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- Print Length: 477 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (December 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 27, 2016
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DTSGF08
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Showcases the scary time period just after WWII and the beginnings of the CIA and the Cold War... Compelling.”—Booklist
“Riveting...This latest page-turner has it all: cracking realism and adventure, rich characters, and a special flair for the military heart and mind.”—Mystery Tribune
“Full of complications, distress, local action and world-wide problems, with a bit of history thrown in.”—Lincoln Journal Star
“Tense, page-turning scenes pitting rival agencies against one another against the veil of secrecy in dealing with former Nazis...The book really shines in its interpretations of the power struggles that accompanied the birth of the CIA and how the United States handled both former Nazis and the rise of the KGB.”—The Historical Novels Review
Praise for the Clandestine Operations Series
“An incredible mix of intrigue and diplomacy from a literary team that ignites suspense lovers everywhere. Readers will be panting for the next novel.”—Suspense Magazine
“A Griffin adventure to bring out the Walter Mitty in every red-white-and-blue-blooded American male.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Engaging...It’s a testament to the authors’ skill and wide experience that the pages seem to turn themselves.”—Publishers Weekly
“An excellent series. The period between WWII and the Cold War offers raw material for several books, and as fans of Griffin’s body of work are well aware, he really sinks his teeth into politics and history.”—Booklist
About the Author
William E. Butterworth IV has been a writer and editor for major newspapers and magazines for more than twenty-five years, and has worked closely with his father for several years on the editing of the Griffin books. He is the coauthor of several novels in the Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, and Presidential Agent series. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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This is the third volume in Griffin's "Clandestine Operations" series which deals with the early days of the Central Intelligence Agency, and is an outgrowth of the "Honor" series which featured Cletus Frade. Even though Frade has a role in this book, it's realtively minor with the action centering around the new central character, Jimmy Cronley, along with a nicely developing cast of well drawn characters. For those reading this review, I don't intend to make this a book report filled with spoilers; that said, the familiar characters of Chauncey "Tiny" Dunwiddie, Reinhard Gehlen, Claudette Colbert, and General I.D. White are all present and play active roles. Several new faces appear, and as the series continues to grow, there will be greater roles for this new cast of characters to play.
The time is 1946, and all the action takes place in the Germany-Austria region of central Europe; an attempted kidnapping is thwarted, but with far reaching consequences. As a result, another character is successfully snatched as a hostage. Tensions are growing into what was to become the Cold War, and our entire Cronley-Gehlen team is involved.
Overall a very good effort worthy of either a strong 4 stars or a weak 5 stars. I enjoyed it immensely and will undoubtedly re-read the book.
Sadly, I will not purchase another book by Father and Son. The plot was almost non-existent, the dialogue bordered on unreadable and the characters were unrealistic as military officers. I only stayed to the end because I had invested $14.99.
As part of the Clandestine Operations Series, this book continues to follow the long cast of characters that “Griffin” has introduced - so many in fact, that a cheat sheet of characters would be a helpful addition.
The plot moves quickly and is interesting, as are the various characters in this novel. This was a fun book to read and I found I carried it around with me throughout the day.
I do have a continuing problem with proof reading and correct grammar - especially the failure to use the word "nor" when there is a negative comparison - such proofing errors occur on pages 204, 237 and 283 of the paperback edition of this book.
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While you could start with this book if you're not familiar with the series, it really works best when you read the entire series from start to current. The writing is excellent, here, and I cannot recommend this book highly enough for fans of Griffin's! I really enjoyed this read!
Nun ist er da bzw. sein Sohn in Top-Form und liefert eine fesselnde Story!!
Spannend, unterhaltsam, weiter so!