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The Double Agents (Men at War) Hardcover – June 26, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Actors David Niven and Peter Ustinov, along with James Bond creator Ian Fleming, all of whom actually served Britain in WWII, help the heroes of Griffin's Men at War series deceive the Germans in this solid sixth installment (after 2006's The Saboteurs) from the bestselling author and his son, Butterworth. In 1943, the OSS's William J. Wild Bill Donovan spearheads a disinformation effort to trick the Nazis into believing that the western Allies won't invade the European continent through Sicily. One of Donovan's most accomplished operatives, USAAF Maj. Richard Canidy, devises a clever scheme (albeit one familiar to readers of Ewen Montagu's The Man Who Never Was) to plant phony plans on a corpse, along with love letters drafted by the requisite attractive female spy. Some fans may find the prominent role of the real-life celebrities a distraction, but all will enjoy the suspenseful ride.
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The Men at War series continues with this typically exciting adventure. The plucky, resourceful agents of the Office of Strategic Services face what could be their toughest assignment: to convince Adolf Hitler that the Allied invasion of Europe will not take place at Normandy. This is the second novel Griffin has cowritten with his son, but it retains all of the veteran author's trademarks: well-researched plot; realistic characters, real and fictional; and snappy dialogue. How Griffin manages to turn out so many novels without resorting to by-the-numbers plotting and cutout characters is a mystery, but as long as he keeps delivering the goods, his legions of fans will be content. Pitt, David
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Having read every page WEBG has published (multiple times), I feel like I've lost a good friend. This is not the quality story telling that I've come to love.
Junior wastes a third of the book rehashing old stories, then wastes another third by introducing characters who have absolutely nothing to do with the story (Who were the two SS officers that took up the first chapter, and where did they go?). The meat of the story would have fit in a pamphlet but I guess publishers aren't paying much for short stories. I'm still waiting to find out where the "Double Agents" were. Were there any double agents in the book? Including Flemming, Niven and Ustinov was cheesiness of the highest order and their portrayal as the second coming of the Three Stooges was just too much to take.
Obviously this "collaborative" effort effort by pere et fils was in actuality WEB IV. III has been spinning great tales for over 25 years and it's plain as day that this is not his work. I feel twice cheated; once by IV for trying to pass off this garbage under his father's name and second by III for signing his name to this garbage.
After purchasing all 39 books by Griffin, I'm afraid I've purchased my last unless Junior retires.
Still, this guy is the best of the best when it comes to lay people gaining an understanding of the military lifestyle. A great talent.