Tom Clancy's Op-Center

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Tom Clancy's Op-Center is a novel series, created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik, though the series is actually written by Jeff Rovin.

Main characters[edit]

These characters are in most or all books:


The books in the Tom Clancy's Op-Center series:

#TitlePublication dateISBNAuthorsPlot
1Tom Clancy's Op-Center1995978-0786204915Jeff RovinOp-Center dealt with many anti-unification terrorists in Korea trying to provoke a new war.
2Mirror Image1995978-0425150146A hardline coalition in the Russian government plots against the new president of Russia, backed by the Russian equivalent of OpCenter.
3Games of State1996978-0425151877A millionaire funds Neo-Nazi activity in Europe, while plotting to insert subliminal messages of hate into the mass media.
4Acts of War1996978-0425156018Syrian, Kurdish terrorists plotting a political assassination take hostage of the Regional Op-Center: employees testing a prototype mobile surveillance post.
5Balance of Power1998978-0425165560Jeff RovinThe murder of an Op-Center representative (Martha Mackall) leads to a faction trying to provoke a Spanish Civil War.
6State of Siege1999978-0425168226Jeff RovinRogue 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.
7Divide and Conquer2000978-0425174807Jeff RovinOp-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.
8Line of Control2001978-0425180051Jeff RovinThe Striker Team, cut off without support, has to fend for their survival on the line of demarcation between India and Pakistan.
9Mission of Honor2002978-0425186701Jeff RovinOp-Center has to work with the Vatican and Spanish Special Forces when an African rebel group takes hostages at several missions.
10Sea of Fire2003978-0425190913Jeff RovinHigh traces of radiation found on a corpse, lead to a company selling nuclear waste to terrorists.
11Call to Treason2004978-0425195468Jeff RovinWhen 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.
12War of Eagles2005978-0425199626Jeff RovinOp-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.


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 Stryker 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.

Net Force[edit]

The third Op-Center novel, Games of State, briefly alludes to the concept of a "Net Force". This concept was later expanded into its own Net Force series, created by the same men as Op-Center but written by Steve Perry (and later cowritten with Larry Segriff). No direct connection has yet been drawn between the two series, however.

In other media[edit]

OP Center was a 1995 made-for-TV movie starring Harry Hamlin as Paul Hood, newly minted director of the "OP Center".[1][2]

In The Simpsons episode "Sweets and Sour Marge", it reveals that Moe Szyslak's favourite book is Tom Clancy's Op-Center.


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