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O.S.S. Agent Dick Canidy returns on another desperate mission behind enemy lines.

The O.S.S. has dispatched Dick Canidy—leading a team of operatives with questionable loyalties—on a mission to convince the Axis powers that the D-Day invasion will not take place on the beaches of Nazi-occupied France.

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Overview

O.S.S. Agent Dick Canidy returns on another desperate mission behind enemy lines.

The O.S.S. has dispatched Dick Canidy—leading a team of operatives with questionable loyalties—on a mission to convince the Axis powers that the D-Day invasion will not take place on the beaches of Nazi-occupied France.

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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 fiction; 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.
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Griffin and son add to the "Men at War" series with this account of OSS struggles to fool Hitler into thinking that the Allies won't be coming through France when they invade Europe. With a national tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Griffin (The Hunters, 2007, etc.), with Butterworth, continues his Men at War World War II spy series, sending proto-CIA agent Major Richard Canidy to check on Nazi supplies of nerve gas secreted in Sicily. As we know now, there was no limit to Nazi perfidy, but Canidy and his O.S.S. bosses are shocked to discover evidence of chemical and biological weapons on the weakening Axis stronghold of Sicily. Good-guy saboteurs did their best to blow up a ship full of nerve gas and a palazzo loaded with germs, but Canidy needs to go back to the island to double check on the job. If the gas went off in the explosion, there will be corpses clogging the streets, making it necessary for President Roosevelt to react. Before Canidy can return to Sicily, he has to involve himself in the O.S.S. training effort in Algeria, selecting a team from Italian-American student agents whose loyalty, given the possibility of Mafia ties, cannot be guaranteed. Real-life film stars Peter Ustinov and David Niven, with author Ian Fleming, turn up in a secondary plot taking quite as much time as the nerve gas business. The stellar trio expend much energy on the creation of a backstory for a corpse the Brits have frozen and plan to use in an elaborate ruse to make the Axis powers believe that the Allies will invade the Balkans instead of Sicily. The boys toss off Griffin's idea of bons mots, thrilling Philadelphia debutante Charity Hoche, a mid-level character who starts to hog the stage, and who at one point has a confusing run-in with the metric system a generation before it was adopted in the U.K. Heavy-handed writing manages to make David Niven sound like a bore in this undistinguished addition to the series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399154201
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Series: Men at War Series , #6
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.

William E. Butterworth IV has worked closely with his father for a decade, and is the coauthor of several previous books with him, most recently Covert Warriors and The Spymasters.

Biography

With more than 40 million books in print in more than 10 languages, bestselling novelist W.E.B. Griffin enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a master of the military thriller.

Griffin began his career not as a writer but as a military man like the type he would eventually make millions writing about. After growing up in both New York City and the Philadelphia suburb of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Griffin took the step in 1946 that -- little did he know at the time -- would set the course for his literary life: He enlisted in the United States Army. After finishing basic training, he went through counterintelligence instruction at Fort Holabird, New Jersey, and was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany under Major General I. D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.

In 1951, while attending Philips University, in Marburg an der Lahn, in Germany, Griffin was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He again served under General White, both at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in Korea, where he earned the Expert Combat Infantry Badge and served as a combat correspondent and as acting X Corps (Group) information officer. Upon his release from active duty in 1953, Griffin was appointed chief of the Publications Division of the Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at the Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Although he first wrote under various pen names, Griffin didn't begin writing his bestselling string of military novels until he was well into his 50s. His first Brotherhood of War novel, The Lieutenants, was published in 1982 and touched off Griffin's well-known reputation for writing with historical accuracy and fascinating detail. Publishers Weekly noted that this first novel "captures the rhythms of WW II army life... in an absorbing account of life among military men." Griffin would go on to pen additional books in the Brotherhood of War sequence and to launch other bestselling series -- including The Corps, Badge of Honor, Honor Bound, and Men at War, among others.

While Griffin's public persona is a bit of an enigma -- he's not one to make the talk show rounds -- it's clear that he both knows and appreciates his readers, especially his fellow military men. On his official web site, Griffin reflects, "Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me how much he enjoys reading my books."

Good To Know

Griffin was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Military Fiction from Norwich University.

He was vested in the Order of St. George by the U.S. Armor Association.

Griffin addressed the Corps of Cadets for the United States Military Academy.

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Edmund Butterworth III (real name); Alex Baldwin, Webb Beech, Walter E. Blake, Jack Dugan, John Kevin Dugan, Eden Hughes, James McDouglas, Allison Mitchell, Edmund O. Scholefield, Blakely St.
      W.E.B. Griffin
    2. Hometown:
      Coppell, Texas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 10, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newark, New Jersey

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

    For WEB Griffin fans only

    Fairly predictable plot with much reliance on previous books in the series. OK summer read, but should be fan of this series.

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

    Another good book from WEB

    Another good solid read from WEB Griffith. If you hadn't read the previous books in this series, no problem, he always writes so each book stands alone. It is nice to have the background of reading the previous though. Is historically honest in is portrayal of figures in history, good or bad.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Not very original.

    Too much of the plot is based on non-fiction. Not up to par with all of the other Griffin novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    second time disappointed

    As a Parris Island, WWII, China and Korea Marine I have read all of W.E.B's books plus his series on Philly Police and the Army series. I enjoyed all of 'his' works. This is the first I am putting down without finishing. I should have known better after reading the other one he did with Butterworth, never again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    wasted money

    It is the first time I have put one of Griffin's books down without finishing. I should have known better because the last one he co-authored with Butterworth left me the same way. Never again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Books are not the same

    The last couple of books that have been co-authored have not had the in depth research or detail as the first ones. Have read all W.E.B.'s books in all the series. The lastest are not up to previous standards. It's a shame as it has given us a great deal of pleasure, regardless of the series, to have read and discussed his writings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2007

    Very Disapointing

    I was very disappointed with this book. I have read so many of his books and looked forward to another good read. It felt like so much of the information was just lifted from previous stories, too much time trying to bring readers up-to-date about everyone mentioned in the story. The plot did not really get exciting, just very bland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2007

    So Much Anticipation, So Little Delivery

    I am a huge fan of Griffin's, so being nergative is not easy to pull off. This book was a disappointment due to far too much talk and far too little action. Nothing really happens until page 144 and even then it barely rises to the level of tedium. I just read it like a not very exciting literary assignment in college, thinking 'Let it be over soon, please!' The characters are stale and I found myself just plain not caring what happened to them. This is so atypical of his books that I'm baffled as to the reason.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2007

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    First, I am a big fan of Griffin's and look forward to virtually everything of his that's published. I can't say that for this series, other than the earlier books 'written as Alex Baldwin', and particularly this book. Perhaps it's the combination with his son. Whatever, there just seems to be too much talking about things and very little doing things indeed, the book doesn't really begin move forward until about page 144. Even then, although the appearance of David Niven, et al, plus their repartee was a pleasant diversion, I just couldn't bring myself to care about the characters or what happened to them. I just wanted to get to the end. Reading shouldn't be like finishing an assignment, but this felt like it. And that's a shame, because everything else he writes is just a delight to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

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    I enjoy military and, particularly, World War II fiction, and this book did not disappoint. Very well written and researched, I would recommend it to all who are interested in World War II or enjoy military novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    Slowing down

    Griffen from the begining has always felt the need to tell of characters from prior books, I find a large part of the present books are used to bring a new reader up to date with old characters. Let the new reader find out about the older books if they are interested in the past books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2007

    Outstanding from page one on...

    The Double Agents is the newest in this fantastic series and I loved it! Of course I am a huge WEB Griffin fan and have been for a long long time! I love Griffin's characters and storylines. This book is a terrific addition. Congratulations on another huge success!!! I think as an author Mr. Griffin 'you're awesome' !!! I say keep em' coming!

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