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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425168220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425168226
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Op-Center series, created by Clancy and television producer Pieczenik, contains a large cast of characters that runs the U.S. government's elite crisis management team. This sixth and latest installment twists three seemingly unrelated plots into an engrossing, albeit contrived, story. A multinational terrorist group called the Peacekeepers, comprised of former U.N. soldiers, plans an attack on the U.N. during a private Saturday-night party in the Security Council chambers. Meanwhile, an angry Cambodian couple seeks revenge for a murder committed long ago. And Paul Hood, the center's recently retired head, is trying to piece everything together, but his troubled personal life only hinders his job. As the story lines converge, readers are taken deep inside the heart of America's defense, intelligence and crisis management networks. Stilted dialogue and unfortunate stabs at sentimentality, however, diminish the overall suspense. (July)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Tom Clancy's novels include The Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising, Patriot Games, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, Without Remorse, Debt of Honour and Executive Orders. Steve Pieczenik served as principal hostage negotiator and international crisis manager while Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance and James Baker. He is also the author of the psycho-political thrillers The Mind Palace, Blood Heat, Maximum Vigilance and Pax Pacifica. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Very well written, moved quick pace.
Donald Couture
This is generally taken to mean that Mr. Rovin is the manuscript author.
grahamer
This is one of the best, if not the best, book in the Op-Center series.
Russell L. Jones

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael on March 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Tom Clancy's State of Siege, he places the tough decision of a mans family and a nations integrity. Paul Hood has quit his job at the Op- Center to spend more time with his wife and family. When he takes them on a trip to New York to see his daughter in a recital at the U.N., he didn't plan for what was about to come. A group of wealth greedy terrorists invade the U.N. building and taking many delegates and young musicians hostage, including Hood's daughter. He is now forced with the decision to stay and comfort his wife, or to rejoin the Op-Center and help get all the hostages, including his daughter out. Clancy's book was action packed from the very first chapter. Clancy intensifies the book with Paul Hood's decision of work or a life with his family. His daughter being a hostage poses to him a problem which he must solve. In order to solve it he must leave his wife and return the Op-Center. The clock is running and Hood faces the most important decision of his life. He sacrifices his wife and decides to save his daughter's life. He rejoins Op-Center and faces a new question of how to save his daughter and the delegates. Time is passing quickly and the bloodshed increases. The pressure is intense and Paul keeps his cool. He takes the stress and eventually makes the right decision and saves his daughter's life with the help of his co-workers at the Op-Center.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By grahamer on November 23, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this, the sixth Op-Center book, Jeff Rovin is thanked for his "creative ideas and invaluable contribution to the preparation of the manuscript". This is generally taken to mean that Mr. Rovin is the manuscript author. Unfortunately, Mr. Rovin, though having a couple of other book titles to his credit, most certainly has none of Tom Clancy's ability with words.
The Op-Center series started in 1995 as a sound germ of an idea which owed much of its success to genuine imput from Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik. Now, at book six, and with Clancy and Pieczenik standing quietly in the shadows with their palms outstretched for whatever royalties they can squeeze from this series without having to do any work, the books are reaching new lows.
State of Siege is wooden and difficult to work through. The story might have had real potential in a proper Clancy novel. It could have been a real killer if thought out and written intelligently. Unfortunately, passing it over to a ghost called Rovin was the easiest way to doom the story to failure.
If Tom Clancy insists on putting his name to rubbish like this (albeit if only to rake in some extra lucre) then he MUST take some responsibility for its content. It saddens me to have to remind him, but the money he is putting in his pockets from poorly-conceived "novels" like this is money that honest working folk have stumped out because he has placed his name on the cover of the book.
SHAME ON YOU TC
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 21, 2003
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Clancy has done great in ditching those sometimes boring political plots and went into the action theme. The story is excellent and here is a summary: Paul Hood has retired as the Regional Op-Center director and now wishes to be with his wife and kids more. Sharon was a TV cooking show personality and his daughter Harleigh was an excellent violinist for her teenage age. His son, Alexander Hood (I hope I got the name right) enjoys video games and challenge. When Paul Hood finnaly retires, there is a sub-plot of emotional issues between him and Sharon but when they go to see Harleigh perform at a special diplomatic concert in New York for ambassadors and senators, greedy terrorists with a grandiose plan to get the world's attention and recieve a high ransom invade the United Nations building where the teenagers will perform and take the children and government people hostage. It is a race against time as hostages are killed on an hourly bases and while Secretary-General Chatterjee complains about giving diplomacy when Mike Rodgers wants to send in the Striker team. This has a good plot and lots of adventure that will "dazzle all readers!" (Me!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Michael Simmons on November 28, 2000
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Let me just say that I read this baby in one night. I was up until 4:00 in the a.m. because I couldn't put this book down. Every time I'd tell myself I was going to stop reading it and finish the next night, the chapter would end with me saying to myself "WHY did that have to end like that????" So I read this book in one night and it is probably one of the most exciting books I've ever read, and I thought that "Mirror Image" was the best book in this series. I would recommend this book to everyone. Jeff Rovin, the writer (yeah his name is in the acknowledgemens somewhere) does a great job, and this is about the best series on the market. So go buy it, go read it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr N Forbes-warren on September 12, 2000
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Truly awful How Clancy can put his name on juvenile trash like this, even now when the material he writes himself is worthy of five stars(i.e RAINBOW SIX, RED STORM RISING among others) is beyond me. The story might have had real potential in a proper Clancy novel, with a takeover of the United Nations. It could have been awesome if thought out intelligently, but is totally wasted. Renegade 'peacekeepers' turn terrorists(!!) and kidnap a children's orchestra(!!), start killing the hostages and THEN start bargaining? Come on! And of course, one of the hostages just happens to be one of Op Center director Paul Hood's kids! Ho-hum. Crap-Center strikes again. I could write an entire book about how bad this one is.
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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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