The Hunt for Red October is a 1984 novel by Tom Clancy. The story follows the intertwined adventures of Soviet submarine captain Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius and CIA analyst Jack Ryan. The novel was originally published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press_one of their first fictional works ever published, and still their most successful. The book is inspired by the failed mutiny on board the Storozhevoy by Valery Sablin in 1975; however, the military response depicted in the novel is likely from events surrounding the sinking and subsequent salvaging of K-129. It is claimed that the prototype of Marko Ramius is a Lithuanian Jonas Pleskys who in 1961 took his submarine to Gotland (Sweden) instead of the planned destination of Tallinn.