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* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse?: [[spoiler:O'Donnell disappears from the book during the climax, though later books make it clear that all members of the ULA are dead.]]


The second Literature/JackRyan novel written by Creator/TomClancy, and the second one chronologically (until ''Literature/WithoutRemorse'', it was the first chronologically). The book was published in 1987, and takes place in 1983-84 [[note]] Wiki/TheOtherWiki says 1982 based on Ryan's age, but the Princess of Wales says she's pregnant with their second child near the end of the novel, and a van used by the terrorists is described by the police as an '84 model at one point [[/note]].

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The second Literature/JackRyan novel written by Creator/TomClancy, and the second one chronologically (until ''Literature/WithoutRemorse'', it was the first chronologically). The book was published in 1987, and takes place in 1983-84 [[note]] Wiki/TheOtherWiki says 1982 based on Ryan's age, but the Princess of Wales says she's pregnant with their second child near the end of the novel, and a van used by the terrorists is described by the police as an '84 model at one point point. Despite this, the following book in the series chronologically, ''Red Rabbit'', explicitly takes place in 1982 [[/note]].


* RealityEnsues: Constantly. Jack foils a major terrorist attack, gets shot for his trouble, and ends up in the hospital for a ''month'' recovering, and still needs another two months before he can properly use his arm again. The US produces ''reams'' of intelligence information, but lacks the funding and staff to actually ''analyze'' it all, and as a result, important information goes unnoticed until it's too late. Even at the end, when Jack and company manage to free themselves from the terrorist clutches, they ''run away'', because all they need to do to win is to get the primary objective (The Prince of Wales) away from the bad guys, and the tactical situation (3 armed men with 3 unarmed women and a child against an unknown number of terrorists) is adverse in the extreme.



* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: After the second attempt on his life by the ULA, Prince Charles decides that he's had enough of simply standing around like a target and actually works to apprehend the terrorists.

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: After the second attempt on his life by the ULA, Prince Charles decides that he's had enough of simply standing around like a target and actually works to apprehend the terrorists.terrorists, working the radar on the patrol boat (he ''is'' a naval officer, after all).

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* BecomingTheMask: TheMole in the British Royal Family is a lover of classic books. As is Dennis Cooley. While it works well for their cover, Dennis ''is'' an expert in the field, and TheMole ''does'' actually love the collection of said books.


* 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 Robby 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 that there's ''[[SpannerInTheWorks just one more]]'' person in the Ryan home, and Robby Jackson is later able to get the drop on them.them, completely unraveling the otherwise well-planned, well-executed mission.


* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Sargent-Major Breckonridge pulls one of these when Ryan finally [[spoiler:has Miller at his mercy]]. Breckonridge says he was perfectly willing to cover for Ryan if he had gone through with it, but "if you'd really wanted to kill him, you would have remembered to cock it. Lieutenant, I had you figured out a long time ago." Ryan himself wonders if Breckonridge is right.

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* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Sargent-Major Breckonridge pulls one of these when Ryan finally [[spoiler:has Miller at his mercy]]. Breckonridge says he was perfectly willing to cover for Ryan if he had gone through with it, but "if you'd really wanted to kill him, you would have remembered to cock it.[the gun]. Lieutenant, I had you figured out a long time ago." Ryan himself wonders if Breckonridge is right.


* HiddenAgendaVillain: As the FBI and MI-5 note, the Ulster Liberation Army's motives are completely unknown; they break every "rule" that the PIRA has followed (don't attack the royal family, don't operate on American soil), with no clear end goal. [[spoiler:Turns out, O'Donnell simply wants to do enough damage to the PIRA and eliminate their leadership so that he can take over.]]

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* HiddenAgendaVillain: As the FBI and MI-5 note, the Ulster Liberation Army's motives are completely unknown; they break every "rule" that the PIRA has followed (don't attack the royal family, don't operate on American soil), with no clear end goal. [[spoiler:Turns out, O'Donnell simply wants to do enough damage to the PIRA and eliminate their leadership so that he can take over. The repeated attempts to kidnap the Prince and Princess of Wales are to establish a "masterstroke", a legendarily daring and successful show of force to prove that he is worthy of the leadership.]]


** 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.
* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: The ULA terrorist Sean Miller notes that anti-terrorist forces have to be lucky every time, while terrorists only have to do so once, in a nod to a similar comment made in the aftermath of the RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brighton_hotel_bombing Brighton hotel bombing.]]

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** 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.ULA, with the ULA chief believing that such an act would not only catapult him into the leadership of the Movement (after his men kill the current leaders), but also force a much more hardline, hostile antagonism towards the British, replacing the low-level terrorist warfare with ''outright'' war.
* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: The ULA terrorist Sean Miller Kevin O'Donnell notes that anti-terrorist forces have to be lucky every time, while terrorists only have to do so once, in a nod to a similar comment made in the aftermath of the RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brighton_hotel_bombing Brighton hotel bombing.]]



* FalseFlagOperation: The attempt to kill Ryan and his family on American soil is ultimately this, as it ends up being mistaken as a PIRA operation.

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* FalseFlagOperation: The attempt to kill Ryan and his family on American soil is ultimately this, as it ends up being mistaken as a PIRA operation. [[spoiler: Which was the goal: the idea being that the political wing of the PIRA, Sinn Fein, would be in the US to make the case that they didn't attack the Prince and Princess of Wales, but that they would be implicated in attempting to kill the family of the man who stopped the operation, causing great embarrassment for the PIRA leaders.]]



* 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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* 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 tries to kill him in cold blood.


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** Also used to show how intelligence can show ''so much'', but ''only'' so much. One point of data that Ryan reviews is a car going from one terrorist camp to another, the second known to be a PIRA camp. He assumes that this means that the first camp could be the ULA camp he's been looking for. As shown earlier in the narrative, he's ''correct'', but because he has no other data to support the claim, he can't follow up on it.

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*AdaptationInducedPlothole: [[spoiler: In the movie, betrayal of Lord Holme's secretary come right out of left field compared to the passing justification in the novel.]]


* {{Scotireland}}: The ULA takes advantage of Americans' tendency to fall for this trope, as it is hard for an American ear to tell the difference between a Scottish and Irish accent.

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* {{Scotireland}}: The ULA takes advantage of Americans' tendency to fall for this trope, as it is hard for an American ear to tell the difference between a Scottish and Irish accent.accent, so they pretend to be Scottish when entering the US with no one there the wiser at first.



** Averted in a zig zag fashion. When CIA intelligence analysts use a spy satellite to figure out which of several camps belongs to a rogue faction of the IRA, they are forced to use a still picture and to make some rather ambitious inferences to determine that the camp belongs to the bad guys - the camera can't show them faces. On the other hand, when an DGSE platoon raids the camp at night, the infrared spy satellite watching the action appears to give a perfect 'camera in the sky' view of the action. On the other hand, the raiders complete their mission in a matter of a few minutes.

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** Averted in a zig zag zigzag fashion. When CIA intelligence analysts use a spy satellite to figure out which of several camps belongs to a rogue faction of the IRA, they are forced to use a still picture and to make some rather ambitious inferences to determine that the camp belongs to the bad guys - the camera can't show them faces. On the other hand, when an a DGSE platoon raids the camp at night, the infrared spy satellite watching the action appears to give a perfect 'camera in the sky' view of the action. On the other hand, the raiders complete their mission in a matter of a few minutes.



** The IRA and ULA notwithstanding, there's also Alex Dobbens and his group of revolutionaries on US soil.

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** The IRA and ULA notwithstanding, there's also Alex Dobbens and his group of black revolutionaries on US soil.

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* PostInjuryDeskJob: Jack is introduced to Robbie when the latter is temporarily reassigned to teach at Annapolis while his broken leg heals after his plane's ejector seat malfunctioned.


* AnonymousRinger: While the royal family is only referred to by title, it's virtually impossible not to realize that Ryan saves the lives of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and Prince William while he was still an infant.

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* AnonymousRinger: While the royal family is only referred to by title, it's virtually impossible not to realize that Ryan saves the lives of Prince Charles and Charles, Princess Diana, and the then-infant Prince William while he was still an infant.William.


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* ImperiledInPregnancy: Cathy is in the second trimester of her pregnancy when she and Sally are injured in a car accident caused by Miller.


* MoscowCentre: With their smallest role in any of the novels before ''Teeth of the Tiger'', Ryan is probed by a KGB "legal" spook for possible recruitment during a seminar at Georgetown. This becomes a ChekhovsGun later in ''Cardinal of the Kremlin''.

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* {{Expy}}: A very subtle one. As noted above, the Prince and Princess of Wales are never named, but clearly are Charles and Diana. Equally, the Queen is not directly named, but the description clearly matches Queen Elizabeth. However, when Ryan watches the Key Ceremony at the Tower of London, the soldiers refer to "Queen Anne's keys." In the Key Ceremony, the soldiers name the current monarch. While many readers likely assume Queen Anne is a historical figure from the time of the ceremony's origin, in fact the dialog tells us that in the Ryanverse, England is ruled by an Elizabeth {{expy}} named Anne.


The second Literature/JackRyan novel written by Creator/TomClancy, and the second one chronologically (until ''Literature/WithoutRemorse'', it was the first chronologically). The book was published in 1987, and takes place in 1983-84 [[note]] TheOtherWiki says 1982 based on Ryan's age, but the Princess of Wales says she's pregnant with their second child near the end of the novel, and a van used by the terrorists is described by the police as an '84 model at one point [[/note]].

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The second Literature/JackRyan novel written by Creator/TomClancy, and the second one chronologically (until ''Literature/WithoutRemorse'', it was the first chronologically). The book was published in 1987, and takes place in 1983-84 [[note]] TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki says 1982 based on Ryan's age, but the Princess of Wales says she's pregnant with their second child near the end of the novel, and a van used by the terrorists is described by the police as an '84 model at one point [[/note]].

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