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Publisher's Summary

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

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Excellent listen

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 :-)

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Well written just not gripping for me.

Where does Tom Clancy's Op-Center rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the middle so far.

If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

It is a different author than Rainbow Six but they come from the same house. If Rainbow Six was The Illiad this was The Cat in the Hat. The Cat in the Hat is not a bad book. It just isnt as deep and well done as The Illiad

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

No one really stuck out. Ms. Chong, whom we meet playing piano, was probably the most interesting via Kim's opinions that he expresses about her.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The knight hawk scene. Written really well. I am a very technical person the clean violent act mixed perfectly with the information given about the aircraft made a very short sweet read. mind blowing really.

Any additional comments?

It was a good book but most of the characters felt very plain/not fleshed/ Typical. I never found myself wondering what anyone was up to because i didnt care about them.

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very disappointed

I was disappointed in this book. after reading all of the Jack Ryan and Jack Ryan Jr. books, I had high hopes for this series. The narrator did an excellent job. the story was rushed, no character development, and half of the time I didn't know what was going on. I would not recommend this book at all.

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Having trouble sleeping? Michael Kramer can help.

He not only is he mono toned. He also gets the characters voices mixed up.

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lifts the bordom for a while.

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

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Good Voice Actor, long-winded good read

it was a long book. good story. I wouldn't have been able to get through it reading if it wasn't read to me. Voice actor was great at doing many voices.

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A good start and intro to character's

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.

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Great new series

This looks as if it can develop into a great new series. The characters can be developed and I am looking forward to another Tom Clancy series

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Narrator is awful!

I have read ( or recently listened to) every Clancy book to date, as well as Clive Cussler. The narrator, Michael Kramer, is so bad it’s difficult to focus on the book itself. He sounds like a bored college professor! At this point if it’s not narrated by Scott Brick, who actually knows what he’s doing, I won’t be wasting my time and money!

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Blown Away how bad yhis book was

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.

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  • K. Lucias-Jay
  • 01-30-22

Awful, Too many parts and places referred to

By letters only . Unless you have been a US Marine or a White House Spy it can be confusing trying to get. A smooth and enjoyable read

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  • Randall
  • 05-28-16

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

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  • M
  • 04-17-15

Annoying narration

What would have made Tom Clancy's Op-Center better?

A different narrator.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

The narrators voice.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kramer?

Anyone who doesn't 'ask a question' in the middle of and at the end of most sentences. Infuriating vocal habit.

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

Can't say, couldn't bear to listen to more than 45 minutes.

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Only stuck it out for the first 45 minutes, before the narrators irritating voice sent me screaming for the off switch!

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  • dan
  • 03-23-15

Amazing

A great book well read and a great start to the series great job already to read the next one

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  • Graham
  • 01-25-13

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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