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Rainbow Six

by Tom Clancy

Putnam | December 6, 1998 | Hardcover

Rainbow Six is rated 4.625 out of 5 by 40.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Published: December 6, 1998

Publisher: Putnam

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399143904

ISBN - 13: 9780399143908

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Settings, Intriguing and Well Written Story! Reading Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six is similar to riding a rollercoster in an amusement park. The story starts off smoothly, introducing evidently the main characters of the story, explaining briefly the reason and the purpose of this international counter-terrorist unit supervised by an ex-CIA agent and Navy Seal named John Clark. Mr. Clancy trully knows how to captivate his readers especially in this book because of its complex plot and structure, and length. Throughout the story, sometimes you feel that the story is going to end for one specific character, but instead it gives you hope to continue reading to find out the consequences that will emerge. Regarding its complex plot, Tom Clancy provides different stories in parallel which, at first, don't seem interconnected, but starts to make sense as you read more and more. Rainbow Six is meant for the readers that loves to put the book aside and think about what could happen next. Tom Clancy transport the reader in a variety of settings throughout the world that are very detailled and talks a lot about different ideology related to a specific type of group or terrorist. I absolutely recommend this masterpiece.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from itsatitle itsamario
Date published: 2010-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING After first playing the CPU game I decided I had to have the book when I saw it. I was not dissappointed. From front to back this book keeps the reader's interest and leaves you wanting to read more. I highly recommend this book to any Tom Clancy enthusiest and military buff alike. You will not be let down by this book. Must have!!!
Date published: 2009-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was much better than the GAME, read it... From cover to cover this book keeps you wanting more. The character lead ups, the group devolopment, the devasting ways that Tom truely explains the cruel real world of terrorism. Give the bad guys a reason, and Rainbow is there to fix it. Riviting, and capturing. I picked this up as my first Clancy/Jack Ryan book, and I have all of them in the series. The video game just lets you see how to kill people, this book explains how to look into their eyes before you do, and the rules at which you can morally, and ethinically do so. Seriously, read it, darn good stuff. It'll leave you wanting more, just like it did to me....
Date published: 2005-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book is a must read for politcal and military buffs. It is a super sweet book.
Date published: 2004-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exelent It is the best book i have ever read, Tom keep up the good work!!!
Date published: 2004-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still the best book I've ever read! Tom Clancy always comes out with the best books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. This book is no exception! From the first page I was sucked in and could not stop. This book has to be my all time favorite book. And I'm sure it will always be so. A must read for Clancy fans and others.
Date published: 2003-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Awesome This book is totally awesome. Every scene is desribed in such a way that you feel you are watching a movie, and the storyline is excellent. The first chapter alone will have you hooked.
Date published: 2002-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rainbow Six, I Will Read Over & Over This book was one of the best I have ever put eyes to page for. I and my family agree with most of the reviews of this book. It of course has a storyline fluint with Tom Clancy's works such as The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and a few others I have yet to read. I found the way he dropped the readers right into a hijacking covering the first 10 pages and escilating from there from action to a complex puzzle to figure the outcome an excilent way to grab my interest. If he were ever to make a movie from the book I would be one of the first to be in line for it. I can't wait for him to bring my eyes another Clark and Chevez book to read to my family. As or the detail it was all it needed to be if somethings weren't accuret then oh well I don't care. A great book and my family and I would like to thank you Mr. Clancy please write another soon.
Date published: 2002-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rainbow Rocks!!! My first Clancy book ever and from reading this book I can tell you that i will keep on reading stuff. 887 pages, But is exellent from page one. I recomend this book to anyone who can read.
Date published: 2002-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rainbow Six This book was definetly one of the best I have ever read. It was one of the longest as well but it was one of those books that you just can't put down. I would definetly recommend this to anybody who likes reading.
Date published: 2002-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rainbow Six The best novel Clancy has written, and that is really saying something. Unlike the other John Kelly books, this one does not require an armed forces specialist to translate some of the parts. It is pure reading entertainment. I have read it at least 6 times, and never tire of it at all.
Date published: 2001-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Political/Action Thriller 'Rainbow Six' by Tom Clancy is an extremely involving novel, using the omniscient point of view to allow us insight on all major and minor characters. We begin to fear for the lives of hostages who we get a more personal look at (remember the old man at Herr Ostermann's residence? I was cheering him on the whole way). If you are a Tom Clancy fan, enjoy political/action fiction, or have the ability to read, pick up this novel. It contains insight on the red-tape of government regulations and top-notch action sequences as well, don't miss out.
Date published: 2001-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!!!!!!! This is the best book i have ever read.. i had lots of trouble putting it down.non stop action with realistic situations.. i just love it... a movie of this book would be just great!!
Date published: 2001-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER This was the most amazing book I have ever read. It is thick, but when I finished it, I wished that it was longer. I couldn't, and wouldn;t put it down. The detail is classic Clancy, and is undeniably, his best novel to date.
Date published: 2000-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rainbow Six, it can't get much better! Rainbow Six was excellent! It combines the realistic adventures of an anti - terrrorism unit, and still packs a terrrific punch. The operations were carried out with unimaginable realsim and detail. The pre - mission planning was very tense! I read the whole night it was so exciting! The book starts with a highjacking, and just gets better! The story is centered around John Clark and Domingo Chavez. A group of extreme enviromentilits hatch a terrifiying plan to return the planet to it's natural state. John Clark forms a multi - national anti - terrorist team. After sucsesfully compleating four seemingly seperate terorrist incidents, the uncover the shocking truth, that could end human life on earth!
Date published: 2000-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not his most original, but who cares? As mentioned by others, this book does not have the most original of plots. In fact, I would submit that this is the least original of all of Clancy's work thus far. The Rainbow troopers are reminiscent of those in Clear and Present Danger, and the Ebola epidemic was in his last book! But it doesn't matter. This is a highly entertaining book, and it's easy to cheer for the good guys and boo the bad guys. The action is well written, and the pace continues through the whole book. We have nifty gizmos, a good body count, and all those other thing we've come to expect from Tom Clancy. As a scientist, there were a few minor points to which I took exception in his scientific explanations, but then the military is Clancy's strong point, so I don't hold these minor quibbles against him. I heartily recommend it.
Date published: 2000-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from rainbow delivers!!! This book was a masterpiece. By far this is Mr. Clancys most exciting, action packed novel. The detail was superb as it made me feel like i was part of the action. Congratulations and thanks for the great read Mr. Clancy.... you are a suspense writing genius!!!
Date published: 2000-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tom Clancy's rainbow six This is a action packed book
Date published: 2000-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book I absolutely loved how this book was written with the heavy involvement of the pre-mission planning made it interesting and realistic. If you enjoy action adventure novels you wont be disapointed by this one!
Date published: 2000-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kicks If you are into books that combine action, supense and a good read, head for this book before any others. Trust me, you will not be disappointed
Date published: 2000-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clancy at his best! One word for this masterpiece, Wow! From the moment I picked it up on the recommedation of my father I found I couldn't put it down. This book is filled with action that is conveyed in well-written yet easy to understand terms. One of the great books of the decade for sure!
Date published: 2000-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from MAKE A MOVIE!! As expressed in most reviews in this site, this was a great book. I have never read a Tom Clancy book before this one and have since read 10 others just because of "Rainbow Six". It is a must read and I hope Hollywood makes a movie of this books , like they have of other T.C's book ( Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games etc .)
Date published: 2000-02-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Read Some good action and a quick enjoyable read. I would not consider it among Clancy's best. Research could stand improving...RCAF GANDER? Our armed forces have not held that title for a while. Picky..but then Clancy prides himself on research and accuracy.
Date published: 1999-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost Classic Clancy I was so looking forward to this book. Perhaps the anticipation deadened my perception. Definitely not one of Clancy's best, although a good read. Rainbow Six is not as technically detailed as most of his books, which some readers might appreciate. I didn't. You still don't want to miss this one though.
Date published: 1999-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rainbow Six The View of Mine IT ROCKS!!!!
Date published: 1999-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from rainbow six More than fantastic. I hope somebody make the movie.
Date published: 1999-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is this the end? I loved this book! Couldn't put it down. But, I have a feeling that this series is coming to an end. If so, I hope Clancy introduces another set to go along with Op-Center.
Date published: 1999-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... I have to admit the PC game got me hooked first. I didn't think the book would live up to my expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised at how my spare time would just disappear whenever I picked up the book...
Date published: 1999-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read While not one of Mr Clancy's best, it was well worth the read. He upholds his attention to detail and action from cover to cover philosophy but the plot was at times predictable. His ability to reveal facts not readily available keep him tops on my bookshelf.
Date published: 1999-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stop browsing and BUY IT!! I found myself racing through this book just to see what would happen next. It's a great novel, full of action, don't miss out.
Date published: 1999-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More action less detail. I'm a new comer to Tom Clancy novel's and when I read Rainbow Six, I felt like I was reading a movie script and could easily picture in my mind all the sight's and sounds. It doesn't have the fine points of detail like some of his previous works. It was a pleasure to read it and although part of the plot was predictable, most of it wasn't so that it made a good read. I don't care what anyone says, there is no way you could predict the ending Clancy has written. There is action from beginning to end and at times was hard to put down. It is well worth a look.
Date published: 1999-09-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Predictable Contrary to the other reviewers' opinions, this is not one of Clancy's best. Its plot is quite predictable, and the writing is rather poor. With a good edit, this book could have been brought down to half its current size. If you consider yourself an environmentalist of any kind, you'll find the premise of the book rather silly. Look elsewhere for a better read.
Date published: 1999-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clancy at his best I have been an avid Tom Clancy reader for 3 years now. His newest release, Rainbow Six, is an unpredictable yet suspenseful tale about a world of terrorism and biological warfare. As a side note, I read all books including adventure, fiction, sci-fi and such. Rainbow Six is one of the best books that I have read (list includes Jurassic Park and Watership Down). I highly recommend this read to anyone who seeks adventure, action and unpredictable outcomes. Rainbow Six puts your imagination to the maximum.
Date published: 1999-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clancy at his best I have been an avid Tom Clancy reader for 3 years now. His newest release, Rainbow Six, is an unpredictable yet suspenseful tale about a world of terrorism and biological warfare. As a side note, I read all books including adventure, fiction, sci-fi and such. Rainbow Six is one of the best books that I have read (list includes Jurassic Park and Watership Down). I highly recommend this read to anyone who seeks adventure, action and unpredictable outcomes. Rainbow Six puts your imagination to the maximum.
Date published: 1999-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rainbow Six I have been an avid Tom Clancy fan for the past five years, and, with Rainbow Six, he has taken me to new heights of reading delights. I could not put the book down for bed, and read it through in 3 days. Clark rose to his reputation and kept me enthralled. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 1999-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!! This book is one I'll never forget. From start to finish Rainbow six pulls the reader in and doesn't let go. As John Clark from "Without Remorse"(also a good book) leads Rainbow group around the world fighting terrorism a small group of powerful men plot the end of the human race as we know it. The plot of this book is fast, interesting and far from predicable. A real page turner!!
Date published: 1999-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book was great, as a long time fan of Clancy novels, I have to say this was one of his best. Just the right blend of action and suspense. A book so good it spawned its own video game.
Date published: 1999-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet I loved Rainbow 6. It was very well written the plot was excellent and exciting. The characters were believable and had depth. I found only a few things wrong with this book. It focuses on team-2 and not team-1, it's a little long but that's okay, and some of the characters needed a little more focusing on their lives and pasts. All in all I highly reccomend this book.
Date published: 1999-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rainbow Six Did I like this novel? No! I can't even tell you why I didn't like this novel because I only have 50 to 100 words. I could talk about the ridiculous plot, or how the female characters are either the bad guys or the wives of the good guys, who do nothing but sit around the house making dinner and bearing their men's children. No, I did not like this book. Maybe the video game will be better!
Date published: 1998-12-12

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Rainbow Six

by Tom Clancy

Format: Hardcover

Published: December 6, 1998

Publisher: Putnam

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399143904

ISBN - 13: 9780399143908

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PROLOGUE: SETTING UP Part 1 John Clark had more time in airplanes than most licensed pilots, and he knew the statistics as well as any of them, but he still didn''t like the idea of crossing the ocean on a twin-engine airliner. Four was the right number of engines, he thought, because losing one meant losing only 25 percent of the aircraft''s available power, whereas on this United 777, it meant losing half. Maybe the presence of his wife, one daughter, and a son-in-law made him a little itchier than usual. No, that wasn''t right. He wasn''t itchy at all, not about flying anyway. It was just a lingering . . . what? he asked himself. Next to him, in the window seat Sandy was immersed in the mystery she''d started the day before, while he was trying to concentrate on the current issue of The Economist, and wondering what was putting the cold-air feeling on the back of his neck. He started to look around the cabin for a sign of danger but abruptly stopped himself. There wasn''t anything wrong that he could see, and he didn''t want to seem like a nervous flyer to the cabin crew. He sipped at his glass of white wine, shook his shoulders, and went back to the article on how peaceful the new world was. Right. He grimaced. Well, yes, he had to admit that things were a hell of a lot better than they''d been for nearly all of his life. No more swimming out of a submarine to do a collection on a Russian beach, or flying into Tehran to do something the Iranians wouldn''t like much, or sw
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Thomas L. Clancy, Jr., known to his multitudes of fans as Tom Clancy, was born in 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Loyola College in 1969, became an insurance agent, and in 1973 became the owner of an insurance agency. It was not until 1980 that he started writing military thrillers. Clancy's novels are highly successful, detailed techno-thrillers about espionage, the military and advanced technology. Clancy is so well liked by the military that he has been invited to visit military bases and tour ships. His first bestseller was Red Storm Rising, a fictional military account of a conventionally fought World War 3, published in 1986. His books Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger were so popular they were adapted into major motion pictures. Some other bestsellers by Clancy are The Cardinal of the Kremlin, The Sum of All Fears, and Rainbow Six. Into the Storm: A Study In Command (1997) is part of a nonfiction series cowritten with retired U.S. Army General Fred Franks Jr., commander of the U.S. Army VII Corps, whose job was to defeat Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard during the 89-hour ground war in Desert Storm. Other nonfiction written by Clancy includes Submarine, Armored Cav, Fighter Wing, and Airborne, which describe the workings of military units and their weapons, and Reality Check: What's Going on Out There? Tom Clancy lectures at the FBI, attends meetings at the CIA, and often dines at the White House. He is a member of the U.
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From Our Editors

Tom Clancy is at his thrilling best with Rainbow Six. Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark of Without Remorse is back and thrown full-force into his latest mission: finding what extreme terrorist action will follow a German international trader's kidnapping, an incident at a Swiss bank and a raid on a Spanish amusement park. Clancy is the extremely popular author of many thrillers, including The Hunt for Red October, Patiriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and Without Remorse.
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