Rainbow 6

10 07 2009

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Rainbow 6 by Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 is an excellent military thriller. Its beginning is a bit dry, but once you get past the military jargon and exposition, you can’t stop reading.

Summary:
In this book, the USA, Great Britain, and other NATO nations work together to create the ultimate multinational counter-terror team, which is codenamed “rainbow”. This team is managed by star of previous Clancy books, John Clark. Clark’s son-in-law, Domingo “Ding” Chavez leads a strike team across the world, from England, to Switzerland, to Spain, to Australia and beyond to curb a series of seemingly unrelated terrorist attacks. These attacks however are all part of an overarching threat to mankind, coordinated by Dmitry Popov, an ex-KGB intelligence officer who has no idea what he has gotten himself into. While Ding leads “Team-2” across the world, Clark and Popov fight through military intelligence.

Long review:
This is one of those excellent books that many people won’t read past the first 100 pages. Admittedly, I picked it up at a book sale, read 20 pages, got bored, and put it in my bookcase to collect dust for a year. I only picked it up again after a conversation on the strategy of the video game Counter-Strike, when someone recommended I read Rainbow 6, along with any other book by Tom Clancy.

The book’s formula goes something like this:

P. 0 – 100: Exposition
P. 100 – 200: Combat
P. 200 – 300: Exposition
P. 300 – 400: Combat
And so on.

After reading 200 pages, I loved the book. By the last 200 pages, I couldn’t put the book down.

My recommendation:
Read it. The beginning is a bit boring; however, you will love it after the 200 page mark.

Also, reading this book will dramatically increase the reader’s skill at strategic squad based shooter games like Counter-Strike, Rainbow 6, Call of Duty etc. 🙂
~Dennis

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