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Sea of Fire (Tom Clancy's Op Center) [Mass Market Paperback]

Steve R. Pieczenik , Tom Clancy , Jeff Rovin
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (31 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425190919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425190913
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 10.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,255,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another gripping title in the Op-Center series 24 Oct 2003
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The crisis in each Op-Center title is getting more and more real and with the gripping plot, just send shivers down the spine. I have read every single title in the Op-Center series and this is yet another exciting adventure for the Op-Center personnel. As with all the other titles, the attention to details, the realism of the story and characters, and of course the plot makes you feel part of it and hard to put down the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Risible research 4 Jan 2004
By Barry Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before I reached page 50 I realised this author had confined his research on Australia (the setting for much of the action) to a Sydney Street Directory. Yes, you can see the Sydney Opera House from the Park Hyatt Hotel and that's the limit of his accuracy.
The protagonist travelled from Sydney to Darwin in 116 minutes? Not in a P3 Orion he didn't (unless it is unique among propellor driven aircraft in that it can travel at Mach 2. Maybe it was a Concorde in disguise.) The distance is more than 2000 miles (about equivalent of LA to Miami or New York to Phoenix). The offending yacht travelled from the Celebes Sea to Cairns (well over 2000 miles) in 30 hours. Australia's P3s are owned by the Air Force, not the Navy. In the RAN, a Warrant Officer is not a senior officer. A wommera is not a means of throwing darts, it is a means Aborigines used for throwing spears (it applies extra leverage as an extension to the length of the arm). In itself, a wommera would be about as useful a weapon as any other thin stick and it is hard to imagine why anyone would carry one, especially as that character was supposed to be half Aboriginal..
A willing suspension of disbelief in the interests of a good yarn is one thing, lamentable research and gross (easily checkable) error is quite another. Don't waste money on this dog.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nuclear hogwash 2 Mar 2004
By Thomas V. Banfield - Published on Amazon.com
Among the countless and careless errors throughout this book, as attested to by several other reviewers, the one that bothers me the most is the author's horrendous misunderstanding of the terms "contamination" and "radiation." Being an ex nuclear submariner and nuclear engineer, I have always been impressed by the accuracy of Tom Clancy's research, whether it was the details of nuclear submarine operations or his insights regarding interactions among members of the officers and crew. Tom Clancy was a meticulous researcher. Tom Clancy understood the difference between "contamination" and "radiation" and never would have written a book based on such a misapplication of science.
Lee Tong, the "radiation man" who sets off the entire story, conceivably could have been irradiated by gamma rays from the nuclear cargo on his target ship but that exposure, no matter how intense, would in no way have made him radioactive. There would be no need for a lead shield as described in his hospital room. If on the other hand he became contaminated with radioactive material from the target boat as a result of the explosion, then the target ship and many of its crew members would also have been contaminated. But they weren't. You can walk away from a radiation source, but if you are contaminated with radioactive particles, it goes with you.
For those of us who have been conditioned to read anything with Tom Clancy's name on it, and who do so because we have learned to trust the authenticity of his work, this book is extremely disappointing. We used to read Clancy because we trusted him and because of this trust we had confidence that the technology described in the story was accurate, not science fiction. Apparently, that is no longer so, a sad finding for thousands of Clancy fans.
Much of the public fear about nuclear power comes from misunderstandings, such as Jeff Rovin's misunderstanding of contamination and radiation. Also, co-creator Steve Pieczenik, having a Ph.D. from MIT, would have easy access to the science that is at the heart of The Sea of Fire. He has no excuse to get it so wrong. For a ready reference, the difference is very clearly described on the Internet at:
Definitions Related to Radiation
or go to: [...]
If you are looking for fairly good science fiction read, and don't care about its technical accuracy, or how big Australia really is, this book might do it for you. Otherwise don't be misled, find another book.
Thomas Banfield
tvbanfield@aol.com
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars About what I expected 2 Aug 2004
By Andrew W. Johns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Each of the Op-Center books has presented a crisis based on the current events and global political circumstances at the time of its writing. This one isn't different. The prospect of terrorists obtaining and using nuclear material is daunting, and the job of preventing such a disaster even more so. This book isn't quite as gripping as some of the earlier books in the series, but it did present a few surprises, and it wrapped up the story nicely. This book placed some of the Op-Center staff in new roles in the field, which was refreshing, and it introduced at least one new character that I suspect will return in future volumes. This was a fun, light read, perfect for any fan of espionage/political thrillers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars LET DOWN 26 Oct 2003
By Andrew Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story ran smoothly, but the ending was not exciting...it just ended. Definitely not up to Clancy standards. One good thing: The chapters were short --- just right for bedtime reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy Obviously did not write this one! 19 Feb 2004
By J. M. Sleeman - Published on Amazon.com
I agree with the others who panned this. It is full of obvious errors, and they show the gross ignorance of the author. The one that got me and sticks is his description of the men in the Sampan using the oars to get close to the yacht. They 'oared' there. Oared is not a word. When men use oars to move a ship, boat, or any floating vessel, the term used to move it is ROW. You row a boat, you use 10 foot oars in a viking ship to ROW the ship. One paddles a canoe, but one does not OAR a boat. Obviously this book was thrown together in as short a time as possible, given minimal proof reading, and then published. Tom Clancy should be ashamed to have his name put on it.
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