Rainbow Six Hardcover – Aug 3 1998
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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.
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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.
Also, Clancy seems to lack a sense of imagination when it comes to naming his characters. There are four people in this story alone that have the first name of John. Also, his other famous character, Jack Ryan, is named John, Jack being a nickname. In his other book, Patriot Games, John Clark (Kelly) is not present, but a man with the last name Clark is there also. Also in Patriot Games and Rainbow Six, both of the leading Irish terrorists are named Sean. A little repetitive, isn't it? One other is the name Ryan. In Without Remorse, there is a policeman with the last name Ryan (maybe Clancy missed his Jack Ryan and had to put in another one to remind himself of it, i don't know). Though it may not be that important, it still shows Clancy's lack of creativity.
The basic premise is that a group of self-styled defenders of Mother Earth are conspiring to restore her to her pristine, unsullied state by eliminating the chief cause of her defilement -- humanity. They will do this by developing and deploying an ultravirulent bioagent designed to render mankind extinct -- except for themselves and a few "chosen". These will be immunized with an appropriate vaccine, and will whether the storm in a "biodome" type of facility. After the cycle of bio-death has run its course, they will emerge to rebuild humanity and civilization "as it was meant to be", in an environmentally sound and sensitive way.
These goings-on just happen to coincide with the assembly of a multinational force of special ops experts built around John Clark, with Domingo "Ding" Chavez (of "Clear and Present Danger" fame) as the XO and senior field operative. This organization, known as "Rainbow", will fill the gaps in counterterrorism efforts of other individual nations by providing an integrated rapid-response team with all the necessary jurisdictional and diplomatic details hammered out in advance.Read more ›
The good points of this book is the action and close inspection to detail. The details in this story are really accurate and you can tell that the writer researched his information well. Another point that is good is his style of writing. You aren't just reading from the perspective of the anti-terrorist group or from the terrorists, you get a view from both sides.
Some points that I didn't really like is how it gets confusing at some points. I read this book before and I didn't understand some of the things because its very military. But after enlisting into the military and learned a lot I read this again and I understood it a lot better.
I would recommend this book to anyone that is into action books or military books. It is a good read and it will keep you entertained the whole time you read it. Although some points of the story are confusing the book is generally an easy read.
Most recent customer reviews
Great read, fast paced, excellent plot....would highly recommend for all Tom Clancy fans!!Published 12 months ago by Bingirl
I've always loved Tom Clancy and his style. This is a classic.Published 20 months ago by p.d. Marshall
You have heard of Tom Clancy, perhaps Rainbow Six. This is the book that some claim to have propelled him into the arena. Read morePublished on June 22 2010 by Chris J. Collins
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... Read morePublished on Dec 13 2005
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... Read more
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2005 by Mark W Metott Jr
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2004 by Austin Wright
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