In the newly unified Germany, old horrors are reborn. It is the beginning of Chaos Days, a time when neo-Nazi groups gather to spread violence and resurrect dead dreams. But this year Germany isn't the only target. Plans are afoot to destabilize Europe and cause turmoil throughout the United States. Paul Hood and his team, already in Germany to buy technology for the new Regional Op-Center, become entangled in the crisis. They uncover a shocking force behind the chaos - a group that uses cutting-edge technology to promote hate and to influence world events. A powerful profile of America's defense, intelligence, and crisis management technology, Tom Clancy's Op-Center is the creation of Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik.
©2011 Tom Clancy, Steve Pieczenik; 2011 Random House Audio
While I love to read Clancy's work, and Op-Center is definitely one of his better series. This particular story wasn't one of his better books. The story was slow at first and while there was some real life events in here, the plot just wasn't believable.
As always Mr. Kramer did a remarkable job narrating this book. Overall this is a good book to listen to if only to stay up to date with the series.
So far I have found this entire series abysmal. Poorly researched. Can't believe Clancy approved these authors to use his name. Completely ignorant of the technology, weapons and organizations portrayed. As an army aviator I had to cringe and laugh at the fantasy portrayed surrounding V-22s and Bell Long Rangers. Did they not ask anyone who knew something about helicopters? Sure. Use a hoist to lower guys from the Osprey onto the tail boom of a Long Ranger in flight! Unbelievable.
Go Bob Herbert
Bob Herbert because he kicks the butts of the Neo-Nazi morons with the help of Jodi the young lady he saves from the Neo-Nazis.
He does an excellent reading of the story and all the character voices.
Bob Herbert as he does not let been in a wheelchair stop him from giving the Neo-Nazis what for.
THE WAY THE STORY WAS WELL CRAFTED. (AS USUAL...)
IT WAS VERY HARD TO CONCENTRATE ON THE STORY LINE AND IT BECAME SO "CHOPPY" IT'S HARD TO ISOLATE A MEMORABLE MOMENT THAT DIDN'T INVOLVE THE NARRATOR'S SNAFUS. I'M ATTEMPTING TO FIND A WAY FOR THE MAC READER VOICE THAT IS AVAILABLE IN THE ACCESSIBILITY SECTION READ IT TO ME INSTEAD FOR THE OTHER 9 BOOKS.
THE ACCENTS AND VOCAL INTONATION TO DENOTE GENDER CHANGE WAS SO DISTRACTING FROM THE ACTUAL FLOW OF THE NOVEL. IT WAS QUITE JARRING. TOTAL KILLER OF MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT! I FEEL THE NARRATOR SHOULD BE A STORY TELLER NOT A PERFORMER. A GOOD NARRATOR IS NEARLY INVISIBLE AND YOU ARE LOST IN THE PLOT MACHINATIONS VICE THIS ONE WHO SEEMS TO BE AUDITIONING FOR A PART RATHER THAN CONTRIBUTING TO THE UNOBTRUSIVE TELLING OF THE STORY. IT CAN DEFINITELY BE DONE MORE SUBTLY. RAINBOW 6 NARRATOR WAS ONE OF THE BEST. LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS IS ALSO SUBTLE EXCEPT HIS AUSSIE SASR RENDERING. SAME PROBLEM WITH THE "ACTOR" FOR "WITHOUT REMORSE" YEARS AGO...EVERY TIME HE READ THE WOMAN'S PART HE RAISED HIS VOICE 2 OCTAVES, YET PHILLIPS ACHIEVES THE SAME RESULTS WITH A SOFTER TONE OF VOICE IN RELATIVELY THE SAME OCTAVE!
NEITHER - EXCEPT I WANTED TO CRINGE EVERY TIME THERE WAS A CHARACTER CHANGE!
IF THERE'S A WAY TO COMMUNICATE THIS TO ALL AUTHORS CHOOSING NARRATORS, PLEASE DO. IT SO DISTRACTS FROM THEIR WORK. THAT'S THE REASON I HAD TO TAKE A BREAK FROM THE OP-CENTER SERIES AFTER THIS BOOK.
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