Games of State

Games of State

In Staat van orde komt Op-Center-directeur Paul Hood tijdens een bezoek aan het pas verenigde Duitsland tot een aantal onthutsende ontdekkingen: ten eerste dat een oude vlam, die hij dood had gewaand, nog bepaald springlevend is. En dat een geraffineerde infiltratie van neo-nazi's in de Duitse politiek wel eens de aanzet zou kunnen zijn tot een explosieve wedergeboorte van...

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Title:Games of State
Author:Jeff Rovin
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Games of State Reviews

  • Randy Grossman

    A REAL winner for my last book read in 2016. Total page turner from start to finish and even a final surprise affer the climax of the book in the last few pages. If you like OPS Center books read it! Very similar to the "24" series from TV.

  • Alice Harbin

    As usual, Clancy gives you a fast action, complicated plot. This one took place in four locations and each chapter moved to a different location. Short chapters kept the pace fast, but I was not so riveted to it that I couldn't start another book and leave this one several times to be busy with other things for fairly long periods.

    I still liked the way that you just didn't know how the characters were going to survive. The nice touch was that one of the characters was a young, naive girl and an

    As usual, Clancy gives you a fast action, complicated plot. This one took place in four locations and each chapter moved to a different location. Short chapters kept the pace fast, but I was not so riveted to it that I couldn't start another book and leave this one several times to be busy with other things for fairly long periods.

    I still liked the way that you just didn't know how the characters were going to survive. The nice touch was that one of the characters was a young, naive girl and another a criminal young woman, who changed her ways. All the rest were males of considerable experience in international intrigues.

  • Noah

    Another Tom Clancy thriller, Games of State, like most Clancy books, each book is built off a previous one. This book is thrown around the continents, with new characters that keep things interesting. I love how Rovin introduces new characters, showing every bit of background up front yet leaving you with a since that you still don't know everything. I must say you become more aware of each character and you can understand how the react just based on the events of a single book. You clench your

    Another Tom Clancy thriller, Games of State, like most Clancy books, each book is built off a previous one. This book is thrown around the continents, with new characters that keep things interesting. I love how Rovin introduces new characters, showing every bit of background up front yet leaving you with a since that you still don't know everything. I must say you become more aware of each character and you can understand how the react just based on the events of a single book. You clench your teeth or bit your cheek (what ever you do when your nervous) when you realise what all is going wrong. Each new character makes you realise how different each person is, and how we all can bring something to the table.

  • Lee Yun

    I enjoyed the setting of the story and thought it was still rather relevant in today's day and age as the book deals with issues like hate crimes, Neo-Nazism and White Supremacy. I liked the sub-plot between Paul Hood and Nancy Jo and it is rather sad that his strong moral character doesn't save his marriage in the later books.

    4 Stars and not 5 because I felt that the ending was slightly rushed and too 'convenient'. For example, the phone call with M Dominique threatening Hausen was

    I enjoyed the setting of the story and thought it was still rather relevant in today's day and age as the book deals with issues like hate crimes, Neo-Nazism and White Supremacy. I liked the sub-plot between Paul Hood and Nancy Jo and it is rather sad that his strong moral character doesn't save his marriage in the later books.

    4 Stars and not 5 because I felt that the ending was slightly rushed and too 'convenient'. For example, the phone call with M Dominique threatening Hausen was not expanded on in the rest of the book and there was no direct conflict between the two characters except at the end with the helicopter flight. Another area that I felt was lacking was the character Jean-Micheal Horne. While he featured prominently in the beginning, after the attack on Richter's club he was relegated to a back seat crew and while I thought Richter would make use of him during the rally, there was no mention of him except after Hebert and Jody escaped the Nazi rally.

  • Matt

    The demons of hate are reemerging in the newly united Germany and finding root in various countries around the world linked through the shadowy recesses of the Internet and fueled by a businessman looking both for profit and triumph of bigotry, yet Op-Center must find a way to prevent chaos from exploding around the world.

    is the third installment of

    that bears the name of its creator Tom Clancy, yet is written by Jeff Rovin. From Germany to the streets of the U.S. to southern France,

    The demons of hate are reemerging in the newly united Germany and finding root in various countries around the world linked through the shadowy recesses of the Internet and fueled by a businessman looking both for profit and triumph of bigotry, yet Op-Center must find a way to prevent chaos from exploding around the world.

    is the third installment of

    that bears the name of its creator Tom Clancy, yet is written by Jeff Rovin. From Germany to the streets of the U.S. to southern France, the action and thrill are palpable as the race to prevent the rise of a new wave of hate.

    Gerard Dominique, a French billionaire financier and computer game mogul, is uniting hate groups throughout Europe and the United States to destabilize numerous countries and allow France to once again lead Europe. Part of his plan is to use hate filled video games downloaded onto the Internet and well time hate crimes in various locations to bring about political and societal chaos. Yet the unplanned actions of other hate leaders resulting in a kidnapped young American woman needing to be rescued, the hate-filled enticement towards the son of Op-Center’s Striker team leader over the Internet, the unexpected meeting of Op-Center head Paul Hood with his former fiancée now a Dominique employee, and Dominique’s own hubris results in his plans failing to materialize.

    Released in 1996,

    brought together many political and cultural threads to create the backdrop of very riveting political thriller with action-packed sequences as well. However well the set up and the ideas were, the use of formulaic tropes that are standard in one-hour TV dramas and paperbacks undermined the potential of a book. What was most disheartening was the ease in which I was able to see which newly introduced characters would result in instantly being important in a 100 or 200 pages just when they were needed, these and other plot twists decreases the enjoyment of the book. Though one can argue that my complaints are to be expected in this type of book, I would argue that one doesn’t mind if the tropes are written well.

    had an intriguing plot idea, but was undermined by poor writing decisions that turned what could have been a good page-turner into an okay read. Though the book’s execution was poor, it was a better read than the previous

    installment,

    , even with my rating being the same for the both of them.

  • Ron

    The multiple thread approach at the beginning of the book as hard to follow and resulted in a slower than expected pace. By mid-book, the threads began to come together and the pace picked up. The remainder of the book was a page-turner.

  • Dylan Snell

    Personal Response:

    I did not enjoy reading

    by Steve Pieczenik because the plot had many different branches and was difficult to understand at some points. I also did not like the ending. I thought the ending was abrupt and did not bring the whole storyline to an end. I felt that I had to read the next book in the series in order to figure out what happens to many of the characters.

    Plot Summary:

    This book was mainly about hate groups that gathered in the German cit

    Personal Response:

    I did not enjoy reading

    by Steve Pieczenik because the plot had many different branches and was difficult to understand at some points. I also did not like the ending. I thought the ending was abrupt and did not bring the whole storyline to an end. I felt that I had to read the next book in the series in order to figure out what happens to many of the characters.

    Plot Summary:

    This book was mainly about hate groups that gathered in the German city of Hamburg for an annual event called Chaos Days. During this time, the American Op-Center team was in Germany to broker a deal with a technology company for a computer chip. While there, they found out that a millionaire, Gerard Dominique, is planning to spread the ideals of hate groups through the video games that he makes. The team then attempted to stop Dominique and the hate groups he is helping. The team ended up defeating Dominique, but not the hate groups he worked with.

    Characterization:

    There were many characters in this book, but the main character was Paul Hood. He was the mayor of Los Angeles and the head of the Op-Center team. He traveled to Germany with the other Op-Center members, such as Bob Herbert. Bob was in a wheelchair because of a bombing while he was on a military mission many years ago. This disability didn't stop him from attacking hate groups. Many hate groups looked down on him because of his disability.

    Richard Hausen was a German politician who showed the Op-Center team around different cities in Germany. He was scarred from an incident when he was in college. His former best friend, Gerard Dominique, killed two American tourists in Paris for no reason.

    Gerard Dominique was a French software designer. He wanted to make France the most powerful country by having hate groups around the world fight each other. He also liked to use blackmailing tactics to victimize his enemies.

    Setting:

    The majority of this book took place in Hamburg, Germany before and during Chaos Days. This was important to the plot because the antagonists in the book are all gathering at Chaos Days which are held in Germany. There are many references to German cities, regions, rivers, and major roads.

    Thematic Connection:

    The main theme of this book was good versus evil. This was portrayed when the Op-Center members stayed in Germany to help fight the hate groups rather than leaving and going back to the United States.

    Recommendation:

    I would recommend

    to high schoolers or above because of how confusing the book was. It deals with real-world issues that anyone younger may not quite fully understand. I think that males would most likely enjoy this book more than females because there was some violence that females probably wouldn’t enjoy. Another recommendation that I have is to read the first two books in order to feel a deeper connection to the characters.

  • Jonny Mo

    This one lost me a bit with the Bob Herbert storyline. His actions in the wooded hills at night ambushing and sniping thugs and the car chase/crash section were just a bit too fantastical to believe. And then the Osprey takedown of the helicopter just went way too far. The description of that ridiculous sequence of events is so outrageously impossible from an aeronautical perspective that I was actually laughing. I hope Book 4 returns to more believable action.

  • Don O'goodreader

    Games of State (Tom Clancy's Op-Center, Book 3) is a 200 page, author-less thriller packed into 500 pages. In this comic story, the bad guy is the cliched reclusive, megalomaniac billionaire planning to take over the world ... with the aid of video games and neo-nazies.

    Without spoiling this comic book plot or the 68 boring cliff hangers, the good guys win.

  • Preston

    Well Tom Clancy normally writes good novels. I am surprised at how cliche and simultaneously boring this novel was. The only reason I can't complain is that I got it from the library here at Camp Daegu so I didn't have to pay to read it. I haven't given up on Tom Clancy though, I will press on and try reading some of his other novels.

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