107 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant casual read, an improvement, but not a deep/expansive work.
I've been a W.E.B. Griffin fan for almost a decade now, which means I've been waiting impatiently for quite a while for each new release in each and every series that Griffin has written. Unfortunately, I've found a few of his recent novels a bit lacking compared to his previous works. In particular, I found it painful to read through his previously recent book "The...
Published on August 10, 2011 by jp
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Honor Bound - The Lost Months
I have been reading Griffin novels since "The Lieutenants" was released some 25 years ago. He is above all, a superb storyteller. The best things about Griffin's novels are plot and character development. Unfortunately, at times, reading his books becomes more than a bit tedious because of his tendency to go into excruciating detail about what transpired in previous...
Published on August 14, 2011 by GREGORY B. MYERS
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107 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant casual read, an improvement, but not a deep/expansive work.,
This review is from: Victory and Honor (Honor Bound, Book 6) (Hardcover)I've been a W.E.B. Griffin fan for almost a decade now, which means I've been waiting impatiently for quite a while for each new release in each and every series that Griffin has written. Unfortunately, I've found a few of his recent novels a bit lacking compared to his previous works. In particular, I found it painful to read through his previously recent book "The Outlaws" (Dec. 2010) which I gave 2 stars. I know that sentiment is shared by other Griffan fans and is also reflected by the average 2.5 star Amazon ratings of his recent books versus 3.5-4+ ratings of older works (out of 75+ reviews per book).
I'm glad to say that this book is a definite improvement on some of his lower quality recent works! It's not one of his best, but for me, it was definitely an acceptable and fun read.
This book flows smoothly from start to finish. I was originally going to wait, but ended up purchasing an electronic version of the book on a whim a bit past midnight. A few hours - and one book - later, I finally looked up from my reader to see the first signs of daylight appear outside my window.
--- Flows well. - While reading it, I don't have an urge to skip entire parts. The writing flows smoothly and makes you interested in wanting to turn each page as quickly as possible so you can find out what's next. For me, "The Outlaws" was a book that didn't flow well and which I wanted to skip whole sections, only to force myself to read it hoping that it would get better (hint: it didn't). That thankfully was not a problem with this book.
--- Limited / Tightly Focused Story - The story and plot is a lot more focused compared to previous books in this series. It almost seems (or is) linear in terms of what happens and what is being told. In previous books you'd have different sides, action happening simultaneously in different regions, etc. In this novel, it's almost entirely one side and following a group of people in a linear fashion. You get a much more limited view and much more limited action. There's also no major twists or mysteries.
--- Limited Characters Involved - This novel primarily focuses on a handful of characters with a small supporting cast. True, most stories only have a few main characters, but compared to previous novels in the Honor Bound series, the amount of character involvement diversity is a lot smaller. I guess one way to explain the difference is that in previous novels you might get at least a few pages (if not dozens) on the action or words of minor characters. In this novel, you'd get sentences instead (if at all).
--- Too short! - Ok, this might just be the age-old problem where the fan just wants more and more. And yes, that is definitely a factor. However, let's do a strict page count comparison using Amazon's hardcover page count figures. This book "Victory & Honor" has a page count of 320 pages. Compare that to "The Outlaws" in Dec. 2010 with 432 pages (although I'd take 320 good pages over 432 mediocre pages any day!). Further compare that to 464 pages in "The Vigilantes" in Aug. 2010 or 496 pages in "The Honor of Spies" or 528 pages in "The Hunters"... I think you get the picture. This book is 100 pages (1/3rd the current length!) shorter than recent releases and nearly 200 pages (2/3rds the current length!) shorter than older releases, which probably makes this one of the shortest works released by W.E.B. Griffin that was part of his main series.
While upon reflection I felt that there were elements of this book that were lacking, it is indisputably a huge improvement on recent books of Griffin's like "The Outlaws". Was I disappointed in the limited scope of the novel? Yes. Do I think Griffin could have done a better job or that his previous works are better? Yes. However, did I also enjoy myself while I was reading this novel? Yes.
For me, I read works by authors like W.E.B. Griffin for casual pleasure. If I have a good time while reading it and am smiling while I reflect upon it right after, I'm happy. To be honest, it was only while writing this review that I fully grasped the parts of the book that I felt were lacking as they were not issues or concerns while I was reading. Hence, despite its shortcomings, I gave it 4 stars.
DO NOT GET THIS BOOK:
If this will be your first W.E.B. Griffin book or your first book in the Honor Bound series, I strongly suggest you get one of his earlier works. It's probably best if you start out at the beginning of a series (both because all those books are great, but also because it'd give you a chronological progression of events as you inevitably acquire more of his works from that series).
If you're looking for a book with hidden meanings, multiple twists, and a complex plot, don't get this book.
GET THIS BOOK:
If you're a long time Griffan fan (I guess we'd get his book anyways no matter what!), if you've read previous books in the Honor Bound series and want to find out what happens to the characters, or if you have some time and just want a very casual straight-forward read.
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Honor Bound - The Lost Months,
This review is from: Victory and Honor (Honor Bound, Book 6) (Hardcover)I have been reading Griffin novels since "The Lieutenants" was released some 25 years ago. He is above all, a superb storyteller. The best things about Griffin's novels are plot and character development. Unfortunately, at times, reading his books becomes more than a bit tedious because of his tendency to go into excruciating detail about what transpired in previous novels in a series. Griffin, like most popular authors, has an established following of readers. The majority of people who buy his books have read his prior books and this repetition of what has gone before is unnecessary, condescending and very boring. It is disruptive to the reader because it interrupts the smooth flow of the storyline in the current book. I find myself skipping pages just to get to something that I have not read multiple times before. A sentence or two, if necessary to refresh the reader's recollection of the character and context in the storyline, would be more than sufficient. If the reader was, in fact, new to Griffin; this approach would encourage him to go back and read the prior books in the series (helping overall sales). Griffin does a good job of creating some interesting characters (though some are more caricature than character) and weaving them into storyline based upon historical facts. He does this in some detail. The five (5) prior Honor Bound books in the series cover a time period of slightly more than one year, October 1, 1942 through October 17, 1943 in some 2,500 pages. The fifth novel in the series ends with the main character, Cletus Howell Frade, standing on a dirt road with a Thompson submachine gun having just assisted in putting down and incipient revolution. Several elements of the storyline are left hanging including, but not limited to; what happens to Juan Peron, the relationship between Frade and his wife, Frade's ongoing problems with his chain of command; the Nazi activity in Argentina against both Frade and SAA; and Frade's part in the Gehlen conspiracy. Suddenly, in "Victory and Honor", the 6th book in the Honor Bound series, we are magically transported from October 17, 1943 to May 3, 1945. What the hell happened in the missing 19 month time period? Many storylines from the end of "The Honor of Spies" are lost and gone forever." Others, are presumptively resolved in some unknown way because to storyline context of "Victory and Honor." The missing period should have been worth at least a couple of books to bring the reader up to date on the whole story. I read "Victory and Honor, but was left with a totally dissatisfied feeling at the end of the book because I knew only half of the story to date date, and will apparently never know the rest of it because what happened between October 17th, 1943 and May 3rd is lost forever. I gave the book a "3" star rating for what was in it. But for what is not there, it deserves a "0" rating.
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too little, almost too late.,
This review is from: Victory and Honor (HONOR BOUND) (Kindle Edition)Being a complete W.E.B. Griffen fan, I was really looking forward to this latest in the series. Unfortunately, the book is a fairly big disappointment.
You might as well just skip the first 100 pages - nothing there but a re-hash of all of the things we learned in past books. After 100 or so pages, the plot and action start to pick up a bit, but it still felt as though it was trying to stretch a chapter into a full book.
There are a couple hundred pages that cover a time span of just a few days, almost no information about what is happening in Argentina, and no information about most of the characters that made up the first books. Finally, in the last few pages, we are introduced (momemtarily) to Cletus and Dorotea's children and Dorotea has about 5 lines of dialogue.
Buy it if you feel compelled to, but it feels to me to be a waste of money. Hopefully, the next one will be a compleat book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Plot,
This review is from: Victory and Honor (Honor Bound, Book 6) (Hardcover)All the other books had action, detail, suspense. This book has none of it. It is a simplified plot of no challenge, just a lot of dialog which much is repeated. This is one book to skip.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Victory and Honor falls flat...,
This review is from: Victory and Honor (Honor Bound, Book 6) (Hardcover)This book was a huge disappointment!! I have read everything written by WEB Griffin, and many of them twice.. I had been counting the days until this was released on Kindle, read it in one day, and wondered if they had sent me the entire book.. Cletus Frade's plummeting into being an arrogant Lt. Colonel was beneath him.. There was no climax, no conclusion and we were left hanging at the end (?) of the read.. If there is another in this series, I will think twice before ordering it... I just the next in the "Presidential Agent" series will not be a flop like this...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Victory and Honor,
This review is from: Victory and Honor (Honor Bound, Book 6) (Hardcover)While I've enjoyed W.E.B. Griffin's many tales in the past, more recent books including this one fall short of my expectations. There are too many story lines in these recent tales that promise adventure to follow, but go no-where. At some point I will no longer purchase these books.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating thriller,
This review is from: Victory and Honor (Honor Bound, Book 6) (Hardcover)In 1945, as the Axis powers were heading to defeat, OSS. Lieutenant Colonel Cletus Frade fears the politicians and the American people will want to turn isolationist in a sort of Fortress America. He knows the OSS mission is winding down as the agency is to soon be disbanded even as he and others try to prevent the Nazis from escaping to Argentina where they are welcomed. Also a U-boat is heading to Japan with atomic bomb secrets.
However, Frade's biggest concern is the Soviet Union at a time when OSS agents are being offered employment by the other federal alphas. As Frade works a top secret operation to ascertain what Stalin plans to do now that his Red Army has entered Berlin, he and his agents know the risk they take because if something goes wrong their country will slaughter them as combat casualties just when the third world war is beginning to heat up.
The third Griffin-Butterworth collaboration and sixth Honor Bound WW II espionage thriller (see Death and Honor, and The Honor of Spies) reads for the first third of the novel more like a non-action historical setting the environment of the switch from combat to "peace". That overly extended opening is fascinating but also slower than a glacier. The story line picks up speed especially following Frade and his dedicated men working in the field against what appears to be the next hostility while many back home and some in the cold desert the sunken OSS agency sort of like contemporary employees leaving base closure locations rather than move.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seems like something was missing,
This review is from: Victory and Honor (HONOR BOUND) (Kindle Edition)One of my favorite series and authors but this time the length of this book left me feeling half the story was pulled for the next release. As usual the development of the story and characters were very well done. Please give us back the breadth and depth we are addicted to.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slippin a bit,
This review is from: Victory and Honor (Honor Bound, Book 6) (Hardcover)I've read every book WEB Griffin has written and loved them dearly. Considering I read no other books about wartime, I think this shows how well written the books are; after all, it's not really the subject matter that intrigues, but the interplay between characters.
Having said that, the last two installments, written with Griffin's son, don't seem up to par. Inevitable I suppose, just as Clive Cussler's efforts with his son have become watered-down versions of what used to be great reads.
I'll still read 'em because the stories are still compelling and the characters still friends I like to visit now and again. But I'm just a little disappointed that the dialogue is just a little below par.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING,
This review is from: Victory and Honor (Honor Bound, Book 6) (Hardcover)This book is BORING. Certainly falls WAY BELOW the books from the past written by this author. In fact I have serious doubts he penned this one. No suspense, no intrigue, no double dealing sneaky Nazis.....................not ONE SHOT FIRED IN THE ENTIRE STORY. NO CLOSE SHAVES. NO EXCITEMENT!!! I've read ALL of this authors books and have recommended them to a lot of my friends. NOT THIS ONE. He better get back to writing these books himself or if not, then take his name off the tome as the author. I FEEL CHEATED. BOOO, BOOOO.
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