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Rainbow Six : [Hardcover]

Tom Clancy
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

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27 Aug 1998

Rainbow Six is a nerve-shredding thriller from international bestseller, Tom Clancy.

Newly named head of an elite multinational task force, John Clark faces the world's greatest fear: international terrorism. And following each terrifying new outbreak - the ghosts from his own past.

The challenge of a new mission is just what Clark needs, but the opportunities come faster than he expected. Hostage-taking at a Swiss bank. The kidnapping of an international trader. Carnage at a theme park in Spain. Each incident seems separate, yet the timing disturbs Clark.

Is there a connection? Is he being tested? Or is there a bigger threat out there, from terrorists so extreme that no government is ready to admit their existence.

Rainbow Six is Tom Clancy at his thrilling best, and is the second John Clark novel. Clancy is also the author of international bestsellers Against All Enemies, Dead or Alive and Locked On.

Praise for Tom Clancy:

'The action scenes are superlative, and the complex, multi-stranded narrative is orchestrated with Bach-like precision' Evening Standard

'The action comes thick and fast' The Times

'Action packed and full of guns and suspense . . . a skilfully crafted plot and high readability' Express

Thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore's Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted on to the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it 'the perfect yarn'. From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; 1st. Edition edition (27 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718143779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718143770
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thirty years ago, Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history, who had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it 'the perfect yarn'. Since then Clancy has established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting and razor-sharp suspense. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Change of pace for an old master 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 20 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
I'm well aware that that probably isn't even a real word, but it sums up the book so well. The set-piece action scenes are hugely exciting, leaving you on the edge of your seat in the wait to see if they will succeed. In the "calmer" interludes, Clancy keeps the story chugging along, just quick enough to keep you interested yet not so quick that you lose track of who is doing what.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow Six 15 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
Typical Tom Clancy - a brick of a book, but suspense from A to Z
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is great, beginning to end! 23 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
Dont pay too much attention of most negetive reviews for this book because it is FICIONAL, its great.

The story involved is highly detailed and exciting, leaving you that feeling "I want to finish this chapet, to read the next one".

I recommend this book for your first Tom Clancy, strictly as a warm up to some of his more thrilling, but less action packed, novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is brilliant 22 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I think that this book has gotta be one of the best ever written, and i'm only 15!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The man knows his stuff! 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clancy at his best 9 Nov 2003
By Darren Simons TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Rainbow Six sees the return of John Clark (he of Without Remorse, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears to name but three) who is asked to lead an elite multinational task force. Based in Britain this group of elite soldiers encounter an unusually high number of terrorists around the world, leaving Clark to look at what it is that links all these events.
This is one of my favourite Clancy books - it's non-stop action, with twists and turns along the way; the characters are well defined and if you've read other Clancy books you'll have an appreciation of how they've worked together before. Don't worry though, it's a perfectly good first Clancy book to read. Unusually for Clancy, the level of information offered on warfare is not too excessive leaving more time to understand the characters and enjoy the story. And finally in John Clark it has in my view the best character Clancy has invented - this strange secret character who manages to always find a way of succeeding against all the odds.
Definitely recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
I bought this as a present so have not read it myself. If it is as good as previous novels I can't wait to borrow it.
Published 2 months ago by fordy70
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
One of the best books I have ever read. The gripping plot is incredibly well written making it hard to put down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Olly Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Unable to put down
The story line was unpredictable with twists and turns which were not expected. A complete story which holds you from beginning to end.
Published 3 months ago by Terry R Wellstood
5.0 out of 5 stars No review needed!
Firstly, RIP Tom Clancy, a true legendary novelist.

If you've never heard of this book before and you like hard hitting, action packed, gritty military novels..... Read more
Published 8 months ago by BulletFoss
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Even if you have never read any other Tom Clancy Novel you must read this one. The Story is so Gripping and the Action is Immense. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Tom Clancy`s very best.
If you are fan of Tom Clancy then this is a must read book. Global in its scope, it holds the reader from the first page to the very last.
Published 14 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow Six
Rainbow Six - Keep playing them Tom Clancy games on PS3 so thought would give the books a go. Makes for good reading, so much so that bought a copy for my grandson, who is well... Read more
Published 18 months ago by V. Paynter
5.0 out of 5 stars A brillinat read
I don't usually do reviews but I have been reading the Tom Clancy - Jack Ryan series over the past year or so and this book has stuck out to me as particulary enjoyable. Read more
Published 22 months ago by SuperHoops
2.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't get into it... a great big literary misfire !!!
Ok, I've made two attempts to get into this book now. Both times I couldn't get past more than a few chapters. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2011 by MattMars
4.0 out of 5 stars Involving, But LONG.
This book is good to read, has interesting characters, a decent plot, but it's so DAMN LONG. I haven't read this for about a month because frankly it moves at a snails pace. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2011 by The Bossman
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