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Mirror Image (Tom Clancy's Op-Center #2)

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  3,228 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
The Cold War is over, and chaos is setting in. The new President of Russia is trying to create a new democratic regime. But there are strong elements within the country that are trying to stop him: the ruthless Russian Mafia, the right-wing nationalists, and even revanchist Czarists. Op-Center, the newly founded but highly successful crisis management team, begins a race a ...more
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Published May 31st 2011 by Books on Tape, Inc. (first published November 6th 1995)
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Jan 18, 2009 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-own, 2009
I was a bit sceptical towards this book as Tom Clancy is known by being the master of the techno-thriller genre, which is not my thing. I don't like much technological description, as it happens on Atlantis by David Gibbins. Fortunately the description of the electronic elements isn't extent, just the necessary to understand which use they have on the story.

I actually liked the story, though at the beginning I thought I would suffer from jet-lag. The chapters jump from a geographical point to
Juan Navarro
Sep 06, 2013 Juan Navarro rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sushant Joshi
Oct 31, 2012 Sushant Joshi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Evan O'neill
Apr 23, 2008 Evan O'neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-report
This book is part of a series of Books known as the op-center. In this book the newly elected leader of Russi after the Cold War is planning to rebuild the Russian Empire, but there are people who want to go back to the days of the Czar. Then there is a Russian op-center that matches the U.S. op-center alomost evenly. This book is suspenseful and has alot of action but, it is very long.
Christian Scala
Op-Center Parallelo Russia, in originale "Tom Clancy's Op-Center", è un thriller geopolitico scritto da Tom Clancy e Jeff Rovin, edito nel 1995. Op-Center, più in generale, è una serie di romanzi, creati da Tom Clancy e Steve Pieczenik, con il contributo di Jeff Rovin. Ispirato al primo libro della serie, nel 1995 viene realizzato il film OP-Center, di Lewis Teague, come quarto film basato sui romanzi di Tom Clancy.

Fanno parte della serie finora pubblicata in Italia:

1 Op-Center
2 Parallelo Russia
Jan Kozák
I don't know, maybe I'm just growing old...but as much as I was loyal Clancyist in the past, I'm less and less amused with every next book, as I work through Clancy's bibliography. Things I've been accepting in previous books (clichés, pathos, repeating plot schemes, predictable conclusions, somewhat flat characters suiting typical movie hero templates etc.) are now becoming bigger and bigger obstacle for me and I simply cannot fall for the book anymore.

And Mirror Image is exactly the case. If
Sep 28, 2010 Brett rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-fiction
Two stars is being pretty generous with this one. This is the second in the Op Center series of novels that bears Tom Clancy's name, though he is not the author. The story involves a faction within the Russian government trying to re-establish the Soviet Union and the efforts of the Op Center people to prevent this. The truth is that this book was a bore from start to finish, without much drama and extremely poor characters.

As usual with Clancy products, you cannot tell the characters apart and
Noel Burke
Apr 24, 2015 Noel Burke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'll admit, I was expecting a lot more after finishing the Jack Ryan series. This was the first book in a medium size series. This story started out slow and remained slow. You don't get to anything exiting until about 75% of the book is through (if you make it through). The story line was ok, I just wish that there was a little more activity going on. The end was decent. This book goes to show you that it does not take much to start an international incident. One thing I thought was unlikely wa ...more
Sep 27, 2015 Noah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The action and intensity in Tom Clancy's books no mater the author has always brought me back to the Tom Clancy universe in which anything is possible. Though a relatively old book, the way each character is described makes you feel for them, quickly you realise what he writes about is true, anything can happen you just need a crazy plan and someone crazy enough to carry them out. Though Tom Clancy books can be tiresome after a while, rereading them looking for a theme can show some amazing thin ...more
Sep 22, 2016 Rory rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reluctently i choose to give the Tom Clancy Inspired novels another chance after an abysmial read from the power play series. If you van overlook the painfully exadurated detail of weapon/veichle/military and goverment departments then you will find a good story, along with good characters. Respect neededs to be paid for the determind aproach to make this book accurate to military features and it does. For me it didnt flow as well as other books do and i found it hard to finish and enjoy it to t ...more
Bryan Smith
Oct 10, 2011 Bryan Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mirror Image was an a deeply enthralling governemtn conspiracy thriller. I have never been a avid fan of Clancy or other government conspiracy fiction writers, but I will say that Mirror Image has changed by minde on this genre. Character development within both compeating Op-Centers if very through and the reader is drawn to develop a considerable connetion with both Antagonist and Protagonist. Mirror Image also does an exemplary job of characterizing the tension between to superpowers sometime ...more
John Strohm
It's just not very good. If a character is introduced in the beginning of a chapter, with a 3 paragraph bio, you know he's a goner by the end of the chapter.

The plot makes little sense. It's more special forces porn than a coherent story. And the moralizing about America's place in the world feels quite odd in 2016, although it wasn't much better in 1995.

Finally, calling it a Tom Clancy book is borderline criminal. Clancy and Steve Pieczenik "created" the Op-center, whatever that means, and the
This novel was significantly better than the last one I finished by Tom Clancy. I know I am reading the books out of order, but still I find them to be very entertaining. I like how Tom Clancy makes all of the military and political scenarios seem so feasible, it draws the reader in more as we can imagine how our governments and various entities would actually react to these extreme circumstances present in the novel.
Andrew Neill
I enjoyed entering this hi-tech world in the first book but felt that this book was a massive step back in the world, I will still read the books but hope that they will develop the characters a bit more. The issue was that it felt like there were 4 or 5 books before this rather than just 1. They created so many new characters and had to develop them that the returning characters were a bit lost in the action.
May 31, 2013 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australia
When a character in the book is described as a Finnish tall black haired Lapp who is proud of his Viking ancestors, you know someone didn't do their homework very well. This together with a few historical errors and spelling mistakes made me wonder how much of the other "historical fact" was in fact fiction? But not enough to put down the book :)
A shame. There just seemed to be potential for a much more interesting plot in a duel between two op centers pitted against each other. At least the invasion of the ukraine or the terrorist plots could have yielded something. Instead we're stuck with a near useless mission to St. Petersburg and a train robbery.
Feb 18, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: op-center
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Jan 18, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kept the action moving but introduced so many characters that I wasn't sure which ones I was supposed to focus on until almost the end. I hate that. I can't keep track of 50 government employees with similar sounding positions! However, it was a fun, adventurous book that was also clean.
Jan 16, 2015 Pawel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read long time ago. Early 90s, some Russians try to restore the USSR, American special unit tries to stop them. Generally not very interesting, with several stupid moments, but ok as an entertainment for a teenager without high expectations.
Chad Tindall
Jan 10, 2016 Chad Tindall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Follow-up to Op-Center

This was a good follow-up to the first book in the Op-Venter series. This book gives you more insight to the characters that were introduced in the first book. Highly recommend reading it.
Nov 27, 2013 Jillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this series. I usually read crime type books but the structure of this series is equal to anything I have read in other series. The character development and introduction of the new players are well planned and executed. I can't wait to start the next one.
Feb 08, 2013 Corey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not too bad a book, there were a lot of characters to keep track of, but it was a good Techno-Thriller.
Justin Miller
I like the Op-Center series and this is the one the got it all started. That said, I think this story is not as well told and interesting as most of the ones that were written later.
Mar 08, 2012 Navajojim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a slow ass book. Really, its slower than mollasses in January.
Jan 20, 2016 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because of this book, i remembered the old days when i'm daydreaming to become a soldier - American soldier to be specific. How i miss the those good old days.
Ivo Stoykov
May 01, 2016 Ivo Stoykov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bulgarian
Very gpod novel. Though you know what the end will be, excitement and tense are strong to the end. A real reading pleasure.
Aug 15, 2011 Fittytiff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this so long ago. But now going through my books and getting rid of some!
May 31, 2016 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, action, thriller
#2 in the Op-Center series.

Op-Center thriller - A hardline coalition in the Russian government plots against the new president of Russia, backed by the Russian equivalent of Op-Center.
Jul 29, 2015 Terrance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it. There are a lot of things going on but the break of the chapters keep the story lines separated.
I do not recall this book, but I do recall reading it. I ripped off about three of them before I called it quits. Easy enough read, but not as compelling as Clancy's real work.
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