Whether hunting warlords in Japan, druglords in Colombia, or nuclear terrorists in the United States, John Clark is efficient and deadly. But even he has ghosts in his past, demons that must be exorcised. And nothing is more demonic than the peril he must face as the commander of a covert multi-national anti-terrorism squad known as Rainbow.
Almost as soon as the group is formed, three terrorist attacks occur that seem unrelated at first, but may be the beginning of a new brand of terrorism like nothing the world has ever encountered before. Their success could literally mean the end of life on this Earth as we know it.
Rainbow Six is Tom Clancy's most shocking story ever - and closer to reality than any government would care to admit.
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"Clancy is in his element.... When the door blows open and the shooting starts, nobody does it better." (Dallas Morning News)
"Clancy has penned a thrilling novel, full of paranoia, intrigue, terror, and tension that you can cut with a knife. His millions of fans, as well as newcomers to the genre, will eat this one up, and deservedly so! Highly recommended." (Barnes & Noble)
"Rainbow's engagements, which occupy the bulk of the novel, are immensely suspenseful, breathtaking combos of expertly detailed combat and primal emotion." (Publisher's Weekly)
The intrigue and twisted thinking of the eco terrorists, and the ironic ending.
The former Russian spy turning the tables on the eco terrorists and becoming a rich gold mine owner.
Yes. Michael Pritchard does a good job in all his readings of Tom Clancy's novels but is a bit monotonous in his reading. Considering the size of Tom Clancy's novels this can be a bit tedious.
"Good story, dry narration"
I have never read, or listended to a Tom Clancy book previously but thought I would pick this up due to a flash sale. I was impressed with the story and it kept me engaged throughout.
As a Brit, I found the US narration quite hard work. Perhaps this is more normal in the states, but I found there to be very little variation in tone, and no attempt to differentiate characters through their voices. If you want a straight read-through and don't mind the accent - go for it. If you want voice acting and bringing a story to life - perhaps look elsewhere.
There was also little real attempt to make brits sound differenet to germans, americans, etc (minor props for the stereotypical french accent though!). Everyone got the stock American accent. In a book with such as large cast of characters, this made it difficult at times to keep tabs on who everyone was.
I believe there are several hundred already.
"A whole series in a book!"
You have to hand it to Clancy, this could easily have broken this down into a series of three books and made more money. There is so much storyline in here and yet I never felt that he was just filling it out. The story itself is genuinely thought-provoking and I would say has become more relevant with the passage of time rather than less. This is partly because unusually there is plenty of time and even at points sympathy given to the motivations and detailed methods of the "bad guys".
The main protagonists are well detailed and thoroughly rounded out, the action seems generally well thought through rather than of the simple shoot 'em up style even if there were one or two puzzling oversights by the Rainbow team that went unexplained. If there is a downside it is a slight tendency of the author to use a cliched style of representing some characters, particularly the English who say "good man" just a tad too much for example . . . This is exacerbated by the style of narration. Now I can only imagine just how difficult it is to present a 36 hour audio book but Prichard has a strong American accent and he didn't seem to be able to change pitch, tone or pace to fully represent the widely varied characters and plot devices quite enough.
That said, very glad I read it, great value for this length of compelling story and I will be back for more of Clancy's books!
Written in its day....... It's now very dated- and not really in sync with me...plus I hated the views of hunting and Vegatarianism-- in fact don't read it!!
"A great story using real events"
It's up there towards the top. It's the first Tom Clancy book I have listened too and although it is a long story, it kept my interest throughout. The detail and description was music for my imagination. I loved references to real people, places and events.
John Clark and Dimitri Popov seemed the most real. Their characters had depth and did not always do/think what you expected.
I've not heard this narrator before. He wasn't the easiest person to listen to, and the constant references to English stereotypical phrases such as "old man" did get annoying, but that might have been in the writing. You could tell the breaks between recording, it would not have been so obvious if chapters were recorded in one go. The delivery was just a bit odd, but not enough of me to stop listening.
The animal testing was thought provoking.
On to the next Tom Clancy!
"Great story, appalling narrator"
The book, yes, this narrator, no
Clark has been a favourite of mine since Without Remorse. Shame the same man is narrating that, otherwise I would have bought it.
Truly weird inflection. Very flat voice. No attempt to imbue any character with.....character! A shame, since I also bought Cardinal of the Kremlin with the same guy. He made a very exciting story dull and boring.
Yes, make sure I never buy another book narrated by this man.
Yes, don't use this narrator again. Ever!
"Ok book with a f**ked up ending"
A reasonably interesting book but you would have to be a seriously twisted individual to think that this was an ok ending.
SPOILERS COMING!!!. So stop reading if you don't want to know the ending.
Basically the Rainbow team, which is supposed to be protecting international law, goes to Brazil, slaughters dozen american civilians, without them being able to fire a single shot back, and leaves another 40 or so to die in the jungle after they surrender.
All that without a single piece of evidence against them. All Rainbow has is the word of two terrorists. Both of whom might very well have been lying.
One of the terrorists is let go, gets to keep the millions he was paid for terrorism, and buys a gold mine who's owner he admits he shot.
How the f**k is that ok?!?!?!?
Whether or not these people deserved to die is beside the point as Rainbow had no way to know that for sure.
not as good as previous novels , some funny moments worth it for character progrosion
Superb storytelling, plenty of twists to the plot Fast paced and exciting. The tension keeps you guessing
Loved the book when I read it years ago so thought I would try the audio version. Still a great story but I'm afraid slightly let down by the narrator who came across slightly monotone and also couldn't pronounce the word vegan properly. Made me cringe every time I heard it.
Only slightly spoilt by changes in tone mid paragraph. obviously recorded at a different time and stiched together. even with this I would recommend.
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