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Men in Blue (Badge Of Honor) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1988

4.2 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
Book 1 of 12 in the Badge of Honor Series

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About the Author

W. E. B. Griffin is the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and now Clandestine Operations. He lives in Fairhope, Alabama, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
 
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Product Details

  • Series: Badge Of Honor (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (October 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515097500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515097504
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had never read any of Griffin's books before picking up this one to see what it might be like. Having retired as a police Inspector after 25 years service I found I could not put it down. I don't see how anyone who has never served could have written this entire series. This series brought back memories from my first days on the street until my retirement. Once I finished this book I bought the series and read them straight though This really is the way things are within a major city Police Department.
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I agree with some of the other reviewers who have stated that this first book in the Badge of Honor series serves mainly to introduce characters with minimal storyline. Having read and enjoyed all of Griffin's military series books, this began my final experience with his series, at least until he publishes new installments. I am currently over halfway through the second book of this series, Special Operations, and am enjoying it much more than this one. So my advice to those who are not excited about Men in Blue is to get through it quickly and move on to the next one. I'm glad that I did.
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These books are so real to the real truth of what its like to be a policeman and of a special unit. I had retired, but while reading this series of books, I actually re-lived my career.
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As with all of the W.E.B. Griffin series, the author is a master story teller. The action, personal involvements of all the characters and the politics of a great organization are all there in great detail. Once you start reading, expect to be in one seat for a long time because you won't be able to put it down.

On a different note, I don't know when or how the book was edited or printed but there were many typographic errors, words run together, and some misspelled. I mention this not to take away from the story but as a criticism of the editing, proofing and printing. This author deserves better.
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The blending of chartacters from different walks of lives brought together like family, friends and neighbors. You can sense the mood of each person as you weave your way though their lives. The City Brotherly Love has more then Liberty Square. This book and the follow five in the series are as good as any series I have ever read. W.E.B. Don't stop now, as long as the qaulity stays this high I will keep reading.
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I started reading W. E. B. Griffin's books with the "Corps" series. I also read the complete "Brotherhood of War" series (including book 9 "Special Ops" that was not as good as the other 8 books) and a couple books from the Honor Bound series. I think the "Corps" was the best and I've been slightly disappointed with everything else (no, I'm not a marine). I think that was because a lot of what was in the "Corps" series was historically accurate and educational to me. I gave this book 4 stars partly because I grew up in NE Philly. If it weren't for that I think it would only be 3 stars. I plan to read book 2 in this series and hope it gets better.
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W.E.B. Griffin's homage to those who "protect and serve" begins here.

On reading "Men in Blue" for the second time I found it just as enjoyable as it was the first time, two years ago. Griffin's development of characters draws readers into the lives of each to the point where you come to feel you know them, almost like friends or neighbors, and want to come to know them even more.

Griffin's novels are a blend of fact and fiction that not only tell a story but educate at the same time; "Men in Blue" (as well as the other books in the series) follows the events, loves, and disappointments of the members of the Philadelphia Police Department. A mixture of action (chasing and bringing to justice, one way or the other, the bad guys (and girls); and, the politics within the city administration; police department; and, in some cases. families, Griffin manages to keep the reader turning pages (or scrolling through as is often the case) through the night.

A good read and a lead-in to the books that follow. Pay particular attention to Peter Wohl, Matt Payne, Coughlin, Carlucci, Lowenstein, McFadden, and Martinez (takes notes if you must) particularly if you intend to read the entire series. Enjoy!
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I had never read the books by Griffin on the cops before. This too much like his other series is an excellent story with believable characters. His research provides a good insight into a realistic working of a big city police department. The story is a bit dated, but since I'm an old guy the period was a trip through nostalgia. It seams funny not to have cell phones and our other modern technology. If you like to read a good detective story get ready for a good story in the fast lane.
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