Honor Bound (Honor Bound Series #1)

Honor Bound (Honor Bound Series #1)

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by W. E. B. Griffin
     
 

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October 1942. At a secret rendezvous point off the coast of neutral Argentina, a small merchant ship delivers supplies to Nazi submarines and raiders. The OSS is deternined to sabotage the operation by any means necessary. But one of the key saboteurs they've enlisted—a young U.S Marine—must fight his own private battle between duty and honor. Because he

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October 1942. At a secret rendezvous point off the coast of neutral Argentina, a small merchant ship delivers supplies to Nazi submarines and raiders. The OSS is deternined to sabotage the operation by any means necessary. But one of the key saboteurs they've enlisted—a young U.S Marine—must fight his own private battle between duty and honor. Because he was chosen for a reason—to gain trust and support of his own flesh and blood. A powerful Argentinian called "el Coronel." The father he never knew...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Best known for his series Brotherhood of War and The Corps, Griffin's new WW II novel uses the relatively unexplored theater of South America as the backdrop for his fast-paced story of a father and son, conflicting loyalties and war. In late 1942, marine fighter ace Clete Frade, Army demolitions engineer Anthony Pelosi and electronics wizard David Ettinger are sent by the OSS on a top-secret mission to neutral Argentina: destroy a merchant ship that has been supplying Nazi submarines and raiders. But the projected raid is only the tip of the novel's iceberg. The U.S. is hoping that Clete will be able to influence his estranged father, an eminence grise in Argentine politics by the name of ``El Coronel'' Jorge Guillermo Frade, to throw his influence behind the Allies. Meanwhile, Luftwaffe ace Peter von Wachtstein heads to Buenos Aires to consolidate the Nazi position. The Frades are convincing central characters, whose developing father-son relationship anchors much of the novel's plot. Griffin's reconstruction of upper-class Argentine society in the 1940s provides an exotic and credible setting for a tautly written story whose twists and turns will keep readers guessing until the last page. (Jan.)
Library Journal
The author of the ``Brotherhood of War'' novels attacks a relatively obscure theater of World War II. Lieut Clete Frade, a Marine fighter pilot, is pulled off Guadalcanal. He and a small team have been selected by the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, the allied intelligence group) to stop the Germans from using neutral Argentina to resupply. Clete's father, who for complicated reasons he has never met, is a major figure in Argentina. Clete swiftly discerns that half his mission is to influence his estranged father in favor of the Allied cause; but working for the OSS, there are plots within plots. Griffin's feel for the details of life in the military 50 years ago and the humanity of his characters on all sides of the covert war make this a superior war story in an interesting milieu. Recommended for fiction collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/93.-- Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.
Joe Collins
This rambling World War II novel pits U.S. Marine Captain Cletus Frade, late of Guadalcanal, against an ostensibly neutral ship in Buenos Aires in 1942. Naturally, the Nazis are angling for position in this vital South American port, and Clete's mission is to maintain Allied influence with the Argentine navy by destroying the German-controlled ship. Along the way, Clete encounters the father he's never met (now a top officer in the Argentine army), a sympathetic German Luftwaffe officer, and a beautiful Argentine "virgin princess," with whom he falls in love. His accomplices include a Jew who escaped the Holocaust, an Italian American demolitions expert from Cicero, Illinois, and various members of the Office of Special Services, who may or may not be willing to sacrifice Clete's life. Accomplished war novelist Griffin is a stickler for details, although several notable characters remain undeveloped (including the Jewish communications expert Ettinger and all of the women). The embryonic relationship between Clete and his long-lost officer dad seems genuine, but other relationships, such as between Clete and Luftwaffe Captain Peter von Wachstein, are forced. World War II buffs will enjoy the fresh setting even though neutral Argentina often seems about as cutting-edge as Switzerland, and the casual reader will find this lengthy book a surprisingly quick read aided by the abundance of dialogue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515114867
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Series:
Honor Bound Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
258,121
Product dimensions:
6.86(w) x 4.12(h) x 1.21(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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. 
 

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Coppell, Texas
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1929
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey

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Honor Bound (Honor Bound Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Joseph Kucic More than 1 year ago
This was the second novel I have read by author Webb. While slow on the start as the first read was, the action picked up and so did my interest. This was the first of the Honor Bound series that I have read and it was interesting enough to move on to the next in the series. Webb paints a colorful picture of Argentina and its lifestyle during World War Two.
TREBORNOSNHOJ More than 1 year ago
Good start of an interesting series
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JGolomb More than 1 year ago
"An officer is honor bound to face whatever hazards his duty requires; not throw his life, or that of his men, away." "Honor Bound" takes an interesting mix of colorful characters, wartime intrigue, blends them together in an uncommon World War II location, that results in a fairly deep and fun book. Based mostly in Buenos Aires, prolific military writer, W.E.B. Griffin does a good job of creating fairly fleshy characters, and creating a unique WWII thriller.  It's a little hard to even characterize this book. There's not a ton of military action, though it's clear that Griffin is passionate about the subject, as well as his adopted home of Argentina. The primary characters are just short of cliche's, but neither are they totally unique.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits quitely. She yawned nodding off to sleep.
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Pokes her head in* oh! Sorry.. just exploring.
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Book was good from the start to the end.
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Good novel about WWII away from the main war theaters. Dashing Marine aviator works for the OSS in Argentina and finds missing family and rommance.
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bookworm721 More than 1 year ago
I have 5 books that I reread every few years and this one is the number 1 on that list. This is W.E.B. Griffin at the top of his game. I also recommend the Brotherhood of War series and The Corps series.
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