I have read exactly one of the late Tom Clancy’s novels in my life. I didn’t even realize it was part of a larger universe until writing this review. I know there have been several movies and series based on books by Tom Clancy, but I think I’ve only seen The Hunt for Red October. Seems strange now, given that I liked Rainbow Six so much I bought it!
Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark has been named the head of Rainbow, an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. In a trial by fire, Clark is confronted with a violent chain of seemingly separate international incidents. But there is no way to predict the real threat: a group of terrorists like none the world has ever encountered, a band of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.
The book is on my desk right now as a result of the little writing “rules” experiment I ran the other day. I don’t think I have anything else more “bestseller” on my bookshelves than Mr. Clancy, so he was a good one to include in the analysis. And yes, it has both “-ly” and “-ing” words on the first page.
This felt like I feel a good sci-fi should read, even though I recognize it isn’t in that genre. There’s a lot of science though, and it is so important it threatens all humanity. I loved the sense of “this could really happen,” which is both compelling and frightening. More sci-fi needs to be this good.
I also enjoyed it for the sense of epic-ness present. I love a good epic fantasy, and this had many of the same elements I enjoy in those. Minus the swords and dragons, of course. Though there is a pretty awesome castle scene!
If you’ve never read Tom Clancy before, I recommend this book. Now that I’ve revisited it, I think I’ll add more of his titles to my “want to read” list on goodreads.
Questions for You!
Have you read this book? What did you think?
What book(s) should I read next?