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Blood and Honor (G K Hall Large Print Book Series) Hardcover – Large Print, June, 1997


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If you enjoyed W. E. B. Griffin's Honor Bound, you should segue with pleasure into this involving sequel. Set in Buenos Aires in 1943, it follows the adventures of three American soldiers as they think and fight their way through a complex story about Nazi sympathizers, dedicated supporters of the Allied cause, and other people just trying to stay alive. As we've come to expect from his many books about soldiers and cops, Griffin knows how to use the small moments of crime and war to invent a compelling canvas for his solid characters. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Set in the spy-infested capital of Argentina in 1943, Griffin's newest is a sequel to Honor Bound (1994) and adheres to the author's usual recipe of good guys, bad women and broad but sometimes transparent suspense and melodrama. Clete Frade is a Marine Corps aviator, a hero of Guadalcanal. Wealthy and well connected, he is also a spook for the OSS and perfect for an undercover job in Buenos Aires because he's an Argentine citizen. Assisted by two useless Army buddies, a navy chief who considers himself a gaucho and a loyal Argentine bodyguard, Frade is sent south to sniff out both a suspected plot to overthrow the Argentine government and a report of a Nazi ship using Argentine waters to resupply German submarines. He stumbles into much more, however, with the assassination of his Argentine father, who is the leader of the coup plot, and with his discovery of a Nazi scheme to ransom Jews out of Dachau and to use the money to finance a sanctuary for fugitive Nazis should Germany lose the war. Frade spars with diplomats, spies, his OSS boss, the FBI, the Argentine military and an SS colonel, all the while trying to aid one conspiracy and destroy the others. There's no deep moral digging here as there is in, say, le Carre. But Griffin is a savvy old hand and here, working with an exotic setting and a complex plot, delivers the sort of sturdy entertainment his fans expect.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: G K Hall Large Print Book Series
  • Hardcover: 891 pages
  • Publisher: G K Hall & Co (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0783881258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0783881256
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,685,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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W.E.B. Griffin is the author of more than thirty epic novels in five series, all of which have been listed on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and other best-seller lists. More than forty million of his books are in print in more than ten languages, including Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, and Hungarian. Mr. Griffin grew up in the suburbs of New York City and Philadelphia. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. After basic training, he received counter-intelligence training at Fort Holabird, Maryland. He was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany, and ultimately to the staff of then-Major General I.D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary. In 1951, Mr. Griffin was recalled to active duty for the Korean War, interrupting his education at Phillips University, Marburg an der Lahn, Germany. In Korea he earned the Combat Infantry Badge as a combat correspondent and later served as acting X Corps (Group) information officer under Lieutenant General White. On his release from active duty in 1953, Mr. Griffin was appointed Chief of the Publications Division of the U.S. Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Mr. Griffin is a member of the Special Operations Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Army Aviation Association, and the Armor Association. He was the 1991 recipient of the Brigadier General Robert L. Dening Memorial Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association, and the August 1999 recipient of the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award, presented at the 100th National Convention in Kansas City. He has been vested into the Order of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association, and the Order of St. Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and been awarded Honorary Doctoral degrees by Norwich University, the nation's first and oldest private military college, and by Troy State University (Ala.). He was the graduation dinner speaker for the class of 1988 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has been awarded honorary membership in the Special Forces Association; the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association; the Marine Raiders Association; and the U.S. Army Otter & Caribou Association. He is the co-founder, with historian Colonel Carlo D'Este, of the William E. Colby Seminar on Intelligence, Military, and Diplomatic Affairs. Mr. Griffin's novels, known for their historical accuracy, have been praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for their "fierce, stop-for-nothing scenes." "Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me he enjoys reading my books," Mr. Griffin says. Mr. Griffin divides his time between the Gulf Coast and Buenos Aires.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I Spent almost 30 Years as a Navy Corpsman. At least half that time with the Corps. Mr. Griffin has been able to catch the true spirit of the Corps. As an amature historian I find this novel not only entertaining, but historically accurate. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Doug Vaughn HALL OF FAME on May 18, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Blood and Honor is, like most of W.E.B. Griffin's novels, a complex story with numerous characters and enough specific detail to firmly ground the story in a particular time and place. The time is 1943 and the place is Buenos Aires, Argentina where certain Nazis hope to secret a hoard of stolen wealth that will support them if Germany loses the war. Pitted against them are members of the American OSS including the lead character who is American on his father's side and Argentinan on his mother's. Caught in the middel of the Nazis and American spys are the local security police who are contending, among other things, with a brewing plot to depose the president and put a general in charge of the government. This plot is widely enough known so that both the Germans and the Americans have a vested interest in seeing that a general favorable to themselves is selected. Besides this, there is a personal revenge element, romance and sex and a huge cast of interesting good guys and bad guys. So, big plot, big book.
It took me a while to get into this story because it takes Griffin so long to set up all the pieces. There are really several stories all going on at once that sometimes intersect and sometimes are independent. Once in the thick of things, however, it moves swiftly through its various twists and turns, all leading to a pretty satisfactory conclusion. It's not totally satisfactory because it leaves enough loose ends to allow for a sequel, and the reader would rather have them wrapped up and not have to wait. Still, this is a very entertaining book and I recommend it to any who like a good OSS vs Nazi story set in an unusual locale.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DONALD KARNEY III on October 23, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
THIS BOOK DEALS WITH WWII AND THE ARGENTIAIAN EMBASSY. WITH THE GERMANS IN BUINOS ARIES. WITH DEATH,A COUP D ETAT, AND ASSASINATIONS FOR THE VENGANCE OF A BROTHER-IN-LAW, AND A SISTER. THE GERMANS MASTER PLAN TO LEAN ON ARGENTINA'S PRESIDENT TO SIDE WITH THEM IN THE WAR.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1998
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Instead of covering his characters over a period of many years as he usually does with his military characters, Griffin restricts himself to a relatively brief period of a few months. He also uses an original twist: World War Two covert warfare in neutral Argentina. A great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Russo on February 5, 2008
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As a retiered Marine that has married a beautiful Argentine Woman, I read about Cletus Frade as if I were him. WEB Griffen once again weaves a tale that I cant stop reading. I have just ordered the whole series from [...] and had it sent to my Army Dog Son stationed in Africa. I have visited most of the places he talks about, I was even married in the "Our Lady of Plillar" in Recoletta. I thought Griffen's Marine Corps series was his best work and perhaps it is because of how many books there are in it. I truly believe if he were to spend as much effort on this series as he has the Corps series, that this would be just as good. I am still wondering if there was any any hidden corolation drawn between el coronel Peron and the famed Evita Peron???
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George H. Hill on July 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I get almost annoyed that I get so involved with the characters and plots of Griffin's books.I HATE it when they end,I waited for however long it takes for the sequels.I may not like killing off the good col.Frade,but that's life,and it goes on.I care about the good Germans,like Kurt,fighting their inner battles for their own souls and survival in a world filled with the deadliest of dangers.You can't put a Griffin book down and I guess that is what it was all about.Some I have read more than once.I like the WWII books best.They put me a little in touch with the world that formed my parents lives,as he helped chase the nazis across Europe and my mother worried herself sick at home,while doing her part in the effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. King on August 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
After reading (and enjoying) many books in other series by Griffin, I have more recently read both Honor Bound and Blood & Honor. While Griffin still paints the details and atmosphere of wartime Argentina, I found Blood & Honor to fall short. I didn't have the gripping power of his other books and when it was all said and done, I'm not so sure I want to move on to book 3 in the series. I violated my own "100 page rule" (if you are not gripped by the first 100 pages, stop reading) and finished the book, much to my dismay. On the bright side I have validated the 100 Page Rule!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Poore on March 11, 2010
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I really enjoyed this book as I did the first in the series. I am delighted to have found this series, I am assured of lots of good reading for a long while. And finding it late has the additional benefit of not having to wait years between books.
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