book, like Without Remorse, is centered
around John Clark, an ex-Navy SEAL who is a CIA operative. Clark
gets an idea to form a super secret multi-national anti-terrorism
squad to be code-named "Rainbow". As the commander
of this group, Clark is known as "Rainbow Six". Clark
takes Ding Chavez along with operators from around the World (primarily
NATO countries, however) and forms the group in Britain at the headquarters
of the SAS. Almost as soon as the group is formed, three terrorist
acts occur. From there, the plot begins to weave between Russia,
the United States, and Australia but ends in a rain forest in Brazil.
The Prologue chapter to the book was posted by Barnes & Noble
and Amazon.com. Only the Amazon.com page is still available: here.
The following summary was written by Jack Stone, a 15 year old in
England. It is one of the better I have seen particularly for
Jack being 15. Because Jack is a minor, I have not included
his email address in the FAQ.
'Rainbow Six' is the ninth book in Tom Clancy's
series known as 'ryanverse' (Books which directly or indirectly involve
the character 'Jack Ryan'). 'Rainbow Six' was first published in 1998
and is Clancy's latest bestseller. Clancy is regarded as one of the
world's best techno-thriller writers due to his gripping narrative
ability and his advanced knowledge of his subject matter. The book
describes the actions of a new multi-national, anti-terrorist group
set up by a coalition of governments to fight against the threat of
international terrorism. The name of this group was 'Rainbow' , chosen
by John Clark the head of the organisation, due to its international
nature. Rainbow was a 'black' organisation, meaning it officially
did not exist, the controlling governments would deny any knowledge
of it. Rainbow was formed to deal with the ever-increasing threat
of terrorism. Formed from the top anti-terrorist operatives from the
organisations around the world making the élite unit known as Rainbow.
Based in Hereford, England, the home of the British Army's 22nd Special
Air Service Regiment.
John Clark, head of Rainbow, a simulated
Brigadier was now entering his fifties after serving in the Navy Seals
in the Vietnam War, and several years working on deniable operations
for the CIA. He was now living with his wife on the base at Hereford;
the rest of the team had similar living arrangements. For most of
his life Clark was on the front line, always in the middle of the
action, now he considered himself, with regret, a 'suit', a 'REMF'
(A derogatory term used to describe someone who is in a rear echelon
of a military hierarchy). He was dismayed that he would no longer
'run with the dogs'. Clark's son-in-law Ding Chavez was a simulated
captain and was the leader of Team Two. He was married to Clark's
daughter who was pregnant with their first child. Chavez was of Spanish
descent and was born in a poor part of Los Angeles.
Clancy's books are unique in that they follow
on from each other, not directly but Clancy has created an entire
history through his books. Events in his earlier books directly affect
what happens in his most recent books, characters reappear and events
from previous works are mentioned in other books. John Clark was the
star of the first book and since then it has 'evolved' through several
other books into the character in 'Rainbow Six'. Several other characters
from earlier books reappear to join Rainbow along with a few new characters.
As mentioned before Clancy's books known as 'ryanverse' directly or
indirectly involve Jack Ryan. In 'Rainbow Six' he is mentioned only
indirectly as the president of the USA.
Clancy is known as a 'techno-thriller' writer
for a specific reason, he is meticulously detailed in his description
of the weapons, equipment and tactics of the team. His description
shows his vast knowledge of the running of military organisations
and special weapons and tactics. His style of writing appeals not
only to those who are interested in the technical side of modern espionage
and warfare but it also appeals to those who enjoy reading a good
thriller. " "Okay, let's do it," Pierce called in a
raspy voice, and with that he tightened his grip on the MP-10, centered
the target on the sights, and squeezed the trigger gently. The immediate
result was the gentle puff-puff-puff sound of the three shots, the
somewhat louder metallic sound of the cycling of the submachine gun's
action, and then the impact of all three rounds on the target." Clancy's
attention to detail is an important part in creating the air of authenticity
that surrounds his books.
The story line is multi-stranded and each
strand seems totally unrelated at first but as the book continues
the reader begins to see connections between each strand until they
eventually come together. Throughout the book there was excitement
and also a will to read on and learn more about the characters. There
were points in the book where there was a build up of tension followed
by an exciting scene but the ending of the book lacked the excitement
and tension found in the rest of the book, the climax almost let the
rest of the book down. However the gripping realism of the book made
up for the somewhat disappointing ending. The realistic and gripping
description of the action scenes in 'Rainbow Six ' stayed in my mind.
Learning about the characters was another part of the book that I
enjoyed, as always in Clancy's books the description of characters
makes you want to read on and discover more about these people. 'Rainbow
Six' was compelling reading as it was authentic and full of suspense.
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