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Rainbow Six [Mass Market Paperback]

Tom Clancy
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Sept. 6 2004 Jack Ryan (Book 9)
Over the course of nine novels, Tom Clancy's genius for big, compelling plots and his natural narrative gift (The New York Times Magazine) have mesmerized hundreds of millions of readers and established him as one of the preeminent storytellers of our time. Rainbow Six, however, goes beyond anything he has done before.

At its heart is John Clark, the ex-Navy SEAL of Without Remorse and well-known from several of Clancy's novels as "the dark side of Jack Ryan," the man who conducts the secret operational missions Ryan can have no part of. Whether hunting warlords in Japan, druglords in Colombia, or nuclear terrorists in the United States, Clark is efficient and deadly, but even he has ghosts in his past, demons that must be exorcised. And nothing is more demonic than the peril he must face in Rainbow Six: a group of terrorists like none the world has ever encountered before, a band of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on this earth as we know it. It is Tom Clancy's most shocking story ever--and closer to reality than any government would care to admit.

As Clancy takes us through the twists and turns of Rainbow Six, he blends the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his hallmarks with intricate plotting, knife-edge suspense, and a remarkable cast of characters. This is Clancy at his best--and there is none better.

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For many readers, Jack Ryan embodies the essence of the modern American hero. Morally centered, disciplined, humble yet powerful, Ryan (and his onscreen incarnations in Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford) has made Tom Clancy one of the most popular writers in the world. But as Clancy has constructed the Ryan mythology, he has quietly established Ryan's shadow double, John Clark. Appearing in The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Clear and Present Danger, and Without Remorse, Clark has many of Jack Ryan's most appealing traits, but he is also a darker figure embodying the more paranoid sensibilities of the late '90s. As is made clear from the opening pages of Rainbow Six, ex-Navy SEAL Clark and his colleagues believe violent, deadly force to be the best deterrent for terrorism.

Clark (a.k.a. Rainbow Six) has left the CIA to create an England-based organization code-named "Rainbow." Its mission: deploy an elite squad of American operatives combined with handpicked British, French, and German agents to stop terrorism in its tracks. Rainbow's emergence could not be more timely: in quick succession, the force diffuses three attempted terrorist actions. But Clark becomes suspicious when Russian agents suddenly show interest in Rainbow's work.

Rainbow Six appeals on all the levels that Clancy fans could hope for. The Rainbow operatives, from Navy SEALs to German mountain-leader school graduates, are rendered to inspire with their physical and mental prowess. The book is infatuated with the latest gadgets for scrambling, transmitting, and decoding secrets. And, in a carefully woven narrative that simultaneously traces the Rainbow team, a former KGB agent named Popov, the Australian Olympic security team, and a sinister group of American scientists, Clancy artfully reveals the mystery of "Shiva" at the center of the novel. How does Clark measure up against Jack Ryan? He may be the perfect hero for a world with hidden villains. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Two years ago, Executive Orders, which thrust Jack Ryan into the Oval Office, raised the bar for its immensely popular author. This first Clancy hardcover since then, though a ripping read, matches its predecessor neither in complexity nor intensity nor even, at 752 pages, length, despite a strong premise and some world-class action sequences. Instead of everyman Ryan, its lead is the more shadowed John Clark, the ex-Navy SEAL vigilante of Without Remorse who has appeared in several Ryan adventures. Clark now heads Rainbow Six, an international special-ops anti-terrorist strike force?and, despite the novelty of the conceit, that's a problem, as the profusion of protagonists, though sharply drawn (including, most notably, "Ding" Chavez, Clark's longtime protege), deprives the book of the sort of strong central character that has given Clancy's previous novels such heart. The story opens vigorously if arbitrarily, with an attempted airline hijacking foiled by Clark and Chavez, who happen to be on the plane. After that action sequence, the duo and others train at Rainbow Headquarters outside London, then leap into the fray against terrorists who have seized a bank in Bern, Switzerland. And so the pattern of the narrative is set: action sequence, interlude, action sequence, interlude, etc., giving it the structure and pace of a computer game. A major subplot involving bioterrorism that evolves into an overarching plotline syncopates that pattern, though Clancy's choice of environmentalists as his prime villains will strike some readers as odd. All of Clancy's fans, however, will revel in the writer's continued mastery at action writing; Rainbow's engagements, which occupy the bulk of the novel, are immensely suspenseful, breathtaking combos of expertly detailed combat and primal emotion. While not Clancy's best, then, his 10th hardcover will catapult to the top of bestseller lists?and for good reason. Two million first printing; $1 million ad/promo; simultaneous Random Audio and Red Storm Entertainment computer game; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic? June 22 2010
You have heard of Tom Clancy, perhaps Rainbow Six. This is the book that some claim to have propelled him into the arena.

A very well written, entertaining, enjoyable book. Fictional novel can be compared to true operations without the fan fair of course.

Although written more than 10 years ago - still worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book rocks Dec 13 2005
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read of the many reviews of this book and no matter what the opinion. This book inspired me to enjoy reading books again, it is sometimes hard to find something that truly grabs your attentiion. I could not put the book down, wherever and whenever I could read it I would. This is some of his best work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better then the games March 10 2005
By Ghosty
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this book is better then the rainbow six games.
the plot i gripping from the prologue the hijacking of a plane to the ending sequencce where the bad guys suffer a most unpleasant death. yes it is a little bit long but the pages go buy rapdily especially when team rainbow is out in the field doing their stuff. the description and detail put into the weapons characters everything is amazing and i felt hatred towards the man in charage of the scheme.
tom did it again...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Book Feb. 28 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought the book was great, Some of the reviews considered the book too discriptive. I personly like the fact that every detail is explained and history given. I learned quite a bit from the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading!!! Oct. 28 2004
Whether you are new or old to this type of novel it is one to enjoy. Although in the above review on error exists. Mr Clark is known to the rest of the team as Six. If you read the novel they talk on the radios and the team refers to itself as "Rainbow", John Clark refers to himself as "Six". The novel is a range of highs and lows. The book is well written. If you think you would enjoy reading the novel as I thought, buy the hardcover version. It is worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly a page-turner July 13 2004
I very much enjoyed reading this book. After reading "Without Remorse", I picked up this book and rarely put it down. I would recommend this book to any reader, especially those who enjoy the action portions of Clancy books more than the political.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clancy's finest work in years! July 11 2004
In RAINBOW SIX, we see the return of John Clark as the lead character in a typical heavy, meaningful plot that Clancy has done on a level above any other author for many years. The theme of the book, and the video games that have followed, is a multinational counter-terrorism unit called Rainbow, with John Clark running the show. One reviewer stated that this is the typical "Americans are the best..." plot, but it's really not. Rainbow is formed by members of several countries, including the United States, England, Germany, and Israel. It's not just a United States dominated unit.
From the opening pages on, Clancy paints a brilliant picture of life on Earth in a post-9/11 world...and then you realize that this book was written and published in 1998! The ability that Clancy has shown to be ahead of his time in his plots is just another example of his brilliance. This is reflected again in an earlier Clancy novel, DEBT OF HONOR, from 1996, where in the climax we read through a scene frighteningly similar to the events of 9/11/01. RAINBOW SIX, while thick at 740 pages, is really a fast read. Clancy interweaves multiple storylines and more than a handful of characters into an overall story that truly has you thinking about the world around you by the time you finish. With action sequence after action sequence, the book rarely hits a lull and keeps you enthralled to the point that you're disappointed to set it down. One nice part of it all is that the book shows that there are left-wing extremist crazy people out there too...all the insane ones aren't right-wingers as most in the media will lead you to believe.
Great books make you think. With that in mind, RAINBOW SIX is a great book by one of the greatest authors of our time. Now...let's get that movie into production.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was a top-notch thriller offered by Clancy as it focused more on the "darker side of Jack Ryan," ex-Navy Seal, John Clark. A "black" operation known as Rainbow is formed in response to fighting terrorism throughout the Globe with their headquarters in Europe. Their biggest challenge is to prevent an extremely wealthy maniacal individual, with extremist positions on preserving the environment, from committing one of the biggest terrorist acts in the history of mankind.
In my opinion, Popov, former KGB who works closely with this doctor, is one of the most interesting complex characters Clancy has created.
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