A terrorist bomb explodes during a South Korean celebration of the anniversary of the election of its first president.
Alarms are raised in Washington. No one is claiming responsibility.
The first suspect is North Korea. Could it be making a power play against South Korea and unification? If so, how will the U.S. respond? Paul Hood, Director of the Op-Center, must answer these questions. The Op-Center, a largely autonomous new agency which takes on the government's toughest security problems, is only six months old, and has never been given a foreign crisis until now.
Hood's team, which includes a general, a former ambassador, a psychologist, and a computer specialist, tries to find the solution, only to discover a factor that could change the new world order.
From the Compact Disc edition.
©1995 Jeff Rovin, Tom Clancy, Steve Pieczenik (P)2011 Random House Audio
This was my first Tom Clancy book I've listened to, and loved it. It was difficult at times to try and remember the pile of cast members, and the jumping around style took me a while to get used to, but after a while, the style seemed tight and clear. The reader, Michael Kramer is incredible . .either he's incredible, or they actually used 5 or so different people doing the voices.
The story was full of the action I heard Tom Clancy was so well known for, and I felt like the story balanced and pulled together each of the story lines together nicely.
It's 4 stars only because I had to concentrate while listening, and had to backup all the time and re-listen to sections :-)
Yes, I am a fan of the all thrillers.
Donald's heroic actions to prevent the outbreak of a new Korean war.
Tom Cruise maybe, H Ford as Donald.
He not only is he mono toned. He also gets the characters voices mixed up.
I have read or listened to every Clancy Book. I had a severe case of withdrawl so I looked at Op-Center. I will try one more for kicks, but the hero was the pacifist ambassador, every North Korean was an altar boy, our generals were blood-lusting in-bread hacks, and to top it off, the narration was monotonous as if reading a paper bot telling the story.
Get this, North Korea picks up an F-17 Stealth fighter within seconds, but a large transport plane carrying the parachuters goes in and out undetected. Excuse me, I'll be back, have to go puke.
I'm a happy hater.
it's a decent enough story, however I feel that the author is far, far too sympathetic to the North Koreans for my liking especially the way he tries to portray them as some sort of misunderstood victims towards the end. I also don't particularly care for the implied adultery on the part of one of the main characters nor do I particularly like the way he tries to portray the North Koreans and a positive light
all in all I enjoyed the book. It seemed as though the recording was a little off on its speed but nothing that couldn't be adjusted. The introduction to new characters was nice, I finished all of the Jack Ryan stories and this is a nice addition. You still get the world around government operations but also a good glimpse into a larger cast.
The narration was a little drab. I guess I just got used to Lou Diamond Phillips as a narrator in the later stories.
"great as usual"
as usual, in the classic Clancy vibe!, book is an interesting listen.and is well worth the very small price Audible commands micheal Kramer is very good nasrrator
A different narrator.
The narrators voice.
Anyone who doesn't 'ask a question' in the middle of and at the end of most sentences. Infuriating vocal habit.
Can't say, couldn't bear to listen to more than 45 minutes.
Only stuck it out for the first 45 minutes, before the narrators irritating voice sent me screaming for the off switch!
A great book well read and a great start to the series great job already to read the next one
"Huge fan of the books, now a fan of Michael Kramer"
I have read all of Tom Clancy's book and I have to say I really like the style of Michael Kramer. Good tone of voice, easy to listen to but knows how to to drama when the moment needs it.
As for thebook, not Clancy's best but Op Center does become a very good series if you like style and are taking a break from all things Jack Ryan. This book sets up characters that you will like, loath and follow over the next few books.
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