The Hunt for Red October Topics for Discussion

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What are some of the significant differences between the Soviet and American submarines?

Describe Jack Ryan's role in the military operations? Does it make logical sense for him to be involved to such an extent, considering his background?

How does the element of suspense work in the novel? How would the feel of the novel be different if everything was laid out clearly from the beginning?

What commentary is made about American life in contrast to Soviet life?

Is the novel biased toward the American side? Are there any elements that balance the portrayal?

How do Ramius's personal experiences affect his attitude toward his country? Toward communism?

How does Jack Ryan's relationship with his family help to define his character?

How does the relationship between officer and enlisted men affect the overall climate of a Soviet submarine? Is it different on an American submarine?

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