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Product Details

  • Series: Badge of Honor Series Number 5
  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Books on Tape; Unabridged edition (November 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736628517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736628518
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.6 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,350,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this fifth installment of Griffin's Badge of Honor series, members of Philadelphia's law enforcement community are again faced with the difficult task of protecting their city. Teamed in an uneasy alliance with the Secret Service, Philly's cops must thwart an assassination attempt on the vice president of the United States during his upcoming visit. With only a typewritten note to go on, rookie detective Matthew Payne and head of Special Operations Peter Wohl must race to unearth the wannabe assassin--a petrochemicals market analyst who believes God has commanded him to kill the veep. Although the book is nominally about Payne and Wohl and about their chase, the most visible character here is the police department, or rather the interplay between various factions therein. As with his earlier police novels, Griffin ( Men in Blue ; The Witness ) seldom treads where other authors dare not go. However, this book succeeds because of the authority with which he depicts events and locations. Additionally, the slick but restrained pace at which the story unfolds makes this an enjoyable and gripping read.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Years ago I read this series when there was only six novels.
Danny Rowland
Griffin, as usual, maintains the characters and personalities developed for this series in exemplary fashion while weaving a great story.
Dennis R. Cohen
I absolutely loved reading this book, as I do most W.E.B. Griffin books.
Bert E Trentham

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By britain@texas.net on May 17, 1998
Format: Unbound
All of the books in the Badge of Honor series are outstanding. W.E.B. Griffin has also written othere series like The Corps and Brotherhood of War. These two series are about the military but incorporate the same character development found in the Badge of Honor series. Griffin is a master of capturing the reader and making him/her care about the characters and what's going to happen next. I give high praise to all the books in all his series'.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'VE READ EVERY BOOK IN THIS SERIES AND THIS ONE I THINK IS THE BEST
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By doog on January 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Good all around Griffin novel. Never disappointed with any of his books. Looking
forward to the next badge of honor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Sanderson on November 28, 2012
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Not sure what I was expecting after reading all of Griffin's other books about the military. He has outdone himself, again! The stories grab you and make you want more. Griffin obviously lived in Philadelphia at one time. He tells the story of a young policeman and describes his progression up through the ranks of the police department. Totally entertaining. You won't be able to put any of the books down until you finish them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grit on September 20, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have all of WEB Griffins books and rate him along with Wilbur Smith as my all time favorite author. His sagas span several different action themes, but they are all either military, police or intelligence services. The author has residence both in Texas and Argentina and has spent a great deal of time with our military so he uses his familiarity with these settings and people to cast a very nice spell in his work. My wife also enjoys the books so I would say they are suitable for all readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Cook on December 24, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Typical WEB Griffin Book - A great read. I have been going back and ordering the entire series so I can read them in the order that they were published as the "story lines" will make more sense... but it is not necessary however.

Enjoy, I did...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on October 3, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This fifth installment in the Badge of Honor series, is a good one as far as I'm concerned. Peter Wohl and his crew at Special Operations are on two major cases. One is to deal with a bad cop and the other is to track a totally unbalanced assassin who has written a letter to the Police telling them that he has been told by the Lord to blow up the Vice President. That's the basis of the story, but as always the interest is with the characters. Griffin can do characters like no one else. These books are set in the late 70's, so there is a datedness in them, but that, in fact is their strength because Griffin seems to know what he's talking about when dealing with late 70's law enforcement. Don't expect cutting edge technology, but do expect a group of men (and that is what the police forces were in the 70's) that are dedicated and do their job to the best of their abilities. And it's so much fun to see what Matt Payne and his buddies get up to next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teresa K. Furey on January 6, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Assasin continues the author's series on the Philadelphia Police Department. His characters come to life before your eyes and keep you turning pages until way past your bedtime.
Griffin has a way of showing the inside information on big-time investigations, without signaling the conclusion.
I can't wait for the next in this series.
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