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Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy
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Aug 01, 09

bookshelves: popular-fiction, terrorism
Read in July, 2009

Another serving of jinjoism and macho pablum from Tom Clancy. This book is essentially a sequeal to Without Remorse, and very similar thematically to that book. It features the same main character, John Clark and includes a bunch of revenge killing by a group of amoral special forces soldiers. This doesn't so much illustrate the ambiguity of military violence though, since all the characters seem to be unable to reflect on their actions and instead mouth idiot platitudes about serving God and country.

The plot, if you care, revolves around a bunch of eco-terrorists that plan to wipe out the world with the ebola virus, to return to a state of nature. Lame. This is the second novel in a row by Clancy where characters try to spread the ebola virus to an unsuspecting population. Clancy's characters are impossible to tell apart and no "good guy" is ever killed or injured except for a couple of minor characters.

Nonetheless, this book is better than Executive Orders. For one thing, it's shorter (though still over 900 pages). It's also got the ideological nonsense toned down somewhat, though it's still present way too much. I guess the reason it gets two stars instead of one is that the hostage situations that occur in the first half of the book do generate some tension. But it's really useless to review Clancy at this point; you know if you like to read this stuff and know more or less what you're getting yourself into. As far as Clancy books go, this one seems to fall right about in the middle of the pack.
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