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Rainbow Six (Jack Ryan 10) Paperback – 26 Apr 2012

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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718197860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718197865
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Gripping...bolt-action mayhem. ("People") --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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"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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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 into that kind of stories
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Pacy thriller with three excellent stories coming together for the finale. Tom Clancy very often gets bogged down with too much technical information (that we've all read 100's of times anyway!)this book sticks to the plot and is very readable for both the ardent thiller fan and newcomer alike. Its nice to see some of his old characters coming alive again in this, his best thriller since 'clear and present danger'. the special forces side of the story is great. Brilliant soldiers with the best training and equipment, as expected. expert discriptions of the terrorist 'takedowns'. The underlying story of the 'mad scientist'is scary and believable and keeps you guessing. I read the 900 odd pages in 4 - 5 days and enjoyed every page. The only real critisism is of the final disappointing confrontation. I expected more of a 'Bang'!!!!
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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..... then this is your benchmark for all others.
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