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Out of the Ashes (Tom Clancy's Op-Center #13)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  312 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Tom Clancy's Op-Center is back with this new thriller written by the New York Times bestselling authors of Tom Clancy's ACT OF VALOR and featuring a chilling, ripped-from-the-headlines scenario.

Before 9/11 America was protected by a covert force known as the National Crisis Management Center. Commonly known as Op-Center, this silent, secret mantel guarded the American peop
ebook, 400 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Shane Amazon
It is clear from the very get-go that this book is simply a rehash of what had once made Tom Clancy the best military writer ever. Back in the day there was once a book called Sum of All Fears. It was a simple story of a man bent on setting Russia and the US against each other in a nuclear conflict. There were key parts of that book, and movie, that I will list here. There is a scene in the movie (Sum of All Fears) that showed the President and his staff in a nuclear war drill, a scene where an ...more
Kevin Long
Very weak writing. I read half and returned it. Dialog is about as wooden as it gets.
Tom Donaghey
TOM CLANCY’S OP CENTER: OUT OF THE ASHES, written by Dick Couch and George Galdorisi is too long a title and too long a book. There could have been 100 to 200 pages edited away from this manuscript and the story would not have been harmed. The seemingly endless discussions about reopening Op Center appear to drag the narrative like an anchor to a boat.
I also felt the rush to war against Syria was not to be believed. I realize this is but a reflection of the Bush White Hose but even then there
Lindsey Silvestrini
I just finished The Kraken Project read by Scott Sowers so I was happy to see his familiar name on the newest Tom Clancy Op-Center: Out of the Ashes.

We begin with the horrible beating of a couple from the Middle East leaving the wife in a coma and the husband in a rage. Clancy makes you feel compassion and sympathy for this couple and what they go through simply because of their race. But then what happens next will leave you feeling sick and enraged.

Instead of seeking revenge on just the men re
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First, the audiobook performance was solid. Vocal impressions for various characters maintained consistently. Pace of speech good and steady. (Tiny quibbles like "seconded"--in a secondment--stressed on the first syllable, like seconding a motion.)
But the writing: oy! Wooden dialogue, loads of exposition (characters explaining to the audience things they would already know and assume and would not speak aloud in real life.) Some events glossed over in a rush, other sub-plot details dragged out a
Jean Poulos
The original “Op-Center” by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik ended in 2005. Tom Clancy died in 2013. I see that the “Op-Center” has been brought back to life by authors Dick Couch and George Galdorisi, but still under the Tom Clancy copyright. In this story a new President Wyatt Midkiff decided to reactivate Op-Center after a devastating attack to NFL stadiums while games were in progress. Chase Williams, a four star Navy Admiral is appointed to head the new center. After the center is up and runn ...more
Wayland Smith
Several years ago, Tom Clancy had a few series running besides his big novels. One of them was Op-Center, about an organization that bridged the line between intelligence and military. I wasn't sure why he stopped them, but I enjoyed them as fun light reads.

Op-Center is back, with a new cast. A few of the old guard are mentioned, and they do a decent job of explaining why they aren't part of the new team. I thought it was nicely handled that the real world and in-series gaps of time were roughly
The first book in the second incarnation of the Op-Center series is something I had to buy the moment I saw it. I loved the original series and had missed it since I finally read the last installment several years ago.

The good is that Op-Center, or a new version of it, is back. Other than several pages of Paul Hood and a cameo by Mike Rodgers, the old Op-Center is out of the picture. And the plot is plausible if a little bit thin.

If only the dialogue and the writing matched up to the old books,
Marshall Layne
Not a bad read but the entire book plays out like a scenario in the war room at the Pentagon. Yes, I know all of Clancy's books feel like that, but this one is worse than those where he was given sole author credit. The dialogue is perfunctory and you can hear the editors's comments over the scenes (well, what if we put a female helicopter pilot in there? Can the hacker kid be less dorky and more Andrew Garfield?). In the end, the book would have been more exciting if the characters had been giv ...more
Heath Henwood
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Out of the Ashes
By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi, Steve Piecznik
While I have loved the Tom Clancy books, particularly his early works. This book however carries his name, but was not written by him, in fact published well after Clancy’s death.
The story follows an attack on four football stadiums in America which causes the president to reinstate the Op-Centre to hunt down terrorist. The book rapidly introduces new characters and floats around a predictable plot.
There are a
Dialogue is written for outsiders, not how people actually talk. The action was mild, and the plot took turns in the last 1/3 weren't compelling and kind of defeated the whole purpose of an Op Center...
I hope the author kept his day job
Even though this book is written by 2 different authors, it was created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik and it reads much like a traditional Clancy novel we are used to picking up. Op-Center is the newest series in this military action, suspense filled story where the authors pull the story from the headlines and create a decent read.

One of the things I noticed is that while Clancy had innate ability to tell and craft interesting in depth characters, the characters that the authors created in
Exciting and relevant military-political thriller. No sex or gore. 1 'd-word,' (I may have missed some). Later Clancy novels, especially those with a co-writer, have far fewer of the 3 graphics (language, sex, & gore). Read engagingly by Scott Sauers.Created by Tom Clancy & Steve Pachenic. Written by Dick Couch & George Galdorisi. Recommended.
I read the entire series in the past and enjoyed it quite a bit. It stopped in 2005. Now this new book came out 9 years later.

It has all new characters pretty much. We only see a glimpse of a main character but otherwise we don't get any info about the people from the rest of the series.

There are lots of details and people and I don't really care about any of them. I ended up skimming at the end, last few chapters as it just wasn't all that exciting.
Belinda Brooks-davis
Good finish

Good finish

Beginning to almost midway this one was so dry and stilted, I almost put it down several times. I'm so glad that I stuck it out though. The last half of the book brought it to a jaw clenching edge of my seat finish that left me conceding for more.
Nadia Molina
I understand this books need for all the military jargon and abbreviations it used. But I think it was too much. The book was good but was overtaken by all these terms that seemed to distract from the story line. It was hard to keep up at times if you're not familiar with military terms. And in my opinion the best part of the book was over way too early.
Picked up what I thought was a Tom Clancy book, started to reddit and the plot was so contrived - I couldn't read further than a chapter or two after giving it a chance. If I want to read Clancy, I will have to read an earlier Clancy novel.
Erik Zakoske
Pretty standard fare for the series, but the dialogue was awful...The conversations just didn't flow naturally. Hopefully the writers practice a bit more before the inevitable next book in the series comes out.
Ashley McCabe
Excellent read

Very interesting plot that is both educating and alarming. I'm glad it was set in the future I won't be a part of. It shows how corrupt the world is and how scary.
Kevin Martin
The twists and turns, the amazing background detail, the panache that hooked me on Clancy's tales has, I'm afraid, come to an end. This book was dull and predictable. Such a shame.
Tom Kettle
Read this book during down times while on vacation - it kept my interest (American actually doing something!) and had me buying the next book in the "new" series when I got home.
Book #13 of the Tom Clancy created Op-Center series is the first book published since 2005. Allowing for the introduction of an almost entire group of characters, the book gets off to a somewhat sluggish start. The book's story line is both topical and interesting, but a bit predictable. I rate 2.5 Stars.
David Rubin
A poorly written book with little excitement. How anyone could screw up the Tom Clancy legacy is beyond my comprehension.
Dick Couch & George Galdorisi have done a great job of bringing Tom Clancy's Op-Center back. The book is one that you will want to continue reading. The best part was that you are left with is that there will be more books. Hopefully that will happen soon.
Written in the style of Tom Clancy yet lacking the excitement that made his books fun to read.
After reading, I understand why it was a bargain priced book at B&N
Very wooden book that could have been written in a couple hundred fewer pages. Not their best effort by a long shot.
Tom Niziolek
Good return to form for a previously strong book series
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