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Publisher's Summary

Tom Clancy's "genius for big, compelling plots" and his "natural narrative gift" ( The New York Times Magazine) have established him as one of the preeminent storytellers of our time. In this most extraordinary novel, Rainbow Six, Clancy goes beyond anything he has done before.

At its heart is John Clark, a master of secret operational missions, and newly named the head of an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. Clark tries to figure out where a recent string of terrorist attacks is heading, but there is no way to predict the real threat: a group of terrorists like none the world has ever encountered, a group so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on this earth as we know it.

©1998 Tom Clancy (P)1998 Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Action-packed.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Gripping...bolt-action mayhem.” (People)

“A thrill ride.” (USA Today)

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GREAT BOOK! (the narrator isn't that bad)

I was real nervous about purchasing this book due to the issues everyone seems to have with the narrator. I took a chance, and let me tell you...GREAT BOOK!!!!! The narrator is not as nearly as bad as everyone is making him out to be. He is not the best, but I followed him without a problem and he DEFINITELY did not ruin the story! (It's only a book people! Being just a little to picky!) The story was compelling, the plot got better and better with every moment and the there was never a dull point. If you like military or spy novels, this is the book for you!

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Narrarator was horrible.

This review has nothing to do with the quality of the book itself. I could not finish listening to it because the reader read in sporatic bursts. It was if he was reading the book for the first time and was unsure what tone to use or at what pace to read the passages.

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One of the worst abridgments that I've heard

I guess I will have to buy the book. This has got to be one of the worst abridgements that I've ever heard. The plot is all over the place and the reader, is awful. I wasn't sure that it could get worse then having Dennis Boutsikaris as a reader. David Dukes reads a lot like William Shatner and his characters, especially the women as noted in other reviews, are horrible. Every women character has an annoyingly deep and "breathy" voice. Had these characters been drag queens, this would have been fine. As for the story, it has a lot of potential. Lots of Special Ops stuff. Action from the get-go but I felt like I was missing half of the story. This seems to be one of those books which should never had been abridged.

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UNHAPPY

Unfortunately nowhere in the description was it listed that this was the abridged version of the title.

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Short But Good, My Favorite Tom Clancy Story

To me Tom Clancy in general tends to be a bit "dry". Lots of techno-babble, and light on story, and many of his stories crawl along. Rainbow Six is different. It starts right out of the gate exciting, and doesn't let up. As a result, the book is actually pretty short, I actually wish it were longer, but it's a lot of fun. Tons of action.

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Typical special ops - a warning.

Ok, first off, I love everything fictional Tom Clancy has written. This book is no different. But a warning, if you arn't into special ops, their weapons, or their school of thought, not your book. If you like the Jack Ryan series and want to try something with a bit more action, this is your book. The story is told well, the acting is above par. Overall, about par for Tom Clancy.

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2021 is this the future

the world as we know it is changing everything covered in this story is happening now. did they go forward with that plan?

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bad[

I found this book horrible as a story and as narration! Really a bad reading!

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Tale of the times

For some reason the narrator thought D. Chavez should have a very silly sounding hispanic accent…reminiscent of Blazing Saddles

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Good story

Good story. The reading could be better. my recommendation would be to re-record the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-18

excellent book disapointed it was only 5 chapter's

would be been great had it been the whole book
Will have to use another credit now to get the whole book

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  • DaveG
  • 10-05-17

Don't do accents.

The narrator has a great voice and should stick to using his natural accent. When he tried to do British or other accents it was all over the place. Didn't stop me enjoying it though.

Brilliant story!

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  • Nathalie N Abson
  • 03-01-21

Better left in the past

I brought this book for nostalgia as I used to play the game and enjoyed Clancy as a kid. wish I hadn't the story was thread bare and accents awful. I gave up.

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  • Civilization, what the best
  • 05-19-19

Good fast paced Clancy, ruined by the performance

A good Clancy book which I have read myself in the past, but terrible delivery and I mean truly awful deluvery and also seems abridged. Would not buy.

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  • Will Ramshaw
  • 12-06-17

Great listen

Good book but the different voices could do with improving. I read the original book but I drive now and enjoyed listening to it again.

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  • R.W.B.
  • 09-29-21

A poor plot and terrible narration

The worst British accents since Dick van Dyke tried to be a Cockney. The other non-American ones are closely behind in their awfulness

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-21

A must read

Simply one of the best from Tom clancy this was my first book that got me reading novels I got it in the airport while going on holiday and could not put it down

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-21

Loved reading the book

I read this book a while ago and absolutely loved it. I thought I’d try the audible version of it. I wasn’t sure about the reader and his attempts at all the different accents of the characters in the book. Ruined the book in my opinion. Shame they couldn’t have had a different reader for each character.

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  • Lina
  • 07-12-20

Great story

I found this novel to be very thrilling and enjoyable throw the rainbow hostage situation to the main virus it was amazing

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  • Curtis Wignall
  • 09-16-19

Great Book. Boring and Dull voice.

having read this book before and loved it, I was keen to listen to it at work.

But this guy's voice is so dull and boring. I turned it off after ten minutes.

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  • James M
  • 09-30-21

worst reading I have envountered.

love Tom Clancy and have listened to the entire series. this is by far the worst reading I have heard The accents of the characters were horrible. made me cringe. you should rerecord with a different Reade

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-20

Narrator ruined a great book

Worst narrator I have heard read a Tom Clancy book. SO many of the characters sounded stoned. Don’t get me started about how bad his Australian accent was.

Also, it’s an abridged version, but wasn’t advertised as such.

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  • stephen fitzgerald
  • 04-23-19

missing chapters

there is quite a large amount of this book that is not on audible.. as someone who has read the hardcopy book, a lot of the books relevant information is missing
.very dissatisfied.