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Unhealthy crisis day at Midlands hospital; BOOKS REVIEW.

IT starts out as just another routine day at a Hereford hospital... until a desperate gang of IRA Ira, in the Bible
Ira (ī`rə), in the Bible.

1 Chief officer of David.


3 Two of David's guard.
IRA, abbreviation
 gunmen march in and start taking hostages.

Among those held at gunpoint are a very pregnant American doctor and her mother, who just happens to be a nurse in the same department.

The plan is to lure the men from the nearby SAS (1) (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, A software company that specializes in data warehousing and decision support software based on the SAS System. Founded in 1976, SAS is one of the world's largest privately held software companies. See SAS System.  base into a deadly ambush - and it almost works.

Believe it or not, the best Special Forces team in the world fails to notice three large Volvo trucks Volvo Trucks (sv: Volvo Lastvagnar), a Swedish truck manufacturer, owned by Volvo, is the World's second largest heavy-duty truck brand. Founded in 1927, in 2006 Volvo Trucks employed about 35,000 people around the world.  parked incongruously nearby.

The bad guys hidden inside open fire and a serious gunfight follows as the black-clad troopers struggle to get control of the blood-soaked battlefield.

The murderous assault on Hereford is the centrepiece of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six This article is about the Rainbow Six franchise. For the first video game in the franchise, see Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six (video game). For the novel with the same name, see Rainbow Six (novel).  (Michael Joseph, pounds 16.99) - a starring role that the Midlands town could probably do without.

As recent tragic events in Omagh and Nairobi have reminded us, the real world is very different from Clancy-land.

Clancy has made a reputation as the world's biggest-selling thriller writer, with books like The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Executive Orders and Clear and Present Danger, and a string of movies starring Harrison Ford as his hero Jack Ryan Jack Ryan may refer to:
  • Jack Ryan (Senate candidate) (born c. 1960), former candidate for United States Senator from Illinois and ex-husband of actress Jeri Ryan
  • Jack Ryan (designer) (1926–1991), Zsa Zsa Gabor's 6th husband

This time we have CIA CIA: see Central Intelligence Agency.

(1) (Confidentiality Integrity Authentication) The three important concerns with regards to information security. Encryption is used to provide confidentiality (privacy, secrecy).
 "spook" John Clark leading a new multi-national unit called Rainbow - presumably pre·sum·a·ble  
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster.
 as part of Bill Clinton's recently declared international war against terrorism. It is in Hereford because this is where the SAS have their base.

But the key players are all American, which is presumably what Clancy's audience expects.

The team is called out to deal with an series of terrorist incidents involving German, French and Basque terrorists, including a raid on a theme park full of children.

A sinister ex-KGB man is pulling the strings but is there a pattern? You bet!

It all leads back to a group of environmental nutcases in America, led by a wealthy businessman, who plan to murder most of the world's population in order to give the planet back to Mother Nature.

"It's like something from a bad movie," says one of his characters, with unconscious irony.

But how often does a worldwide best selling author decide to set the action here in the Midlands?

Clancy obviously likes everything from our newspapers, good manners, breakfast habits and countryside, although some people will be surprised to learn that his Yanks find our hospitals over-staffed.

Clancy throws in everything that gives us nightmares - fundamentalism, fanaticism Fanaticism
See also Extremism.


various sects preaching a return to life before the fall. [Christian Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 8]


Moslem murder teams used hashish as stimulus (11th and 12th centuries).
, terrorism, chemical and biological warfare biological warfare, employment in war of microorganisms to injure or destroy people, animals, or crops; also called germ or bacteriological warfare. Limited attempts have been made in the past to spread disease among the enemy; e.g.  - plus supermen who can shoot out a gnat's eye and lots of hi-tech gadgetry gadg·et·ry  
1. Gadgets considered as a group.

2. The design or construction of gadgets.

Noun 1. gadgetry - appliances collectively; "laborsaving gadgetry"

Yet it seems long, slow, rather leaden and distinctly unscary. No doubt it will be different when the inevitable movie is made.

Iknew Jacqueline Du Pre only as the spectacularly gifted musician who made a recording of the Elgar Cello concerto like no other.

But when she died in 1987 it felt as if I had lost a personal friend.

Her death came at the end of a long struggle with the multiple sclerosis that cruelly cut short her career at the height of her powers.

Now I know a great deal more about her extraordinary life thanks to A Genius in the Family - Jacqueline Du Pre (Vintage pounds 7.99), an intimate memoir written by her brother Piers and sister Hilary.

Candid, honest and intensely human, this is a story that only a family can tell.

To the English, bulighting is the unacceptable face of Spain but, every year, thousands of tourists are lured to watch a sport that is loathsome and yet fatally fascinating.

Eamonn O'Neill went to Spain to look into a world where young men risk their lives in a bid for fame and fortune and where many animals die in the most brutal of circumstances.

The result is Matador matador

In bullfighting, the principal performer, who works the capes and attempts to dispatch the bull with a sword thrust between the shoulder blades. Most of the techniques used by modern matadors were established in the 1910s by Juan Belmonte (b. 1894–d.
 (Mainstream, pounds 15.99), a journey through what he calls the "indefensible but irresistible" sport, taking in young hopefuls, veterans, aficionados and the madness of Pamplona where anyone can run with the bulls.

This highly readable book at least tries to peep into the soul of Spain, even if it doesn't find many answers in the great morality versus cultural tradition debate.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 30, 1998
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