Tom Clancy's Op-Center: Call of Duty
In Call of Duty, this race-to-the-finish thriller in the bestselling Tom Clancy's Op-Center series, an attempt to exfiltrate a Chinese scientist threatens to incite war between China and the United States.
When the launch of their powerful new hypersonic missile ends in destruction, the Chinese government needs someone to blame. Was it a failure of engineering, or sabotage? The chief engineer on the project, Dr. Yang Dàyóu, is targeted as the scapegoat and arrested—unable to help his family as they are hunted down by the military.
Op-Center’s Lt. Grace Lee is sent to China on a solo reconnaissance mission, but when she sees an opportunity to free the imprisoned scientist, she seizes it. With Lt. Lee on the run and the Chinese military at her heels, Director Chase Williams sends the rest of Op-Center to Mongolia as an extraction team. Meanwhile, Dr. Dàyóu’s son has aligned himself with a dangerous group of counterrevolutionaries hellbent on dismantling the Communist regime, putting his father’s life—and his own—in jeopardy. The Black Wasp team races to rescue their colleague and her high-risk companion without setting off an international incident that could leave China ready to release their greatest weapon yet.
Rovin's assured ninth contribution to the series created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik (after 2021's The Black Order) opens with the explosion of a prototype hypersonic missile on the launchpad of China's Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Chief engineer Yang D y u will pay an undeserved price for the accident, either with his freedom or his life. Yang's son, a university student dabbling in revolutionary subversion, is imprisoned and tortured in a bid to force Yang to confess to incompetence. Meanwhile, Adm. Chase Williams, the Op-Center director, assigns Lt. Grace Lee, martial arts expert of the Black Wasp crisis team, to a solo mission to China to gather intel on the mishap. Unwilling to leave Grace without backup, Chase covertly sends sharpshooter Lance Corporal Jaz Rivette and JAG attorney Maj. Hamilton Breen to Mongolia for mission support. Chase remains stateside to run interference from national security assistant January Dow, who vows to see him replaced at Op-Center. Rovin poignantly shows the dangers facing ordinary citizens in a totalitarian regime. Those weary of the usual edge-of-Armageddon thriller plot machinations will appreciate this entry's nuanced, human-cost scenario. Agent, Mel Berger, WME.