- Series: Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series
- Hardcover: 568 pages
- Publisher: Thorndike Pr (July 5, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786294892
- ISBN-13: 978-0786294893
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 188 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,506,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Double Agents (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series) Hardcover – Large Print, July 5, 2007
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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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He has two plots going - as usual - but never really brings them together - no reason to have them in the same book, except that since it is fairly short, by Griffin standards, that they needed to fill up some pages.
The writing is not as crisp as I have come to expect from Griffin.
A final point he uses the term "went missing" and "gone missing" - two phrases that have crept into usage via the 24 hour cable news shows - phrases that would never have been used during WWII - when the simple "disappeared" would have served the purpose nicely.
However, I wouldn't want to p*ss off Messrs G or B, as they probably see these characters as bad relatives they'd rather not speak to at parties.