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Op-Centre IX:Mission of Honour (Om) (Tom Clancy's Op Center) [Mass Market Paperback]

Tom Clancy
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc (27 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425186709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425186701
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,498,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the surface it seems a simple case: a group of African militiamen have kidnapped a priest and ordered all Catholic missionaries to leave the nation of Botswana. But the Vatican thinks otherwise. At its urging, Op-Center investigates - and finds that the real purpose of the crime is a plan by outside forces to destabilize the government and seize the nation's diamond mines. With its military team, Striker, out of commission, Op-Center must reinvent itself - and head straight into the crossfire of an African war. A powerful profile of America's defence, 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mission Of Honor 14 Aug 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is one of the most engrosing books that I have read. It pulls you in from the very beginning. Every thing is explained very well, every thing falls into place by the end even though it may not seem like it at first. If you are planning on reading any of the other op-center books, read them before this because it does make strong hints to what happend in the past.
I felt like I got to know the characters. I like that in a book, something that is explained well enough that you can build up a clear picture in your mind. There are quite a few characters in this book wich is a bit hard to get to grips with. It's always introducing new ones right till the end.
The chapters are very short and sweet. Which is nice for someone who likes to stop every few chapters. Every chapter or so it jumps between the few locations that the story is set in to keep you updated with whats going on at op-center and in Africa. At first I found it confusing that it sometimes jumps back in time over a chapter, so something that happend in one chapter like a phone call can happen again in the next. It's strange at first but you soon adjust.
I was expecting a war novel when I bought this book, and in a war novel I thought there would be quite a few fighting scenes, but the fights are few and far apart. The first time a knive or gun is used is in chapter 22. If you are expecting fights and gore it is not for you, but if you like long intricate story line with a bit of action here and there Mission Of Honor is definately for you.
Another thing I didn't really like is the cliff hanger ending. This means that I will have to buy the next instalment of Tom Clancey's Op-Centre to find out what happens to the HUMNIT feild team, which im going to do because I need to know, probably just like everyone else that has read this book.
In my opinion this is money well spent. If you do buy this be prepared for sleepless nights and hours of pondering after you have finished the book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy's Op-Center Mission of Honor: Without Honors 8 Nov 2002
By Jessie - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been a fan of Tom clancy ever since the release of 'The Hunt for Red October'. Its a shame to say that the works of his successor to the Op-Center series, Jeff Rovin, does not possess the magic of a true Clancy novel.
The first two novels of Rovin already disappointed me because it became more political and less thrilling. No strikes were made, all talk. His third book really let me down because through this book, Op-Centers Strike Team has been permanently dissolved. Yes, a covert non-military team was made to replace it but the Paladin could never measure up to the standards of the elite Striker.
Another thing that disappointed me was the fact that Rovin deviated from one of the most popular trademark of a Clancy novel, REALISM. All this about Vodun and its leader doing magic and prophesies just don't cut it.
If Clancy wants his and Mr. Pieczenic's creation to retain its good reputation, I suggest they either replace or train Rovin.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars English Multi Intel Task 8 Mar 2004
By Cody Pogalz - Published on
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The story starts with Leon Seronga, one of the main characters, telling of his childhood on the then wild plains of Botswana. He is now a grown ex-military man from a group known as the Brush Vipers. This group was formed to aid a group of revolutionists in their successful attempt to overthrow foreign and oppressive rulers, and turn the country into an entirely independent, democratic nation.
After the revolution is complete, the new government, who no longer sees a use for them, abandons the group. Several years later, the group is called back together by its commander, Seronga. This time, they aren't aiding a political movement; it's an economic and religious movement being headed by Dhamballa, a man who believes he is the Vodun snake god incarnate. Vodun is the traditional name for what is commonly known as Voodoo.
The Brush Vipers are used as a defensive weapon, to aid and protect Dhamballa and the Vodunist movement. Their first move was to kidnap a Catholic priest in an attempt to force the missionaries and the church itself out of Africa in an effort to restore Botswana to its native religious roots.
Meanwhile, Op-Center, a group formed within the U.S. Government to intercept messages and thwart plots against the United States and avert international disasters, hears of the growing crisis from Mr. Kline, a Vatican Security Force officer. Mr. Kline calls in an attempt to get Op-Center to help.
Back in Botswana, Leon has taken Father Bradbury, his captive, to Dhamballa. The trek took them across the plains and into the swamplands to a compound manned by ex-Brush Vipers, and built to protect Dhamballa.
Dhamballa is a relatively young man, and very soft-spoken, but his voice is firm and he has an air of confidence that makes people a little uneasy. Dhamballa deprives Father Bradbury of sleep, food and water to try to get him to send the other field missionaries to Gaborone, Botswana's capitol.
Back at Op-Center, the team working there, Hood, Rodgers, Herb, and others, plus Mr. Kline, are trying to solve the problem, either politically or forcefully. They believe Albert Beaduin, a gun manufacturer and suspected international arms dealer, and Henry Genet, a diamond merchant, are funding and are behind the turmoil in Botswana in an effort to get rich. One is suspected of trying to supply arms to both sides, and the other will corner Botswana's diamond market during the infighting. They are both hoping to increase their global influence.
Their one minor problem in moving on Dhamballa forcefully, though: Op-Center had their military force cut by a Senate Oversight Committee, after a fiasco during a recent U.N. hostage crisis in NYC.
The Vatican has a force on call from the Spanish military, and the group is roughly the equivalent of Army Rangers or Navy SEALS. They're called into action. In a public show of support, the Vatican also sends an American bishop to take over Father Bradbury's position. The bishop is killed upon his arrival, forcing Op-Center to work outside their set parameters. They send in Aideen Marley, an Op-Center operative, to join the Spanish in the hunt to find Dhamballa and Leon. Unfortunately, the Spanish are killed after a botched raid on Dhamballa's compound.
Aideen meets Leon and goes with him, after gaining his trust and ensuring him she is their to aid him and his cause. The Botswanan military is going to forcefully put down any uprising that may threaten the new democracy. Aideen meets Dhamballa and tells him of the offensive forces that are pursuing him. Leon orders Dhamballa to leave, in an attempt to keep the religion alive. Father Bradbury, while food and sleep deprived, is able to move and leaves with Aideen while Dhamballa leaves in the opposite direction. Minutes later the Botswanan military arrives and Leon commits suicide, dying for their cause and giving the Botswanans someone to blame the uprising on. Father Bradbury and his missionaries return to their work, and another crisis is averted.
I enjoyed this book; but not as much as Tom Clancy's other books. The plot, characters, and settings were all extremely vivid and colorful.
If I were to recommend this book to someone, it would be to anyone who has read other Tom Clancy books. It was extremely hard to put down. I would rate this book as a 7 out
of 10.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Time Waster 21 Mar 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found this book a complete waste of my time. I kept wondering when the story would begin. I oftened wondered why I continued turning pages.
I'll have to agree with an earlier reviewer (which I wish I had read before reading the book!) that questioned the the merit of this book being a bestseller. Mr. Clancy: quality, not quantity, please!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Average Book 18 Jun 2002
By "pegmarc" - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was disapppointed. It felt like I kept waiting for the action to begin and it almost never did. I have always before been riveted by the action in Op-Center, but this is not up to the usual quality of suspense and "must-keep-reading". I wish I had saved my money. Maybe killing the Striker Team last time was the end of Op-Center?
4.0 out of 5 stars Live and Up Close 10 April 2014
By George Carlin - Published on
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Tom must have really good inside sources as his books seem so real and he knows things that the average civilian doesn't.
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