Sea of Fire: Op-Center 10 Mass Market Paperback – Jun 24 2003
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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.
The story is sort of OK, but, frankly, the background flaws are of such an order of magnitude I simply couldn't rate this as anything other than poorly written crap.
Like the last Op Center, Sea of Fire uses geo-political events as a backdrop. This time, it is the Pacific Rim and nuclear smuggling. Lowell Coffey, the Op Center lawyer, finds himself in the middle of a rapidly unfolding crisis while attending a conference in Australia. This was a surprising twist, since Coffey has been a behind-the-scenes-player in the other books. Also of interest, wheelchair bound Bob Herbert makes his first appearance in the field since being maimed by a terrorist bombing. The use of these two, more human characters in lead field roles was refreshing -- always good to see lead characters that well, are frankly, more like you and me.
As usual author Jeff Rovin did his homework. You'll gain a lot of useful and discomforting information about the nuclear smuggling trade and how much needs to be done to secure these dangerous materials. I noticed that Rovin went so far as to ensure he had the correct title for members of the Australian Fire Brigade. It's the small touches that sets this apart from the pack of other action-thrillers.
Anyway, this is a great, quick read. Take it on the plane or train, and finish it on the beach. Well worth the time and much fun.
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I agree with the others who panned this. It is full of obvious errors, and they show the gross ignorance of the author. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by J. M. Sleeman
WAY TO BORING AND HARD TO MAKE CONNECTIONS WITH THE FLOW OF THE BOOK. I HOPE THE NEXT ONE IS BETTER BECAUSE IF IT IS NOT THEY SHOUDN'T HAVE WROTE IT AND I WILL NOT READ ANOTHERPublished on Dec 30 2003
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003
I snatched this book off the english book rack at the Munich airport thinking it was a Tom Clancy book. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by Mikem
This book is little more than a bad joke on loyal Tom Clancy fans. First, the book includes eighty one chapters. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003 by Writer/Producer/Director
The story ran smoothly, but the ending was not exciting...it just ended. Definitely not up to Clancy standards. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2003 by None
Tom Clancy final has a novel with his name attached that actually is worth reading.
This is a vast improvement over many of his previous "joint efforts."