Galdorisi successfully goes solo in the suspenseful third entry in the Tom Clancy’s Op-Center reboot…An Op-Center book is always a master class in military acronyms and hardware…the simple hostage situations keep the tension cranked high and will satisfy Clancy fans old and new.
–Publisher’s Weekly, Advance Praise
TOM CLANCY’S OP-CENTER: Scorched Earth, George Galdorisi (Griffin): Galdorisi successfully goes solo in the suspenseful third entry in the Tom Clancy’s Op-Center reboot (after 2015’s Into the Fire, with Dick Couch). When the leader of ISIL, Mabab al-Dosari, beheads the American president’s envoy in Iraq, the U.S. launches an air strike that leaves the terrorist’s only son dead. Vowing revenge, al-Dosari recruits a homegrown terrorist cell to kidnap the man who orchestrated the attack, Rear Adm. Jay Bruner. When the FBI bungles Bruner’s retrieval, the National Crisis Management Center—Op-Center’s official name—steps up. Meanwhile, the admiral’s Navy SEAL son, Lt. Dale Bruner, attempts to extract his father on his own and lands in the clutches of ISIL. An Op-Center book is always a master class in military acronyms and hardware, and the ever-expanding cast fights to keep the reader’s attention through the abbreviations. Still, the simple hostage situations keep the tension cranked high and will satisfy Clancy fans old and new. Agent: Mel Berger, WME. (Aug.)
When George Galdorisi took on Tom Clancy’s series, we didn’t know what to expect; could he fill the giant shoes left with Clancy’s passing?
In Out of the Ashes, he answered that question with a flourish. Now, with Scorched Earth, Galdorisi continues to amaze. He has pulled a page from today’s headlines making Scorched Earth relevant with your morning coffee. This next installment of the Op-Center series takes us back into the envelope of potential world conflagration.
The novel starts off with an unexpected and gritty assassination, throwing us into the action from the get-go. The situation unstoppably escalates to the point where the Op-Center needs to get involved. Chase Williams and his somewhat incorrigible cast of characters jump into the fray feet first. The action is fast and furious and takes very few prisoners. Just when you think there’s resolution, another wrench is thrown into the machinery, taking the situation in a new direction. New characters, both good and bad, are added with the great character development that Galdorisi has come to be known for.
Scorched Earth twists and turns, leaving the reader with resolution but, at the same time, open to something new. It’s a “page-turner,” taking you from the politically incorrect environs of Washington, D.D., to IED-laden byways a half a world away. Even though it seems the terrorists are going to have a field day with this one, the Op-Center geeks and operators get into action, keeping you guessing. Galdorisi’s novel is an enjoyable and satisfying read, introducing new characters and concepts for future development. Check it out; you won’t be disappointed.