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TOM CLANCY'S OP-CENTRE: GAMES OF STATE. Hardcover – 1996


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002254492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002254496
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.6 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Disregarding the fact that it was pretty slow moving, it was very good. This story takes place during the chaos days, a time where Neo-Nazis, Skinheads etc. celebrate racism and what they stand for (I hope you know what that is). Anyway, Paul Hood and some of collegues travel to Germany to by weapons and the latest technology. But things go awry when a group of Neo-Nazis raid a movie setting killing almost everyone. Here are my overall thoughts on this novel:
PROS:
The novel keeps the novel real and along with this crisis Op-Center is trying to solve, Paul Hood is faced with a lover that abandoned him years before he got married. So along with this exterior conflict, you have a very intimate interior conflict. Along with this there are some very intense action sequences. For example, when Bob Herbert was being chased by Neo-Nazis, I was on the Edge of my seat.
CONS:
There is only one main problem I have with this book and it is the fact that it's slow moving and I almost gave up on it. But besides that, I really enjoyed this book.
OVERALL:
This is the best book in the Op-Center series, hands down. I highly reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys reading.
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Imagine a group of psycho neo-Nazis trying to take over the world through the use of computers. This idea to me is a little far fetched even for Clancy. This novel was not one of Tom Clancy's best even though it got top billing. It was too much of a stretch from reality. Granted the idea used in the novel could possibly happen, there is just no way it could happen this way. The plot of this novel was not strong enough for me and I felt that the outcome was too predictable. The story starts out in America. This is were the idea of neo Nazism comes into effect through insignificant occurrences, that normally would have been over looked, which the main characters thought were important facts. The scene then travels to different parts of Germany and the plot develops to easily with every event tying into another much to early in the story which gave away the ending. The story then shifts to France for the conclusion. These changes of location was a major downfall because the reader had to decide were the story is taking place otherwise it did not make sense. The underlying problem throughout the whole novel was that in the story there were two or three groups of characters dealing with different situations simultaneously and the way that the reader can tell which group is being portrayed is from different sub-headings that state the location and the time of where it is taking place. This was aggravating because it never made sense to the reader because you would be reading about one group in a chapter then the next chapter it would switch to a different setting and group of characters. The central focus of the story is that each member of the Op-Center has some sort of personnel vendetta against the neo-Nazi groups.
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This entry in the just-about-above-average Op Center series is easily the best one to read out of the lot. The first one wasn`t bad, Mirror Image was passable, Acts Of War was a bit old hat and plain daft, but this beats the lot! The story of Neo-Nazis inciting race hate to change world events by means of right-wing propaganda computer games based on KKK cookouts and Nazi concentration camps may seem far-fetched to some readers, but the technology behind it is described in such a way to make it easy to understand and, frighteningly enough, feasible. The angle on the re-unification of Germany starting the resurgence of Nazism is also well put together. The characters are a lot better portrayed, especially Paul Hood`s first love paranoia. But the main criticisms which stopped this from being a ten out of ten were the co-incidence of Nancy just happening to work for the Neo-Nazi organisation trying to provoke hate(come on!) and Bob Herbert`s Dirk Pitt-style heroics in a wheelchair! That got a bit too silly, but on the whole the story and the politics behind it are the strengths here. Well worth a read.
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I wouldn't call myself a Clancy expert by any stretch of
the imagination. However, I can recognize a book that he
did not write pretty easily. Games of State is right up
there with some of the worst techno-thrillers I have ever
read.

Problem: Tom Clancy's books usually demonstrate strong
technical knowledge and accuracy. This book was full of
a lot of technological handwaving and some just plain
ridiculous comments.

Problem: Clancy manages to present many characters in
such a way as to make them all believable. This book was
halfway there -- we had scads of characters, none of them
with the slightest amount of personality, and, to make
matters worse, they were all seemingly bound together by
the most improbable chain of coincidences I've ever seen...
some of which didn't even have any bearing on the plot.

This book reads like an adaptation of a made-for-TV movie.
If I were Tom Clancy, I would be embarassed to have my name
associated with this piece of trash.
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