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Driven by greed, a group of U.N. 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 -- outfitted with stolen U.N. arms and ammunition -- devise a shocking scheme to get the world's attention... Meanwhile, Op-Center head Paul Hood has cleared Driven by greed, a group of U.N. 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 -- outfitted with stolen U.N. arms and ammunition -- devise a shocking scheme to get the world's attention... Meanwhile, Op-Center head Paul Hood has cleared out his desk. But his retirement is short-lived. Demanding one hundred million dollars in ransom, the Keepers have taken over the U.N. -- where ambassadors from ten nations have gathered for a gala function at which Hood's daughter will perform. This time the Keepers have made it personal.And the Op-Center forces will strike with deadly vengeance...


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Driven by greed, a group of U.N. 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 -- outfitted with stolen U.N. arms and ammunition -- devise a shocking scheme to get the world's attention... Meanwhile, Op-Center head Paul Hood has cleared Driven by greed, a group of U.N. 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 -- outfitted with stolen U.N. arms and ammunition -- devise a shocking scheme to get the world's attention... Meanwhile, Op-Center head Paul Hood has cleared out his desk. But his retirement is short-lived. Demanding one hundred million dollars in ransom, the Keepers have taken over the U.N. -- where ambassadors from ten nations have gathered for a gala function at which Hood's daughter will perform. This time the Keepers have made it personal.And the Op-Center forces will strike with deadly vengeance...

30 review for State of Siege

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    After living through the hypocrisy of being a part of a United Nations security force, a band of mercenaries decide to strike at the organization itself and unknowingly take resigning Op-Center director Paul Hood’s daughter hostage. State of Siege, is the sixth book of the Op-Center series written by Jeff Rovin, ghosting for the titular Tom Clancy, finds Paul Hood in the middle of a hostage situation as his daughter is being held in the Security Council after cleaning out his desk and hoping to After living through the hypocrisy of being a part of a United Nations security force, a band of mercenaries decide to strike at the organization itself and unknowingly take resigning Op-Center director Paul Hood’s daughter hostage. State of Siege, is the sixth book of the Op-Center series written by Jeff Rovin, ghosting for the titular Tom Clancy, finds Paul Hood in the middle of a hostage situation as his daughter is being held in the Security Council after cleaning out his desk and hoping to rebuild his family that is hanging by a thread and however Hood reacts he risks destroying it. A team of five former UN soldiers, who served in Cambodia, rob an armored car in Paris to finance buying weapons from an arm’s dealer in New York to strike at the United Nations for a $250 million payday after taking room full of hostages. Among the hostages are diplomats, young violinists including Harleigh Hood, and two undercover Cambodian hitmen looking to take their revenge against the terrorist group’s leader. The situation is both personal and professional for Paul Hood, who is torn to do something to save his daughter and being with his wife to support. The newly appointed Secretary-General is a negotiator who wants to solve the problem as peacefully as possible, but events quickly get out of her control leading to a final solution to the siege that both pleases and displeases many. Released in 1999, State of Siege puts the United Nations center stage as well as the debate between military versus diplomacy to solve crises. The problem that the “debate” is useless given that the crisis in this particular book could never have been solved diplomatically and this book is less than 400 pages as well as the story taking only about five hours in total. Besides this flaw is the one that has been running throughout the series, Paul Hood’s marriage which has been doomed to fail because Sharon Hood has been written to be literally be the unreasonable wife to the man running a government agency trying to do his best—how cliché can you get?—and it sinks to even worst levels here. And on top of that were the just bad dialog, characters literally knowing things they couldn’t actually know, plot holes all over the place, and finally not being able to decide what point-of-view to have from one paragraph to the next. State of Siege keeps up the Op-Center tradition of having an intriguing plot, which is ruined by Jeff Rovin’s characterizations and overall subpar writing. This book is a big step down from the previous installment, Balance of Power, but is unfortunately more to type of what the series has been like for most of its run so far.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Gettins

    Great characters... True depth.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sameer

    I am a long time Clancy Fan. At least for the books he actually DID Write. Those I have read every last one up to and including Threat Vector and love them immensely. Also I do actually like Net Force story line as well (Even there too the distracting Marriage Counselor role is thrust on me.). The Op center Series in general and this one in particular Grated on my nerves. Given bellow are some of the points that I hate about this Book and the Series in general. 1. Unlike Rainbow Six, here you have I am a long time Clancy Fan. At least for the books he actually DID Write. Those I have read every last one up to and including Threat Vector and love them immensely. Also I do actually like Net Force story line as well (Even there too the distracting Marriage Counselor role is thrust on me.). The Op center Series in general and this one in particular Grated on my nerves. Given bellow are some of the points that I hate about this Book and the Series in general. 1. Unlike Rainbow Six, here you have a distinct impression of Rambo Style Gung Ho attitude. Not necessarily controlled and calculated action but sporadic and uncontrolled violence. 2. The Agency's Director Paul Hood sounds like Schizophrenic Self centered womanizer. Particularly in this book, I felt like I was a Marriage Counselor. Hated to be treated that way. That part about the personal life was purely idiotic and I could have done without. The other personal aspects I understand have to come in. 3. The military angle, does not even seem like methodical planned operation. It sounds more like Spur of the Moment "Die Hard" kind of sequence. For such a intensely trained elite unit as Striker, that's just plain silly. 4. In this book, the Villains are methodical, planned and without remorse. But they seem to fall apart towards the end for no apparent reason. Totally baffling. Makes me feel like I am reading Some Hollywood Scriptwriter's draft. I first read War of Eagles in this series but hated it. So Read couple of more, Mission of Honor and Line of Control before this one. I swear, this is the last one in this series. NO WAY I am going to be subjected to any more crap about Op Center.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David

    So far in the Op-Center series this Novel was the least interesting to read. This one seemed like it was more of a filler to explain the private life of Paul Hood the boss of Op-Center with a major world event that put him and his family in the center of it. It had way too much personnel back story and family story and just didn't seem to fit this series. There was a few story hooks that would have been nice to have played out more, but were just dropped. At this point the only reason I would re So far in the Op-Center series this Novel was the least interesting to read. This one seemed like it was more of a filler to explain the private life of Paul Hood the boss of Op-Center with a major world event that put him and his family in the center of it. It had way too much personnel back story and family story and just didn't seem to fit this series. There was a few story hooks that would have been nice to have played out more, but were just dropped. At this point the only reason I would recommend the book is to read it if you are planning on reading the whole series as I do.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jodie

    Not completely predictable. Good light read

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    The first and most important event in this book, is when a group of terrorists, break into the united nations building, and hold the embassies as hostages. There is a man who is retiring from a job in a government named Paul hood, and his daughter is in the room. He is trying to get some people together to go save the kids and delegates. Some of the people that he works with all get together, and they end up saving all the kids and it’s all good in the end. There is a lot of people in this book, The first and most important event in this book, is when a group of terrorists, break into the united nations building, and hold the embassies as hostages. There is a man who is retiring from a job in a government named Paul hood, and his daughter is in the room. He is trying to get some people together to go save the kids and delegates. Some of the people that he works with all get together, and they end up saving all the kids and it’s all good in the end. There is a lot of people in this book, and it is able to go from person to person, and explain what is going on at the same time as this story is. It talks about hood the most. It also talks about the terrorists, hood’s daughter, a CIA agent who is helping the terrorists, some Cambodian agents who are trying to kill the terrorists, and a UN secretary-general. One of the most interesting aspects that this book views, is from the perspective of the terrorists, and it explains the events leading up to it. I think that it was a very good book that is exciting, and is able to explain everything. There is a lot going on, and it is able to portray everything from many other points of view. One example is when the Cambodians try to shoot the leader of the terrorists, and it shows it from their perspective, then the other terrorists perspective, then it shows it from the people who are outside the room, like the security personnel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    carl clause

    CC1 As usual another great story. Paul unfortunately learned the hard way about being a parent and having a job that encompasses your life. Luckily he has the people of Opt- Center as second family. The U.N lives in another world when dealing with terrorism. But the President made the right decision. 5 stars plus. Great plot and series. Thanks, Carl Clause

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jonny Phake

    I found the idea and story telling really interesting at first. Like many of these books for me though, the last quarter is usually a bit boring. Trying to quickly tidy up all the messy storylines, and wrapped in a neat bow. I would have given it 4/5 if the expected corny occurrences weren't so common. I'd still read other books in this series. I found the idea and story telling really interesting at first. Like many of these books for me though, the last quarter is usually a bit boring. Trying to quickly tidy up all the messy storylines, and wrapped in a neat bow. I would have given it 4/5 if the expected corny occurrences weren't so common. I'd still read other books in this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gil Smolinski

    This novel has a huge cast, and it races from person to person. The narrative explains what’s going on in the story while also talking about the characters and their lives. It delves into the CIA agent who is in cahoots with the terrorists, and on the opposite end, angry Cambodians who are trying to terminate them. https://smolinskiblog.co/2021/04/26/o... This novel has a huge cast, and it races from person to person. The narrative explains what’s going on in the story while also talking about the characters and their lives. It delves into the CIA agent who is in cahoots with the terrorists, and on the opposite end, angry Cambodians who are trying to terminate them. https://smolinskiblog.co/2021/04/26/o...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    The UN has been invaded with a bunch of teen age girls in it to give a concert. When the invaders start killing people Paul and 2 other op-center men go in to save the people one of which is Paul's daughter The UN has been invaded with a bunch of teen age girls in it to give a concert. When the invaders start killing people Paul and 2 other op-center men go in to save the people one of which is Paul's daughter

  11. 4 out of 5

    chris marsh

    Great read Such an amazing book, so much different cultures and action. History was revealed about things that I didn't know and was very interesting. Great read Such an amazing book, so much different cultures and action. History was revealed about things that I didn't know and was very interesting.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christopher DuMont

    Good book - very quick read - ending definitely leaves you hanging for the next one - consistent with all the previous ones and is somewhat predictable- still worth the read

  13. 4 out of 5

    Conner Owens

    Really entertaining

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kara Rowley

    Cool and scary

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julieann

    I love government/espionage thrillers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Angela Owens

    All of his books are exceptional!!! This one had me "hooked" to the end!!" Couldn't put it down...but, it does scare me of what could happen in "today's" world!! All of his books are exceptional!!! This one had me "hooked" to the end!!" Couldn't put it down...but, it does scare me of what could happen in "today's" world!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Adiana Ray

    Review of Tom Clancy’s Op-Centre ‘State Of Siege’ by Jeff Rovin Paul Hood the erstwhile head of The Op-Centre has resigned so that he can try and put his flailing personal life back on track. He leaves behind an organization with a impressive success ratio in all their endeavors to save the world. Yet even as his professional life shines his personal life is dismal. In a desperate bid to make amends, he takes his family for a trip to New York where his eldest daughter will be performing as part o Review of Tom Clancy’s Op-Centre ‘State Of Siege’ by Jeff Rovin Paul Hood the erstwhile head of The Op-Centre has resigned so that he can try and put his flailing personal life back on track. He leaves behind an organization with a impressive success ratio in all their endeavors to save the world. Yet even as his professional life shines his personal life is dismal. In a desperate bid to make amends, he takes his family for a trip to New York where his eldest daughter will be performing as part of a music ensemble’ at the United Nations. That is where all hell breaks loose as the venue is taken over by armed gunmen who will stop at nothing to get their demands met. Who are these men and what do they want? Set against a backdrop of diplomacy and international relations Hood turns to the true professionals who can help him in his hour of need ‘The Op-Centre’. In true Tom Clancy style the novel is a fast paced, electric read. The build-up is racy and the plot holds tight. The character of Hood is well sketched and aptly brings out his ambivalent feelings towards his marriage and his job. The scenarios of the working of the U.N are realistic as are the action sequences and the dynamics between the various protagonists in a hostage situation. If I had a gripe with the story it was that there was just too much background at times even though it was well researched and written. Yes, I do want to know something about the characters but two paragraphs would do just as well. I found myself skipping over all these background descriptions as they just became too detailed. Other than that a great book and that is why I have given it four stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dark-Draco

    I did enjoy it. It's one of a series of books about an elite US Striker force that can be deployed all over the world to 'help' American interests, but this one is personal. Paul Hood, leader of the Op-Centre, has retired to give his failing marriage another go. Him, his wife and son travel to New York where his daughter, Hayleigh, has been chosen to play her violin for a United Nations conference. But a group of ex-soldiers have decided to target the UN building, taking the children and the dip I did enjoy it. It's one of a series of books about an elite US Striker force that can be deployed all over the world to 'help' American interests, but this one is personal. Paul Hood, leader of the Op-Centre, has retired to give his failing marriage another go. Him, his wife and son travel to New York where his daughter, Hayleigh, has been chosen to play her violin for a United Nations conference. But a group of ex-soldiers have decided to target the UN building, taking the children and the diplomats hostage in return for a hell of a lot of money. Hood calls in his old team, but with no authority to act, no legal precedence or permission, they are held at the sidelines. Only when people start to die do they take matters into their own hands. This was a typical Clancy ride - fast-paced, likeable characters and a good plot. The only character I didn't like was Hood's wife - such a bitch! - considering her husband saves her daughter's life, she needs a good slapping! The short chapters tend to encourage you to read it one sitting, which is great for me. And with one of the 'bad guys' still to be caught, I guess I'll need to read a sequel to find out whether they get him. So overall, a good little read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bill Lindsay

    Gunmen take hostages in the United Nations. Very good, fast paced thriller

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Well, it's not often that I don't finish a book I start reading, but sometimes you have to make an exception. This is the first time I've read (or attempted to read) one of these Tom Clancy books (though it's not actually written by him) and I wasn't impressed sadly. The writing was ok, nothing special, but far too many characters and back stories were introduced too quickly and rather clumbsily, so you didn't have time to work out who was who before another character popped up and started to bore Well, it's not often that I don't finish a book I start reading, but sometimes you have to make an exception. This is the first time I've read (or attempted to read) one of these Tom Clancy books (though it's not actually written by him) and I wasn't impressed sadly. The writing was ok, nothing special, but far too many characters and back stories were introduced too quickly and rather clumbsily, so you didn't have time to work out who was who before another character popped up and started to bore you like the others' did. Think that I'll try an actual Tom Clancy novel in the future, but not right now.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I am new to the op center series, beginning this book I was hooked immediately. It gives the reader a sense of tension coming from the terrorists point of view, the hostages, op center, and tension from many other charcters point of view. There are quite a few charcters to keep track of; that being said the twists and turns the book takes makes it pretty easy to remember all the charcters and their backgrounds. I would reccomend this book it had alot of action and was very hard to put down haha.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Subhodeep Bandopadhyay

    Never read a Tom Clancy novel and this was not written by him either. A good read in the sense that it keeps you on your toes but the level of detail that you expect from books of these kinds are simply not there. It is too simplistic to say the least. The kidnappers are more like robots that normal human beings and also there is far too less human element in the entire book. Also not having read the previous books is obviously a hindrance.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mikhael Belanger

    This was my first Tom Clancy book. Even though it is not written only by Clancy and it has no link with the Ryan universe, I still loved this introduction to the politico-thriller style. I went on to read just about everything from Clancy in the following months. I do not remember the story all that well, but I remember going through it in a single night. I think this is a good enough seal of approval.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    I really like the narrative in the Op-Center series, and the characters are interesting, for the most part. This entry of the series is the weakest on the narrative side, so far. The idea of diplomacy being a poor substitute for action is constant in these books, so no surprises there. But I was shocked by the giant hole in the story: why didn't the spy tell the bad guy his target wasn't in the room? It's a basic logical error one rarely sees in a Clancy novel. Or maybe I'm missing something?? I really like the narrative in the Op-Center series, and the characters are interesting, for the most part. This entry of the series is the weakest on the narrative side, so far. The idea of diplomacy being a poor substitute for action is constant in these books, so no surprises there. But I was shocked by the giant hole in the story: why didn't the spy tell the bad guy his target wasn't in the room? It's a basic logical error one rarely sees in a Clancy novel. Or maybe I'm missing something??

  25. 5 out of 5

    Levent Mollamustafaoglu

    Acceptable book from Tom Clancy's Op-Center series. Each book in this series is written by a different writer and I am not sure what Clancy's role was (apart from inventing the series). In this one terrorists are targeting the United Nations building in New York while the Op-Center Director is leaving to pursue another career. But he, his wife and teenage daughter are part of a music performance and reception at the UN while the terrorist attack unfolds. Readable, but not special.... Acceptable book from Tom Clancy's Op-Center series. Each book in this series is written by a different writer and I am not sure what Clancy's role was (apart from inventing the series). In this one terrorists are targeting the United Nations building in New York while the Op-Center Director is leaving to pursue another career. But he, his wife and teenage daughter are part of a music performance and reception at the UN while the terrorist attack unfolds. Readable, but not special....

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jonah

    This book is fantastic and I love how it twists and turns through the entire book. The book starts out slow but for the remainder of the book you never stop seeing new information or having your heart nearly stop out of shock for what just happened. I love this entire series and especially this book. I never could've thought of the plot going the way it did and there are great repercussions for the rest of the series. This book is fantastic and I love how it twists and turns through the entire book. The book starts out slow but for the remainder of the book you never stop seeing new information or having your heart nearly stop out of shock for what just happened. I love this entire series and especially this book. I never could've thought of the plot going the way it did and there are great repercussions for the rest of the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Delan

    Compliments: Very good action pack. Though it's kind of not possible that the terrorists can take over United Nation but that makes it exciting. It's kind scary for a kid to be hostage at United Nation. Paul, a op-center worker, had to rescue his daughter from the hostages. Compliments: Very good action pack. Though it's kind of not possible that the terrorists can take over United Nation but that makes it exciting. It's kind scary for a kid to be hostage at United Nation. Paul, a op-center worker, had to rescue his daughter from the hostages.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Hale

    I don't normally read books like this about terrorists and espionage. It was enjoyable, but I couldn't read books like this all the time, I'd get bored! Give me a good old fashioned Jane Austen novel instead! I don't normally read books like this about terrorists and espionage. It was enjoyable, but I couldn't read books like this all the time, I'd get bored! Give me a good old fashioned Jane Austen novel instead!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

    One of the best in the series, It brings hits a little closer to home the head of Op-Center's daughter is performing at a function where terrorists take the building and Paul Hood, Head of Op-Center has to figure out how to handle the situation and save his daughter and several others. One of the best in the series, It brings hits a little closer to home the head of Op-Center's daughter is performing at a function where terrorists take the building and Paul Hood, Head of Op-Center has to figure out how to handle the situation and save his daughter and several others.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Clyn

    Simplistic plot, short underdeveloped characters and situations.

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