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Rainbow Six (Jack Ryan Universe (Publication Order) #9)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  38,946 Ratings  ·  881 Reviews
At its heart is ex-Navy SEAL John Clark, now the newly named 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 a ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 897 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Berkley Books (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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF. Just wasn't my thing.
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
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!
L.M. Mountford
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
This the last Tom Clancy book I will ever try and read. I'm afriad that as of today i have Black Balled the author and will be removing all his books from my collection.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Solid, and researched.

Not quite the finesse of Brent Weeks or Patrick Rothfuss, but these authors would not publish their masterpieces until 10-15 years after Rainbow Six was written. For me, the sometimes clunky and testosterone laden writing style was trumped by the scope of the plot-which I certainly found mind-expanding, and no doubt skull crushing for its day-and the pace and rising intensity leading up to the climax. There were a few inside military references I did not understand but mayb
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
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
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
Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Fergus Smith
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 18, 2012 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 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
Owen Klinger
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awsome book. This is definitely on of my top two favorite books now. I absolutely love the suspense and mystery of the plot. The action is breath takingly amazing. The setting is also insanely good. From Britain to France to Brazil the scene is never boring. I guess I just really like Tom Clancy books. If I could give this six stars I would.
Michelle Hedley
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was the first one by this author that I had read and was not disappointed.

It was in fact several stories in one and just as it felt like the story was ending, off it went again in another direction!!

A really compelling story and exciting to read!
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book takes off from the moment you pick it up. There was only one time that I felt like I had to put it down because it was slowing down. Not bad for a 700 page book. I highly recommend it!
James Korsmo
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Better than I expected :) Too long, some chapters starting with repeating everything that happened so far, for the readers who managed to forget. Different characters dwelling on very similar thoughts as they discover and digest new information (which is reasonable, but no need to tell me this).

Still, I thought this would be a description of several glorious military operations, and it started that way, but developed into a global overarching plot with spooky spies doing international spooky th
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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).

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Jack Ryan Universe (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 23 books)
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