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on 28 May 1999
Imagine a group of psycho neo-Nazis trying to take over the world through the use of computers. This idea to me is a little far fetched even for Clancy. This novel was not one of Tom Clancy's best even though it got top billing. It was too much of a stretch from reality. Granted the idea used in the novel could possibly happen, there is just no way it could happen this way. The plot of this novel was not strong enough for me and I felt that the outcome was too predictable. The story starts out in America. This is were the idea of neo Nazism comes into effect through insignificant occurrences, that normally would have been over looked, which the main characters thought were important facts. The scene then travels to different parts of Germany and the plot develops to easily with every event tying into another much to early in the story which gave away the ending. The story then shifts to France for the conclusion. These changes of location was a major downfall because the reader had to decide were the story is taking place otherwise it did not make sense. The underlying problem throughout the whole novel was that in the story there were two or three groups of characters dealing with different situations simultaneously and the way that the reader can tell which group is being portrayed is from different sub-headings that state the location and the time of where it is taking place. This was aggravating because it never made sense to the reader because you would be reading about one group in a chapter then the next chapter it would switch to a different setting and group of characters. The central focus of the story is that each member of the Op-Center has some sort of personnel vendetta against the neo-Nazi groups. As stated by one of the characters "My demon
is still out there." This was the positive part of the story. It gave a realistic tendency as if the characters are truly struggling against the decisions that they had to make. This idea in the story is the only realistic part of the whole book because many people do feel as the characters did against the idea of Nazism. The means on how they try to solve this problem is the unrealistic part. Overall I would not suggest this to a person who is a serious reader but to a person who does not care if the plot of the book is that well organized I give it two stars.
Chris Jamison
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on 13 May 1996
"Games of State" is the third in the series of Op-Center
novels and comes up well short on most counts. This
story revolves around the activies of Neo-Nazis who plan
to destablize world governments including the United
States by means of carefully planned attacks on minorities
in concert with hateful video games distributed via the
internet. The people of Op-Center have the task of
stopping these plans before they can be carried out.

Mr. Clancy in trademark fashion describes the technical
aspects of weapons and tactics, and offers some insight
of the sheer enormity of the internet, but looking
underneath this veneer, this writer found a plot that was
lacking in plausibility, even within this genre of books.

For example, consider the relationships between the
characters. The main protagonist comes into contact with
a former lover who left him twenty years earlier, and who
coincidentally works for the Neo-Nazi antagonist, who
murdered two American tourists years before. The murders
were committed in the presence of a german who would later
become a high goverment official, and has the handy ability
of being a crack pilot. As these events are taking place,
Op-Center is under pressure from a lady Senator to cut
back on activities, this senator still painfully saddened
by the murder of her daughter twenty years before in Paris,
a crime committed coincidentally by the main antagonist.
As the story ends, she graciously changes her mind, in
fine "TV Movie of the Week" fashion.

Consider also one of the main characters, a wheelchair
bound "rambo" who had cleverly decided to go undercover
as a wheelchair bound american in search of information
on the bad guys. As the situation unfolds, he finds
a young girl taken and left for dead by the Neo-Nazis
who escapes and then risks her life to infiltrate the
enemy camp and announce to them that she is alive and still
has her pride.

As with any novel of the genre, leeway has to be given
to the characters and events, but this writer sincerely
feels that Mr. Clancy has stretched leeway and plausibility
to the breaking point.
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on 24 July 1999
If your a Clancy fan, you'll enjoy the Op-Centre series, with one exception -Games of State. Whilst it's clear that this series are not from Clancy's pen they are an enjoyable read for any techie who is interested in the affairs of state (That's the American State). However, this book is innaccurate, badly researched and boring! For the first time ever I put a Clancy book down with one hundred pages to go... and I wont pick it up again.
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on 2 April 1998
This entry in the just-about-above-average Op Center series is easily the best one to read out of the lot. The first one wasn`t bad, Mirror Image was passable, Acts Of War was a bit old hat and plain daft, but this beats the lot! The story of Neo-Nazis inciting race hate to change world events by means of right-wing propaganda computer games based on KKK cookouts and Nazi concentration camps may seem far-fetched to some readers, but the technology behind it is described in such a way to make it easy to understand and, frighteningly enough, feasible. The angle on the re-unification of Germany starting the resurgence of Nazism is also well put together. The characters are a lot better portrayed, especially Paul Hood`s first love paranoia. But the main criticisms which stopped this from being a ten out of ten were the co-incidence of Nancy just happening to work for the Neo-Nazi organisation trying to provoke hate(come on!) and Bob Herbert`s Dirk Pitt-style heroics in a wheelchair! That got a bit too silly, but on the whole the story and the politics behind it are the strengths here. Well worth a read.
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on 24 October 1996
I wouldn't call myself a Clancy expert by any stretch of
the imagination. However, I can recognize a book that he
did not write pretty easily. Games of State is right up
there with some of the worst techno-thrillers I have ever

Problem: Tom Clancy's books usually demonstrate strong
technical knowledge and accuracy. This book was full of
a lot of technological handwaving and some just plain
ridiculous comments.

Problem: Clancy manages to present many characters in
such a way as to make them all believable. This book was
halfway there -- we had scads of characters, none of them
with the slightest amount of personality, and, to make
matters worse, they were all seemingly bound together by
the most improbable chain of coincidences I've ever seen...
some of which didn't even have any bearing on the plot.

This book reads like an adaptation of a made-for-TV movie.
If I were Tom Clancy, I would be embarassed to have my name
associated with this piece of trash.
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on 21 August 1996
It always takes me a while to get all the names stright when
I read a Clancy book, and this one is no different. I found
myself going back and forth a few times trying to figure out
who a particular statement referred to. Around a third of the way through
the book, I was able to really absorb the story and follow what was
happening without distraction about who was who.

The action builds well, and is believable. The characters
are well defined, which is absolutely necessary since there
are so many of them. I enjoyed the book more and more as I got
farther into it. I finished the last third in one sitting.

One thing which disappointed me was the introduction of astoundingly
powerful technology which ended up being nothing more than a
plot device to get people to be in the right place at the
right time.
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on 15 July 1999
Clancy cashing on his name - again. If you look at the cover, though you will see "Created by" - read "written by someone else" Rather poor plot - the writer(s) seem to think that by putting computer words (incorrectly)in the book make them a cyberthriller writer. Who the hell has these days a B floppy drive? Dowloading is all these guys are doing, even when they should be uploading ..., etc Characters are cardboard, the story unconvincing. Yeah, a computer game (downloaded by 10.000 (!) people) is a very dangerous thing .... The bad guys download (should it be upload) the game - it takes whole night, what do they have, top-notch computers with 2400 b/s modems or what?
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on 25 May 1996
Tom Clancy books are for a certain type of reader. For the diehard fan of
Tom Clancy this book may not be the ideal one to read. However,
this combination of Clancy and Steve Pieczneik, who also has some very excelent techno-thrillers,
is getting better. This is the third book in a continual saga. This book is by far the best of the three
however it does lack in suspense. The best part about this book is the "Pieczenik" Factor. What this incorparates
is a paranoia frenzy that all Pieczneik's characters go through.
This is not the best techno-thriller I have ever read but it is enjoyable reading.
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on 28 March 1997
This book is the best to come from Tom Clancy in a long time. For those people sick of reading about Jack Ryan and all of the convoluted plots and dull dialogue in Clancy's recent works, this is a breath of fresh air. There are several sub-plots, all of which are easy to follow and leave you turning the pages to find out what happens. Paul Hood, Mike Rodgers, and the rest of the Op-Center gang are a new group of Clancy characters that are sure to go down in history with Jack Ryan, James Greer, Bart Mancuso and Jonesy, and Cathering Ryan! A must read!
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on 21 July 1998
During this book, I found my self saying "Oh, Come On!!" over and over. That pretty much sums up the whole book. From a video game supposedly causing the destruction of the free world, to a young lady bothering to go to a Neo-Nazi camp simply to yell "Screw You!" to a man in a wheel chair beating the heck out of a group of Nazi musclemen with only a broomstick handle and a knife.
I don't know why I even bothered to finish this nonsense.
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