America's most proficient covert operations team, hand-picked for its intelligence, analysis, and crisis-management skills, has had many a tough situation thrown at it. Years ago, before North Korea made its belligerent intentions known to the world, Op-Center's first mission was to thwart a crisis on the Korean peninsula. Since then, it has dealt with the machinations of Russian hard-liners, prevented the resurgence of age-old hatred in Germany, gone underground to prevent Kurdish terrorists from destabilizing the Middle East, subjugated the tensions of rebellious Basques, rescued the entire United Nations from mercenaries, and prevented an all-out war between India and Pakistan. Is it up to the challenge of preventing the next war? Absolutely.
©2011 Steve Pieczenik, Jeff Rovin, Tom Clancy (P)2011 Random House Audio
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"This is so thin it should be binned."
If this is what is now going to come out of the Clancy stable, this horse is bolting. It misses any of the rich characterization the TC sewed into his books of the past. If TC cannot write anymore do not fool the public to assume he is at the helm. If he is then he as asleep! TC you have just loss me as a customer. Good luck and let us know when you, yourself pen another piece of work.
"A great no fuss read"
The end - the character twist where the pilot and Op-Centre intelligence chief discovered they both have the same name - Bob Herbert.
His familiarity with the entire Op-Center series which ensures that character interpretations through voice and accent changes are consistent. the delivery style is such that the listener is drawn into the suspense of each scene.
there were occasions when i chuckled but i couldn't describe my emotional reactions as "extreme."
i have almost completed the op-center series, and the tendency to review incidents from previous books has become slightly irritating. the secondary strand running through the series of paul hood's separation is, by the time of sea of fire, seems irrelevant. sea of fire does still rate as a very good read in its own right.
"Great narrator but poor script."
I'm not really able to say because I could not bring myself to finish listening to the book. The narrator was very good but the script was unbearable.
Yes, it could have turned me off Tom Clancy's books but I have listened to a few others of his books which were very interesting.
I have listened to other performances of Michael Kramer before and they have always been phenomenon. He performed very well here but this script was a really bad one. After every sentence the author would write: "He said, she said, he responded ..." and these became rather unbearable to listen to after a while, so I decided to return the book.
I would like to see it as I know the actors will not use the script word for word. I believe the story is a good one. I usually listen to my books after a long day at work to unwind and relish an exciting world of fantasy and not to be stressed out with an annoying repetitive cliche.
Do not be put off Tom Clancy's book by this one, he has many more you can enjoy.
"Aussie megalomaniac, radioactive waste"
I do not consider it to be better than the print but listening while reading enhances the experience.
Michael Kramer's performance was good as he has been in all his reading of the Op-Centre series. Although a koala is not a bear it is a marsupial.
I read it in one sitting. Too much time on my hands I guess.
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