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Tom Clancy's Op-Center Hardcover – 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series
  • Hardcover: 535 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Largeprint edition (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786204915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786204915
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,764,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fast action book - keep remembering the time at the start of each chapter.
Carol Steller
I realize that without the boring parts I would probably not understand the book, but I still do not like them at all.
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I highly recommend this book to any one that likes to read a little action sci-fi books.
Brian

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Walker on July 21, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This was a good story, but obviously not written by Clancy. I'm surprised he let his name get put on the cover. The details concerning the characters and some of the events destroy the whole fabric of the story. For example, most of the enlisted personnel in the story are cited as being "Privates". In real life, guys with those kinds of knowledge and skills would be senior NCO's. This applies to both the North and South Korean forces and the the US military. Also the team leader would not be a 25-year old Lt. Col. Maybe a 35-year old, but not 25. The author also shows his general lack of knowledge of things military by indiscriminately labeling all military forces the Army. The Army does not operate C-9A Nightengale or C-141 aircraft. The author's lack of knowledge of his characters took the edge off the whole story.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nawfal on October 1, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a philosopher, so I read a lot of heavy books. Once in awhile I have some "down time" books which I like to read just to pass time reading something that I don't need to scrutinize with pencil and paper nearby. This is one of those books, and it really does fulfill that purpose well. This is not the 'Clancy Classic' of "Red Storm Rising" or "Without Remorse," so don't get your hopes set up for that.
I enjoyed the different characters and their role in problem solving. The authors do well in showing how people often have self-interest and fair-weathered natures. I also thought that the subplots (e.g. with Hood's son, with the diplomat's wife) were present enough to engage the reader, but not overdone.
I felt that it was somewhat difficult to keep track of the various foreign characters because of their names. Instead of picking just their surname or family name, often the characters are referred to in numerous ways - thus, making it tricky to keep up. Also, I feel that perhaps a few pages could have been spent on explaining the Op-Center itself, given that this book is the first in the series..... the reader is left only basic clues about the status and origin of the Op-Center.
All in all, an excellent book for waiting rooms, beach days, and/or lazy hours on the porch.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alain B. Burrese TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 2, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up "Tom Clancy's Op-Center" to throw some fun reading into my reading schedule. It was an older paperback that I had never read. I've always enjoyed Tom Clancy's novels, and while this was not the same as those he writes, it was still an enjoyable read. It is the kind of action yarn when you want to escape a bit and just read for fun. (Because I read so many non-fiction books, I need to throw these kinds of novels into the mix once in a while)

I guess one thing that hooked me was the mention of Yangyang on the first page. I've visited this small village in the North East corner of South Korea since it is one of the places my wife lived when she was a little girl, and it was not far from where I lived while training in Hapkido in the country of the art's origin. So, because of the North-South Korean story line, I found myself interested in this tale.

There were some minor inaccuracies but they didn't take away from the story. It was a fun thriller that moved along at a quick pace. There are eighty-eight chapters in this 387 page book. As you can see, it is the kind of novel that switches from one scene to another after a few pages. I liked this and it helped keep the action moving along quickly.

If you like action tales that incorporate national defense, intelligence, and crisis management technology, combined with some interesting characters, even if they are not developed as thourouly as some books, and a plot that revolves around a North and South Korean crisis, you will enjoy this quick fun action packed thriller.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks and the dvds: Hapkido Hoshinsul, Streetfighting Essentials, Hapkido Cane, the Lock On Joint Locking Essentials series and articles including a regular column on negotiation for The Montana Lawyer. Alain Also wrote a series of articles called Lessons From The Apprentice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian on November 1, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story starts out with a bombing overseas and the governemnt secret agency that is chosen to take care of this attack. The op-center is a where a group of highly intelligent people gather information using satellites and spies from all over the world. This book reminds me of spy movies such as James Bond or even of books like "Rainbow Six" also written by Tom Clancy. Mr. Clancy does a great job of showing the reader exactly what is going on because of the way he uses his words. In the story he talks about an operative who notices spies stopping into this same place but in different disquises. He then talks about how the operative notices the same chronic bad breath. The kind you can smell from across the room. That line right there told me a whole lot about this spy. It also showed that this spy was not doing everything possible to change his disquise. He also talks about the atmosphere of the bar where the operative works and comments on the stale air as well as the continous backround noise that is going on. This really lets the reader get into the story and experience exactly what the character is experiencing. The vietnam setting just mad the story have a whole different twist. Clancy talked about the DMZ(Demiliteized zone) and how it was so small and lined with guards on either side. He also lets the reader see exactly howprotected this zone is by saying "Reagan was the first person ever to cross through the DMZ and live" This gives a certain mystique to this zone. While I enjoyed this book very much I think there was a little too much hi-tech talk in this book about computer programs and hardware like that. Even though I could understand what was being talke about I don't think that someone without a background in computers could figue out all that was being talked about. I you are someone who is into hi-tech espionage I owuld definately recommend this book for you.
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