“A powerful profile of America’s defense, intelligence, and crisis-management technology; Tom Clancy’s Op-Center is the creation of Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik-inspiring this, and other gripping novels.” *from the back cover of Op-Center books by Tom Clancy.*
If you like action, mystery, espionage, spying, or war stories, you should definitely read these books. Even if you don’t, you may want to consider them. I was first introduced to Tom Clancy when I watched the movie “The Hunt for Red October” based on Clancy’s book of the same name. Then I watched “Clear and Present Danger”, which is also based on a Clancy novel. (They’re both great movies, by the way and I recommend them both. The first stars Alec Baldwin and the second, Harrison Ford, both as the same character: Jack Ryan.)
After watching the movies I got the novel The Hunt for Red October from the library. It’s a very good book. It was Clancy’s first novel. It’s about a Russian submarine whose captain and crew defect during the Cold War, and how certain people work to bring about, and others to prevent, WWIII. It can get tedious at times when extensive description of subs or warfare is given, but overall it’s an interesting and entertaining novel.
After reading Red October, I tried reading another Clancy novel, of which he has several. However, I found his other novels to be boring, tedious and far too long for me (most are 800-1000 pages). Perhaps that’s just my personal taste, but Red October is the best of his novels, in my opinion. That was until one day my opinion changed, when my mom got me Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Divide & Conquer from a library book sale (which are the best, by the way. I love library book sales!) Continue reading