The Thunderbirds Are Go! Official Guide, also known as the International Rescue Official Guide, is a book originally released in 2015 by Simon and Schuster.

The guide contains character biographies, information about Tracy Island, the Global Defence Force and the Hood.


In an age of advanced science and technology, the world is experiencing a time of peace and prosperity, Technology and human ingenuity have saved the world from global warming, pollution, famine and disease. There is no need to rely on nuclear power of fossil fuel anymore.

This does not mean that the world is still without problems - natural and manmade disasters still occur, accidents still happen and agents of evil are always at work to disrupt the peace. To combat this, an anonymous team was formed for one reason alone - as a means of rescue when all other methods have failed. This organisation is International Rescue.

Be it land, seas or air, nowhere is out of their reach. If no one can help someone in danger, International Rescue will always answer the call.

International Rescue identities are not widely known but their exploits are legendary. From their secret island base, the world knows them as a team of rapid responders who have expertly handled countless dangerous situations.

This guide reveals the people behind the team - the Tracy family, their friends and the technology that makes their work possible. The brothers, in particular, strive to help others and use their vast resources and technology for the betterment of humankind. They selflessly accept this task with no personal recognition for their heroic deeds.

Publication InformationEdit

  • Published by: Simon and Schuster (UK), Hachette (AU)
  • Format: Hardback
  • Recommended retail price: £6.99
  • Location photography: Steve Unwin
  • Printed in: China