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Author: Tom Clancy / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      01.05.2013 09:36
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      A work of global terrorism and how to thwart it in Clancy style

      Ah Rainbow Six. I came across this book purely by accident. Whilst browsing for the a thick book to read on a long flight. I came across the white, cleanly styled cover of this gem. I know one should never judge a book by it's cover but I am still a sucker for them. Rainbow Six is about an elite group of military personnel formed to react against terrorist activity throughout the world, responding to calls from Governments for help in diffusion of situations which they would otherwise struggle to cope with. Led by John Clark, a staple character from Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan universe, this anti terrorist group is pulled into action immediately to an increasing amount of seemingly unrelated terrorist activity. Tom Clancy has an ability to create fantastic books. They are all intensely researched with the help of current and former military personnel to create a book that is accurate in its depiction of weapons and tactics. The attention to detail does not mean the characters are ignored. No, these are also given detailed and involving backgrounds that vary, especially between the good guys and the bad, but they are produced in a way which allows the reader to understand their rationale for the choices they have made in life. So maybe the storyline has been skimped on. Again no. The story is a great showcase of how to keep readers on the edge of their seat. The reader is continually involved whilst building up the characters and environment, giving snippets of information to a wider, larger end game, but never giving it away. After each terrorist incident, you wonder how Clancy will follow up such an immense event, but he surprises you with bad guy plans that take the playing field to new levels each time. In conclusion, this is a fantastic read of possible military action in the world today. The characters thoughts and emotions are explored throughout the action of the Rainbow group and with Tom Clancy's skillful writing, you would never want to put this book down.

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        09.04.2008 15:44
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        Execellent read may take some time to finish

        Tom Clancy Rainbow Six is a novel based on the successful computer game series of the same name. The plot is skilfully-crafted and highly readable but will take sometime to finish as it is 897 pages long. The story is about an Elite Multinational Task force called Rainbow based in Hereford and they deal with International terrorism and Hostage situations across the globe. The head of Rainbow six is an ex member of the CIA John Clark and Team Two is made up of: Four Americans, 4 Brits, A German and A French man. Who are all NCOs (Non-Commissioned Officers) The team members of Team Two are as follows: Domingo 'Ding' Chavez - Team leader Louis Loiselle - Former member of French parachute forces and a utility infielder, he is also a brilliant marksman with a pistol and rifle. Feldwebel Dieter Weber - also a paratrooperand a graduate the German army's Bergfuhrer or Mountain Leader school, he joined Rainbow from the German GSG-9 team. Weber is one of the team's two long-riflemen. SFC Homer Johnston - A mountaineer from Idaho. He started his military career in the 101st Air-Mobile at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and rapidly worked his way into the Army's black world. Johnston was a former Green Beret and Delta member. The second of the two Long-riflemen. The shooters are the Brits. Steve Lincoln, Paddy Connolly, Scotty McTyler and Eddie Price, these ones are from the SAS. The american shooters are: Mike Pierce, Hank Patterson and George Tomlinson from the American Delta Force. The plot is set in Hereford on the SAS base where the Rainbow team's buildings are located, then moves onto Switzerland for their First mission which is a hostage situation, they then handle the kidnapping of an international trader then deal with carnage in a theme park in Spain. If you've played any of the games i would highly reccomend this novel even if you haven't i still reccomend it. My personal rateing for this book is 9/10.

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          18.01.2004 03:26
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          I have never read any of Tom Clancy’s books, and on first sight, this book looked a little daunting. This is a huge book (nearly 900 pages) and promised to be very accurate, which makes you believe that the author may go on about gun specs, etc that would probably send my head whirling. My dad gave me his copy to read, and told me that it was a brilliant book that I would really enjoy, but I was still fairly sceptical. I decided as you do in these situations that I should give it a go, read a few pages and if it didn’t seem my cup of tea I could put it down and read something more of my ilk, like Stephen King. But as I began to read, I realised that I was not going to be able to put this down. Tom Clancy doesn’t over-indulge in his obvious knowledge of the covert world, and so you never feel that the things he says go over your head. The action begins almost immediately, as a prelude to the characters you are about to get to know. As I was reading the first section of this book I couldn’t help but feel as though I were watching these events happen in a movie. The book begins with a sequence on an aeroplane with a team of men heading across from USA to the UK. Unfortunately, some terrorist-y types have decided that this is the flight that they wish to hijack for their own causes. Unbeknown to them, a select few of the passengers are not your average civilian types. Clancy creates a tension as you begin to realise that this group are planning together on how to scupper the terrorist’s plans. The action descriptive really gives you a feel for the speed of thought and expertise these individuals all command as they quickly and safely bring the hijack attempt to a halt. Once this sequence has ended, you get to know a little more about the team you just saw take out the terrorists. They are making their way to England to set up a unique operation for anti-terrorism, worldwide. Their task is made more difficult as, within weeks of their deployment, there are numerous terrorist events occurring. To each of these the team (Rainbow Six) are deployed and left to display their expertise in bringing the incidents to an end. The best thing about this story is that Tom Clancy moves between two separate stories, which are both related. On the one hand, he tells you of the exploits of the Rainbow Six team, and on the other he follows a Russian, who is ex-KGB but is being asked to perform some strange chores. These chores directly affect the Rainbow Six team. There is an overall reason for these events happening when they do, but I would rather you read it yourself than I give the game away. Clancy is a brilliant storyteller. He feeds you the information in little sections at just the right time so that you are completely intrigued into what will happen next. He creates circumstances that are completely believable and possibly a little worrying. You begin to realise that the things that happen in this story, could also happen in real life if the right people wished it so. I found this book to be a very compelling read that I rarely put down. I found that the author never went off on tangents and so the story flowed very nicely. The price on the back of the book says £6.99, but I’m sure that it could be found for a lot less than that. (My dad got his copy from a 2nd hand bookshop for just 70p) I would recommend this book to everyone. Don’t be put of by it’s size, once you start reading it you won’t want to put it down. If anyone can recommend some of his other books I would be very interested, thank you.

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            20.08.2001 21:12
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            Rainbow Six was my first attempt at reading a novel and I decided that I wanted to read after I played the game. The game follows the story of you being in charge of a crack counter-terrorist team. The game is a lot like the book and I have to say how much I enjoyed the game. So this made me have to read it. So for my birthday I got some WH smith vouchers and I went down there and got the book. I opened up the first page and I felt unwrapped into the action of what was happening. It opens up like any action film. There is a lot of action this time it is in the way of terrorists have taken over a plane. But the 3 main soldiers have left their guns in their bags so they have to work out a way. Of taken them down. I wont ruin it for you as I suggest you buy it. The book does have a lot graphic violence and swearing. There is a bit in the book were Tom Clancy describes a bullet going through a head of someone and saying “The head exploded like a melon. Leaving a Pink mist to fall behind.” it is a bit more graphic but you get my gist. The swearing is pretty bad with about 7 F---- in one page. Put that is in a mid action part. The book portraits all the main characters from the game like Ding Chaez, and others. You get to see the characters personalities in the book. I don’t know what will be next something like a film or something. That would be great. I have read other Tom Clancy books and nothing compares. I have to say this but you really have to get the book. Really, Really have to get it its great if you loved the game.

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              20.05.2001 19:55
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              Tom Clancy Rainbow Six Rainbow Six was my first attempt at reading a novel and I decided that I wanted to read after I played the game. The game follows the story of you being in charge of a crack counter-terrorist team. The game is a lot like the book and I have to say how much I enjoyed the game. So this made me have to read it. So for my birthday I got some WH smith vouchers and I went down there and got the book. I opened up the first page and I felt unwrapped into the action of what was happening. It opens up like any action film. There is a lot of action this time it is in the way of terrorists have taken over a plane. But the 3 main soldiers have left their guns in their bags so they have to work out a way. Of taken them down. I wont ruin it for you as I suggest you buy it. The book does have a lot graphic violence and swearing. There is a bit in the book were Tom Clancy describes a bullet going through a head of someone and saying “The head exploded like a melon. Leaving a Pink mist to fall behind.” it is a bit more graphic but you get my gist. The swearing is pretty bad with about 7 F---- in one page. Put that is in a mid action part. The book portraits all the main characters from the game like Ding Chaez, and others. You get to see the characters personalities in the book. I don’t know what will be next something like a film or something. That would be great. I have read other Tom Clancy books and nothing compares. I have to say this but you really have to get the book. Really, Really have to get it its great if you loved the game.

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                22.03.2001 23:54
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                If you haven’t read any Clancy yet, this is not a good book to start with as its in the middle of a long on going story that has spun off from the earlier John Ryan movie stuff. So you might not pick up the important history of the main characters. General John Clark is one of those characters drawn from the Ryan books and is now heading a brand new multi national covert anti terrorism unit called Rainbow Six.Only twenty people out side of the loop no about it and that’s the way the powers that be want to keep it. Clark is ex just about everything in special Ops and has pulled together the best of the best to react to terrorism, where ever it may spring up as borders become less of a barrier to fight the cancer. Clarks buddy through the surface, Chavez also features through out as he heads the second strike team B, who along with A, are based in the SAS headquarters in Hereford, England. But the team are called into operation earlier than expected as a Swiss Bank is hijack seems to have gone wrong leaving hostages in the building A perfect chance for Rainbow to kick some butt. Butt is appropriately kicked and the heroes return from their first and successful notch on the bed board mission. But as they begin to get back into the rhythm of hard training and shooting practice second incident kicks in over in an Austrian Stately home where crazed terrorist are demanding big bucks. In New York on Americas East coast, young attractive single women are disappearing of the streets after meeting a strange guy on a blind dates, is he a serial killer.or is his mission more sinister. Mary Banister was one of those women and now her swollen eyes are open and she’s in a strange pristine lab with flickering humming tube lights driving her splitting headache. Rainbow are called in for the third time in three weeks, but this time the steaks are very high indeed as a theme park in Spain is the target and children are held captive. Not a time for the team and politicians to lose their nerve. But as the ghosts of Clarks past rise as the tension builds, he notices something strange about theses terrorist attacks and has a theory that someone is keeping his team very busy, but why? With The Olympics coming to Australia, an old friend in the arms trade asks Clark if he could send a team down to check on security for the massive world event. Henrickson specializes in security systems and makes a lot of money if terrorism is prevalent. The Russian KGB are also curious about the growing terrorism menace and begin to get interested in the team who are tidying up all too effectively when these events occur. One man who is no longer a high level spook by the name of Popov seems to be more interested than he should be in Rainbow Six.And John Clark thinks someone is leaking info on his top secret team to all insudry to gain political favor inside the Washington DC beltway. Back in New York in the hidden gleaming medical lab, Mary Banister is close to death as a virulent strain of flu is eating away her body, and the staff are not interested in getting her better. Are all these events somehow related?,well if you read this excellent book you may just find out. But I have only told you little from this plot in this bulky 1200 pager which twists and turns like a nasty politician. Theres lots of juicy Clancy techno military info to grasp and a building tempo to an excellent read. I particularly like the sub plots that develop as the story spins of in all directions. This is not just boys war and violence stuff when you read Clancy, you can learn a hell of a lot to about their politics and about war in the modern political world that is here and now. Most people in America in the know say that this guy knows more about the military than they do. Clancy is the war techno king.

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                  17.09.2000 22:51
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                  Anyone who has read a Tom Clancy novel should know what to expect - a blend of espionage, politics, technology and military hardware. In Rainbow Six, the story focusses on John Clark, the CIA operative played by Willem Defoe in the Clear and Present Danger movie, and his sidekick, the headstrong Ding Chavez. Unlike many of Clancy's novels, the Jack Ryan character fails to make an appearance. A crack squad set up to provide protection for the countries of the west from terrorist activity is drawn into a complex plot by environmental radicals, who plan to exact their revenge on those who harm the planet. As their plans unravel, it is the Rainbow Six squad who mete out their own form of justice in a manner familiar to any Clancy fan. Clancy has always been adept at developing a number of storylines simultaneously, then merging each thread into the overall plot. This is done to good effect in Rainbow Six. His in-depth knowledge of military technology and planning is unrivalled. On the downside, well, it is rather long, and could maybe have been tightened up a bit. And some of the Rainbow Six operations seem to pass a little too easily to be believed. Apart from that, its a fine addition to the Clancy hitlist.

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                    16.08.2000 08:41
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                    It starts off like all of the Clancy novels I have read, with a plane hijacking of ex-CIA agent John Clark and his new son-in law and his partner Domingo Chavez. Clark is the leader of a new black counter-terrorism outfit code named RAINBOW. Chavez leads one of the two teams located at the SAS base in Hereford, England. Clancy weaves a great plot involving a huge bio-technology company, a security agency handling the 2000 Olympic Games and an ex- KGB agent. The world gives RAINBOW lots of work and they rise to the task. This is one of the best novels I have ever read and the action was non-stop and the story was very engaging.The mix of ruthless killing and family values, honor and deceit, religion and extinction, helps to make this book very hard to put down for long.

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                    04.08.2000 06:00
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                    This is the fist Tom Clancy book i have read and since reading it I have started to collect all the Jack Ryan thrillers. The main reason I bought this was because I own the game and a story about an elite anti-terror team appealed to me and upon picking it up found it contains an intricate plot the game only touches upon. This plot involves an all too belivable scenario in which a mad tycoon plans to end all human life, and from the page the main plot starts you are compelled to read on while simultanousley trying to figure out how it all fits together. Clancy's amazing knowledge on military techniques and weaponary add considerable weight and authority to this monster 900+ page novel which will keep you occupied for weeks. His knowledge also makes the characters believable, though some of the good guys, especially the Americans do seem to be too perfect. The major negative point is the treatmnt the english characters get, which consists of the word "Bloody" appaering every time one speaks and Clancy's patronising comments about the SAS. Apart from this rather annoying factor which you will soon forget when the action starts, anyone who is interested in the world of spec-ops while find this book very enjoyable A bloody good read!

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                    03.08.2000 02:13
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                    Rainbow 6 by Tom Clancy Rainbow 6 by Clancy is one of his finest works yet. Clancy weaves a tale of international terrorism that totally envelops the reader. Rainbow is an international anti terrorist team setup to counter terrorist threats throughout the world. The idea being that if there were members of different nationalities, they are more likely to be called into different countries rather than the individual police/military units of that country. Rainbow is commanded by ex-CIA man John Clark. An ex-army man himself, he heads up the top team, including British SAS soldiers. The team is setup just in time to counter a new terrorist threat. This new threat is so insidious and well organised it could well destroy the whole human race. Rainbow counters the threat across several different countries and slowly unravells the plot, which reaches right into the White House. It's a fantastic read written in typical Clancy style, with stacks or action, intrigue and excitement. The book is, however absolutely enormous, so don't expect it to be a quick read. It's one you'll pickup and find glued to your hands. Enjoy!

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                    18.07.2000 22:31
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                    Rainbow Six is a must for any fan of military/spy/adventure type novels. In typical style Clancy finds another level this time using his peripheral characters from the Jack Ryan novels: Clark and Chavez. In a bid to combat terrorism they set up an international team headed up by Clark based at SAS HQ in Hereford. The story follows the setting-up of the unit, their first missions and eventual involvement in stopping an international conspiracy to kill the majority of the planet's human population. This book keeps you riveted from cover to cover and in true Clancy style the climax does not disappoint. It's a fairly hefty-sized book but well worth investing a bit of time reading it.

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                    08.07.2000 00:18

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                    I read this book and several others while lying on the beach on the Maldives. It was only this book however that held my interrest for 8 hours a day for a few days. The characters Like John Clarke, Ding and many others are detailed to a level where you actually felt as though you were standing next to them. The plot is not another crap action adventure and is a real plausible situation. The amount of effort on research and background information must of been astronimcal, but believe me it paid off. Having read several other Clancy novels, I knew this wouldn't dissapoint, but I didn't expect this to be his best. It is almost 900 pages and this may sound a little hefty, but its one of those you just can't put down. The action is never far away, but the build up to each drama is riveting Excellent book.

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                    29.06.2000 05:00

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                    If you can suspend belief and enjoy a thrilling read Rainbow Six will keep you turning the pages long into the night. I won't be giving away any of the plot but would advise you read it now. Its subject matter is topical. You never know it may just happen! The paperback is a whopping 897 pages long and is packed to bursting with exciting action scenes. If you like Tom Clancy then this will not disappoint. If you haven't read him yet then read this, you'll be hooked.

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