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Longueur : 399 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
Langue : Anglais

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A New York Times bestseller!

Tom Clancy's Op-Center is back with this new thriller written by the New York Times bestselling authors of Tom Clancy's ACT OF VALOR and featuring a chilling, ripped-from-the-headlines scenario.

Before 9/11 America was protected by a covert force known as the National Crisis Management Center. Commonly known as Op-Center, this silent, secret mantel guarded the American people and protected the country from enemies. The charter was top secret and Director Paul Hood reported directly to the president. Op-Center used undercover operatives with SWAT capabilities to diffuse crises around the world, and they were tops in their field. But after the World Trade Center disaster, in the interest of streamlining, OP-Center was disbanded-leaving the country in terrible danger.

But when terrorists detonate bombs in sports stadiums around the country leaving men, women and children dead or mutilated, the President executes an emergency order to bring back Op-Center-an Op-Center capable of dealing with the high tech crises of the 21st Century, and there is a lethal one brewing in the Middle East. A renegade Saudi Prince with ambitions of controlling the world's oil supply has an ingenious plot to manipulate America into attacking Syria and launching a war against Iran. Next, they would ignite a sleeper cell to attack the America homeland, resulting in a bloodbath unlike any other. Only the men and women of Op-Center, using sophisticated technology, realize what is about to be unleashed. Only they have the courage to issue a warning no one wants to hear. But will anyone believe them?

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  • Editeur : St. Martin's Griffin (20 mai 2014)
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HASH(0x919c0f9c) étoiles sur 5 Boring and half-baked 30 mai 2014
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Early in his career, when he was still at his best, Tom Clancy wrote carefully researched, credible thrillers. Clancy co-created the Op-Center series but Jeff Rovin wrote the novels that appeared between 1995 and 2005. Although Clancy died in 2013, his name appears in the largest font on the cover of of Out of Ashes, while the names of the actual authors appear in the smallest font. If not for the Clancy name, I suspect few people would buy this lackluster book.

The Op-Center uses the same notion as Brad Taylor's Taskforce novels -- a covert unit operates with the knowledge of the president but without congressional authority, doing what it needs to do to protect the country. The difference is that Taylor's books are smart, lively, and nuanced while Out of Ashes is dull, half-baked, and preposterous.

Out of Ashes is a strikingly unimaginative story that begins with a Kuwaiti blowing up football stadiums. How he manages to carry out his coordinared attacks is glossed over, probably because the authors couldn't think up a way to make it work. How does the Kuwaiti "hack" into the PA systems of nine football stadiums to play chaos-inducing recordings at the same moment? Where does he get enough C4 to blow up four stadiums and why does nobody notice when he places it in position? We never learn the answers because the writers have none.

In any event, the president decides it is time to get the Op-Center back in business, a task that occupies the first quarter of the novel. After many "earnest discussions" which consist of characters telling each other how great they are, Chase Williams is chosen to head the revived Op-Center. His brilliant idea is to hire computer geeks to do intelligence analysis (gee, why didn't NSA think of that?). The second quarter of the novel introduces more characters and laboriously sets up the meager plot. The plot involves an obvious ploy by a Saudi prince to provoke the U.S into attacking Syria -- so obvious it's difficult to think anyone would be duped by it.

Every time a new character is introduced, we get dry biographical details that might appear on a job application. The authors are also quite concerned that we know the brand name of every article of clothing worn by American characters. Educational backgrounds and choice of clothing designers is apparently a substitute for character development, as the characters (most of whom favor Brooks Brothers) have not the slightest hint of a personality. Characters spend a lot of time telling each other things they already know, a weak writing technique that educates the reader at the expense of realistic dialog.

The terrorists who supposedly provided a justification for reconstituting the Op-Center are gone before a quarter of the novel has passed, and the Op-Center does nothing substantive for the rest of the book, making me wonder why a novel about the anti-terrorist Op-Center had so little to do with the Op-Center or with terrorism. Apparently realizing that they had written a scattered novel that isn't about anything, the authors make a belated attempt to introduce a new terrorist threat with a brand new character late in the novel. That plot thread is even sillier than the story that precedes it. Again, how the terrorist manages to acquire the things he needs to carry out his planned attack is never explained, and how the geeks tumble to the plot is explained only by the assurance that they have outstanding "system parameters."

The novel is heavy on jargon and military procedure but light on credibility. The first geek hired by Op-Center to analyze intelligence immediately figures out who is responsible for the stadium bombings. How he does this and why no one else could do it is never explained. How operatives of a Saudi prince manage to blackmail a key employee of a defense contractor to obtain security codes to a Global Hawk surveillance aircraft also goes unexplained, and we are never told why his American employer doesn't notice his comings and goings in Saudi Arabia. Just about every character in the military is portrayed as incompetent or unprofessional, from a ship's captain who disregards blindingly obvious evidence of his misjudgment to a helicopter pilot who decides to make an illegal detour over foreign air space because her friend thinks it would be a good idea. The novel's abrupt ending (Out of Ashes is apparently intended only to set up future books in the series) is just ridiculous.

A few action scenes add a spark of life to an otherwise boring story that primarily focuses on tiresome conversations among wooden characters. There are too few action scenes to redeem the novel as a whole. Terrorists manage to kill a lot of Americans during the course of the novel but story generates about as much emotion as a cricket match stirs in boxing fans. I'm sure this novel will sell since it has Tom Clancy's name on it, but I'm not sure that very many readers will be happy to have wasted their time and money on it.
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HASH(0x919506b4) étoiles sur 5 A Total Thrill Ride 28 mai 2014
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I just finished The Kraken Project read by Scott Sowers so I was happy to see his familiar name on the newest Tom Clancy Op-Center: Out of the Ashes.

We begin with the horrible beating of a couple from the Middle East leaving the wife in a coma and the husband in a rage. Clancy makes you feel compassion and sympathy for this couple and what they go through simply because of their race. But then what happens next will leave you feeling sick and enraged.

Instead of seeking revenge on just the men responsible, the husband punishes our country and innocent lives are lost. Clancy is the master at making you connect with and see each of these victims as individuals and not just a number. A little girl at a stadium with her dad watching a game witnesses the gruesome terrorist attack on our Country and personally; her father. You can't help but feel devastated on her behalf. And your former sympathy for the grieving husband turns to anger at the way he handles it.

The Government, the President and all responsible for the protection of America's citizens are at a loss as to where the attacks are coming from. The normal chatter that will point them in a certain direction of whose responsible is silent. In this silence, an old Op-Center program is resurrected to solve the mystery. Who will be in charge? The previous commander has recently gotten some devastating health news so who will rise in his stead?

This story bounces between the exciting action and the slower politics of the government and it's planning. I of course preferred the action and was eager to get back to it when some of the other more political parts seemed to drone on. Sowers does justice to Clancy's characters and is excellent at the accents and pronunciations for those from other countries.

Tom Clancy's Op-Center: Out of the Ashes was a thrill ride and one I couldn't stop listening to! I literally sat in my car and listened in my garage long after returning home just so I could find out what happened next!
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HASH(0x91884e04) étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 1 juillet 2014
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Awesome. George and Dick bring a whole new dimension to the series. Had to check for classification stamps!
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HASH(0x91884dec) étoiles sur 5 Fast paced and a quick read. 20 août 2014
Par Deb Wiley - Publié sur
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Tom Clancy (and authors that write with him) always get my attention. However, I have not read the previous Op-enter books so this was new for me. The plot moved along very rapidly as today's current events dictate. The crux of this book is that it could (or has) happened but as it is behind the scenes we will never know. Tom Clancy always had very good sources and so any book, although considered fiction, probably has more truth in it that we know. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading future 'new' Op-Center books.
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HASH(0x91791b94) étoiles sur 5 Decent, then great 3 juin 2014
Par James Orr - Publié sur
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Out of the Ashes starts out decently. You know, engaging, entertaining, but nothing to go out and recommend. Things really get going in the latter half, and by that time it's impossible to put down.

Couch did a great job crafting this fiction. It was a little jerky at times, and I wish the first and second story lines were more interconnected. I have a few questions I wish he answered, but right now, the morning after, I'm really wishing I could download a sequel.
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