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Ex-Marine and historian Jack Ryan is on a working vacation with his wife and daughter when he witnesses Irish terrorists attack the Prince and Princess of Wales. Ryan springs into action and kills one terrorist and captures the other. Ryan is hailed as a hero, but soon finds himself a target of the Ulster Liberation Army. In particular, Sean Miller, the terroris he captured.
Tropes Applying to the Book
- Ascended Extra: Robby Jackson was a minor view point character in The Hunt for Red October, but here he is revealed to be one of Ryan’s closest friends and allies.
- Black Best Friend: Robby.
- The Chessmaster: Kevin O’Donnell.
- Deadpan Snarker: Dan Murray and Ryan.
- Dumb Muscle: Eamon “Ned” Clark.
- Face Death with Dignity: Inspector Bob Highland faces being held at gunpoint by Miller and O’Donnell by refusing to give them satisfaction. He survives, but has to relearn how to walk.
- Hero of Another Story: FBI Agent Ed Donoho seems to be the protagonist of a drama.
- The Mentor Sergeant-Major Breckinridge tries to serve as one to Ryan about guns, and seems to serve as one for Sergeant Cummings.
- Scary Black Man: Alex.
- Ungrateful Bastard. Miller is saved from Prison Rape by Highland, yet makes sure to shoot him in the gut during his escape because he believes Highland orchestrated it.
Tropes Applying to the Film
- Adaptational Villainy: Sean Miller is even crazier and more violent than he is in the book.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the book, Miller hated Ryan because he ruined his perfect record of missions. Here, it’s because Ryan killed his brother.
- Adaptational Wimp: Dennis Cooley.
- Death by Adaptation: Highland, Ned Clark, Cooley, and Miller.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Paddy O’Neil is disgusted by the attack on Ryan’s family.
- Face Death with Dignity: Highland, as in the book. Here, however, he doesn’t make it.