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"Rainbow Six" By Tom Clancy Essay

1200 words - 5 pages

It isn't often that a writer can script many lengthy novels using the same characters. Often the books themselves are rather short, or have certain shortcomings. Tom Clancy is proof that it is possible. Writing many best-selling thousand-page novels, often with the same characters, at different times in their lives. Four of his novels have even put screenplays into movies, and one even has a video game bases on it. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six is an action packed novel, full of researched situations and realistic conflicts molded into a plot. If one were to follow all of Tom Clancy's books chronologically they would discover that most are based on a character named, Jack Ryan, in this book Jack Ryan has become the U.S. President and takes the role of a secondary character. Another popular character in Tom Clancy's novels is John Clark, who is the primary character in Rainbow Six. 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 organization, this is due to its international nature. Rainbow was a 'black' organization, 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 organizations around the world making the elite 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 (who has also been a military hero in a few of Clancy's books) was a simulated captain and was the leader of the second counter-terrorism.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. Clancy's books that are often known as 'ryanverse' directly or...

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