Who was Johnnie Rainbow?THRUSH's alliance with an international criminal mastermind must be prevented - but can Illya and Napoleon find Johnnie Rainbow in time?...
|Title||:||The Rainbow Affair|
|Format Type||:||mass market paperback|
|Number of Pages||:||157 Pages|
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The Rainbow Affair Reviews
Out of all the books in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. series, this one was probably my favorite so far! It was well-written with interesting characters and entertaining to boot! It was no. 13 in the series andthe writing had probably hit its stride. Worth reading!
This is the first Man From UNCLE novel I've read, so I can't weigh it against the others in the series. However, it is the entry in the series that comes the most highly recommended by my friends who love, as I do, the concept of fictional characters from different franchises co-existing in the same world. Fans of Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Family concept or Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic books will equally enjoy this UNCLE adventure in which Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin meet a plethora of British spy and detective types, including (but not always identified by name) Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Father Brown, John Steed & Emma Peel, and Simon Templar. There are even a few scenes with the notorious Doctor Fu Manchu. Readers who love picking out veiled (and not-so-veiled) references such as these will get extra enjoyment out of the book.It's been a long time since I've seen any episodes of the television series (although this book prompted me to buy the Complete Series on dvd recently), but both Solo and Kuryakin and their boss Mister Waverly seem entirely in character throughout the book.It's a breezy read, fun and fast-moving. The Affair is not an especially complicated one: locate the man responsible for planning The Great Train Robbery among other crimes, a man who does not want to be found and who does not want his autonomy compromised by organizations like UNCLE and THRUSH, and bring him to justice or at least convince him not to partner with THRUSH. There are a few cute turns of events but nothing especially surprising.
Dave NcDaniel was the best of the writers contracted for this series, and he always took pains to pay homage to other great pulp heroes (and villains) of literature. Nowhere is that more apparent, or so well executed, as in this book. Although they are never mentioned by name, there is no doubt that our intrepid UNCLE agents cross paths with Dr Fu Manchu, the Saint, Steed and Mrs Peel, Sherlock Holmes, Bulldog Drummond and other luminaries. An average reader will find this a well-written and exciting adventure story, but for the reader well versed in the "literature of the sensational" it will be so much more.
This novel is one step up from a fan-fic; The Saint, Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Fu Manchu, 007 and other famous British detective novel characters make an appearance. This really isn't a book about U.N.C.L.E., and everyone's favorite spying duo are pretty much just the premise for McDaniel to get paid to write a fan-fic with his favorite literary characters.
The most fun of the Man From UNCLE tie in books, it fails to take the TV series seriously at all, introducing a large number of characters from other fiction (from Sherlock Holmes, John Steed and Father Brown to Neddie Seagoon - not all having their original names). They aid Napoleon and Ilya in their search across southern England for master criminal Johnny Rainbow.
Brief cameos from Steed and Emma Peel, more blatant ones from an elderly Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple, among others, and I might have spotted a kind of retrospective mention of Jeeves and Wooster. That’s not to mention Stonehenge getting a look-in, and a mysterious island off the coast that wouldn’t go amiss in a Famous Five book. This is a great, fun read from a good Uncle writer.
Excellent book adaptation of the TV series. Great spy adventure book. This is how the CIA and FBI should operate. Recommended