I’m a bit surprise that the most popular reading guide I wrote is the one for Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Series. Sure, it’s a pretty series, but it’s not really in the news, except for that new TV show with Jim from the Office. Well, if there are some Clancy’s fans around here, let’s give them some more.
What’s Tom Clancy’s Op-Center?
In truth, this is not really some pure Clancy goodness. Tom Clancy’s Op-Center is a series created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik. They didn’t even write the novels. The first 12 books were written by Jeff Rovin. Then in 2014, the series got rebooted by Dick Couch and George Galdorisi.
The series talks about the National Crisis Management Center, also called ‘Op-Center’. It’s an organization with its own paramilitary response team that deals with domestic and international crises.
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center Reading Order:
I. The first Op-Center series
Like I said before, there’s a first series entirely written by Jeff Rovin, published between 1995 and 2005.
- Tom Clancy’s Op-Center – Anti-unification terrorists in Korea trying to provoke a new war with North Korea. Op-Center must deal with it.
- Mirror Image – The new President of Russia is trying to create a democratic regime. But there are strong elements within the country that are trying to stop him. Op-Center begins a race against the clock and against the hardliners. Their task is made even more difficult by the discovery of a Russian counterpart…
- Games of State – It is the beginning of Chaos Days, a time when Neo-Nazi groups gather to spread violence and resurrect bad dreams. But this year, Germany isn’t the only target. Plans are afoot to destabilize Europe and cause turmoil throughout the United States. Paul Hood and his team, already in Germany become entangled in the crisis.
- Acts of War – Syrian terrorists have attacked a dam inside the borders of Turkey, threatening the water supply of their very homeland. It is the first step in a plan to force all-out war in the Middle East. A new Regional Op-Center is now on-line in Greece, and its team can see exactly what the rebels are trying to do.
- Balance of Power – Spain is a nation poised to suffer its worst internal strife in centuries. Certain well-placed Spanish diplomats sense it. Op-Center intelligence corroborates it. All the United States and Spain have to do is find a way to avert it. Before they can, an Op-Center representative is assassinated in Madrid on her way to a top-secret meeting. Now all fears are confirmed. Someone very powerful wants another Spanish civil war – no matter what the cost.
- State of Siege – Driven by greed, a group of UN peacekeeping soldiers becomes involved in activities on the wrong side of the law. When their tour of duty ends, the mayhem begins. Calling themselves the ‘Keepers,’ the rogue soldiers devise a shocking scheme to get the world’s attention…
- Divide and Conquer – Shadowy elements within the State Department secretly cause tensions to flare between Iran and the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan. They hope to start a shooting war to increase their own power and profit. At the same time, the conspirators decide to up the ante by deposing the president of the United States. In a treacherous scheme, they convince the president that he is mentally unstable, and a silent coup d’etat is within their reach.
- Line of Control – Cut off and without support, the Striker Team has to fend for their survival on the line of demarcation between India and Pakistan.
- Mission of Honor – A group of African militiamen have kidnapped a priest and ordered all Catholic missionaries to leave the nation of Botswana. Op-Center finds out that the real purpose of the crime is a plan by outside forces to destabilize the government and seize the nation’s diamond mines.
- Sea of Fire – A half-dead Singapore pirate is plucked from the Celebes Sea in the Western Pacific, setting off alarms halfway around the world in Washington, D.C. Traces of radiation are found on the man, causing Australian officials to call in Op-Center for a top-secret investigation of nuclear disposal sites.
- Call to Treason – The Op-Center’s budget is slashed, leaving General Mike Rodgers in the market for a new job. When presidential candidate Senator Donald Orr recruits Rodgers to act as his military advisor, it sounds like a perfect transition. There’s just one problem. A spree of deaths may be tied to Orr’s presidential run and Rodgers must decide whether to sign on or shut it down.
- War of Eagles – The explosion of a Chinese freighter in Charleston Harbor is the first sign that someone is capping Chinese interests abroad. Now under the control of the Pentagon, Op-Center is unsure of its own future-but must root out the cause of the attacks before the entire world is affected.
II. The Op-Center reboot
So, nine years after the end of the original series, Op-Center got rebooted by Dick Couch and George Galdorisi. They co-wrote the first two, Galdorisi was alone on the third one then co-wrote the fourth with Jeff Rovin.
- Out of the Ashes – 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 reboot Op-Center. 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.
- Into the Fire – When a team of assassins murder a high-ranking North Korean general and his family in their sleep, making it look like a robbery, events are set in motion that could shake the balance of world powers. Meanwhile, a U.S. naval combat ship is attacked by North Korean forces in the middle of a training exercise, and Commander Kate Bigelow is forced to ground the ship to avoid being captured. The crew takes refuge on a tiny island, trapped dangerously between the grounded ship and a fleet of hostile North Korean soldiers.
- Scorched Earth – General Bob Underwood is en route to the Syrian city of Al-Bukamal when a rocket-propelled grenade strikes the side of his Humvee and the heavily armored convoy comes under attack. The general’s bodyguard is brutally murdered, and Underwood himself is viciously beheaded by an ISIL leader. With everything in the balance, Op-Center must assemble both its domestic strike force, as well as its international intervention force to stay one step ahead of a ruthless enemy.
- Dark Zone – Former US Ambassador to the Ukrainian Douglas Flannery meets with an old friend and former spy near New York’s South Street Seaport. She is seeking his help to thwart a Russian plan to overrun her native Ukraine, but she’s killed. Within hours, Op-Center learns of the killing and alarm bells go off.