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Rainbow Six (John Clark #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  33,282 Ratings  ·  741 Reviews
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 W
Paperback, 897 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Berkley (first published August 3rd 1998)
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Tommy Clancy is an impressive story-teller and I really like his work....BUT he’s also a major word glutton and very promiscuous with regards to the sheer volume of prose he pours into each tale. The man loves, loves, looooooooves him some letters and it seems he will do nothing in 5 pages of text if he can possibly coax 10 or 15 out of it. A bit more brevity if you please, sir.

That said, Clancy is a grandmaster of the big, global threatening, spy-guy thriller and he packs plenty of worthy into
Mar 27, 2012 Scott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a trip! Tom Clancy, arguably (along with Larry Bond) the biggest game-changer in the history of the technothriller, proves that he can deliver comedy gold with this droll self-parody. Ex-Navy SEAL and super-duper CIA legend John Clark, still hurting under his warrior's iron-hard facade from the brutal and plot-driving death of every woman he has ever known in his entire life, is put in charge of a top-secret NATO counter-terrorist team. Clark, his demeanor increasingly reminiscent of Uncle ...more
Dec 13, 2012 Alec rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose Tom Clancy's Rainbow six because of my favoring of books militaristic in nature. Rainbow six was no let down; The story features John Clark, an ex-Navy SEAL, leading a multinational group of counter terrorist experts from different countries. The group encounters multiple terror attacks, dealing with each one with precision and professionalism. Later, they learn that one Russian agent was responsible for these attacks. The Russian agent Popov soon defects after learning about his client' ...more
Brook Bakay
This is a terribly lazy book. It is 900 pages and should be about 200. And while there are long descriptions of gun cleaning and men's showers, the thing that got me most was the repetition. Every time Clancy comes back to a character, he gives us the same details about him. "Tim Noonan had come to Rainbow from the FBI. He was a tech guy but he wanted to get in the field and he spent a lot of time at the range. He was as good with a handgun as any of the other men." (x4!) This tremendous repetit ...more
Jeffrey Belcher
Dec 29, 2009 Jeffrey Belcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
One of my favorite Clancy novels, right behind Without Remorse. John Clark faces challenges he never faced before, commanding troops without taking part of the operations. Domingo Chaves, the fiery Latino leads Team Two on missions he never had dreamed about in his time with his Light Infantry Unit from Clear and Present Danger.
This fast paced, roller coaster ride of excitement takes us into the life of Special Operators and their struggle to save lives of innocent people, and to end the lives
Zachary Marciano
This is honestly one of the best books I have ever read, and I haven't even finished the book yet. However I wouldn't recommend this book to everyone. The weak stomached should probably refrain from picking up this book due to the gruesome descriptions and depictions the acclaimed author and ex-NAVY SEAL gives during the book. One of the main reasons why I really kike this book is because a clear and vivid image of what is going on can be created so easily and the strategy that is behind every m ...more
Owen Yeasting
Oct 25, 2011 Owen Yeasting rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rainbow Six has one of the most amazing plots I've ever seen in a book. Tom Clancy bends the seemly irrelevant beginning all the way around to ultimate climax of the story. My mind was truely blown when I got to the end of this absolutely stunning book. Now, Rainbow Six isn't a page turner all the way through, but there are some very suspensful chapters.If you keep with it for about a hundred pages, you won't be able to put down. Clancy is an amazing writer, and with all his military access, he ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Bryce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This heart pounding thriller is set in England and tells the story of an intelligence agency and a special air service called Rainbow. Soon after its establishment a bank in Switzerland is robbed and they are sent in to handle the situation. They are successful at getting inside the bank and executing terrorist to stop the death of innocent civilians. Soon after, german terrorists obtain fake codes for the international trading markets. Rainbow sends out disguised shooters and they handle the si ...more
Jul 21, 2009 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Espionage is always a favorite of mine, more particularly in films than in books as it seems better a visual than what words can offer. Nonetheless I read this a few years ago because I loved the title. I think I may have played the video game, too, but not so much that I remember enjoying. It was just after the film 'The Sum of All Fears' came out and Liev Schreiber played John Clark (a mere supporting role there, whereas here the main player), and quite well. I imagined him older here, as he i ...more
Sep 22, 2010 Dennis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The action scenes in Rainbow Six are excellent. Made up primarily of hostage-taking scenes, they are tense and exciting, and Clancy's writing conveys the urgency of the situation and the concerns of the protagonists well. They are spread evenly throughout the book, and they're all gripping and entertaining.

Outside of the action scenes, Clancy's prose is serviceable, for the most part, but marred by repetition, poor flow, and a tendency to ramble. One almost gets a feeling of deja vu at some poin
May 07, 2012 Jerome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? Wow! Right from the start, that most excellent of storytellers, Tom Clancy, throws us into action with a detailed yet gripping account of a hijacking. In some of his previous books (most notably Patriot Games, Executive Orders and The Sum of All Fears) the story dies for a hundred pages or more as Clancy explains the story (and regrettably, this has resulted in many readers stopping reading mid-way through a book...
But no more. Rainbow Six keeps up the heart pumping action right
Another serving of jinjoism and macho pablum from Tom Clancy. This book is essentially a sequeal to Without Remorse, and very similar thematically to that book. It features the same main character, John Clark and includes a bunch of revenge killing by a group of amoral special forces soldiers. This doesn't so much illustrate the ambiguity of military violence though, since all the characters seem to be unable to reflect on their actions and instead mouth idiot platitudes about serving God and co ...more
Jan 18, 2012 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In which an incredibly silly plot by a group of Environmental Extremists is put down by a super-team of anti-terror special forces. Clancy was quite clearly losing his grip on reality by the time he wrote this. The villains are so over-the-top as to be ridiculous and the lantern jawed heroes (all very clearly conservative family men) are just too unstoppable that the whole exercise is daft. Clancy also seems to think that British and Australians all talk like Biggles and that an outsider cannot ...more
Jan 30, 2010 Claire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Clancy's later books are...entirely predictable. I mean, it's not like the ending of "Hunt for Red October" came as a mind-blowing surprise or anything, but in "Rainbow Six" and "The Bear and the Dragon", especially, it seems that he relies on the repetition of phrases/ideas in order to get a high page count.

The constant political proselytizing also got old. Yes, we understand: people who care about the environment are deluded murdering psychopaths; drilling for oil is Alaska is the most patriot
Michael Stocksdale
The title Rainbow Six is actually the code name for ex CIA agent John Clark, director of a newly formed counter-terrorism unit, Rainbow. This tight knit group of former special forces and counter-terrorist units from around the world have one primary objective, stop the bad guys at any cost. John Brittling is that bad guy. He and his organization, the Horizon Corporation, have developed an Ebola like virus code-named Shiva virus with one purpose, the complete annihilation of the human race in or ...more
Matthew Garwood
Dec 19, 2014 Matthew Garwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rainbow six is a intense book with many dramatic and action packed moments. We follow the experience of John Clark, an ex-navy seal operator as he joins and works with the new group dedicated to combating terrorism, known as rainbow six. We start of with John Clark and Domingo Chavez(Read Clear and Present Danger) joining the Special Air Service(SAS) because of a British officer by the name of Alistair Stanley is forming a new group dedicated to combating terrorism called "Rainbow". Clark ends u ...more
Feb 02, 2009 Stupac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this very enjoyable. Tom Clancy writes an excellent espionage novel here. It is unfortunately somewhat predictable, but it still was exciting and a refreshingly quick read. It is very detailed story, not only the events (truly Julius Caesar was right when he said "In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes"), but the technical information as well. Clancy puts himself easily into the shoes of the various characters even though many of them are diverse and have diametric ...more
Sep 19, 2009 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Tom Clancy. I usually enjoy his patriotic themes, his fast action, his understanding of the current world and America's place in it, but in Rainbow Six, Clancy failed me.

This book is about a group of men gathered together from several European countries to be eternally on call to answer terrorist threats wherever they may occur. All of them are smart, all of them are superbly trained, and all of them are utterly professional in the execution of their duties. Clancy's identificatio
James Korsmo
Aug 03, 2011 James Korsmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this next book by Tom Clancy, he departs on a tangent from the Jack Ryan saga to follow John Clark, as he did earlier in his book Without Remorse. As part of the new post–Cold War world, terrorism is rising to be a major area of threat, as evidenced from Clancy's two earlier books, and also from our world situation today. In response to this threat, Clark, with the endorsement of President Ryan (who basically doesn't figure in the book), starts a special international squad, Rainbow, of highl ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Christian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Benjamin Thomas
Sep 11, 2010 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Tom Clancy's fiction so far and have been rarely dissappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this entry as well, although it seems to be written at a level one notch below his usual standards. There is lots of action and lots of insights into the world of anti-terrorism but I felt one element was missing. I never found myself fearful of danger. All of the Rainbow organization are supermen with little chance of being bested. You knew they were going to win out every time; the interest ...more
Fergus Smith
Apr 19, 2012 Fergus Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great book kept interesting the whole way through which is no small achievement for an 800 page book the reasons i liked it were its engaging style, complex plot, in depth characters, strong real life research and brilliant fight scenes. Tom Clancy’s style i found very engaging because of the way that he can add details while not drifting off the story too much and his in depth interesting writing. The plot while not overly fast paced was complex enough to make up for it and kept on twisting unt ...more
Jul 29, 2009 Gossymotto rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
This could have been a good book. The story-line was interesting, a pharmacuetical company with the power and knowhow to orchestrate the end of human existence by spreading an engineered strain of Ebola world-wide using the ventilation system set up for the Sydney Olympics. Your reading about their plans and human testing and how the world will be once the human population disappears leaving only a handful of select people to bring nature back to the way it should be, and you can't wait to read ...more
Kyle Ropp
Jun 01, 2012 Kyle Ropp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rainbow Six is one of my favorite action/thriller novels so far. The dialogue is slow but well written, and Clancy managed to get a few laughs out of me by the end. I also liked the plot, for the reason that it wasn't just another "terrorists hijack a nuke and go nuts" storyline like it easily could have been. The fact that Clancy chose to make extreme naturalists/conservationists the enemies makes Rainbow Six stand out among the stack of novels that feature Clancy or Ludlum characters but are s ...more
Stephen Pearson
Aug 03, 2011 Stephen Pearson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favourite of the Clancy books that feature the recurring characters, in this case it's John Clark and Ding!!! And with the subject of Counter-Terrorism. It was also my first Clancy book, and after reading this was hooked! I started reading the Tom Clancy series in order, and every book so far has been excellent.

I coudn't put this book down - one of the tensest Clancy books I've read. The buildups to the meticulously planned counter-terrorist action scenes were some of the best I've re
Mar 29, 2011 Andreas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A step away from Jack Ryan, although he still lurks in the background. Unfortunately, this novel marks a decided slump in the quality of Clancy’s writing. There is nothing wrong with the story, although I found the motivation of the bad guys a bit too James Bond’ish. I just did not feel a compelling need to finish the book. It was a bit dull, especially compared to earlier Clancy are. You won’t miss anything by skipping directly to The Bear and the Dragon.

Some say that he does not write anymore,
Feb 15, 2009 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Patriots, Adventure Readers
I am immediately struck by the intensity of Clancy’s Rainbow six, intensity followed by momentum as his convergent threads of plot engage the hyperdrive and merge to the finish, our destination: bad guys out. This is a manly book, with manly verbiage, action, and adult situations. Yet I must credit Tom Clancy with a support of breastfeeding which stands in feminine mystery amidst all the action, did I say action? He plays to my medical expertise here with epidemic drama. I will note that he is n ...more
Christopher Hivner
This book was surprisingly bad. Clancy's flair for telling an exciting story took a vacation on this one. The basic plot isn't very interesting to begin with and then he fills the book with pages of exposition on the environment and government and I felt like I was at a lecture, not reading a novel. The terrorist plots the group foil along the way to the main story are poorly executed. The team never misses a shot or takes a misstep while the bad guys are like Keystone cops. When you get to the ...more
Jordan Larsen
Dec 18, 2015 Jordan Larsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to find this book on Audio CD.

From the literary genius of renowned Best-Selling Author Tom Clancy, comes an explosive chapter in the fictional geo/political world of covert intelligence, black ops and radical international terrorism. In an era of unprecedented global instability with the emergence of cunning and violent non-state sponsored extremist groups, the United States and Allied nations have been plunged into a deadly chess game of good versus evil and the stakes are
C.T. Phipps
Sep 14, 2015 C.T. Phipps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Tom Clancy novel is an odd choice for my blog given none of them can be considered science fiction, fantasy, noir, or contain zombies. You could make an argument that Tom Clancy has had a tremendous effect on the video game genre since Ubisoft first decided that his name should adorn the cover of their works. In fact, this may be hyperbole or internet rumor, but Ubisoft actually bought the rights to his name.

Whatever the case, I've been reading his work lately and thought I'd take a moment t
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Tom Clancy was an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College. As a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history, his dream of writing a novel came true with his first effort, The Hunt for Red October (1984).

He since wrote more than a dozen novels, which have a blend of realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. Ten of the novels, including The Teeth of
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