Rainbow Six

Rainbow Six

by Tom Clancy

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In this #1 New York Times bestselling John Clark thriller, author Tom Clancy takes readers into the shadowy world of anti-terrorism and gets closer to reality than any government would care to admit...

Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark has been named the head of Rainbow, an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. In a trial by fire, Clark is confronted with a violent chain of seemingly separate international incidents. But there is no way to predict the real threat: a group of terrorists like none the world has ever encountered, a band of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425170342
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/1999
Series: Jack Ryan Series , #9
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 912
Sales rank: 21,865
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.81(h) x 1.44(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A little more than 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 onto 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.


Huntingtown, Maryland

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1947

Date of Death:

October 1, 2013

Place of Birth:

Baltimore, Maryland


Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland, 1965; B.A. in English, Loyola College, 1969

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Rainbow Six 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 580 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of many very awesome books by Tom Clancy. If you know alot about the military or love what the military does, this book is for you.
snipperSB More than 1 year ago
Good Read. Sad somehow knowing we are training these soldiers as the ultimate warriors because they are needed. While we can train these people to infiltrate, capture enemies and Kill when required, all because they volunteer to do so, I often wonder what it does to the individual when we are through with them. Not all of their work can ever be known by the public, but we all need to know they are there and accept the premise that they work under. I am glad there are people that can do this work and sleep at night. We definitely need these teams to help defend our country and do what has to be done. I think a large part of our population doesn't understand how necessary these people are to our safety. Thank you all for your service and sacrifice.
Silence-Dogood50 More than 1 year ago
Although this book showed to be around 700 pages on my nook it took me just over four days to read. This is also while I am going to school and working full time. Very good book from a technical standpoint and really good story line. I would highly recommend this book for long trips as it is very hard to put down.
ColinWalters More than 1 year ago
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six was easily one of my favorite books that I have read. The excitement level never ceases and the action keeps on hitting you right in the face. I have played parts of the Rainbow Six video game series and it shows many parallels between the book and the game. I now plan to go back and play all of the games because of the background that I have.  The main character, John Clark, gets the attention of the reader by relating to the common person and being a very interesting headpiece. Tom Clancy uses his skills as a writer to pull the reader into the story and keeping them there until the end of the novel. It took me approximately two and a half days to finish this book because the only time i put it down was when i had to go to work or eat. The book seems to have some serious in depth scenarios with real military equipment, agencies, and places. Tom Clancy, being known for writing military based novels, was outstanding in this piece of work.  The only minor flaw I found in this book was the introduction to the main antagonist Popov. It had seemed like he had appeared out of nowhere and just entered halfway through the book as the role. I feel as though Tom Clancy realized halfway through his book that he had no real enemy to this unstoppable tactical force, and decided to include one late into the novel.  I very much enjoyed the novel even with its minor flaws. The book was very in depth and i plan to start reading more Tom Clancy novels in the future. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best Clancy novel yet, I highly recommend Rainbow Six
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book...
J_Corella More than 1 year ago
I would recommend.
BestSellersOnly More than 1 year ago
This is probably Clancy's best book of all. Its a fast paced book that was written way ahead of its time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Read once and going back for more. The plot keeps you on your toes throughout the book and has a nice meaningful ending or the plot of the book.
Anonymous 7 months ago
One of Tom Clancy's best books.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Just finished it for the third time and still couldn't put it down
Anonymous 10 months ago
With the benefit of hindsight, the book's take on international terrorism sounds dated, and a little naive, in a post 911 world. But great action. And I've always liked the John Clark character.
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Gripping book, great reading. I loved it but was left unsettled about what could happen in reality.
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kthclark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tom Clancy is at the top of his game with this novel (I have always been a big Tom Clancy fan). This story is filled with suspense and amazingly detailed action scenes; this book is a non-stop thrill ride. Not only does Clancy create wonderfully detailed characters, he also created a plot that is very believable. It almost seems as if it was ripped from today's headlines. I strongly recommend this book to anybody who is a Clancy fan or enjoys a suspenseful and believable plot. There is also a video game based on the book, many high school students may be turned onto this book by first playing the video game.
heathernkemp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is Clancy doing what he does best--highly skilled soldiers in a high-stakes international conflict.
jchancel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. This is the first Tom Clancy book that I have read. When I first picked it up I was worried that my short attention span might be taxed by so lengthy a book. This was not the case at all. The concept of the international anti-terrorist squad is just plain cool. The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is that I found the main terrorist plot a little bit of a reach. However, it still makes for a great thriller, good for anyone who likes modern military fiction.
jpsnow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun, fast-paced read with some very gripping scenes. It also explores how extremist environmentalists are hypocrites.
allen1993 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rainbow six is about an elite and secret team of special forces anti-terrorist group. Kind of like Delta Squadron, but alot better. I read this book because I loved the game made from it. The problem was, being an adult book, i didn't get it. It was the first adult book I ever read and it also taught me not to judge that a book is good just because a movie or game made from it was. If i re-read it now, it might be easier to understand, but the book is very long so i don't really plan to.
mcandre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I tried and failed to read The Hunt for Red October as a kid--it was too long-winded. But Rainbow Six was an easy read.
Zare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In order to fight terrorism US and their allies from NATO form a multinational special forces outfit. Unit is lead by John Clark and soon finds itself fighting increasing number of terrorists attack throughout the world. Finally true perpetrators are identified and they are not what many [or even anyone] would consider to be common foe.I especially like the ending.Recommended.
Lynngood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Featuring John Clark, the ex-Navy Seal known from several of Clancy's novels, as the dark side of Jack Ryan, this is Tom Clancy's new and most extraordinary novel. John Clark is the man who conducts the secret missions President Ryan can have no part of. Whether hunting warlords in Japan or druglords in Colombia, Clark is efficient and deadly but even he has ghosts in his past. And nowhere more than the peril he must face in Rainbow Six: a group of terrorists the world has never encountered before. This is Tom Clancy's most shocking story ever - closer to reality than any government would care to admit.
tyroeternal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although it is an imposingly large book, I moved quickly through it. Each moment of action I found myself unable to put the book down. This is the second Clancy book I've read, and I have no intention of stopping here. The characters are well developed and the story pulls you in and keep you turning pages till the end.