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Out of the Ashes: Tom Clancy's Op-Center | [Dick Couch, George Galdorisi, Tom Clancy]

Out of the Ashes: Tom Clancy's Op-Center

Before 9/11 America was protected by a covert force known as the National Crisis Management Center. Commonly known as Op-Center, this silent, secret mantel guarded the American people and protected the country from enemies. The charter was top secret and Director Paul Hood reported directly to the president. Op-Center used undercover operatives with SWAT capabilities to diffuse crises around the world, and they were tops in their field. But after the World Trade Center disaster, in the interest of streamlining, OP-Center was disbanded - leaving the country in terrible danger.
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Publisher's Summary

Tom Clancy's Op-Center is back with this new thriller written by the New York Times best-selling authors of Tom Clancy's Act of Valor and featuring a chilling, ripped-from-the-headlines scenario.

Before 9/11 America was protected by a covert force known as the National Crisis Management Center. Commonly known as Op-Center, this silent, secret mantel guarded the American people and protected the country from enemies. The charter was top secret and Director Paul Hood reported directly to the president. Op-Center used undercover operatives with SWAT capabilities to diffuse crises around the world, and they were tops in their field. But after the World Trade Center disaster, in the interest of streamlining, OP-Center was disbanded - leaving the country in terrible danger.

But when terrorists detonate bombs in sports stadiums around the country leaving men, women, and children dead or mutilated, the President executes an emergency order to bring back Op-Center - an Op-Center capable of dealing with the high-tech crises of the 21st Century, and there is a lethal one brewing in the Middle East. A renegade Saudi Prince with ambitions of controlling the world’s oil supply has an ingenious plot to manipulate America into attacking Syria and launching a war against Iran. Next, they would ignite a sleeper cell to attack the America homeland, resulting in a bloodbath unlike any other. Only the men and women of Op-Center, using sophisticated technology, realize what is about to be unleashed. Only they have the courage to issue a warning no one wants to hear. But will anyone believe them?

©2014 Jack Ryan Limited Partnership and S&R Literary, Inc. (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-30-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-30-14

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A new series"

    The original “Op-Center” by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik ended in 2005. Tom Clancy died in 2013. I see that the “Op-Center” has been brought back to life by authors Dick Couch and George Galdorisi, but still under the Tom Clancy copyright. In this story a new President Wyatt Midkiff decided to reactivate Op-Center after a devastating attack to NFL stadiums while games were in progress. Chase Williams, a four star Navy Admiral is appointed to head the new center. After the center is up and running a crisis develops in the middle east and America is about to attack Syria, the Center uncovers a plot by a Saudi oil pipeline Czar Prince Ali-al-Wandi to trigger the whole event. There is lots of action, suspense, large amount of detail about weapon systems, military acronyms along with some interesting dialogue. No information is provided about how the terrorist manages to carry out his coordinated attacks; the same applies to the oil Czar. The authors have provided in-depth information about each of the main characters to provide a base for the new series. The book is heavy on action and politics but is light on a plausible plot; overall it makes for a light fun read, a good break from more intense reading. Scott Sowers does an excellent job narrating the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael D. Greenhill 07-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not much better than Jack and Jill"
    What would have made Out of the Ashes better?

    Worst Narration so far, Written for the 2nd grade.
    Tom is rolling in his grave after having his name attached to this.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Not if I half to pay for it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Sowers’s performances?

    Hook him up down in gitmo, the terrorist will beg to talk just so they don't need to listen to this.


    Any additional comments?

    How the hell did Tom get involved with this?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Herring Seattle, WA 07-21-14
    M. Herring Seattle, WA 07-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Scott Sowers?

    Tom Clancy is great but this book isn't written by him. The story is slow and misses our all the classical Clancy details.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Sue


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Sowers?

    He was a little dry but yes.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryboman Fort Lauderdale 07-19-14
    Ryboman Fort Lauderdale 07-19-14 Member Since 2008
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    "It is impossible to listen to this narrator."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Possibly the narrator's own children, if he has any


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I finally gave up on this book about a third of the way through. I might have finished it if there was a better narrator, but I would not waste a credit on another in this series if the same writers are used. Every few minutes I hear words that make me cringe knowing Clancy would never have written them. The whole thing is an insult to Clancy's name.

    Somebody is just cashing in on the brand. There is a much better transition in the Jack Ryan series. I give Mark Greaney credit for this as author. I would try another Op Center if Greaney's name is attached to it and if it had a better narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There is no way this guy could improve. If a bit of exaggeration is permitted, I would say that he sounds like Alvin the Chipmunk. He is just reading the book line by line. There is no voice distinction between characters; his attempts at emotion are not believable. In fairness, he does do an Arabic accent which, while not great, isn't horrible. But, it just sounds like Alvin the Chipmunk doing an ok Arabic accent. I have over a hundred titles in my library and Mr Sowers is by far the worst narrator. From now on, I will be listening to the sample clip before I buy waste any more credits.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 07-08-14
    Paul 07-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Worst One in the Series"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Scott Sowers?

    no


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Number 13 in a series and they abandoned all previous characters and story lines. The all new characters were just not developed and had no depth. The story sounded like a news article. This does not deserve Tom Clancy's name on it. The performance was also very unsatisfying.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Sowers’s performances?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia POWELL, WY, United States 06-10-14
    Virginia POWELL, WY, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Weak return of formerly great series"

    Plotting is weak and unbelievable. Sadly even the bad guys are boring. Characters are not well developed as in the original series. There are a couple likable characters, but most are not interesting enough to sustain another book. The performance is good and for a mindless summer book, there are worse.

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    David 06-09-14
    David 06-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "WORST book every. Please remove Tom Clancy's name"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. The story line was terrible.


    Has Out of the Ashes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will never listen to another fake "Tom Clancy" book again. These authors are riding Tom Clancy's coat tails and profiting from all the hard work Clancy did in researching and writing his books.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC, United States 06-02-14
    Wayne Matthews, NC, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Out of the Ashes is..."

    is a book that is so bad it should never have been published It is an insult to Tom Clancy's brand and memory! The book supposedly is classified in the Mystery & Thriller category, but there is neither mystery or thrill. The storyline is lame. Character development is fine for Admiral Chase Williams, but non-existent to poor for the other characters.

    Scott Sowers does a fine job of narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry 06-02-14
    Larry 06-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Nothing comes together in this book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Could not recommend this book to a first listener of Tom Clancy or someone who follows him.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Other Tom Clancy books were good story lines and kept your interest........not this one.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Sowers’s performances?

    Very boring and flat. Scott Sower should be doing nature stories


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don United States 05-30-14
    Don United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Arrrgggg! I couldn't finish it."

    I am very disappointed in this. Not the Tom Clancy I expected. Slow and monotonous. Where I needed less details, he went on forever. Where I wanted more, he cut it short.

    A real waste of time and money. He should have turned this book to ashes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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