 8:52:54 PM Vasha
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Red Storm Rising is an 1986 novel. A bit of a {{Doorstopper}} of a novel (830 pages), this is one of Creator/TomClancy's most famous works and one that is apparently on the syllabus of several military academies.

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Red '''''Red Storm Rising Rising''''' is an 1986 novel. A bit of a {{Doorstopper}} of a novel (830 pages), this is one of Creator/TomClancy's most famous works and one that is apparently on the syllabus of several military academies.
30th Aug '13 6:40:27 AM Viira
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--> Aegis was state of the art, the best SAM system yet devised, but it had one major weakness: ''Tico''[[hottip:*:missile cruiser USS ''Ticonderoga'' (CG-47)]] carried only ninety-six [=SM-2=] surface-to-air missiles; there were one hundred forty incoming Kingfish[[hottip:*:AS-6 "Kingfish", Soviet anti-ship missile]]. The computer had not been programmed to think about that.

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--> Aegis was state of the art, the best SAM system yet devised, but it had one major weakness: ''Tico''[[hottip:*:missile ''Tico''[[note]]missile cruiser USS ''Ticonderoga'' (CG-47)]] (CG-47)[[/note]] carried only ninety-six [=SM-2=] surface-to-air missiles; there were one hundred forty incoming Kingfish[[hottip:*:AS-6 Kingfish[[note]]AS-6 "Kingfish", Soviet anti-ship missile]].missile[[/note]]. The computer had not been programmed to think about that.
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--> Aegis was state of the art, the best SAM system yet devised, but it had one major weakness: ''Tico''[[hottip:*:missile cruiser USS ''Ticonderoga'']] carried only ninety-six [=SM-2=] surface-to-air missiles; there were one hundred forty incoming Kingfish[[hottip:*:AS-6 "Kingfish", Soviet anti-ship missile]]. The computer had not been programmed to think about that.

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--> Aegis was state of the art, the best SAM system yet devised, but it had one major weakness: ''Tico''[[hottip:*:missile cruiser USS ''Ticonderoga'']] ''Ticonderoga'' (CG-47)]] carried only ninety-six [=SM-2=] surface-to-air missiles; there were one hundred forty incoming Kingfish[[hottip:*:AS-6 "Kingfish", Soviet anti-ship missile]]. The computer had not been programmed to think about that.



* [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Nickname]]: The A-10 Thunderbolt. Shortly after the beginning of hostilities, the Soviets began to call it [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Devil's Cross]], in part because of a resemblance to a Russian Orthodox cross.

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* [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Nickname]]: The A-10 Thunderbolt.Thunderbolt-II. Shortly after the beginning of hostilities, the Soviets began to call it [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Devil's Cross]], in part because of a resemblance to a Russian Orthodox cross.
30th Jul '13 4:43:46 PM Bissek
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: When the oil crisis is revealed near the novel's end, an American laments that the whole war could have been avoided if the Soviet had just ''asked'' for help as the West would have been happy to give aid. Which is a bit idealistic, given that this is the Cold War. Aside from revealing their own weakness to their mortal enemies, the Soviet leadership expected that oil aid to come with major strings attached.

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: When the oil crisis is revealed near the novel's end, an American laments that the whole war could have been avoided if the Soviet had just ''asked'' for help as the West would have been happy to give aid. Which is a bit idealistic, given that this is the Cold War. Aside from revealing their own weakness to their mortal enemies, the Soviet leadership expected that oil aid to come with major strings attached. In fact, SACEUR admits that NATO would have demanded some concessions for the aid, but they still would have been a lot less painful to both sides than the war was.
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* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake - The captain of HMS ''Battleaxe'' is very surprised when a Soviet ''Oscar''-class missile sub winds up taking ''three'' lightweight torpedo hits--and still manages to come to the surface in order to surrender. Justified, because the ''Oscar''s are some of the biggest, toughest submarines ever made, complete with double hulls, and ASW torpedoes have relatively small warheads.
* HypercompetentSidekick: General Beregovoy is one to Alekseyev, whilst Alekseyev himself is one to CINC-South West.

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* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake - The captain of HMS ''Battleaxe'' is very surprised when a Soviet ''Oscar''-class "Oscar"-class missile sub winds up taking ''three'' lightweight torpedo hits--and still manages to come to the surface in order to surrender. Justified, because the ''Oscar''s "Oscar"s are some of the biggest, toughest submarines ever made, complete with double hulls, and ASW torpedoes have relatively small warheads.
* HypercompetentSidekick: General General-Lieutenant Viktor Beregovoy is one to Alekseyev, whilst Alekseyev himself is one to CINC-South West.
13th Jul '13 7:20:19 PM trumpetmarietta
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* Commander Daniel X. [=McCafferty=], USN - Captain of the Los Angeles class submarine ''USS Chicago''.

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* Commander Daniel X. [=McCafferty=], USN - Captain of the Los Angeles class ''Los Angeles''-class submarine ''USS Chicago''.USS ''Chicago''.



* Lieutenant Commander Robert Toland, USNR - Naval Reserve intelligence officer who starts putting together the picture of Soviet intentions, before the start of the conflict (and gets a FieldPromotion for it). Gets to see the Second Battle of the North Atlantic from the same end as Morris- he's injured when he's thrown across ''Nimitz'''s CIC when the ship is hit by two "Kingfish" missiles.

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* Lieutenant Commander Robert Toland, USNR - Naval Reserve intelligence officer who starts putting together the picture of Soviet intentions, before the start of the conflict (and gets a FieldPromotion for it). Gets to see the Second Battle of the North Atlantic from the same end as Morris- he's injured when he's thrown across ''Nimitz'''s ''Nimitz''[='=]s CIC when the ship is hit by two "Kingfish" [[ReportingNames "Kingfish"]] missiles.



** John Toland, who works out why Russia started the war, and who survived the attack on the Carrier group.

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** John Bob Toland, who works out why Russia started the war, and who survived the attack on the Carrier group.



** Another incident has the spanner in the works being an ally. The USS ''Chicago'' had a perfect attack solution on the Kirov. Then a Norwegian sub that had been undetected by both the sub and the Soviets attacks the ''Kirov'' first, and the Soviet retaliation ends up focusing on the ''Chicago''.

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** Another incident has the spanner in the works being an ally. The USS ''Chicago'' had a perfect attack solution on the Kirov.Soviet cruiser ''Kirov''. Then a Norwegian sub that had been undetected by both the sub and the Soviets attacks the ''Kirov'' first, and the Soviet retaliation ends up focusing on the ''Chicago''.



* YouAreInCommandNow - Lt. Edwards on Iceland, LTCDR Toland aboard USS Nimitz. (Toland isn't actually in command, but the XO gives him the con despite Toland being a reservist staff officer because he's there when he's needed.)

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* YouAreInCommandNow - Lt. Edwards on Iceland, LTCDR Cmdr. Toland aboard USS Nimitz. ''Nimitz''. (Toland isn't actually in command, but the XO gives him the con conn despite Toland being a reservist staff officer because he's there when he's needed.)
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* ReportingNames - Loads of them. When one guy on the USS ''Pharris'' (an anti-submarine ''Knox''-class frigate) calls out "Down Beats!" you might end up getting confused unless you realise that "Down Beat" is the NATO designation for the search radar on the Tu-22M "Backfire".

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* ReportingNames - Loads of them. When one guy on the USS ''Pharris'' (an anti-submarine ''Knox''-class frigate) calls out "Down Beats!" you might end up getting confused unless you realise that "Down Beat" is the NATO designation for the search look-down radar on the Tu-22M "Backfire".
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