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 contain wars and mitigate threats to world peace. 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 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; 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 would give it a four star rating.