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Sea of Fire: Op-Center 10 [Mass Market Paperback]

Steve Pieczenik , Jeff Rovin , Tom Clancy
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June 24 2003 Op-Center (Book 10)

A half-dead Singapore pirate is plucked from the Celebes Sea in the Western Pacific, setting off alarms halfway around the world in Washington, D.C. Traces of radiation are found on the man, causing Australian officials to call in Op-Center for a top-secret investigation of nuclear disposal sites.  When an empty drum from a recent drop-off is discovered near where the pirate's ship was destroyed, the Op-Center team comes to a terrifying conclusion: A multinational corporation hired to dispose of nuclear waste is selling it instead-to a most unlikely terrorist...

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Tom Clancy is the world's favorite international thriller author. Starting with The Hunt For Red October, all of Mr. Clancy's books have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Mr. Clancy lives in Maryland and owns an interest in the Baltimore Orioles.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Nuclear hogwash March 2 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
Among the countless and careless errors throughout this book, as attested to by several other reviewers, the one that bothers me the most is the author's horrendous misunderstanding of the terms "contamination" and "radiation." Being an ex nuclear submariner and nuclear engineer, I have always been impressed by the accuracy of Tom Clancy's research, whether it was the details of nuclear submarine operations or his insights regarding interactions among members of the officers and crew. Tom Clancy was a meticulous researcher. Tom Clancy understood the difference between "contamination" and "radiation" and never would have written a book based on such a misapplication of science.
Lee Tong, the "radiation man" who sets off the entire story, conceivably could have been irradiated by gamma rays from the nuclear cargo on his target ship but that exposure, no matter how intense, would in no way have made him radioactive. There would be no need for a lead shield as described in his hospital room. If on the other hand he became contaminated with radioactive material from the target boat as a result of the explosion, then the target ship and many of its crew members would also have been contaminated. But they weren't. You can walk away from a radiation source, but if you are contaminated with radioactive particles, it goes with you.
For those of us who have been conditioned to read anything with Tom Clancy's name on it, and who do so because we have learned to trust the authenticity of his work, this book is extremely disappointing. We used to read Clancy because we trusted him and because of this trust we had confidence that the technology described in the story was accurate, not science fiction.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy Obviously did not write this one! Feb. 19 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
I agree with the others who panned this. It is full of obvious errors, and they show the gross ignorance of the author. The one that got me and sticks is his description of the men in the Sampan using the oars to get close to the yacht. They 'oared' there. Oared is not a word. When men use oars to move a ship, boat, or any floating vessel, the term used to move it is ROW. You row a boat, you use 10 foot oars in a viking ship to ROW the ship. One paddles a canoe, but one does not OAR a boat. Obviously this book was thrown together in as short a time as possible, given minimal proof reading, and then published. Tom Clancy should be ashamed to have his name put on it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Risible research Jan. 4 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before I reached page 50 I realised this author had confined his research on Australia (the setting for much of the action) to a Sydney Street Directory. Yes, you can see the Sydney Opera House from the Park Hyatt Hotel and that's the limit of his accuracy.
The protagonist travelled from Sydney to Darwin in 116 minutes? Not in a P3 Orion he didn't (unless it is unique among propellor driven aircraft in that it can travel at Mach 2. Maybe it was a Concorde in disguise.) The distance is more than 2000 miles (about equivalent of LA to Miami or New York to Phoenix). The offending yacht travelled from the Celebes Sea to Cairns (well over 2000 miles) in 30 hours. Australia's P3s are owned by the Air Force, not the Navy. In the RAN, a Warrant Officer is not a senior officer. A wommera is not a means of throwing darts, it is a means Aborigines used for throwing spears (it applies extra leverage as an extension to the length of the arm). In itself, a wommera would be about as useful a weapon as any other thin stick and it is hard to imagine why anyone would carry one, especially as that character was supposed to be half Aboriginal..
A willing suspension of disbelief in the interests of a good yarn is one thing, lamentable research and gross (easily checkable) error is quite another. Don't waste money on this dog.
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1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT IS THIS GARBAGE Dec 31 2003
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Really Awful Book Nov. 27 2003
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Look, I love Tom Clancy books and I have a high tolerance for poor writing when I read techno-thrillers. But "Sea of Fire" is just an awful book. It starts off really slowly and goes absolutely nowhere, finally ending up with a resounding anti-climactic thud. You're better off watching TV.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A truly lousy book. Nov. 11 2003
By Mikem
I snatched this book off the english book rack at the Munich airport thinking it was a Tom Clancy book. When I realized later, that it was written by someone else I was already suspicious. After reading the first couple of chapters I was astounded that Tom Clancy even let his name get close to this novel. The writing is so amateurish it's embarassing. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time. Personally I'm not going to buy any of Clancy's stuff anymore either. You'd think he'd be beyond this type of cheap marketing rip-off. I know he doesn't need the money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Miserable Book... Nov. 9 2003
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This book is little more than a bad joke on loyal Tom Clancy fans. First, the book includes eighty one chapters. Of these, literally dozens fail to advance the plot of the book in anyway whatsoever. In fact, in hindsight, I can think of absolutely no reason (short of making the book longer) for almost a 1/3 of book's chapters. Secondly, much of the dialogue between the book's characters is either (a) nonsensical or (b) stilted and totally unnatural (read: "unbelievable"). Third, the characters often take actions -- or fail to take actions -- that no self-respecting intelligence agent/analyst/operative would ever consider. Fourth, the book ends with no resolution of the plot. Even the arrest of the villan raises questions of whether or not he can legally be prosecuted or imprisoned. Forget about the outcome of the WMD, end users/purchasers, smugglers, and the villan's principal partner. The bottom line? THIS IS THE LAST OP-CENTER BOOK I WILL EVER READ.
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