Rainbow Six

Rainbow Six

by Tom Clancy

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Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy

In this #1 New York Times bestselling John Clark thriller, author Tom Clancy takes readers into the shadowy world of anti-terrorism and gets closer to reality than any government would care to admit...

Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark has been named the 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 and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425170342
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/1999
Series: Jack Ryan Series , #9
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 912
Sales rank: 25,986
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.48(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A little more than thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it “the perfect yarn.” From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013.


Huntingtown, Maryland

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1947

Date of Death:

October 1, 2013

Place of Birth:

Baltimore, Maryland


Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland, 1965; B.A. in English, Loyola College, 1969

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Tom Clancy is the author of ten novels, including THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, RED STORM RISING, and CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, and six nonfiction titles, including INTO THE STORM: A STUDY IN COMMAND. His latest novel, RAINBOW SIX, is now available from barnesandnoble.com.

AOLiveMC5: Welcome, Tom Clancy! Let's get right to our questions!

Question: Hello, Mr. Clancy. You're an excellent author! I was wondering, have you written or considered writing any novels concerning the space shuttle? Thank you.

Tom Clancy: No, I've never really thought about that.

Question: RAINBOW SIX deals with the threat of ecological terrorism. Is this a fictional device for you -- or do you see eco-terrorism as a true threat?

Tom Clancy: Oh, it's a potential threat. Exactly how real it is hard to say. There's all sorts of crazy people out there.

Question: Who came closer to the Jack Ryan you imagine, Harrison Ford or Alec Baldwin?

Tom Clancy: [chuckles] I'm going to keep away from that dispute.

Question: Mr. Clancy, have you ever been censored by the government for giving such detailed "secure" information in your novels?

Tom Clancy: Never. No. Not ever. Not once.

Question: Generally speaking, how much time is involved in your research for a book?

Tom Clancy: Never more than three weeks. And that was for PATRIOT GAMES.

Question: Mr. Clancy, you are now one of the world's most prominent fictional authors. What do you feel are your responsibilities in that role with regard to readers' insatiable appetite for realistic plots? And how do you fulfill them?

Tom Clancy: I have a covenant with my readers. And that covenant is to speak the truth. If it's in my books, it's possible or it has already happened. And it's a covenant I can never break. Within the limits of fiction.

Question: Mr. Clancy, as a Department of Defense employee, I appreciate all you have done to promote a strong national defense. Any recommendations for trench rats, as to how we can get the attention of the nation? Is Jack still President in RAINBOW SIX?

Tom Clancy: Jack is still President in RAINBOW SIX. Write your congressman, write your newspaper. Try to get the truth out. We all do it.

Question: What is your military background? It seems as though you do have one.

Tom Clancy: None. I've never been in the military service. I was rejected because of bad eyesight.

Question: What is your current assessment of the armed forces (e.g., too large, too small, still effective)?

Tom Clancy: I think they're still effective.

Question: How old is John Clark in this new novel?

Tom Clancy: Middle 50s.

Question: Do you know how your books will end when you start writing them, or do they just happen along as you write them?

Tom Clancy: Not always, very often you discover the ending as you tell the story. And that was true in this one.

Question: Your newest novel has just hit the stands.... Do they become somehow easier to produce as you are published more?

Tom Clancy: Not really. Your abilities increase with practice, but your expectations increase even more quickly; you're always in competition with yourself.

Question: When you have time to pick up a book yourself, what authors do you like to read?

Tom Clancy: Oh, God. Lots of them. Freddy Forsythe. John Keegan for military history. He's the best in the world. I think the best in America is John Varley, a science fiction guy. Just brilliant.

Question: Tom, Jack Ryan is said to be your alter ego. I know John Clark is his "darker side," but is he modeled after anyone?

Tom Clancy: Not really, no. He's a fictional character.

Question: In the autographed edition of your new book, RAINBOW SIX, is the book only autographed, or is there a script written along with it?

Tom Clancy: It's just autographed, as far as I know.

Question: Do you have access to privileged military information, or is all of your research based on material available to any civilian?

Tom Clancy: No, I do not. I have never seen a classified document. For me to do so would be a felony. And I don't want to go to jail. Public sources. But I've never done an FOI [Freedom of Information Act]. It's cheating.

Question: Do you think that you would have any interest in writing about government corruption?

Tom Clancy: Oh, I think I already have, in some ways. Maybe someday, but not now.

Question: Is it true you were debriefed by the White House over THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER?

Tom Clancy: Absolutely false. Never happened.

Question: Of the books you wrote, which one is your favorite?

Tom Clancy: No, they're all children of my mind.

Question: Hello, Mr. Clancy. First and foremost, congratulations on completing your latest book. It is a work of genius. I was wondering if you planned on making a movie out of RAINBOW SIX?

Tom Clancy: Oh, maybe. We're in discussions now, but nothing has been finalized.

Question: Mr. Clancy, have other world powers inquired about your book-writing skills?

Tom Clancy: Not to my knowledge, no.

Question: Why did you choose Beretta .45s for the standard sidearms?

Tom Clancy: 'Cause I like Beretta pistols.

Question: How has the end of the Cold War affected the East/West aspect of your novels?

Tom Clancy: Well, it's changed somewhat, but my last real Cold War novel was RED STORM RISING, in 1986.

Question: Mr. Clancy, I am an aspiring author. Do you depend upon your own experiences or consultants to keep the details accurate?

Tom Clancy: No, I do it all myself. And I don't always do it right, but I try very hard.

Question: Was RED OCTOBER based on a true story that was denied by the U.S. government?

Tom Clancy: Yes. November 8, 1975, a Soviet frigate named Storzhevoi attempted to defect to Sweden. And RED OCTOBER is based on that incident. The U.S. government has never denied it. It's a well-known incident.

Question: How did you get the idea to make environmentalists the bad guys this time?

Tom Clancy: Hey, I have to pick somebody.

Question: Mr. Clancy, Your books are wonderful, as are the movies that have been made of them. I'd like to know about "Netforce." How long will the production be in Virginia, and were you instrumental in selecting the stars for the miniseries?

Tom Clancy: No, I do not do casting, and I really don't know when production's going to be finished.

Question: What was your favorite book to research?

Tom Clancy: Hmm...probably RED STORM RISING.

Question: Well, you were right on the money with the problem with India. How did you think up that one?

Tom Clancy: It's obvious, isn't it?

Question: Do you feel your readers take your books too seriously?

Tom Clancy: Oh, some do. Most don't.

Question: Most of your novels are interlinked. Are you going to do another one like RED STORM RISING?

Tom Clancy: No. No, the Soviet Union is dead. And there's no point in repeating that.

Question: What do you believe will the major strategic threat to the United States in the next five to ten years?

Tom Clancy: I don't think there is such a threat. And there's no rule that says there must be.

Question: I want to know what's next for Jack Ryan. He is the President in EXECUTIVE DECISION, and I know he is going to run again. Give us a hint as to what is his next crisis.

Tom Clancy: No. I will not do that.

Question: Mr. Clancy, would you detail a bit of the process you follow when the books like OP-CENTER and POLITIKA are written in conjunction with another author? Who does what? What is your role, etc.?

Tom Clancy: My role is executive supervision, and that's all.

Question: Mr. Clancy, would you give us a short "required reading" list for those of us who are interested in learning more about agencies such as the CIA, the State Department, the Secret Service, etc.?

Tom Clancy: Uh, books by Jeffrey Richelson.

Question: In DEBT OF HONOR, what inspired you to write the truly shocking ending that greets readers in the last chapter?

Tom Clancy: I thought it'd be fun. And if you're a dramatist, as I am, you're supposed to do exciting endings.

Question: Where do you get your inspiration? And how come you are always ahead of the news?

Tom Clancy: I get my inspiration 'cause it's my job and I get paid for it. And I'm ahead of the news because I've got a good imagination, I guess.

Question: What's tougher for you as a writer, character development or concept development? (BTW, you do both very well.)

Tom Clancy: It's all part of the same thing.

Question: Any advice for writers who don't know how to get their work published?

Tom Clancy: Keep submitting it.

Question: Before you started writing, did you think of yourself as a good storyteller?

Tom Clancy: I'm better now than I was, I guess.

Question: If you could change one thing about any of your books, what would it be?

Tom Clancy: I have no idea.

Question: Is there a way to find out your schedule of where you are going to be signing copies of RAINBOW SIX?

Tom Clancy: Call Putnam.

Question: Mr. Clancy, do you believe the U.S. military is unprepared for another major regional conflict like Desert Storm?

Tom Clancy: No, I do not.

Question: Where do you live? Where do you like to write? Is it on computer?

Tom Clancy: I'm a Mac Driver, and on my Macintosh.

Question: Do you think the movies do your novels justice?

Tom Clancy: I'll let the reviewers decide that.

Question: Mr. Clancy, I have seen your pictures on various military vessels and assorted hardware. What is the most spectacular piece of U.S. military hardware that you have been allowed to tour?

Tom Clancy: The USS Wisconsin. Battleship.

Question: Who is your hero?

Tom Clancy: The world's full of heroes. Doctors are heroes. Cops are heroes. Firemen are heroes.

AOLiveMC5: Thank you so much for joining us this evening, Mr. Clancy.

Tom Clancy: Thank you. My pleasure.

AOLiveMC5: We are looking forward to your new book. Thank you very much for joining us, audience. Goodnight.

Tom Clancy: Goodnight.

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Rainbow Six 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 559 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of many very awesome books by Tom Clancy. If you know alot about the military or love what the military does, this book is for you.
snipperSB More than 1 year ago
Good Read. Sad somehow knowing we are training these soldiers as the ultimate warriors because they are needed. While we can train these people to infiltrate, capture enemies and Kill when required, all because they volunteer to do so, I often wonder what it does to the individual when we are through with them. Not all of their work can ever be known by the public, but we all need to know they are there and accept the premise that they work under. I am glad there are people that can do this work and sleep at night. We definitely need these teams to help defend our country and do what has to be done. I think a large part of our population doesn't understand how necessary these people are to our safety. Thank you all for your service and sacrifice.
Silence-Dogood50 More than 1 year ago
Although this book showed to be around 700 pages on my nook it took me just over four days to read. This is also while I am going to school and working full time. Very good book from a technical standpoint and really good story line. I would highly recommend this book for long trips as it is very hard to put down.
ColinWalters More than 1 year ago
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six was easily one of my favorite books that I have read. The excitement level never ceases and the action keeps on hitting you right in the face. I have played parts of the Rainbow Six video game series and it shows many parallels between the book and the game. I now plan to go back and play all of the games because of the background that I have.  The main character, John Clark, gets the attention of the reader by relating to the common person and being a very interesting headpiece. Tom Clancy uses his skills as a writer to pull the reader into the story and keeping them there until the end of the novel. It took me approximately two and a half days to finish this book because the only time i put it down was when i had to go to work or eat. The book seems to have some serious in depth scenarios with real military equipment, agencies, and places. Tom Clancy, being known for writing military based novels, was outstanding in this piece of work.  The only minor flaw I found in this book was the introduction to the main antagonist Popov. It had seemed like he had appeared out of nowhere and just entered halfway through the book as the role. I feel as though Tom Clancy realized halfway through his book that he had no real enemy to this unstoppable tactical force, and decided to include one late into the novel.  I very much enjoyed the novel even with its minor flaws. The book was very in depth and i plan to start reading more Tom Clancy novels in the future. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best Clancy novel yet, I highly recommend Rainbow Six
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book...
J_Corella More than 1 year ago
I would recommend.
BestSellersOnly More than 1 year ago
This is probably Clancy's best book of all. Its a fast paced book that was written way ahead of its time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Read once and going back for more. The plot keeps you on your toes throughout the book and has a nice meaningful ending or the plot of the book.
medievalmama on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This is the first Clancy book I ever read and my second favorite. It offers plot, locations across Europe, high plausibilty, and what appear to be very well worked out logistics, with a cast of characters that the reader wants to win. I would start with earlier ones in the Clark series, like _Without Remorse_, and _Clear and Present Danger_ to get a feel for Clark's and Ding's backgrounds because this one is heavily reliant on complex interrelationships.
nm.fall07.j.johnsick on LibraryThing 3 days ago
this book is a great way to find time in your life to sit down and read it, I would recommend people to read this book because it takes you in the mind of one the main characters
MrsHillReads on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Nobody does this type of fiction better than Tom Clancy. Generally, people either love or hate his books...I love them!
reading_fox on LibraryThing 3 days ago
The later years of John (Kelly) Clark. Ryan is the president, and John and domingo get co-opted into a new hard hitting task force. Nowhere near as good as his early work, the plot is an improved biological weapon and a few terrorist incidents. Characters, especially the bad guys lack depth. readable but probably only on long journeys.
jediphil683 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Probably my favorite Clancy book, mostly because the blind "let's go America" patriotism takes a backseat to characterization and plot. Granted, that has a lot to do with its international cast of characters (not to mention setting), but I think he actually stretched his muscles here. The book's the better for it.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Rainbow Six represents Clancy's desire for "good people to come against evil" and to do so with courage and determination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting, suspenseful! Good read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I play rainbow 6 siege. Fortnite too. I havent read the book yet but i still bought it. Im a ela main and sometimes i like to mess with people using twitch drones but i play fuze. But anyway this book sounds kinda beat because its "800 pages" but ive read longer. The stupid mlp kids are reallly annoying and people who say read the editorials instead are also dumb because the editorial reveiws literally give you no insight on the book. The just say "Clancy's best book yet" and blah blah blah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long, but a great read as usual. Many different suspenseful episodes in one book. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good and interesting for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and loaded with operational details.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book another fantastic read by a great author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are very close to the game
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
Bear, this is Six, I am in command now. This is my favorite Tom Clancy book. How do I know? It’s the only book of his that I have read twice. Not that I won’t read any others twice, it’s just that I really enjoyed this one and after playing the new and excellent video game (Rainbow Six: Siege), I needed to relive it’s greatness once again, which I am happy to say has not diminished in any way over the years. Like the game, Rainbow is the code name for a group of highly specialized operatives from all over the world, combining their unique talents to combat terrorism at a moments notice wherever it may arise. Like any Clancy novel, this one is big. Full of characters, twists, and very realistic tech and tactics. That’s what makes this modern thriller so scary. It could happen, and the terrorists in this one come up with a very nasty way to spread a potentially devastating biological weapon. I won’t spoil it, but it’s a very clever idea which will have you turning pages at an ever increasing velocity as if your efforts might propel the good guys to save the day any faster. A fantastic tale, epic and complicated, but never overmuch, and even though Clancy has written many modern classic military suspense novels like this, this will probably be the first novel of his that I read three times. I still love it, just as gripping and tense as when it came out, a real masterwork by a great writer.