The Op-Center team heads for Spain, where ethnic conflicts threaten to break out into a conflagration. As the novel's intelligence chief Bob Herbert puts it, this clash "will make the Spanish Civil War look like a brawl."
The intelligence team's efforts to defuse the crisis are foiled when an Op-Center representative is assassinated in Madrid on her way to a high-level diplomatic meeting. Someone very powerful wants another Spanish War - no matter what the cost.
Now the crew must delicately navigate the treacherous shoals of a planned insurrection by a popular Spanish general and his troops. As usual, Clancy delivers a memorable cast of characters, and he welcomes us into the byways of little-traveled territory in this action-packed intrigue.
©1998 Tom Clancy, Steve Pieczenik, Jeff Rovin (P)2011 Random House Audio
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"This is an imitation Clancy book"
Just not good, these writers should spend more time developing their own style and not try to duplicate Clancy. I would bet their own style and creativity would shine through. For me I am through with any of the Op-Center books read by M Kramer
"Intense & lively!"
I love the entire series so far. Plot is realistic and grounded. Characters are believable and quick witted. Can't wait to start next book!
"Must have been a contractual thing"
This book was way off the mark for a Clancy Op Center genre story. Must have been a contractual deadline book they threw together to meet the obligation to the publisher. Stretch the story to fill the space.... so boring.
"Where will the balance shift?"
What I like best about Balance of Power is the realism of the Op-Center characters and their interactions with each other and their enemies. All are human and die just like everyone else and everyone has an important role to play.
Maria is my favourite characters just because I love sexy, brave and courageous female spies.
"Misleading author claim"
I just finished this book and found the same problems with it as I found with "Acts of War" Too many characters, too much jumping around in the story line and extremely poor story. I would give it zero stars if that were an option.
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