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One of Clancy's best!

  • Jun 28, 2010

Rainbow Six follows the adventures Clancy's hero, John Clark, as he forms his own "super" special forces unit: Rainbow. Rainbow refers to the colors of the flags the international unit wears, and Six is a designation for unit leader. Taking the hint from the title, the book mostly follows Clark. The novel opens in the early forming stages of Rainbow and progresses through training and early encounters. Slowly, a larger plot is revealed and the team heads to the Amazon to defeat a plan for human extinction (it's better than I make it sound).
The writing is Clancy's usual informative style, easy to read but dry at points. He hits (or tries at some points, but the build up to it is overdone) on humor, with mixed results. Characters are excellent, for those following Clancy's works. This is still a good into to Clancy though, as he covers enough background for you to get a feel of them. I like that it wasn't all action, but showed the down time and family moments too. That made the soldiers more than just popcorn action heroes. That said, the action was frequent and intense at points. Bad guys are fleshed out as living people with a cause. This causes the resulting action to "feel" like the stakes are high.
Some have issue with the accuracy of Clancy's works. When I read this, I was new to the Air Force and knew very little about guns or military hierarchy. When I reread the section on AWACS (my unit), it was hilariously inaccurate, to the point that my suspension-of-disbelief was thrown and I had difficulty continuing. For most people this is a great current-tech, mil adventure. I guess if you are a gun nut or military tech-nazi, skip this one for its errors. Otherwise, enjoy the ride!

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Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Don`t be scared with the size of this book. Taste every page and drown inside this thriller. This is a book that worth read once again.
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