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Victory and Honor

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Enjpyable

In 1945, as the Axis powers were heading to defeat, OSS. Lieutenant Colonel Cletus Frade fears the politicians and the American people will want to turn isolationist in a sort of Fortress America. He knows the OSS mission is winding down as the agency is to soon be dis...
In 1945, as the Axis powers were heading to defeat, OSS. Lieutenant Colonel Cletus Frade fears the politicians and the American people will want to turn isolationist in a sort of Fortress America. He knows the OSS mission is winding down as the agency is to soon be disbanded even as he and others try to prevent the Nazis from escaping to Argentina where they are welcomed. Also a U-boat is heading to Japan with atomic bomb secrets.

However, Frade's biggest concern is the Soviet Union at a time when OSS agents are being offered employment by the other federal alphas. As Frade works a top secret operation to ascertain what Stalin plans to do now that his Red Army has entered Berlin, he and his agents know the risk they take because if something goes wrong their country will slaughter them as combat casualties just when the third world war is beginning to heat up.

The third Griffin-Butterworth collaboration and sixth Honor Bound WW II espionage thriller (see Death and Honor, and The Honor of Spies) reads for the first third of the novel more like a non-action historical setting the environment of the switch from combat to "peace". That overly extended opening is fascinating but also slower than a glacier. The story line picks up speed especially following Frade and his dedicated men working in the field against what appears to be the next hostility while many back home and some in the cold desert the sunken OSS agency sort of like contemporary employees leaving base closure locations rather than move.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on July 3, 2011

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Do not recommend!

I have enjoyed the series by W.E.B. Griffin and have read almost all. I was disappointed in this offering as it: A: Was too short! 220 pages compared to 4-500 pgs of his other books. B: Spent too much time rehashing the previous books and plots. C: Did not develop the m...
I have enjoyed the series by W.E.B. Griffin and have read almost all. I was disappointed in this offering as it: A: Was too short! 220 pages compared to 4-500 pgs of his other books. B: Spent too much time rehashing the previous books and plots. C: Did not develop the main focus of the book; birth of the CIA D: Ended prematurely There seems to a definite degradation of the writing style with the collaboration of his son. Perhaps it would be better to develop the story more rather than rush to get it out!

posted by Toothgnome on August 28, 2011

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    A pleasant casual read, an improvement, but not a deep/expansive work.

    I was originally going to wait, but ended up purchasing an electronic version of the book on a whim a bit past midnight. A few hours - and one book - later, I finally looked up from my reader to see the first signs of daylight appear outside my window.

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    PROS:
    --- Flows well. - While reading it, I don't have an urge to skip entire parts. The writing flows smoothly and makes you interested in wanting to turn each page as quickly as possible so you can find out what's next. For me, "The Outlaws" was a book that didn't flow well and which I wanted to skip whole sections, only to force myself to read it hoping that it would get better (hint: it didn't). That thankfully was not a problem with this book.


    CONS:
    --- Limited / Tightly Focused Story - The story and plot is a lot more focused compared to previous books in this series. It almost seems (or is) linear in terms of what happens and what is being told. In previous books you'd have different sides, action happening simultaneously in different regions, etc. In this novel, it's almost entirely one side and following a group of people in a linear fashion. You get a much more limited view and much more limited action. There's also no major twists or mysteries.

    --- Limited Characters Involved - This novel primarily focuses on a handful of characters with a small supporting cast. True, most stories only have a few main characters, but compared to previous novels in the Honor Bound series, the amount of character involvement diversity is a lot smaller. I guess one way to explain the difference is that in previous novels you might get at least a few pages (if not dozens) on the action or words of minor characters. In this novel, you'd get sentences instead (if at all).

    --- Too short! - Ok, this might just be the age-old problem where the fan just wants more and more. However, let's do a strict page count comparison using Amazon's hardcover page count figures. This book has a page count of 320 pages. Compare that to "The Outlaws" in Dec. 2010 with 432 pages (although I'd take 320 good pages over 432 mediocre pages any day!). Further compare that to 464 pages in "The Vigilantes" in Aug. 2010 or 528 pages in "The Hunters"... I think you get the picture. This book is 100 pages (1/3rd the current length!) shorter than recent releases and nearly 200 pages (2/3rds the current length!) shorter than older releases, which probably makes this one of the shortest works released by W.E.B. Griffin that was part of his main series.

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    For me, I read works by authors like W.E.B. Griffin for casual pleasure. If I have a good time while reading it and am smiling while I reflect upon it right after, I'm happy. To be honest, it was only while writing this review that I fully grasped the parts of the book that I felt were lacking as they were not issues or concerns while I was reading. Hence, despite its shortcomings, I gave it 4 stars.

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    DO NOT GET:

    If this will be your first W.E.B. Griffin book or your first book in the Honor Bound series, I strongly suggest you get one of his earlier works. It's probably best if you start out at the beginning of a series (both because all those books are great, but also because it'd give you a chronological progression of events as you inevitably acquire more of his works).

    GET:

    If you're a long time fan, if you read previous books in the series and want to find out what happens, or if you have

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    AR1

    Boring thru 3/4 of book, last 1/4 was interesting. Like all series, time takes a toll as interesting storyline begins to get stale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    OK!

    Nice way to remind you of how you got to this point and gets you ready for the next book...

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  • Posted October 1, 2012

    very good reading

    any book by W.E.B.G. is well worth the time to read or listen!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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