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Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy

Rainbow Six (original 1998; edition 1998)

by Tom Clancy

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Title:Rainbow Six
Authors:Tom Clancy
Info:Putnam Adult (1998), Hardcover, 752 pages
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Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy (1998)

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I could not stand this book -- did not even make it halfway. I got completely stopped by an appalling disregard for human life (too many people measuring success by the number of body bags required), inconsistent levels of detail, and things not thought through fully. I was given this book when I was a teenager but never got very far, so I thought to give it a second chance... Mistake! ( )
  dewbertb | Feb 7, 2016 |
Typical Clancy book - good story foundation -- slow start--flash finish. This book claims to be a Jack Ryan series, but Ryan is only an off-stage presence. Clancy's most shocking story ever - closer to reality than any government would care to admit. Clancy loves words and I'm glad that I read the condensed version. ( )
  buffalogr | Jul 31, 2015 |
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 established him as one of the preeminent storytellers of our time. In his new and most extraordinary novel, Rainbow Six, Clancy goes beyond anything he has done before. ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 26, 2015 |
I liked this book very much. Despite (as far as I know) this is still fiction, it is a realistic plot, something that could happen someday. I like that kind of books, even more when they also challange me to think about the book, where it is heading, what is going to be next. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Apr 21, 2013 |
This book follows on from Executive Orders and although Ryan is still President he is only an off-stage presence. The book is about the setting up of an elite multinational anti-terrorist plot and how it comes up against a somewhat unlikely conspiracy to wipe out nearly all the human race. As usual with Clancy, there are multiple plot strands interwoven with great skill, and a steady build up of tension throughout the book. I would place this amongst the better half of his books, and it also lacks most of the stereotyping and bad language which sometimes spoils his work ( )
  ponsonby | Aug 10, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0425170349, Mass Market Paperback)

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

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John Clark is the man who conducts the secret missions President Ryan can have no part of. This time, the mission involves a group of terrorists the world has never encountered before, a band of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life as we know it. A John Clark thriller.… (more)

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