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.

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. 🙂