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Op-Centre (Tom Clancy's Op-Center #1)

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The first blockbuster novel in the thrilling Op Center series.

Op-Center is a beating heart of defense, intelligence, and crisis management technology.  It is run by a crack team of operatives both within its won walls and out in the field.  And when a job is too dirty, or too dangerous, Op-Center is the only place out government
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Published October 1st 1995 by Heyne (first published February 28th 1995)
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Jeff Cheney
It's a decent book with plenty of action and thrill...I just don't like Tom Clancy's style. He spends a lot of time telling you stuff that's really irrelevant; going on about what gauge and model the shotgun is and what type/brand of ammunition it holds and how many per clip, etc. I don't care about any of that information. It doesn't help the story progress and it certainly isn't fun to read unless you are a firearms aficionado...which I'm not. I respect the research that goes in to something l ...more
Justin Roberts
Unrealistic
Elyse
Decided I wanted to re-read the Op-Center series. Previously enjoyed the balance of intrigue, espionage, and high-tech complexity.

This time, the first volume in the series struck me as really dated. Dated in terms of the technologies, of course. But even more so in the stilted roles for women. One of the female associated characters (wife of Hood) is conveyed as family-absorbed and unable to grasp the robustness of her husband's life and responsibilities. The other female secondary character see
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Chad Tindall
Good Read, However Not Like Jack Ryan Seriez

This is my first Op-Center book, as I enjoyed the read, i'm reminded how different take it is from the Jack Ryan series. Not to say that's bad but different.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Je n'ai jamais beaucoup apprécié les romans de Tom Clancy et celui-ci n'a pas fait exception à la règle...
JoAnn Ainsworth
May 26, 2017 JoAnn Ainsworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good plot. The action kept moving and the middle didn’t sag.
John Burnham
I'm not going to rate this book. Let's call it the second worst book I ever read. Tom Clancey took a moderately good story and then surrounded it with loads of not very interesting detail and supposed facts that just were not true. YUK!
M. J.
Jun 05, 2015 M. J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
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Mustafa Akram
Best quote in this novel: "The enemy is like a snake: it has changed its skin, but not its heart"
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
Op-Center, in originale "Tom Clancy's Op-Center", è un romanzo di spionaggio 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
3 Giochi di Stat
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John
Mar 25, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: techno-thriller, asia
Considering the boring title and the fact that Tom Clancy farmed it out to a ghostwriter, OP-CENTER is surprisingly excellent. It doesn't feel all that dated either, except for the scenes in which characters play video games on their Sega Genesis or Atari Jaguar consoles. I was particularly interested in how Clancy & Co. handled the Korean setting, since I've been living in Seoul for the past several years. Clancy gets the geography right and has a few good insights into Korean society, but, ...more
Todd
Apr 16, 2014 Todd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got burned out on Tom Clancy while in college, so this has sat on my shelf unread for the past almost 20 years. Now I know why. While Clancy still designed and executed a timely plot for when it was published (1995), the rest of the book bears little resemblence to Clancy's Jack Ryan series or Red Storm Rising. The book starts with some action, but it takes almost until the end for the plot to divide into multiple plotlines that are more typical of Clancy novels. Nor is the action the breathle ...more
Susan
Sep 12, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was good, but I found things confusing for a large portion of the book. It's hard enough to start a new series where you have to introduce all of your main characters, but to have the main conflict occur in Korea, where the problem is between the north and south countries, was very confusing. It was hard to remember the acronyms for North and South Korea, plus all the names sounded the same and I had a hard time remembering who was from where.

I liked the underlying story line of the fa
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Brett
Sep 23, 2010 Brett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-fiction
I'm surprised to give three stars to this book, as I've read and intensely disliked most of Clancy's work, but this is not nearly so bad as many of his novels. Part of the explanation for that may be that, even though the cover bears his name, Clancy actually had little to do with the construction of this book. This is one of the many outsourced series that other writers pump out with Clancy's name on the cover. I doubt he even bothers to read them.

This is more or less a straightforward spy thri
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Gabe
Dec 02, 2014 Gabe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me is the first book I try in the famous Tom Clancy series, so I'm looking forward to see what is all about.

Pros
- interesting geopolitical plot unfolding with some twists and turns
- action packed scenes with snapshots from mainly US and south-east Asia and sometimes Japan locations
- pre-war building tensions and how some key leaders will act and react to those events

Cons
- quite descriptive and technical at times, maybe a bit to much as far as action goes, for the less interested in stats and
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Mark
Jan 31, 2016 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Fast paced espionage thriller following the exploits of a newly established government agency (CIA-lite) as its maverick operators race against the clock to defuse the tension between North and South Korea following a terrorist explosion in Seoul. Some interesting characters and relationships, but due to the large cast, there isn't scope to delve on any in depth, so they all come across a little superficially. Perhaps these will be developed in the sequels. My biggest complaint with this is how ...more
Paul
Feb 13, 2013 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: op-center
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Tess Julia
Nov 21, 2012 Tess Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Tom Clancy's books. They're exciting page turners from the start, and this one was no exception. He definitely has the formula down for writing good suspense!
I couldn't help but think how relevant this book still is some 17 years after it's publication in the N. Korea aspect. The only negative thing I can come up with is I had some trouble with the motive of the S. Korean rogue group that was at the center of the plot. Maybe it's due to my lack of knowledge of Korean history and culture,
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Erika
Aug 04, 2011 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I've never read a Tom Clancy novel before. Don't know what I've done with him. It was a great book that I literally couldn't put down. It took me less than a day to devour this book.

The story bounces back and forth between the US and Korea which can sometimes be a little confusing, I thought. The characters are introduced very quickly and it was a little difficult for me to keep them all straight. I had to go back and reference several times before I got it all figured out.

Great story, great pl
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Alex
"Op-Center" is book 1 of the series. It has Clancy's name on the cover but it is not exactly the same style as the Clancy norm. I remember reading this book several years ago, close to when it was originally released. I returned to it this year and find I don't like it that much. I'm keeping the original rating, but it is different. I only read the first two books in the series. I don't know what the latest books look like. Perhaps I should jump ahead and save myself the trouble of reading all t ...more
Brendan Powell
Meh...I'll give this 3 of 5...it was a Tom Clancy-esq novel...and the author (Jeff Rovin) has more room to critique writing than I do...but...this guy clearly hasn't deal with the military at all...he hasn't seen, touched, or rode in any of the vehicles he mentions...

"10 Special operators jumping on a waiting jet-ranger to be carried to the base..."?! What? 206 is still a 4-seater last I checked...

Unscrewing lightbulbs that are swinging on wires inside a C-141...what?

Stuff like that kind of sna
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Olanrewaju Olarinde
I have read a Tom Clancy novel before this, so I decided to come back to the beginning of OP Center. I actually had too much expectations but after I toned down my expectations, I enjoyed the book. The death of the guy that lost his wife moved me though. I would have preferred it if he didn't die. And the president making OP Center public at the end was against my expectation. I would have preferred it if it remained an unknown operation. I gave it 3 stars because it was a good description of es ...more
Angie
Apr 12, 2014 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I decided to read this after meeting the original person after whom Gregory Donald was modeled, former ambassador Donald Gregory. He is a charming person, and I look forward to reading his memoir.
I found it tedious. There is a nice concept for the overall plot but no real character development, too many characters, and too much uninteresting technical details. It was clear the bad guys would get caught eventually but little else to be unraveled or to hold my interest. I read about 55% of the boo
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Noah
To say that you feel like you've know a character for years is incorrect, when they struggle to stop a all out war consuming entire nations, you panic as cadets run from overwhelming odds, and you get wet eyes when some favorite character dies. When soldiers struggle against saving one man, practical brothers or saving a country, you feel relief if they do what you want, and frustration if they don't. It has that quick, intense action that makes you speed through each page, and a little bit of ...more
Ed
May 31, 2016 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, action, thriller
#1 in the Op-Center series.

Op-Center thriller - Renegade South Korean soldiers set off a bomb in Seoul during a festival and make it look like it was done by North Korea. Op-Center must prove that North Korea had nothing to do with it before the situation gets hostile. To make matters worse, a rogue general plans to launch some nuclear missiles at Tokyo, Japan intending to start a war against North Korea.
Martha
Aug 06, 2008 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
This book was difficult for me to get through, not because it was hard to read, but because it didn't hold my attention. I finished it, though, but mainly because I don't like to not finish a book. There were a lot of characters, some of which were hard to keep straight in my head. It is, of course, the first of a series. I will probably read at least one more in the series, but if I don't like it, I will probably give the rest of the series a pass.
Corey
Jan 17, 2013 Corey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Tom Clancy's books, it took me about a week and a half to finish this book, and I gotta say it had very interesting characters and computer technology. This is book 1 in the Op-Center series, Op-Center is a Crisis-management team and the director is Paul Hood. The operatives of Op-Center investigate a growing crisis in North Korea and with the help of some of his allies, Paul Hood is the only one who can prevent World War III.
Jaime
Jun 28, 2007 Jaime rated it liked it
This book focuses on a terrorist attack in South Korea and its aftermath, especially concerning the US’s involvement. There’s a lot of politics involved, and it struck me that a lot of what’s said about the President in this book could be said about our current President. Interesting, since this book was written in 1995 or so.

Nothing outstanding about this, but it’s a decent entry in the espionage/intrigue genre.
Scott
Sep 15, 2012 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't get me wrong... I like Tom Clancy. The unfortunate thing is that this book, like many of James Patterson novels, is outsourced to some writer who crafts the content, and clancy's name is used to sell it. The book is fast paced and full of intrigue, to be sure, but the constant drivel about one character's loss of his wife got very old. Also, keeping track of foreign characters in Korea, all with names like Sun, Lee and Cho can be hard to do when the action is moving quickly.
Mike
Sep 01, 2016 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I quit reading shortly after the bad guys headed north out of Seoul. I believe there is only one paved highway out of Seoul and there are road blocks or check points. If the bad guys kept going north then they would run into the 2nd Inf Division. If they left the paved road and proceeded over un-paved roads it is very likely that they would have been observed. The people living in the 2nd Inf Div area see everything.
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