Griffin's Honor Bound novels have been hailed as "terrific" (Newark Star-Ledger) and "immensely entertaining" (Kirkus Reviews), with "enough derring-do, romance and action to satisfy Griffin's legions of fans and bring him new ones" (Rocky Mountain News). The new book is his best yet. August 6, 1943: In his brief career in the Office of Strategic Services, twenty-four-year-old Cletus Frade has already been involved in a lot of unusual situations, but nothing like the one he's in now, standing with a German lieutenant colonel named Wilhelm Frogger in a Mississippi prisoner-of-war detention facility. Frade's job? To help Frogger escape.
Frogger's parents are in Frade's custody in Argentina, because of their involvement in a secret German plan to establish safe havens for senior Nazi officials in South America, and the younger Frogger has agreed to help find out what they know. Even more important, however, is the secret within the secret. Before he was captured in Africa, Frogger was part of a conspiracy; its goal: to assassinate Adolf Hitler. If the OSS can use his knowledge and connections to nudge that plot along, even just a little bit-- they may be able to end this war right now. But Frade is not the only one who knows about the Froggers. Even as he stands there in Mississippi, a troop of Germans and Argentinians, led by a Colonel Juan Peron, is on its way to kill the parents and, after them, Frade himself. His career in the OSS may have been brief--but it may just be about to be over. Filled with the special flair that Griffin's fans have come to expect, The Honor of Spies is another rousing adventure from one of our finest storytellers.
Set in 1943, the tedious fifth entry in bestseller Griffin's sprawling Honor Bound series, coauthored with son Butterworth, picks up where Death and Honor (2008) left off, with Don Cletus Frade, a U.S. Marine Corps major, still trying to expose two Nazi secret missions: Operation Phoenix, which concerns large sums of money being smuggled into Argentina to be used by high-ranking Nazis who plan to flee the Reich if Germany loses the war, and another program that ransoms rich Jews out of Germany. Most of the many characters continue to scheme against one another and endlessly discuss their plots, coups, and assassination attempts. Brief, violent altercations occasionally interrupt the talk. As usual, the plot abruptly stops, presumably scheduled to resume in the next installment. Newcomers are advised to start with the first of the series. Those who prefer action in their WWII fiction should go elsewhere. (Jan.)
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1 . Continued Excellence
Posted February 22, 2010 by Charles Ingram , Erie, MiWEB Griffin again draws into the world of adventure and suspence, from the opening page untill the far to soon conclusion. As always Mr. Griffing leaves the reader with an overwhelming desire for the next installment of his book. No matter which of his series (read them all), the power of his writting draws us right in . In The Honor of Spies the irreverent attitude, yet overwhelming loyality and trust of Clitus Frade to those about him, and the same of those about him toward him keeps us reading late into the night and at times we should be putting the book down. WEB griffin's stories do not pull you in with a gentle tug, but knocks you down with a 45. I cannot wait for his next book, no matter what series it is. I do miss Ken McCoy.
December 28, 2009
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