Divide and Conquer: Op-Center 07 Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 2000
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Tom Clancy was the author of eighteen #1 New York Times-bestselling novels. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the bestseller list after President Ronald Reagan pronounced it ï¿½the perfect yarn.ï¿½ Clancy was the undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He died in October 2013.
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One of the things that I enjoy most is the continued development of the on-going characters. This book focuses almost exclusively on Hood and does a good job of continuing the development of his character. In general, I find the characters believable and that they act rationally; I can not always says this about the Net Force characters.
I did miss several other continuing characters, including Rodgers, McCaskey and the Striker team. These characters essentially did not appear in Divide and Conquer. One of my dislikes about this book was just this omission; it ignored almost all of the normal supporting characters. Just as disconcerting, there are hints that the next book will continue this trend.
Additionally, I have a general sense of unease that the events of the last few books are supposedly so close together on the timeline. The pace of the events of these books seems unbelievable.
Finally, it will be interesting to see if the authors ever have the nerve for the main characters to fail, rather than succeed, when they are acting on their instincts...
The absence of the Striker team and the backchannel use of the Russian Op Center lends more and more credibility to the writers for a believable story. Yes, it's possible to have excitement without bullets but the action around the Caspian Sea should keep the blood-n-guts and hard-core spy thriller readers occupied. But the mental breakdown of the President? Interesting plot line but I wasn't convinced this was the way it could be done.
With the recent ups & downs of TC's books, maybe he should slow down a bit and work harder on his characters (Op-Center, Net Force, Power Plays, Jack Ryan). We had jack for what, almost 2 decades? Paul's characters will almost have the same number of books in 3 years as well as having a few ones with Net Force and the Power Play so the depth is not there as it was before.
But the book was good enough for me to look forward for the next one, which I hope TC will take more time to do.
Rovlin has picked up these characters very well and developed them seamlessly with what the previous authors have done. Hood's character draws empathy from the reader better than most techno thriller protagonists.
The plot in this installment is delicious, as is the pace. There are plenty of Whitehouse shenanigans, lots of intrigue...resourceful terrorists pursuit by intrepid and equally resourceful agents. There's even a bit of detente as the Russian Op Center makes a dramatic appearance.
All together, a stellar job by the authors. Its a good read, folks. Questions? email me.
The plot in this Op Center is especially good -- very devious and smart. Strategy and deception play a much larger role than military force in this Op Center, which makes the story so compelling. Essentially, in this Op Center, we encounter a Paul Hood who is beginning to get past a lot of difficult personal issues that built up in previous Op Centers. Just as this is happening, however, Paul Hood finds himself in a real maze of intrigue that requires all of his cunning and intelligence.
In short, the best Op Center ever. You will love this one.
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A good thriller but missing something. This was not up to the normal Op-Center books, in my opinion. While it has a good story line it seemed to be off. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2002 by TSchlaack
Tom Clancy has been one of my long time favorite authors with books like Bear and The Dragon, State of Siege, and Line of Control. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2002 by Tom Bowers
The book i'm reviewing was viewing was okay interesting, but in all and all it was a okay book. There alot of good plots in the story. There was also alot of action in it. Read morePublished on April 12 2002
Heard the taped version of TOM CLANCY'S OP-CENTER:
DIVIDE AND CONQUER by Jeff Rovin . . . this is a gripping
thriller about tensions between Iran and the former Soviet... Read more
The authors did an excellent job on this story. The plot was well developed, as were the characters. The story moves at a comfortable pace and was quite interesting. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2001 by Amazon Customer
Divide & Conquer is a nice change to the Op-Center series. The Op-Center series was starting to get old. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2001
I have been really disappointed in the Op-Center series since the first book. They have just seemed to have mediocre story lines, and not much character development at all. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2000 by B. Daniels
This book to me is a classic case of an author mis-using his name on a product. The only thing that is "Tom Clancy" about this book is his name on the cover. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2000