Empire and Honor (Honor Bound Series #7)

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October 1945. The war is over. The OSS has been disbanded. But for Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS, the fight goes on?

In the closing months of the war, the United States made a secret deal with Reinhard Gehlen, head of German intelligence?s Soviet section. In exchange for a treasure trove of intelligence on the Soviets and their spies within the U.S. atomic bomb program, Gehlen?s people would be spirited to safety in Argentina.

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Overview

October 1945. The war is over. The OSS has been disbanded. But for Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS, the fight goes on…

In the closing months of the war, the United States made a secret deal with Reinhard Gehlen, head of German intelligence’s Soviet section. In exchange for a treasure trove of intelligence on the Soviets and their spies within the U.S. atomic bomb program, Gehlen’s people would be spirited to safety in Argentina.

Only a handful of people know about the deal. If word got out, all hell would break loose—and the U.S. would lose some of the most valuable intelligence sources they possess. It is up to Frade and company to keep them safe.

But some people have other ideas...

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October 1945 and for most, the war is over. But for Frade. the next confrontation, the Cold War, is just beginning to heat up. To ensure success, he and his crew have made a deal with a Nazi devil and are ferrying German war criminals across the ocean to Argentina in exchange for some very valuable intelligence about Soviet spies. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Griffin’s seventh Honor Bound book, co-written with son Butterworth like the previous entry, 2011’s Victory and Honor, continues the series’ tradition of bringing espionage’s shadow wars to vivid life. Though WWII is over, the pressure on OSS Lt. Col. Cletus Frade is not, due to Operation Phoenix, a long-festering Nazi contingency plan against wartime defeat that aims to establish South American bases from which to launch the Reich’s resurrection. U.S. intelligence becomes concerned that U-boats are bringing weapons-grade uranium to conspirators waiting in Argentina to carry on Hitler’s legacy. Frade launches a covert op, which Truman “could not have ordered” (to preserve plausible deniability), to prevent the makings of a nuclear weapon from reaching the wrong hands. The pages fly by as the authors mix action and intrigue with a fascinating look at Juan Perón and the Argentina of 1945. Agent: Robert Youdelman. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
The seventh in Griffin's (Victory and Honor, 2011, etc.) Honor Bound series offers more of USMC Maj. Cletus Frade's escapades. Here, Griffin's all-stuff-military-and–intrigue battleground is Argentina. The time is immediately post–World War II, with Juan Perón and Evita double-dealing and Nazis on the side. The good-guy movers and shakers believe the USSR is the next enemy, and remnants of the disbanded OSS (soon to be CIA) want to hide the high command of Abwehr Ost, the Wehrmacht's anti-communist intelligence group, in Argentina far away from the Soviets. The U.S. rocket program needed von Braun; the spooks needed Abwehr Ost. Argentina is the chosen hideaway, which is complicated by the fact that Argentina is also the lair of Operation Phoenix, a plan by Nazi SS-types dead set on reincarnating fascism. Frade's late biological father was a rich Argentine colonel, and so Frade's unofficially charged with rooting out bad Germans and securing good Germans. This book maintains Griffin's standard narrative trick of employing heroes with stupendous wealth, airplanes and secure hideaways readily available. Frade also happens to be Perón's godson, but Frade dislikes Tio Juan, which muddies dealings with the Argentine government, mainly Gen. Bernardo Martín, chief of the Bureau of Internal Security. Some Argentines want to assassinate Perón, but many don't, in spite of Perón being corrupt and overly ambitious, since Perón's death might spark a civil war. The primary narrative thread involves locating U-234, a submarine that ferried scheming SS-types intent on persevering with fascism's failures. U-234 also hauled a half-ton of uranium oxide the SS bad guys want to sell to the USSR to finance Operation Phoenix. Although heavily reliant on exposition, the book provides sufficient back story and works as a stand-alone read. Nothing beats a cinder-block–sized adventure novel on a winter weekend.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480557147
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Series: Honor Bound Series , #7
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 606,164
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 5.62 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, and Presidential Agent. He has been invested into the orders of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and St. Michael of the Army Aviation Association of America, and is a life member of the U.S. Special Operations Association; Gaston-Lee Post 5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars; the American Legion, China Post #1 in Exile; the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and the State of Delaware; the National Rifle Association; the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society; and the Flat Earth Society (Pensacola, Florida, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, chapters). He is an honorary life member of the U.S. Army Otter-Caribou Association, the U.S. Army Special Forces Association, the U.S. Marine Raider Association, and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association. Griffin lives in Alabama and Argentina.

William E. Butterworth IV has been an editor and writer for more than twenty-five years, and has worked closely with his father for almost a decade on the editing and writing of the Griffin books. He is coauthor of the bestselling novels The Saboteurs, The Double Agents, Death and Honor, The Traffickers, The Honor of Spies, The Vigilantes, The Outlaws, Victory and Honor, Covert Warriors, and The Spymasters. He is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, China Post #1 in Exile; the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society; and a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Texas Rifle Association. He lives in Texas.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Save your money on this book. Wait until the sequel comes out a

    Save your money on this book. Wait until the sequel comes out as the authors might finish this book in the beginning of the next. They just cut this off like they had reached their allotted quota of words or pages. The last few books in this series has gone downhill in quality.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I have read all of W.E.B. Griffin's books and have enjoyed most of them. This latest one is one of his better works as of late and with the ending as it is I would have to believe that at least one more book will be forthcoming. He, for once, didn't fill up a lot of pages (I believe he gets paid by the number of pages he writes - not per se but as a part of his contract he is required to furnish so many pages per book. Usually He fills about a third of any and all books with going back to previous books. If you are a new reader it might be okay but for those of us who have been with him from the start - not so much. I do wish that he would close out his series either one way or another and not leave us hanging - hoping for at least one more book in any particular series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Good read, but the ending? Very disappointing

    Good read, but the ending? Very disappointing

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    Not out until December 31, 2012

    Your software application is making B&N look bad.

    4 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Not this book....

    Move on to something better written by this author. Worst book he has done, a product of the book mill that so many achomplished authors sell out to.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Do not recommend! Don't waste your time.

    Not up-to-par for W.E.B. Seemed to struggle finding transitions. The conclusion was forced and one was happy to put the book away. His early work drew the reader to the characters, Cletus Frade has always been a wise guy, he is very repulsive in this book. Say adios to Argentina.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    The free sample was good...

    The free sample was good...interesting and fluid, but the remaining of the book is a ping pong of tedious conversations between the characters...I jumped to the end of the story to discover there is no end,...uninteresting and BORING

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Weak effort

    I've enjoyed every WEB Griffin book that I have read to date, but this one seemed to be written to fill space. How many times do you have to give the full formal name for every character and every place in the same book? The ending of this book was about as weak as any that I have ever read. I'm not sure if WEB III, or WEB IV actually wrote this book, but if the next book is as poorly written it will be the last that I read. I really do not recommend this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    Just finished Empire and Honor and found it to be a great read.

    Just finished Empire and Honor and found it to be a great read. For many years I have enjoyed Griffin's writing and loved his stories.
    I hope he gets another episode out soon.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Excellent!

    Hope there is another in the Honor Bound series coming down the pipe.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    I just finished reading Empire and Honor. It was a refreshing ad

    I just finished reading Empire and Honor. It was a refreshing addition to the W.E.B. Griffin-William E. Butterworth IV books. I think it is the best offering since the father and son became a team. The addition of new characters and their romances added a missing spark.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Great book but too short!

    Read this so fast I thought I missed something, so just had to read it again. Can't wait for the next one!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Excellent book

    These authors are genuine experts in the subj

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    More Reich?

    This story is about a little known chapter right after the end of wwii when Nazis weretrying to establish a renewedReich in South America. It can be onfusing in parts, but hard to put down.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Another wonderful Griffin novel

    After reading all of Griffin's corp series years ago. I loosely followed and read other series. When the first Honor Bound novel came out I couldn't wait for more. Every novel in this series is the same way. I cannot wait for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Kairi

    -sits n plays with hair-

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Gigi

    Smiled really

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Damoen

    Hides in the trees

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Ginger

    "Jumps on top of a tree andsleeps"

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Outstanding (as always), can't wait for the next book

    Masterful storytelling, a great read!

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