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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st Printing edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425180050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425180051
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 ���the perfect yarn.��� 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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Another bad book with Tom Clancy's name on it.
Melvin Hunt
Also, since he puts in so many effort to the background and details, there¡¦s not much left in the ending, which makes the book a little unbalance.
denton
If Rovin started using real unit numbers and facts you'd think the book was based on real-life events.
franks

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justwannaread! on August 21, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I may be one of the lone proponents of this book, but I have been a fan of the Op-Center series and wanted to defend it. None of the Op-Center books are written by Tom Clancy, but by Jeff Rovin, and I agree it is misleading to have TC's name in large bold letters on the cover. I call these books Tom Clancy "lite" because they are quick reads and do not get so bogged down with military strategy and techno-jargon. (There have been times I have fallen asleep as Tom Clancy goes on & on about some piece of military equipment). True military affectionados will probably not like these books.

The main characters of Paul Hood, Mike Rodgers, Bob Herbert, and Brett August have developed over the series. I think it would be difficult to appreciate their reactions/emotions, etc. without the benefit of knowing what they have experienced together in the previous 7 books in the series. The tragic loss of so many of the Strikers in Line of Control is more meaningful if you were familiar with their parts in other crisis situations from the other books. That being said, a better author would be able to weave a compelling story without the reader having to be familiar with the whole series.

Some of the reviewers commented on the inaccuracies in this book and that may very well be the case. I am not very familiar with the geo-political situation between Pakistan and India and did not consider this to be a textbook or a documentary. Most likely, a real Tom Clancy book would have been better researched and more accurate.

In my opinion, it was a chilling fictional story set in the Himalayans that passed the time on a hot Summer day. In case anyone would like to read the Op-Center series in order, they are as follows:

Op-Center
Mirror Image
Games of State
Acts of War
Balance of Power
State of Siege
Divide and Conquer
Line of Control
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rohan Krishnamurti on December 23, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first book I read from the popular Op-Centre series created by Tom Clancy & Steve Pieczenik. I noticed
one thing though, this book was not written by Tom Clancy, it was written by Jeff Rovin. However, that did not dampen my spirits as I ventured out to read this book. This was mainly because of its exciting theme revolving around India, Pakistan, & the U.S., their elder sibling!
The story revolves around the possibility of a nuclear war between India & Pakistan. The other angle involves an American covert operations team called Striker, & a devious double agent in Kashmir who could be the deciding factor between war & peace in that region. Sounds good!
Well whatever drawbacks others have found with this book, I must say I definately enjoyed the book & finished it incredibly
fast. So then, let me begin with the good points of this book. Firstly, the plot feels amazingly real & as an Indian I shudder to think if it were actually true! The narrative is fast paced & theres some good characterisation, the ones I liked were especially Bob Herbert of Op-centre & General Mike Rodgers of Striker. The political situation in Kashmir is depicted beautifully with all the facts crystal clear & depicting reality. To add to all this, theres some good action (although it takes a while to begin), nice high tech equipment stuff & good use of local characters like a Pakistani terrorist cell & some Indian operatives. All in all there seem to be no loopholes in the story & the climax is very good with nothing over the top of reality.
Sounds perfect? How about a few drawbacks then? Well, it feels really bugging when the scenes in the book keep changing too frequently, almost every 4-5 pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Op-Center and Net Force series are not written to be great literature, though they are entertaining for pure action buffs. What makes them truly interesting, however, is the very clear insight and knowledge they offer about turbulent international affairs--very clear insight not found in most political thrillers. Definitely some goofy stuff--but generally very intriguing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By denton on January 8, 2002
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This is the first Tom Clancy's military kind of novel I've read. The book has its plot, which is a really interesting one between India and Pakistan and the involvement of US military force. However, the way the plot develops in the book is too slow with too many details, background information, and unrelated character. The chapters of the book keep on shifting, which is purposely used for getting the reader's interest, but then the constant shift of chapters is somehow confusing and some of the chapters in between are unrelated to the plot, which makes it even harder to follow. Also, since he puts in so many effort to the background and details, there¡¦s not much left in the ending, which makes the book a little unbalance.
The plot basically deals with the conflict between India and Pakistan, also the involvement of a striker team from U.S. Stuck with a double agent, which they can't totally trust in, the Americans are in big trouble. Also the trouble led by the bombing of Sharab and her group is another theme that the author mentions about.
Overall, the book was written in the form that not much concentration is required, even though there is some confusing part in the middle, the question will be solved when you get to the end, this is a good book for people whose into military action and stuff, so enjoy the book!
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