Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
So things have been getting slightly better over at Op-Center. While most of what I’m assuming will be the recurring cast are unlikable their story seems to be moving along finally. It doesn’t connect well with the important story and feels shoved in there, like you could drop Op-Center entirely and focus on Korea and it wouldn’t be missed while you couldn’t have most of the Op-Center parts without Korea. Sorry, but that’s not a good way to introduce your new novel series.
- Chapter 59: Wednesday, 3:30 AM, Sariwon: 4 pages
- Chapter 60: Wednesday, 3:45 AM, KCIA Headquarters: 3 pages
- Chapter 61: Tuesday, 2:00 PM, Op-Center: 6 pages
For a moment there I thought we go without the unnecessary story this set. Okay, here we go.
In previous installments I’ve tried to do at least one paragraph per chapter but all of three of them this week deals with two events: the President Lawrence’s revenge strike on the plane that shot the US spy plane down and the fingerprints of the man who tried to kill Hwan. Chapter 59 is the attack, describing how their attack craft (I don’t know if a Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk is a real plane or not) got in and took out the spy plane’s attacker, while Chapter 60 is the KCIA wanting to send the fingerprints of Hwan’s attempted assassin to Op-Center. There isn’t much to summarize but stuff does happen.
Chapter 61 is the important one in this set and it’s the first time I’ve said that about Op-Center and the actual Korean bombing. The assassin used to work with military satellites, which would explain in part how the virus got into the Op-Center computers or at least how it did what it did. That’s speculation on my part. The important part is they were able to not only identify him but his connection to Eyepatch. Then the KCIA contacts Op-Center to tell them that girl-Kim made contact to tell them that four North Korean uniforms were stolen, prompting Hood to have Bob find out if the assassin or Eyepatch were in the area at the time of the thefts. They’re finally earning their keep. She’s still missing and Hwan is still in surgery but at least they finally have a bead on Eyepatch. Paul tries to figure out how the strike team could use this information to shut down the conspiracy, but they finally believe there is one. Paul even congratulates Liz on being aware of the possibility which shows these two have a chance to get along after all. Maybe.
Next time we’ll check in with glory hound Rogers and see what the strike team can add to this situation, which is hopefully better than what the President added. Congratulations to this set of chapters for making the title organization important to the main plot finally, even if others did the heavy lifting. It only took 3/4s of the book to do so.