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Rainbow Six

(John Clark #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  48,376 ratings  ·  1,143 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 Wit

Mass Market Paperback, 912 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Berkley Books (first published August 3rd 1998)
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Alex Shrugged The book can stand alone, but since it is part of a series there is a wider context. The events in Rainbow Six take place 1 1/2 years after the events…moreThe book can stand alone, but since it is part of a series there is a wider context. The events in Rainbow Six take place 1 1/2 years after the events in "Debt of Honor" and "Executive Orders." Jack Ryan is still President of the United States. Ryan does not play a significant role in the current novel except to say that John Clark was once Ryan's SPO (Security and Protection Officer or bodyguard), so they know each other well. Various characters interact briefly with John Clark, acting as if they know and trust him 100%... that is, Dan Murray (FBI), Ed Foley (CIA) and Sergey Golovko (Russian SVR, formerly KGB). To know the reason why they trust him so much, you'd have to read the series (or at least the two books I mentioned above), but it is not necessary. (less)
John Cheeseman No you'll be fine reading this as it's sort of on its own. I wouldnt rate it even if you'd read the rest in the series.

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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 rated it did not like it
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
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
RJ from the LBC
Rainbow Six marks a refreshing return to the military action formula for Clancy after he made some unfortunate tangential departures in his John Ryan canon, straying into revenge fantasies (the myopically unremarkable Without Remorse) and conservative/libertarian political fantasies (the all-but-unreadable Debt of Honor and Executive Orders). Rainbow is most similar to Clancy's Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears in both pacing and content. 400 pages of story crammed into 900 editi ...more
Owen Yeasting
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Steve Visel
Sep 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Extrajudicial murder for fun and profit. I've been a longtime fan of Tom Clancy, even though he never met an adjective or adverb that he didn't like. Each of his books is exactly 1/3 too long. In some respects this is the best written book of the Clancy canon. On the other hand, the resolution of this story turned my stomach. The resolution of the plot left a tricky legal problem to deal with. Rather then solve the issue, Clancy uses his characters to murder everyone involved. This one has put m ...more
Ryan Smith
Aug 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is butt.

Clancy initially got into the techno-thriller genre with the Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger...books that largely focused on the espionage and tactical aspects of the Cold War world. After setting Jack Ryan up as President and probably due to his fame, Clancy's editors all but disappeared just as the novels got longer and longer, less accessible, and begin to read as neo-con diatribes praising the military-industrial complex. Where the series was o
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jeffrey Belcher
Dec 29, 2009 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
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Goodness Clancy gets so bogged down in details. 5 or 6 long pages without dialogue just bores me to death. It got to where I skimmed a ton of the pages and didn't miss a thing. Still always knew what was going on. The action scenes are splendid and worth reading. Just speed read half the book and its worthwhile.
Asghar Abbas

Rainbow Six has a different connotation now. Damn, Clancy wrote thick novels, better watch out Sideshow Bob, haha.
Hw Gray
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
This is my first Tom Clancy's book. I enjoy espionage and military story, hence his plot really suit me. At first, i am still worried about his word glutton and draggy (repeating of events) style of writting, that might lead me to boredom or difficulty to understand, but it seems fine to me after a while.

In fact, i am amazed by so much details about military weapon and machine that the author put in his book. Information of the counterterrorism operations, mainly from intelligence and special u
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kimberly Taylor
Apparently that piece of advice given to new novelists not to 'head hop' between many points of view is not a hard and fast rule (like most pieces of advice given on writing). This book jumps between a dizzying array of players, giving us an insider view of each terrorist action as it unfolds, and is squashed by the might boots of the Rainbow team. Clancy makes sure we know he is an insider with detailed information about guns, ammo, combat, and field craft.

However, despite spending 890 pages wi
Steven Hildreth Jr.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
After not having read it in years, Rainbow Six is a perfect example of Clancy's strengths and flaws. His strengths reside in his thorough technical research and plotting, while his flaws reside in character development, dialogue, and forgetting that he has created his own universe and creating inconsistencies between the Clancyverse and the real world.

It's also an interesting looking glass into what was thought to be the threats on the horizon. Clancy seemed to put jihadists on the backburner an
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was very good in my opinion. The reason why is because of how descriptive it is and how much action it has at some points. In general it was peaceful to me and it was a good read that I wish I could’ve done sooner.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you've made it this far into the "Jack Ryan Universe" you won't be disappointed!
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
This story would be better with editing. Too many unnecessary written words had me at times falling asleep and dulled some of this novel. 5 of 10 stars
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rainbow Six is an action thriller of a global scale with multiple attention-grabbing plotlines, interesting and visualizable characters, and keen emphasis on the technical aspect of combat.
Rainbow Six follows a black (off the books) counterterrorism team comprised of the best operatives from different NATO countries, who are tasked with taking out terrorist plots that countries are under-prepared to deal with. The outfit is known as Rainbow. Tom Clancy spectacularly combines different plotlines
Mattthew McKinney
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
So, I generally love Tom Clancy books but I really struggled throughout this one. It was incredibly repetitive and overly long. The same story could have been told in a much more compelling way in under half the length. Overall, it's a great premise - a multinational counterterrorism force responding to world crises as they occur.

But in practice, page after page is devoted to boring training and planning conversations, and the action - when it occurs - is a repetitive hostage rescue scenario ov
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Michael Stocksdale
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Stephen Pearson
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great story featuring John Clark and Domingo Chavez.
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
I’ve never felt the need to read any military-themed action adventures before - I’m not even interested in shooting games or things like that - but my father and brother both read Tom Clancy, and they aren’t gun fanatics or bodybuilders (which I’d always stereotyped as Clancy’s main demographic for some reason - maybe because of the videogame); and I recently found out one of my coworkers (who also isn’t into shooting things or pumping iron) also reads a lot of Clancy, so I decided I should stop ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rainbow Six
Owen Wahl

Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy is a continuation in the John Clark series by Tom Clancy. Tom Clancy is a top secret FBI agent who is offered to become the Top Dog for a brand new operation called Rainbow Six. R6 for short is a multinational anti terrorism group who all have a very particular set of skills. Their mission is to eliminate a new group of terrorists who recently have been on the uprise. Follow John Clark and his best friend Ding Chavez lead their teams through B
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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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