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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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4.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener Oct. 21 2003
By Brian
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. But when I got started in this book and read it for a while I began to enjoy it and find some enjoyment that I had not found in any other previous book. Reading Tom Clancy's Op-center made my want to keep reading until the book was finished.
This book took place in another country in the distant future were every thing has changed from what we know it. After have terrorists destroying part of the city, one man and a organization call Op center must try to stop the terrorists before they take over and turn everything form what was good to what would become bad. I highly recommend this book to any one that likes to read a little action sci-fi books. It is a great eye opener and makes you take a look around to see what could become of you cities.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read for "down time" Oct. 1 2003
By Nawfal
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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 Good Military Mystery Dec 31 2001
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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. If you like stories like "Hunt for Red October" or any of the "Netforce" novels you probably will enjoy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Op-Center Dec 10 2001
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Op-Center proved itself in almost every way possible, showing the great literary skill Tom Clancy possesses. In this action packed novel Clancy manages to show multiple story lines and keep the reader interested in them all. There were a few holes in the plot but nothing that could hurt a Clancy book. A bombing in North/South Korea has Op-Center proving it's self to the president as they attempt to prevent World War III. Terrorism may be played out in the Clancy collection but I enjoyed the storyline and found the book entertaining to the end. I found the ending to be surprising and sufficient to the story itself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Less good than expected Nov. 5 2001
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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. At some points it is simply unbearable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue on each page June 24 2001
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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! I didn't want to put the book down for anything. Because of this book I just got another Tom Clancy novel, Rainbow Six. If that book is half as good as this book has been, then I will definatly enjoy it. I recomend this book and I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!
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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 A Good Book! Nov. 19 2000
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This was the first book written in the Op-Center series. Much to my surprise it turned out to be a very good book. Op-Center and it's military arm Striker are created for the purpose of crisis management. The head man of this new agency Paul Hood proved to be a very readable leading man. The Op-Center group is forced to intervene in a long standing world hotspot. There are once again problems brewing in Korea between North-South Korea. It falls upon the forces of Op-Center to prevent a major war. Paul Hood and the Striker team are able to save the day and prevent a major crisis. A very believeable scenario. This was definitely a book that you will enjoy. The whole Op-Center series has been very good.
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