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The Cardinal of the Kremlin
Front cover art for The Cardinal of the Kremlin
Author Tom Clancy
Country United States
Language English
Series Ryaniverse
Genre(s) Novel, Thriller
Publisher Putnam
Released 1988 (1st edition)
Media Type Print (Hardback)
Pages 543 p. (hardback edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-399-13345-3 (hardback edition)
Preceded by The Hunt for Red October
Followed by Clear and Present Danger

The Cardinal of the Kremlin is a novel by Tom Clancy, featuring his character Jack Ryan. It is a sequel to The Hunt for Red October, based around the development of the Strategic Defense Initiative and its Soviet equivalent, covering themes including intelligence gathering and counter-intelligence, political intrigue, and guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan. Image File history File links Tom_Clancy_-_The_Cardinal_of_the_Kremlin_cover. ... Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Ryaniverse is fandom jargon for the fictional universe centered on Tom Clancys characters Jack Ryan, John Clark, and the other characters associated them him in Clancys series of popular novels. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative in prose. ... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television that includes numerous, often-overlapping sub-genres. ... Putnam is a surname. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... The Hunt for Red October is Tom Clancys first novel, published in 1984. ... Clear and present danger is a term used in the case Schenck v. ... Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. ... Jack Ryan, (full name Dr. John Patrick Ryan, Lt. ... The Hunt for Red October is Tom Clancys first novel, published in 1984. ... The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), commonly called Star Wars after the popular science fiction movies of the time, was proposed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan on March 23, 1983[1] to use ground-based and space-based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic... Motto: Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь! (Transliterated: Proletarii vsekh stran, soedinyaytes!) Translation: Workers of the world, unite!) Anthem: The Internationale (1922-1944) Hymn of the Soviet Union (1944-1991) Capital (and largest city) Moscow Official languages None; Russian de facto Government Socialist Republic/Federation of Soviet Republics  - Last President Mikhail Gorbachev  - Last Premier Ivan Silayev... Espionage is the practice of obtaining information about an organization or a society that is considered secret or confidential (spying) without the permission of the holder of the information. ... Counter Intelligence A uk label started and owned by John Machielsen. ... Look up guerrilla in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


This book is notable for its outrageous (yet plausible) conclusion and the increasing predominance of pro-military, pro-law enforcement views endorsed in Clancy’s writing. It is also the closest to a straightforward spy novel of all of his books. Ironically, in spite of Clancy’s self-proclaimed pro-military views, he caused considerable trouble to the military by outing black operations defense contractor Mickey Finn and his company Qual-A-Tec. Once his name was made public, Finn ceased to be in a position to supply his advanced weapons systems to U.S. special forces. Clancy refused to apologize for this, claiming that he was “honoring” Finn by mentioning him by name. The genre of spy fiction — sometimes called political thriller or spy thriller or sometimes shortened simply to Spy-fi — arose before World War I at about the same time that the first modern intelligence agencies were formed. ... The term black op has two related meanings: Black operation which is a type of covert operation. ... Charles A. Mickey Finn (b. ... Qual-A-Tec was a research and development firm in Oceanside, California, United States, owned and operated by Charles A Mickey Finn. ...


Plot summary

The book begins at a diplomatic conference in Moscow attended by Jack Ryan, a rising CIA analyst and part of the American delegation to Russia. It is revealed that the CIA’s most highly-placed agent, codenamed CARDINAL is none other than one Colonel Mikhail Semyonovich Filitov: the personal aide to the Soviet Minister of Defense and a national war hero. This persona may or may not have been based on Ryszard Kukliński, a Polish agent for the CIA. He had won three Hero of the Soviet Union medals—roughly equivalent to the Medal of Honor—over the course of his career, most notably at the Battle of Stalingrad. Filitov was recruited by GRU Colonel Oleg Penkovskiy, a British agent; he offered his services to the CIA after his wife and two sons died. The two sons passed away as a result of service in the Red Army, the youngest in a training accident, and the eldest during the Hungarian Uprising. As a result, Filitov began passing political, technical, and military intelligence for the CIA; This operation continued for over thirty years until the start of the book. Jack Ryan, (full name Dr. John Patrick Ryan, Lt. ... CIA redirects here. ... Espionage is the practice of obtaining information about an organization or a society that is considered secret or confidential (spying) without the permission of the holder of the information. ... Soviet redirects here. ... Ryszard Jerzy KukliÅ„ski (June 13, 1930 – February 11, 2004) was a Polish-born colonel and Cold War masterspy, who passed top secret Warsaw Pact documents to the CIA between years 1971 and 1981. ... Hero of the Soviet Union (Russian: Герой Советского Союза, Geroy Sovetskovo Soyuza) was the highest honorary title and the superior degree of distinction of the Soviet Union. ... The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. ... Combatants Germany Italy Romania Hungary Croatia Soviet Union Commanders Friedrich Paulus #, Erich von Manstein Hermann Hoth Vasiliy Chuikov Aleksandr Vasilyevskiy Strength German Sixth Army German Fourth Panzer Army German SS 9th Anti-Aircraft Division Romanian Third Army Romanian Fourth Army Hungarian Second Army Italian Eighth Army Unknown number of Germans... Colonel (IPA: or ) is a military rank of a commissioned officer, with the corresponding ranks existing in nearly every country in the world. ... Oleg Vladimirovich Penkovsky (1919–1963) was a colonel with Soviet military intelligence (GRU) in the late 1950s and early 1960s who passed important secrets to the west. ... The short forms Red Army and RKKA refer to the Workers and Peasants Red Army, (in Russian: Рабоче-Крестьянская Красная Армия - Raboche-Krestyanskaya Krasnaya Armiya), the armed forces first organized by the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War in 1918. ... Combatants Soviet Union; ÁVH (Hungarian State Security Police) Ad hoc local Hungarian militias Commanders Ivan Konev Various independent militia leaders Strength 150,000 troops, 6,000 tanks Unknown number of militia and soldiers Casualties 722 killed, 1,251 wounded[1] 2,500 killed 13,000 wounded[2] The Hungarian Revolution...


The American military discovers through "National Technical Means" that the Soviets were working on a ABM defense system—an equivalent to the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative—based at Dushanbe in Tajikistan. Unbeknownst to most of the protagonists, the CIA has deployed a liaison, one Emilio Ortiz, to the region to aid the rebels. Ortiz tasks the guerrillas, and their new leader "The Archer," with attacking and pillaging the installation. In the end, the guerrillas succeed, destroying most of the compound's facilities and killing the base commander when attempting to take the control bunker for the laser facility although the rebels take heavy losses and lose "The Archer" in the raid National Technical Means (NTM) is a euphemism for intelligence collection by reconnaissance satellites. ... An anti-ballistic missile (ABM) is a missile designed to counter ballistic missiles. ... The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), commonly called Star Wars after the popular science fiction movies of the time, was proposed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan on March 23, 1983[1] to use ground-based and space-based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic... Dushanbe (Душанбе), population 562,000 people (2000 census), is the capital of Tajikistan. ... Mujahideen (Arabic: ‎, , strugglers) is an Islamic-Arabic term for Muslims fighting in a war, or involved in any other struggle. ...


Eventually, Filitov's identity is uncovered by the KGB, and he is subsequently arrested while attempting communication with his control officer, Mary Pat Foley. However, Ryan concocts a plan to secure the return of both Filitov and arrange the defection of the sitting KGB Chairman, Nikolay Borissovich Gerasimov. He schemes to go public with the defection and capture of Krasny Oktyabr, banking on the political instability of the Soviet Politburo. Filitov and Gerasimov are to be exfiltrated on the departing American delegation's aircraft, and Gerasimov's family is to be extracted from Estonia by John Clark onto the submarine Dallas. The KGB emblem and motto: The sword and the shield KGB (transliteration of КГБ) is the Russian-language abbreviation for Committee for State Security, (Russian: ; Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti). ... The Red October (Russian: Красный Октябрь, Krasniy Oktyabr ) is a fictitious Project 941 Typhoon-class submarine in the Tom Clancy novel The Hunt for Red October and the movie based on it. ... Politburo is short for Political Bureau. ... John Terrence Clark (former name John Terrence Kelly) is a fictional character created by Tom Clancy who appears in many of Clancys novels. ... USS Dallas (SSN-700), a Los Angeles-class submarine, is one of two ships of the United States Navy to be named for Dallas, Texas, although another two ships were scheduled but never completed. ...


As Dallas enters Soviet waters, a patrol frigate detects the submarine's presence. Luckily, Marko Ramius, the former captain of Red October, is aboard. He gets on the radio and declares that they are the special-operations submarine Novosibiirsk Komsomolets. Meanwhile, Clark has Gerasimov’s wife and daughter board the submarine via a small Zodiac launch. For the bird, see Frigatebird. ... For other uses of the term, see Special forces (disambiguation). ... Zodiac Group is a a diversified corporation with a worldwide presence and a blue-chip stock specialising in the production of aerosafety systems, aircraft systems, airline equipment, airbags, remote transmissions, boats and swimming pools. ...


At this point, Ryan has successfully flipped Gerasimov, who has seen the writing on the wall, and fetches Filitov from his confinement using his power as the KGB Chairman. They then stop at Sheremetyevo Airport, awaiting the departure of the American delegation. Unfortunately, two security officers are clued into the operation: Major Zarudin, chief of security for the airport, and Sergey Nikolay´ch Golovko, an officer of the KGB’s First Chief Directorate (the “Foreign” Directorate). As the pair pursues Gerasimov and Filitov, Ryan falls from the aircraft to the tarmac, and is taken into custody by an enraged Golovko, who points a gun at ryan's head although the pistol was unloaded this would become a joke bewteen the two in later novels. Ryan orders the plane to depart, banking on his diplomatic status to protect him from harm. Golovko then escorts Ryan to the private dacha of General Secretary Narmonov, where they discuss the CIA's interest in his political position and the CIA's interference in their internal security. Sheremetyevo International Airport (Russian: Шереме́тьево) (IATA: SVO, ICAO: UUEE), is an International airport which serves Moscow, Russia. ... Dacha of Boris Pasternak in Peredelkino. ... The General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (First Secretary in 1953-1966) was the title synonymous with leader of the Soviet Union after Vladimir Lenins death in 1924. ...


The novel ends with Ryan and several others (including the Defense Attaché from the Soviet Embassy) attending the funeral of Filitov, who died of heart complications and old age during his CIA debriefing period. This article is about the armed forces of the Soviet Union. ... Motto: Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь! (Transliterated: Proletarii vsekh stran, soedinyaytes!) Translation: Workers of the world, unite!) Anthem: The Internationale (1922-1944) Hymn of the Soviet Union (1944-1991) Capital (and largest city) Moscow Official languages None; Russian de facto Government Socialist Republic/Federation of Soviet Republics  - Last President Mikhail Gorbachev  - Last Premier Ivan Silayev... A diplomatic mission is a group of people from one nation state present in another nation state to represent the sending state in the receiving State. ... Opened left ventricle of heart shows a thickened, dilated left ventricle with subendocardial fibrosis manifested as increased whiteness of endocardium. ...


Characters in The Cardinal of the Kremlin

Books by Tom Clancy

Fiction:
1980s: The Hunt for Red October | Red Storm Rising | Patriot Games | The Cardinal of the Kremlin | Clear and Present Danger
1990s: The Sum of All Fears | Without Remorse | Debt of Honor | Executive Orders | SSN | Rainbow Six
2000s: The Bear and the Dragon | Red Rabbit | The Teeth of the Tiger
Jack Ryan, (full name Dr. John Patrick Ryan, Lt. ... This article is about the armed forces of the Soviet Union. ... The KGB emblem and motto: The sword and the shield KGB (transliteration of КГБ) is the Russian-language abbreviation for Committee for State Security, (Russian: ; Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti). ... The KGB emblem and motto: The sword and the shield KGB (transliteration of КГБ) is the Russian-language abbreviation for Committee for State Security, (Russian: ; Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti). ... This article concerns the rank and title of Captain. ... Harper Collins 1993 paperback edition The Hunt for Red October, Tom Clancys first novel, was published in 1984. ... The Soviet Navy (Russian: Военно-морской флот СССР, Voyenno-morskoy flot SSSR, literally Naval military forces of the USSR) was the naval arm of the Soviet armed forces. ... John Terrence Clark (former name John Terrence Kelly) is a fictional character created by Tom Clancy who appears in many of Clancys novels. ... Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. ... The Hunt for Red October is Tom Clancys first novel, published in 1984. ... Red Storm Rising is a 1986 techno-thriller novel by Tom Clancy and Larry Bond about a third world war in Europe between NATO and Warsaw Pact forces, set around the mid-1980s, probably in 1986 or 1987. ... Patriot Games (1987) is a book by Tom Clancy. ... Clear and present danger is a term used in the case Schenck v. ... The Sum of All Fears is a best-selling thriller novel by Tom Clancy, and part of the Jack Ryan series. ... Without Remorse is a novel by Tom Clancy set in 1970, in the middle of the Vietnam War. ... Debt of Honor (1994) is a novel by Tom Clancy. ... Executive Orders is a political and military thriller novel by Tom Clancy. ... SSN (1996) is a novel by Tom Clancy following the missions of the US Navy nuclear attack submarine (SSN) USS Cheyenne during a fictional war with China over the Spratly Islands. ... Rainbow Six is a techno-thriller novel written by Tom Clancy. ... The Bear and the Dragon is a political thriller novel by Tom Clancy featuring Jack Ryan. ... Red Rabbit (2002) is a novel by Tom Clancy. ... The Teeth of the Tiger is a 2004 techno-thriller novel by Tom Clancy. ...


Non-fiction:
1990s: Submarine | Armored Cav | Fighter Wing | Marine | Into the Storm | Airborne | Carrier | Every Man a Tiger
2000s: Special Forces | Shadow Warriors | Battle Ready
Marine is a book written by Tom Clancy. ... Every Man a Tiger is Tom Clancys second book in his study of command series. ... Shadow Warriors Inside the Special Forces a non-fiction book written by Tom Clancy with help from General Carl Stiner (Ret. ...


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Kremlin: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (972 words)
It is bounded on the south by the Moscow River and Kremlin quay, on the east by Red Square with Lenin's tomb, the Moscow Historical Museum, and St. Basil's Cathedral, and on the west and south by the old Alexander Gardens.
Along the Kremlin walls are large palaces, including the 15th-century Granovitaya Palata (the throne and banquet hall of the czars); the 19th-century Oruzheinaya Palata (Armory), built as a museum for crowns, scepters, thrones, costumes, and armor; and the 19th-century Grand Palace (Rus.
The Kremlin's architectural history may be divided into the three periods: the wooden Kremlin (founded in the 13th cent.), the Italian Renaissance Kremlin, and the modern Kremlin begun by Catherine the Great in the 18th cent.
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