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John Clark is used to doing the CIA’s dirty work. Now he’s taking on the world . . . Rainbow Six
Number-one bestselling author Tom Clancy goes beyond anything he has done before in
Rainbow Six
. It is his most shocking story to date—and closer to reality than any government would care to admit . . .
 
At its heart is ex-Navy SEAL John Clark, now the newly named 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 . . .
 
“ACTION-PACKED . . . chock-full of munitions experts, sharpshooters and all-around daredevils . . . meticulously researched and carefully plotted.”
—The New York Times Book Review
 
“ATTENTION ON DECK! Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark and his son-in-law Domingo “Ding” Chavez, who locked and loaded in previous Clancy blockbusters
Clear and Present Danger
and
Without Remorse
, are back in action, defending freedom and playing fast and loose, as always, with any rules that get in the way . . . a gripping plot . . . bolt-action mayhem.”
—People
 
“CLANCY IS A NATURAL STORYTELLER . . .
Rainbow Six
shows how much [he] has improved his character development. He still provides the thrills. But we also identify with Clark and his Rainbow colleagues.”
—USA Today
 
“MR. CLANCY IS IN HIS ELEMENT. His description of special-forces operations is as exciting as anything a reader will find . . . When the door blows open and the shooting starts, nobody does it better.”
—The Dallas Morning News
 
“[A] FAST-PACED, RETRO-CLANCY TALE . . . A leaner, meaner novel that allows Clancy’s undeniable story-telling talents to come to the fore.”
—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
“THE PACE RARELY SLACKENS in this well-crafted, very readable thriller . . . a terrific yarn.”
—The San Francisco Examiner
 
“A RIPPING READ . . . a strong premise and world-class action sequences . . . All of Clancy’s fans . . . will revel in the writer’s continued mastery at action writing;
Rainbow
’s engagements . . . are immensely suspenseful, breathtaking combos of expertly detailed combat and primal emotion.”
—Publishers Weekly
 
“VINTAGE CLANCY.”
—San Antonio Express-News
 

RAINBOW SIX
MOVES FAST AND FURIOUSLY AND KEEPS YOU IN SUSPENSE FROM BEGINNING TO END.”
—Bookpage
 
“ONCE I GOT INTO
RAINBOW SIX
, I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN . . . As always, Clancy tells a dandy story. His fans will storm the bookstores to snatch up
Rainbow Six
, and they will get their money’s worth . . . splendid technical detail and expert pacing.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
 
“I PRONOUNCE MYSELF A BORN-AGAIN CLANCY FAN . . . taut, well-constructed and eminently readable . . . Clancy manages to keep things moving. Heck, the book starts with a hijacking and things only get more interesting.”
—Lexington Herald-Leader
 
“EXPLOSIVE.”
—Kirkus Reviews
 
The Bestselling Novels of
Tom Clancy
 
The Bear and the Dragon
A clash of world powers. President Jack Ryan’s trial by fire.
 
“HEART-STOPPING ACTION
. . .
CLANCY STILL REIGNS.”
—The Washington Post
 
Debt of Honor
It begins with the murder of an American woman in the back streets of Tokyo. It ends in war . . .
 
“A SHOCKER CLIMAX SO PLAUSIBLE YOU’LL WONDER WHY IT HASN’T YET HAPPENED.”
—Entertainment Weekly
 
The Hunt for Red October
The smash bestseller that launched Clancy’s career—the incredible search for a Soviet defector and the nuclear submarine he commands . . .
 
“BREATHLESSLY EXCITING.”—
The Washington Post
 
Red Storm Rising
The ultimate scenario for World War III—the final battle for global control . . .
 
“THE ULTIMATE WAR GAME . . . BRILLIANT.”
—Newsweek
 
Patriot Games
CIA analyst Jack Ryan stops an assassination—and incurs the wrath of Irish terrorists . . .
 
“A HIGH PITCH OF EXCITEMENT.”
—The Wall Street Journal
 
The Cardinal of the Kremlin
The superpowers race for the ultimate Star Wars missile defense system . . .
 

CARDINAL
EXCITES, ILLUMINATES . . . A REAL PAGE-TURNER.”—
Los Angeles Daily News
 
Clear and Present Danger
The killing of three U.S. officials in Colombia ignites the American government’s explosive, and top secret, response . . .
 
“A CRACKLING GOOD YARN.”—The
Washington Post
 
The Sum of All Fears
The disappearance of an Israeli nuclear weapon threatens the balance of power in the Middle East—and around the world . . .
 
“CLANCY AT HIS BEST . . . NOT TO BE MISSED.”
—The Dallas Morning News
 
Without Remorse
The Clancy epic fans have been waiting for. His code name is Mr. Clark. And his work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient . . . but who is he really?
 
“HIGHLY ENTERTAINING.”
—The Wall Street Journal
NOVELS BY TOM CLANCY
The Hunt for Red October
Red Storm Rising
Patriot Games
The Cardinal of the Kremlin
Clear and Present Danger
The Sum of All Fears
Without Remorse
Debt of Honor
Executive Orders
Rainbow Six
The Bear and the Dragon
SSN: Strategies of Submarine Warfare
CREATED BY TOM CLANCY AND STEVE PIECZENIK
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Mirror Image
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Games of State
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Acts of War
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Balance of Power
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: State of Siege
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Divide and Conquer
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Line of Control
Tom Clancy’s Net Force
Tom Clancy’s Net Force: Hidden Agendas
Tom Clancy’s Net Force: Night Moves
Tom Clancy’s Net Force: Breaking Point
Tom Clancy’s Net Force: Point of Impact
Tom Clancy’s Net Force: CyberNation
CREATED BY TOM CLANCY AND MARTIN GREENBERG
Tom Clancy’s Power Plays: Politika
Tom Clancy’s Power Plays:
ruthless.com
Tom Clancy’s Power Plays: Shadow Watch
Tom Clancy’s Power Plays: Bio-Strike
NONFICTION
Submarine: A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship
Armored Cav: A Guided Tour of an Armored Cavalry Regiment
Fighter Wing: A Guided Tour of an Air Force Combat Wing
Marine: A Guided Tour of a Marine Expeditionary Unit
Airborne: A Guided Tour of an Airborne Task Force
Carrier: A Guided Tour of an Aircraft Carrier
Special Forces: A Guided Tour of U.S. Army Special Forces
Into the Storm: A Study in Command
(written with General Fred Franks)
Every Man a Tiger
(written with General Charles Horner)
This is a work of fiction. The events described here are imaginary; the
settings and characters are fictitious and not intended to represent
specific places or living persons.
 
RAINBOW SIX
 
A Berkley Book / published by arrangement with
the author
 
PRINTING HISTORY
G. P. Putnam’s Sons edition / August 1998
Berkley edition / September 1999
 
All rights reserved.
Copyright © 1998 by Rubicon, Inc.
Photograph of the author by John Earle.
This book may not be reproduced in whole or in part,
by mimeograph or any other means, without permission.
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375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014.
 
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FOR ALEXANDRA MARIA
lux mea mundi
There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.
 
 
—HOMER
PROLOGUE
SETTING UP
John Clark had more time in airplanes than most licensed pilots, and he knew the statistics as well as any of them, but he still didn’t like the idea of crossing the ocean on a twin-engine airliner. Four was the right number of engines, he thought, because losing one meant losing only 25 percent of the aircraft’s available power, whereas on this United 777, it meant losing
half.
Maybe the presence of his wife, one daughter, and a son-in-law made him a little itchier than usual. No, that wasn’t right. He wasn’t itchy at all, not about flying anyway. It was just a lingering . . . what? he asked himself. Next to him, in the window seat Sandy was immersed in the mystery she’d started the day before, while he was trying to concentrate on the current issue of
The Economist,
and wondering what was putting the cold-air feeling on the back of his neck. He started to look around the cabin for a sign of danger but abruptly stopped himself. There wasn’t anything wrong that he could see, and he didn’t want to seem like a nervous flyer to the cabin crew. He sipped at his glass of white wine, shook his shoulders, and went back to the article on how peaceful the new world was.
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