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Op-Center [Mass Market Paperback]

Tom Clancy
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Jan. 11 2002 Op-Center (Book 1)
Op-Center is the nation's heart of intelligence and crisis management. Sometimes, it's the only place our government can turn.

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Tom Clancy's Op-Center is a beating heart of defense, intelligence, and crisis management technology. It is run by a team of operatives both within its own walls and out in the field. And when a job is too dirty--or too dangerous--it is the only place our government can turn. But nothing can prepare Director Paul Hood and his Op-Center crisis management team for what they are about to uncover--a very real, very frightening power play that could unleash new players in a new world order.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA?A terrorist bomb explodes at a celebration outside the Palace in Seoul, South Korea, with hundreds of casualties. Was it planted by angry North Koreans? Anti-reunification South Koreans? Or one group posing as the other to shift blame? Will the U.S. go in to help an ally? Speedy and efficient answers must be provided through a new U.S. intelligence agency under the direction of Paul Hood. Shorter than many other Clancy novels, Op-Center is action-packed and less violent than Without Remorse (Putnam, 1993). Brief chapters relate each event in the 41 hours during the international crisis and shift quickly to many locales. Readers must remember under what circumstances they last saw each person and must be able to keep the Korean names straight. The author is a master at providing a past and a personality for the main characters in a few words. The others come alive through their actions. The intricate climax shows that neither side is all good or all bad: cooperation is needed to keep peace. Sure to be popular, especially when the television movie airs.?Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read for "down time" Oct. 1 2003
By Nawfal
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm a philosopher, so I read a lot of heavy books. Once in awhile I have some "down time" books which I like to read just to pass time reading something that I don't need to scrutinize with pencil and paper nearby. This is one of those books, and it really does fulfill that purpose well. This is not the 'Clancy Classic' of "Red Storm Rising" or "Without Remorse," so don't get your hopes set up for that.
I enjoyed the different characters and their role in problem solving. The authors do well in showing how people often have self-interest and fair-weathered natures. I also thought that the subplots (e.g. with Hood's son, with the diplomat's wife) were present enough to engage the reader, but not overdone.
I felt that it was somewhat difficult to keep track of the various foreign characters because of their names. Instead of picking just their surname or family name, often the characters are referred to in numerous ways - thus, making it tricky to keep up. Also, I feel that perhaps a few pages could have been spent on explaining the Op-Center itself, given that this book is the first in the series..... the reader is left only basic clues about the status and origin of the Op-Center.
All in all, an excellent book for waiting rooms, beach days, and/or lazy hours on the porch.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Op-Center Is An Excellent Read Jan. 27 2001
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The book Op-Center is a fine story, an excellent yarn in the tradition of Tom Clancy. Paul Hood is the director of Op-Center, a new government organization that must respond to international crises. When someone sets off a bomb in Seoul, South Korea, it is assumed to be North Korean terrorists, but Hood discovers facts that point in another direction: A group of South Korean ultra-patriots that want to start World War III by expunging the American presence from their country and fire North Korean missiles at Japan, so as to create an alliance between them in fighting the North. The book starts slow but is difficult to put down once you hit the really interesting and action-packed parts: several storylines converge into each other, whether in the confines of Op-Center HQ, the streets of Seoul, or North Korea, this book delivers a plausible story and a dynamic plot. I would have rated this book 5 stars if it hadn't had the following flaws: first was the way the North and South worked together to start a war. I understand why they would do this: for power in the new country they created, but I found it difficult to determine how Op-Center knew so-and-so was working for so-and-so, and there were some other small plot holes, but overall, these are small problems that shouldn't ruin the experience. This is an excellent book: fans of Clancy will be pleased.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great plot sends you into enemy territory Nov. 1 2000
By Brian
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story starts out with a bombing overseas and the governemnt secret agency that is chosen to take care of this attack. The op-center is a where a group of highly intelligent people gather information using satellites and spies from all over the world. This book reminds me of spy movies such as James Bond or even of books like "Rainbow Six" also written by Tom Clancy. Mr. Clancy does a great job of showing the reader exactly what is going on because of the way he uses his words. In the story he talks about an operative who notices spies stopping into this same place but in different disquises. He then talks about how the operative notices the same chronic bad breath. The kind you can smell from across the room. That line right there told me a whole lot about this spy. It also showed that this spy was not doing everything possible to change his disquise. He also talks about the atmosphere of the bar where the operative works and comments on the stale air as well as the continous backround noise that is going on. This really lets the reader get into the story and experience exactly what the character is experiencing. The vietnam setting just mad the story have a whole different twist. Clancy talked about the DMZ(Demiliteized zone) and how it was so small and lined with guards on either side. He also lets the reader see exactly howprotected this zone is by saying "Reagan was the first person ever to cross through the DMZ and live" This gives a certain mystique to this zone. While I enjoyed this book very much I think there was a little too much hi-tech talk in this book about computer programs and hardware like that. Even though I could understand what was being talke about I don't think that someone without a background in computers could figue out all that was being talked about. I you are someone who is into hi-tech espionage I owuld definately recommend this book for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Op-Center: A Masterpiece May 18 2000
By Andy Oh
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Upon reading Tom Clancy's Op-Center, I found myself completely satisfied. This is quite a strange occurrence provided that I've never been a fan of ANY book. However, Op-Center has the perfect elements of a very good book. It's no wonder that it won the prize for #1 New York Times Bestseller. But why is Op-Center such a good book? Upon reading this book, you realize that the book itself is no better a story than any other; however, it is the method of approach that Clancy uses towards the readers that catches the attention. People who read many novels probably know by now that most of them have monotonous story-lines that over-exaggerate a universal theme presented throughout the book. However, Clancy stays away from this approach. Instead of a constant building up which leads to the conclusion, Clancy lets the reader drop away at certain points. It is almost as though he deliberately makes the reader lose attention. Then, as the reader begins to feel as though they are losing the story, Clancy steps in and starts rebuilding the conflict. This let's the reader decide what he 'missed', and makes the story more interesting. This overall "phenomenon" can be related to a roller-coaster. First, imagine a roller-coaster that consists of one huge, long drop. Sure, it's fun at first; but soon, it would get boring... no turns, no breaks in action, nothing. It's easy to create a roller-coaster of that type, and that type of roller-coaster can be used to symbolize all those simple novels out there. But there is a reason why good roller-coasters are so much better than others. Sure, there is the fact that they are fast, but the more important reason is that they have variation. Good roller-coasters vary in action. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener
Finding out that I had to read a least five hundred pages by the end on the first semester of my senior year did not please my very much. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Military Mystery
I hate it when too much is given away about a mystery. So all I will say in a nutshell that this is a good story with great plot and character development. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2001 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Op-Center
Op-Center proved itself in almost every way possible, showing the great literary skill Tom Clancy possesses. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2001 by Brandon S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Less good than expected
Well I think I would enjoy the book much more were I American. However I am pro American inclined, the book epitomises too much some American values. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2001 by Pelzer Pascal
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue on each page
This was a great book, usually I get to about page 50, maybe 100 of a book. Well this book kept me captavated throughout the entire book! Read more
Published on June 24 2001 by "cubfanone"
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book!
This was the first book written in the Op-Center series. Much to my surprise it turned out to be a very good book. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2000 by Melvin Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Clancy Novel
Not every author can grab your attention from the first sentence and some take several pages to do it. Read more
Published on July 30 2000 by Alex Fridman
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Clancy Novel
Not every author can grab your attention from the first sentence and some take several pages to do it. Read more
Published on July 30 2000 by Alex Fridman
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Clancy Novel
Not every author can grab your attention from the first sentence and some take several pages to do it. Read more
Published on July 30 2000 by Alex Fridman
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Story----Lousy Details
This was a good story, but obviously not written by Clancy. I'm surprised he let his name get put on the cover. Read more
Published on July 21 2000 by Phillip Walker
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