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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Abridged edition (12 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449009548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449009543
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 15.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since the publication of The Hunt for Red October, Tom Clancy has established an unrivalled position as the world's leading thriller writer, with a string of million-selling novels and three major Hollywood films to his name. He is also the author of SSN and the non-fiction books Submarine, Armoured Warfare, Fighter Wing and Marine.

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For many readers, Jack Ryan embodies the essence of the modern American hero. Morally centred, 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 while Clancy has constructed the Ryan mythology, he has also quietly established his 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 nineties. 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 organisation 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 centre 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tom Clancy is the world's number one author of political thrillers. His bestselling books include THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, DEBT OF HONOUR, EXECUTIVE ORDERS and THE BEAR AND THE DRAGON. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By graemefowler@hotmail.com on 1 Mar 2002
Format: Paperback
While Tom Clancy may be best known for his Jack Ryan series of novels, he has shown that he can easily translate his skills over to a more action-orientated novel. For some, a Jack Ryan novel may be a little heavy in detail sometimes but the action is always brilliantly written. With Rainbow Six, we are given further insight into the characters of John Clark and Domingo Chavez, who will be familiar to readers of Clancy as being Jack Ryan's 'action men' in the CIA. With this new anti-terroist team 'Rainbow' we have an international team of men all the best within their field. British, Germans and Americans altogether. While there is the main plot-line running in the background (now even more frightening given recent events), 'Rainbow' are assigned other missions - and with these the pace and description is sheer genius. The incident at the Spanish theme park is fantastic - totally against the norm, yet shows the human nature of the characters we are presented with. While I am a great fan of the Jack Ryan series, I would dearly love to read another Rainbow Six novel. Are you listenning Mr. Clancy?!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Waynee the poo on 18 Oct 2005
Format: Paperback
"Rainbow Six" was written by Tom Clancy and was published in 1999. Tom Clancy specialises in Political Thriller novels and has a vast knowledge of general military procedures and tactics due to his military heritage, which he effectively shows in all of his books. He has written many novels (more than 10) and some of his books have been made into film (The Hunt For Red October, The Sum Of All Fears,). They are so realistic that you actually feel that the events described in his books could actually happen in reality. He can describe in perfect detail and change the pace of the book nearly instantaneously, adding action, creating suspense and a tense atmosphere that makes you want to keep reading.
"Rainbow Six" is a book about an extraordinary group of the best counter-terrorist operatives in the world. They are hand picked agents from the USA, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, and are led by and ex-Navy Seal called John Clark. He is US president Jack Ryan's first choice when it comes to covert counter-terrorist missions. The team is based in Hereford, U.K, where they live with their families and train every day, to make themselves even better at taking down a big problem fast. Life seems easy and everything is going fine until a terrorist cell takes a Swiss bank under siege. They quickly assemble Team 1 and Team 2 and take out the threat. Too easy, lots of mistakes were made by the terrorists. A Russian mobster named Popov becomes interested in the group. Then a spate of more attacks happen. A stately home. A theme park full of children. The Hereford base. The connections are unclear, but something more sinister is at hand...
In my opinion, Rainbow Six is an excellent novel with an intricate plot, precise descriptions and surprising twists. I would recommend it to everybody.
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By A Customer on 13 Sep 1999
Format: Paperback
My living room bookcase is dominated by the hardcover versions of all of Tom Clancy's books. I'm a fan. But I'm afraid this one just doesn't quite make it. Sure, all the technothriller buttons are pushed, but for some reason this book fails to deliver.
I think my main problem with the book is that it is too close in style to (the truly awful) SSN. This book reads like the scenario descriptions for a computer game. And that, in fact, is what I think it is. This book was written in such a fashion as to allow easy translation into a PC game. Terrorist hostage scenarios for you to solve - I saw the game in a local store last week. This is loosely bound together in the, frankly implausible, eco-terrorist plotline that, for all the rantings of eco-extremists like Earth First, just ain't gonna happen.
Even the opening chapter on the airliner is just so contrived. I mean, who would be so unlucky as to hijack an airliner with three of the world's most highly trained anti-terrorist agents on board, only to find that the guy they want isn't even on board? That sort of bad luck doesn't ring true in books. It only happens to real life people like me!
I'm now waiting for Mr. Clancy's next book and I really hope that it is of a higher standard a la "Clear and Present Danger" or "The Sum of All Fears". Those books had it just right. This one doesn't.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Wyatt on 16 Aug 2003
Format: Hardcover
What can be said about Tom Clancy and any of his novels other than, he knows his stuff. "Rainbow Six" is a pure page turner, no ifs, ands or buts about it. As most Clancy readers know, John Clark is a well developed character in the "Ryanverse" to include "Without Remorse," which gives his back story. "Rainbow Six" puts him in a more modern spotlight. I read this masterpiece not long after it came out, however, on that tragic day of September 11, 2001 this and a couple other of Clancy's novels were what I thought of. It's literally very unfortunate we don't have these heroes out there watching our collective backs! Hopefully for us, the bad guys of the world have never heard of Tom Clancy, for they might get a play book for terrorism.
From the first page to the last this novel, like his other novels, is purely enthralling and you will hardly be able to put it down. Even if you've never read a Clancy novel before, pick this up if you're looking for pure intrigue, thrilling action and a few good laughs along the way. A huge thank you to the Author for this one. {ssintrepid}
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