- Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Revised edition (Jan. 11 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425151875
- ISBN-13: 978-0425151877
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #642,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Games of State: Op-Center 03 Mass Market Paperback – Jan 11 2002
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In the newly unified Germany, old horrors are reborn. It is the beginning of Chaos Days, a time when neo-Nazi groups gather to spread violence and resurrect bad dreams. But this year, Germany isn't the only target. Plans are afoot to destabilize Europe and cause turmoil throughout the United States. Paul Hood and his team, already in Germany to buy technology for the new Regional Op-Center, become entangled in the crisis. They uncover a shocking force behind the chaos--a group that uses cutting-edge technology to promote hate and influence world events. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
novels and comes up well short on most counts. This
story revolves around the activies of Neo-Nazis who plan
to destablize world governments including the United
States by means of carefully planned attacks on minorities
in concert with hateful video games distributed via the
internet. The people of Op-Center have the task of
stopping these plans before they can be carried out.
Mr. Clancy in trademark fashion describes the technical
aspects of weapons and tactics, and offers some insight
of the sheer enormity of the internet, but looking
underneath this veneer, this writer found a plot that was
lacking in plausibility, even within this genre of books.
For example, consider the relationships between the
characters. The main protagonist comes into contact with
a former lover who left him twenty years earlier, and who
coincidentally works for the Neo-Nazi antagonist, who
murdered two American tourists years before. The murders
were committed in the presence of a german who would later
become a high goverment official, and has the handy ability
of being a crack pilot. As these events are taking place,
Op-Center is under pressure from a lady Senator to cut
back on activities, this senator still painfully saddened
by the murder of her daughter twenty years before in Paris,
a crime committed coincidentally by the main antagonist.
As the story ends, she graciously changes her mind, in
fine "TV Movie of the Week" fashion.
Consider also one of the main characters, a wheelchair
bound "rambo" who had cleverly decided to go undercover
as a wheelchair bound american in search of information
on the bad guys. As the situation unfolds, he finds
a young girl taken and left for dead by the Neo-Nazis
who escapes and then risks her life to infiltrate the
enemy camp and announce to them that she is alive and still
has her pride.
As with any novel of the genre, leeway has to be given
to the characters and events, but this writer sincerely
feels that Mr. Clancy has stretched leeway and plausibility
to the breaking point.
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
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
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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