Rainbow Six – Tom Clancy

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When terrorists begin attacking various targets around the world, the elite Rainbow task force is activated to stop them. Made up of mercenaries¬†from the U.S., U.K., Israel and Germany, Rainbow successfully battles the villans and eventually uncovers the true motive behind these seemingly unrelated acts of violence. I was reluctant to add a Tom Clancy novel to my 2014 reading list because I remembered my husband telling me that Clancy could take two pages to describe a bomb going off or a safe being cracked. I figured that with that much technical detail, his characters would be short on depth but I was wrong. Each one, whether protagonist or antagonist is multifaceted; Ding Chavez tries to reconcile the dangers of his job with impending fatherhood, John Clarke is faced with aging out of a young man’s work, and even the antagonists wrestle with their consciences when they realize the true extent of their leaders’ plans.¬† Considering we’re used to seeing action heroes¬†completely obliterate the villans in a haze of gunfire and smoke, Clancy’s solution to the terrorist threat is brilliant. I won’t spoil it but it’s devious and doesn’t involve violence. Though there were a few parts I skipped due to their technicality, Rainbow Six was far more character driven than I expected and was an enjoyable action/thriller.

4 1/2 stars out of 5 (due to the few parts I skipped)