This book was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in New York, USA.
Copyright date is 1998. There are 740 pages in this book.
Thomas L. Clancy, Jr. was born on the 12th of April 1947, he is married
and lives in Maryland, USA. Clancy’s novels can be classified as
Military-Techno-Thrillers. He has written fiction and non-fiction books,
Rainbow Six is a fiction book. As for other titles, well there are just
to many to list, in total 23. Some books that he has written are The
Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, to list a
few. According to Clancy “Rainbow Six, is one of my all time
The book starts with a prologue that introduces us to the one main
character, John Clark, an ex-Navy SEAL, and two other characters,
Alistair Stanley the executive commander of Rainbow Six, and Domingo
(Ding) Chavez, the Captain of Team 2. There are two other insignificant
character introduced, Clark’s wife Sandy and his daughter Patsy, who is
married to Ding. Patsy is pregnant. The other main character is Dmitriy
Arkadeyevich Popov, he is an ex-KGB agent who is now working as a
special consultant’. He will become very important later on in the
Clark is the commander and in charge of starting a new European
anti-terrorist group called Rainbow Six. Rainbow Six is split into two
teams; Team 1 and Team 2. These teams are the best there is. They are
based in Hereford, England, but any European country can call on them at
any time. They run 3 miles in 20 minutes every morning at 6:00 am. Only
one team will be on-call at a time. The team that is not on-call will
be doing live fire practices. In the first 6 months of being in
operation they are called on three times which is a lot for this type of
thing. The first incident happens in a Swiss bank where terrorists have
taken control. They also have hostages. Team 2 successfully takes them
out, with only one hostage killed, but he is killed before they had
gotten there. The first mission helps them organize themselves and fix
a few holes in their planning.
The second mission is in Germany. An international trader is taken
hostage in his mansion/castle. This mission goes well too, thanks to
the snipers. No hostage deaths, but all the terrorists are killed.
After this mission is over they realize they should have a helicopter
and pilot on the team, this is done. The last mission that they are
called on in the book is in Spain, in a huge amusement park. Earlier on
in the book we hear a conversation in a french high security jail, with
the Jackal and his lawyer. The Jackal tells his lawyer he is sick of
being in jail and to call his friends and they would know what to do.
The terrorists at the amusement park are well prepared, but not well
enough to take on the Rainbow Six team. They take 30 children hostage,
and demand for the Jackal and several other prisoners release. One of
the major things that goes awary for the terrorists is that the Rainbow
six have a program that would disable all cellular phones. They vary
phones that the terrorists are using to communicate, with each other.
Once their communication is out Rainbow Six easily takes them out one by
one. They then take out the large group. Only one child is killed.
The terrorists do this killing to show they are serious. One terrorist
goes outside and takes a child that is in a wheelchair and shoots her in
the back. The team just had to sit there and watch. If they had
interrupted, they know more children will die.
In the meantime while this is happening, Popov, the ex-KGB agent now
freelance is hired by an American. Popov is hired to get people to do
the job in Switzerland, the bank taking, and the taking of the
international trader in Germany. The person that has hired him is the
president of a multi-national pharmaceutical company, that has access to
and deals with extremely deadly viruses, he is extremely wealthy. Lets
call him the Boss (sorry forgot his name). Popov has nothing to do with
the hostage taking of the children in Spain, that was the Jackal. Popov
is living in New York will he is organizing these jobs and flies back
and forth from Europe to organize them. After all