Summary of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six

Topics: Tom Clancy, Hostage, Terrorism Pages: 8 (1507 words) Published: October 8, 1999
Tom Clancy

Rainbow Six

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...
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