Title:                      Tom Clancy’s Op-Center

Author:                Various

Date Posted:      January 5, 2017

Tom Clancy’s Op-Center is a novel series, created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik, though the first 12 books were written by Jeff Rovin between 1995 and 2005. The three books in the series reboot from 2014 are written by Dick Couch and George Galdorisi.

List of Tom Clancy’s Op-Center characters

These characters are in most or all stories from the main series:

  • Paul Hood: The director of Op-Center and former Mayor of L.A.
  • General Mike Rodgers: Deputy director of Op-Center and STRIKER Commander
  • Bob Herbert: Chief of Intelligence
  • Matt Stoll: In-house computer genius
  • Darrel McCaskey: The FBI Liaison
  • Lowell Coffey II: Op-Center’s lawyer
  • Liz Gordon: Op-Center’s psychologist

These characters are in the stories from the reboot series:

  • Chase Willams: The director of Op-Center and former Naval Admiral
  • Aaron Bleich: geek programmer and data analyst
  • Roger McCord:
  • Brian Dawson:
  • Hector Rodriquez:
  • Sandee Barron: helicopter pilot
  • Mike Volner: response team

List of Op-Center Novels

The books in the Tom Clancy’s Op-Center

  1. Tom Clancy’s Op-Center (1995) LCCN: 97817188, by Jeff Rovin. Op-Center deals with many anti-unification terrorists in Korea trying to provoke a new war with North Korea.
  2. Mirror Image (1995} LCCN: 97810821, by Jeff Rovin. A hardline coalition in the Russian government plots against the new president of Russia, backed by the Russian equivalent of Op-Center.
  3. Games of State (1996 (LCCN: 97811553, by Jeff Rovin. A millionaire funds Neo-Nazi activity in Europe, while plotting to insert subliminal messages of hate into the mass media.
  4. Acts of War-1996 LCCN: 97809669, by Jeff Rovin. Syrian, Kurdish terrorists plotting a political assassination take hostages from the Regional Op-Center: employees testing a prototype mobile surveillance post.
  5. Balance of Power (1998) LCCN: 99610971, by Jeff Rovin. The murder of an Op-Center representative (Martha Mackall) leads to a faction trying to provoke a Spanish Civil War.
  6. State of Siege (1999} LCCN: 99604301, by Jeff Rovin. Rogue soldiers seize the UN complex in New York and demand a hefty ransom for the release of their diplomatic hostages (including Hood’s daughter, Harleigh). Now it’s personal, and Hood has returned to Op-Center to save his daughter.
  7. Divide and Conquer (2000} LCCN: 2003576664, by Jeff Rovin. Op-Center seeks the help of their Russian counterpart in tracking the legendary assassin, The Harpooner. Meanwhile, Paul Hood is called in when it appears the President might be undergoing a mental breakdown.
  8. Line of Control (2001} LCCN: 2002568994, by Jeff Rovin. The Striker Team, cut off and without support, has to fend for their survival on the line of demarcation between India and Pakistan.
  9. Mission of Honor (2002} LCCN: 2003577277, by Jeff Rovin. Op-Center has to work with the Vatican and Spanish Special Forces when an African rebel group takes hostages at several missions.,
  10. Sea of Fire (2003} LCCN: 2003611822, by Jeff Rovin. High traces of radiation found on a corpse, leads to a company selling nuclear waste to terrorists.
  11. Call to Treason (2004} LCCN: 2004597210, by Jeff Rovin. When Mike Rodgers is fired due to budget cuts, he goes to work for a corrupt senator and gets embroiled in the vicious world of Washington politics.
  12. War of Eagles (2005} LCCN: 2005577014, by Jeff Rovin. Op-Center is under new management as Paul Hood is reassigned to a Pennsylvania Ave. appointment. At the same time, bombings in Charleston, Durban, and Taiwan, may signify the outing of a feud within the Chinese government.
  13. Out of the Ashes (2014} LCCN: 2014008057, by Dick Couch and George Galdorisi. When terrorists blow up NFL stadiums across the country, the President of the United States charters a new Op-Center for the 21st Century. Admiral Chase Williams is the new director, (Paul Hood at this time is diagnosed with ALS) and must also stop another plot involving a renegade Saudi prince from manipulating America into attacking Syria and launching a war against Iran.
  14. Into the Fire (2015} LCCN: 2015007284, by Dick Couch and George Galdorisi. A high-ranking North Korean general is murdered and a U.S. Navy ship is attacked and grounded during a training exercise. Op-Center discovers a secret alliance between China and North Korea, and must quickly rescue the crew in time as well as stop a North Korean terrorist cell from being unleashed upon the American homeland in order to prevent the outbreak of World War III.
  15. Scorched Earth (2016} LCCN: 2016003514, by George Galdorisi. U.S. General Bob Underwood, Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL is kidnapped in Syria and brutally murdered on live television. When the U.S. retaliates with a massive attack, the ISIS leader’s son is killed in an American bombing raid. His rage knowing no bounds, he is now determined to wreak vengeance on the American homeland itself. Op-Center must assemble both its domestic, as well as its international force to stop his deadly quest for revenge.

Although familiarly called “Op-Center”, the actual name of the largely autonomous agency is the “National Crisis Management Center”. The charter of the NCMC, or Op-Center, is unlike any other in the history of the United States. They handle both domestic and international crises. Director Paul Hood reports to the president himself, and what had started as “an information clearinghouse with SWAT capabilities” now has the singular capacity to monitor, initiate, and manage operations worldwide. The organization had its own paramilitary response team, called the Striker team, named by an Op-Center member who was a soccer fan, composed of members of the U.S. military special operations community. The series also mentioned similar organizations from England, whose response team was called Bengal, and Russia, with a team called Hammer. It is headquartered in a nondescript, two-story building located near the Naval Reserve flight line at Andrews Air Force Base that used to be a ready room, a staging area for crack flight crews. In the event of a nuclear attack, it would have been their job to evacuate key officials from Washington, D.C.

According to the 2014 reboot franchise, the National Crisis Management Center (Op-Center) was eventually disbanded after the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence managed to convince the President of the United States to shut the organization down due to the effectiveness of the US Intelligence Community and Special Forces in the War on Terror (much to the disgust of Paul Hood and Mike Rogers). Years later however, terrorists blow up several NFL stadiums across the country and leave thousands dead or mutilated. It is determined in the resulting investigation that the inability of government agencies to prevent the attacks was due to a lack of information, as well as the inability to put the pieces together in time. In response, the President executes an emergency order that reboots Op-Center for the 21st Century. Retired Admiral Chase Williams is eventually named the new director and Op-Center’s new headquarters is located in the basement of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency; as its response team, Op-Center utilizes soldiers from the Joint Special Operations Command for overseas missions and a SWAT team from the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group in order to respond to domestic emergencies.

I have read all of the Op-Center books, and have posted reviews of a few of them (linked in the list above. It seems Jeff Riven ran out of ideas for Paul Hood. First he was taken out of Op-Center and replaced by an Army Officer. With new writers Paul is diagnosed with ALS effectively removing him entirely as a major character. Intel officer Bob Herbert was also downgraded. I can understand authors’ desire to develop new characters, but Op-Center is a series, and removing key actors is disappointing, at least to me.


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