Honor Bound (Honor Bound Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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...

In October 1942, Nazi submarines are secretly being resupplied off the coast of neutral Argentina. Determined to sabotage the operation, the OSS enlists a young U.S. Marine aviator ace, Cletus Frade. His mission is to gain the support of powerful Argentinian "El Coronel, " but in Buenos Aires he is thrust into a battle between duty and honor--for "El Coronel" is the father he never knew.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515114867
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Series: Honor Bound Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 160,001
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 4.12 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin
W. E. B. Griffin is also the author of the bestselling Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, and Honor Bound series. He has been invested into the orders of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and St. Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and is a life member of the U.S. Special Operations Association; Gaston-Lee Post 5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars; China Post #1 in Exile of the American Legion; and the Police Chiefs Association of Southeast Pennsylvania, South New Jersey, and Delaware. 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 Corps Raider Association, and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association.

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 September 29, 2011

    Slow at the start...

    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.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Learned more about ww2 in South America than in any history class

    Good start of an interesting series

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

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    "An officer is honor bound to face whatever hazards his dut

    "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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Winter

    Sits quitely. She yawned nodding off to sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Cloud 9

    Pokes her head in* oh! Sorry.. just exploring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Woverine

    Hello baddaku. Tell me wh you are. And why youre were.

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    Posted February 9, 2013

    Lorna

    (Bye)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Good Read

    Book was good from the start to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Recommend

    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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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    The Best!

    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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  • Posted August 2, 2009

    Outstanding!!

    I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters. I loved the placement within historical context. I want to live in Buenos Aries:) Before I was halfway through the book, I went out and purchased the next two installments. As I was finishing the third book in the series, the fourth came out and I also purchased it. Compared to the first three books, the fourth was slow and repetitive replaying word by word large passages from the earlier books. I still enjoyed its contribution to the overall story and it left us with a real cliff-hanger so I am anxiously awaiting the next installment due out in Dec 2009. In the mean time, I'll probably read a biography of Juan Peron and look for a historical account of the plot to assinate Hitler.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Honor Bound

    Outstanding series. I am reading this for the second time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2002

    Griffen does it agan

    Secret Honor keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. A must read if you have read any of the "HONOR BOUND" series I just hope Griffen just keeps the OSS going. "Clancy" step aside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2001

    Griffen does it Again!

    Once again, I am hooked on a Griffen series! I could hardly put it down.

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