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The Spymasters: A Men at War Novel Hardcover – August 7, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Men at War (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157516
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A storyteller in the grand tradition.”—Tom Clancy

“The poet laureate of the American military.”—Los Angeles Daily News

“You can almost taste the gin and tonic as FDR and OSS chief William ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan meet on the presidential yacht Sequoia to discuss plans for winning the war.”—Publishers Weekly
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

W. E. B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.

William E. Butterworth IV has worked closely with his father for nearly a decade, and is the coauthor of six previous books with him, most recently The Vigilantes and The Outlaws.

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

Won't happen the next time.
Zeek
Good war story, fast and easy read, Great character developement.
Joseph A. Greenman
Too much dialogue between the characters and no action.
J. D. Andersen

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 11, 2012
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Read the book - completely disappointed. A lot of build up to get to oh by the way - they all lived happily ever after.

Man, all those books in the series building up a rich and compelling history of characters just to end it that way, what a let down. Those with 5 and 4 star reviews obviously do not know the W.E.B. Griffin I have been reading for the past 20 years, one that told one helluva story. Now he or his son or both is just churning out words to pad the bank account.

I'll get Empire and Honor at year's end - though the last Clete book was tepid - but I fear for my favorite character.

I mourn for the W.E.B. Griffin of years past.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy J. on August 16, 2012
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It is really sad that this series has come to this point. The author change is evident and perhaps Griffin should let his son go out on his own as his work is not up to the standards the readers are accustomed to.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 11, 2012
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this book must be completely written by the son. 90% of Griffin's OSS characters don't make appearance .
when I got to the last page I thought
"what?" this is it". I got robbed
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Karaph on August 26, 2012
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I bought this book for my father. WEB Griffin is one of his favorite authors, and my dad was really looking forward to this latest release. Well, my dad read quite aways into it and said it was so bad he couldn't even finish it. This is really unusual for my father because he always tries to finish a book, no matter what. He said that too much time was spent on describing the details of minutiae, and not enough time was spent on the action. I'm afraid this will be his last WEB Griffin book as my dad said he has been noticing a downward trend in the quality of this author's books.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. on August 21, 2012
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Poorly written. The dialogue was so bad, I had the distinct impression that "The Spymasters" was written by a middle school English student up against a deadline. All through the book, characters have complete dialogues in their head while in the middle of conversations with other characters. It kills any chance at continuity. Speaking of characters, 90% of the book is character development and unnecessary and unrelated trivial tidbits from history. I literally lost count of the number of characters that were introduced who had absolutely no bearing on the story at all. None.

All of the action (such as it is) takes place in the last 30 pages. The publisher could have saved themselves lots of money and published this in pamphlet form. There was simply not enough substance to fill a real book.

Much of the filler (and rest assured; this book is 90% filler) is ill-informed or just plain stupid. A couple of times, Butterfield mentions going to the UN with an issue. The UN was founded in late 1945. The story takes place in 1943.

Enigma was still classified 30 years after the war, but the author expects us to believe that this holy of holies secret is casually discussed with an 18 year old kid whom they are sending behind enemy lines to be in contact with the SS. Really?

Or how about this: OSS counterfeiters printed a large amout of currency from various nations for use by their agents. OK. That's understandable. They had a problem, however. It was all too crisp and clean. They needed to age the currency. How does Butterfield accomplish this? Simple. Dump it all over the floor of the OSS offices "ankle deep". Yes, they walked around all day up to their ankles in counterfeit money. How ridiculous is that?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Biased on August 16, 2012
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I have usually purchased both book and book tape so I can relive the book. Until now, this authors books were hard to put down. unfortunately this is easy to put down and hard to pick up. The opening and closing chapters were the meat of the tale. the rest of the novel was filled with endless descriptions. The audio version was well read . I really like the reader. surprisingly he did not YAWN as he made his way to the conclusion. Wait for the paperback and don't buy it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sean d on August 22, 2012
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This book was the worst book that Griffin has written. If you think you would like to read, waiting until it comes out in paperback and is a available at a used book store. He wrote this book because he needed $$$$, must have a tax problem. It could be reduce to under 200 pages, if he used the normal fonts used in his previous book
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MarieTD on August 11, 2012
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I found this book to be almost all history without much action. Very little was written involving the characters that made previous books in this series so compelling. It's far too wordy, and I found myself skimming through the latter part of it, just to get it out of the way.
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