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Mirror Image (Tom Clancy's Op-Center) Hardcover – November 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (November 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613072464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613072465
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,143,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Cold War is over. And chaos is setting in. The new president of Russia is trying to create a 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 those nefarious forces that will do whatever it takes to return Russia to the days of the Czar.

Op-Center, the newly-founded but highly successful crisis management team, begins a race against the clock and against the hardliners. Their task is made even more difficult by the discovery of a Russian counterpart... but this one's controlled by those same repressive hardliners and represents everything Op-Center stands for. Two rival Op-Centers, virtual mirror images of each other. But if this mirror cracks, it'll be more than seven years of bad luck.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 those nefarious forces that will do whatever it takes to return Russia back to the days of the Czar.

Op-Center, the newly founded but highly successful crisis management team, begins a race against the clock and against the hardliners. Their task is made even more difficult by the discovery of a Russian counterpart . . . but this one's controlled by those same repressive hardliners. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Tom Clancy is America's, and the world's, favorite international thriller author. Starting with THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, all thirteen of his previous books have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. His books, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, PATRIOT GAMES, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER and THE SUM OF ALL FEARS have been made into major motion pictures. He lived in Maryland where he was a co-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The protagonists are two commanders of operations centers, US and Russian. Paul Hood and General Orlov. The enemies are Russians of the old stripe aided by international criminals and drug money from Columbia. The job of the US, as it turns out, is to intercept and destroy a train carrying the cash across Siberia, protected by the a squad led by the General's son, while the General fights plots and schemes of members of his own staff. While a somewhat improbable story, Clancy weaves it well. The pages move fast and the reader is drawn into it. On the down side, the action jumps around quite a bit from site to site. There are at least five different sub plots going on, and it takes some mental gymnastics to keep it all together. Clancy himself loses a beat when he 'lets' the American op center surmise the importance of the train shipment ($6 billion in US $100 bills) on a bunch of skimpy lack of evidence. However, this can easily be tossed off to writer's license and it only causes a brief hiccup to a careful reader. The characters are brought together carefully with balance. Character development is not a strong point in the Clancy novels and this one is no expception, but there is enough there to suport the story line! The conclusion is particulary exciting, involving technical wizardy, magnificant skill and courage, and mixing triumph and tragedy. Well recommended.
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The book Tom Clancy's Mirror Image starts out slow but starts to pick up after one of the Op-centers agent is killed in duty. He was investigating the area around Russia's new tv station because of the unique static. The characters are good and the book is full of espionage. There are terrorists attacks with a big objective. Just like the first book Tom Clancy's Op-Center there is a group in Russia trying to start a new world order. In Mirror Image a group trying to start a war between the U.S. and Eastern world countries. This would allow the Mafia to come into power and take over Russia and start up the USSR again. Russian Minister of the Interior Nikolai Dogin is a patriot that is behind the operation and is involved with the Russian Mafia. The Russian Mafia is what Dogin plans to use to create his new world power.
Hood is the main character who runs things at Op-center. Deputy Director Mike Rodgers is always fighting with Hood and wants his chance to run Op-center. The special team that is sent to try and stop Dogin who is part of the attacks like the one that blew up a tunnel in New York. Other characters are Lt. Colonel Charles Squires who is on the striker team and Peggy James is a D-16 operative without these people the book wouldn't have been the same they where a major part in stopping the rise of a new world power. The writing style is very easy to understand and smooth. He doesn't skip around and gives many details when the striker team comes into play like the type of equipment and involves organizations like NATO which is the North Atlantic Treaty organization. This book is action packed, full of betrayal, and suspenseful so if you like even one of these characteristics you should read Tom Clancy's Mirror Image.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
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I thought that Op Center: Mirror Image was much better than the first Op Center. I like the Striker Team a lot, and was very happy to see so much book time with them.
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It's disheartening to see the proud name of Tom Clancy on books like this; even scary, because it seems to herald the end of an era when we could count on Clancy to give us thrills and chills for our money.
If you're a fan of the technothriller genre, then this novel is going to disappoint slightly - it falls short of the standard set by the masters of the craft, including Clancy himself (or the other collaboration he worked on, Red Storm Rising with Larry Bond). That being said, it's solid work and will entertain the reader.
The story is still plausible, years after it was written, for the former Soviet Union is still in flux and perhaps even more vulnerable to the type of manipulation which lies at the center of the book. And it's evident that Clancy and Pieczenik have done their homework, judging from the background detail. To tell you more would be spoiling your fun.
In short, this book is a fine way to pass the time on a long trip or to relieve the pangs of boredom. Just don't expect prime Tom Clancy thrills, action, and narrative.
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This one began well with a terrorist bombing in New York of the Queen`s Tunnel and the setting up of the Russian Op-Center in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. The St Petersburg locations are quite well done and familiar, as this is a place I have visited and could visualise the locations portrayed, but as for the Special Forces intrusion, dear me! They might as well have sent the Hair Bear Bunch in. In the real world, if there was to be an infiltration of Russia like that, surely the appropriate authorities would send highly trained Navy SEALS or SAS, whatever the nationality, etc.? The train sequences weren`t too bad, but on the whole it needed more. In some parts a good cure for insomnia! Games Of State is far better, the first Op-Center is also worth a read, but this one might be good for a plane or beach read but that`s about it.
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