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Men in Blue (Badge Of Honor) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1988

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Book 1 of 12 in the Badge of Honor Series

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About the Author

W. E. B. Griffin is the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and now Clandestine Operations. He lives in Fairhope, Alabama, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
 
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Product Details

  • Series: Badge Of Honor (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (October 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515097500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515097504
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,047 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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I had never read any of Griffin's books before picking up this one to see what it might be like. Having retired as a police Inspector after 25 years service I found I could not put it down. I don't see how anyone who has never served could have written this entire series. This series brought back memories from my first days on the street until my retirement. Once I finished this book I bought the series and read them straight though This really is the way things are within a major city Police Department.
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I agree with some of the other reviewers who have stated that this first book in the Badge of Honor series serves mainly to introduce characters with minimal storyline. Having read and enjoyed all of Griffin's military series books, this began my final experience with his series, at least until he publishes new installments. I am currently over halfway through the second book of this series, Special Operations, and am enjoying it much more than this one. So my advice to those who are not excited about Men in Blue is to get through it quickly and move on to the next one. I'm glad that I did.
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These books are so real to the real truth of what its like to be a policeman and of a special unit. I had retired, but while reading this series of books, I actually re-lived my career.
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The blending of chartacters from different walks of lives brought together like family, friends and neighbors. You can sense the mood of each person as you weave your way though their lives. The City Brotherly Love has more then Liberty Square. This book and the follow five in the series are as good as any series I have ever read. W.E.B. Don't stop now, as long as the qaulity stays this high I will keep reading.
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Men in Blue is a rather vanilla account of the events surrounding the gunning down of Philadelphia Highway Patrol captain Richard "Dutch" Moffitt during an aborted robbery. The womanizing and off duty Moffitt was in the midst of a tryst with attractive TV news anchor Louise Dutton when he was shot while trying to thwart a stick up at the Waikiki diner. Immediately, the entire resources of the Philly P.D. is mobilized to hunt down one of the two robbers, as Moffitt while being shot killed one of the gunmen.
The cerebral, handsome and youthful Staff Inspector Peter Wohl is summoned to babysit Miss Dutton and to hush allegations of infidelity by Moffitt. It is through Wohl's eyes that we see the investigation of Moffitt's murder unfold. Wohl is the latest of many generations of law enforcement officers in his family as was his friend Moffitt. The families go way back and have previously known tragedy as Moffitt's brother was also killed in the line of duty.
The story proceeds both a predicatable and coincidental fashion as Wohl and Dutton, an illegitimate daughter of a wealthy newspaper man, fall for each other. Amazingly, Dutton's neighbor and friend, the gay son of another wealthy newspaper man, Jerome Nelson is brutally stabbed to death in his trendy apartment. Guess who discovers the body. None other than Louise Dutton!
Griffin does a nice job in comparing the differences between the depth and intensity of the separate murder investigations. One being for the Philly P.D.'s own. He however ends the story very abruptly and overall the book is less than riveting.
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As a WEB Griffin fan of two years now, I own and have read many of his offerings. "Brotherhood of War" and "The Corps" were absolutely splendid. Since then his books have diminished into little action and many detail of the characters struggling to deal with an item that happened at the beginning of the book. In this book you read about individual policemen, who may have little impact on the story, but you are treated to three or four pages detailing each individual's background. All in all this was one of his lesser efforts. But I will probably read the rest anyway.
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After reading the reviews posted here, and the synopis of the novel, I thought "Why not, I'll try it". Don't waste your time. The shooting of a police officer was merely a lame excuse of a plot used to publish a novel that is a complete waste of time. There is no investigation of the shooting, no real man hunt, and the only moment of suspense lasted approximately two pages. Real police work may be frequently dull and routine, but I don't read fiction for dull and routine. The book is about as interesting as watching paint dry.
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By a wonderful storyteller. I read The Corps series, and loved it, so could hardly wait to read Griffin's story about the Philadelphia Police Department. I found the same great, strong characters, and the same insider's look into the people that make up a big city's Police Department. I love Griffin's brand of storytelling that seems so real. And there is no shortage of action either in his books, and this book, the first in the Badge of Honor series, is no exception. The book starts with the killing of a senior Police Officer, and the action does not let up from there. I am sure there will be no end of heroics in the coming books either, and I can't wait to read them. Inspector Peter Wohl promises to be a strong and interesting character. Thanks Mr. Griffin for the hours of enjoyment that you provide for me.
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