The Last Heroes (Men at War Series #1)

The Last Heroes (Men at War Series #1)

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by W. E. B. Griffin
     
 

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June, 1941. Determined that the United States will be prepared for war, Franklin D. Roosevelt and "Wild Bill" Donovan orchestrate the most complex espionage organization in history, the Office of Strategic Services. Young and daring, the OSS assemble under a thin camouflage of diplomacy and then disperse throughout the world to conduct their operations. And no

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June, 1941. Determined that the United States will be prepared for war, Franklin D. Roosevelt and "Wild Bill" Donovan orchestrate the most complex espionage organization in history, the Office of Strategic Services. Young and daring, the OSS assemble under a thin camouflage of diplomacy and then disperse throughout the world to conduct their operations. And no operation is more critical than the one being conducted by hotshot pilot Richard Canidy and his half-German friend Eric Fulmar: to secure the rare ore that will power a top-secret weapon coveted on both sides of the Atlantic—the atomic bomb.

Editorial Reviews

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During World War II, soldiers were hand-picked and dispersed throughout the world on spy missions that significantly affected the war's outcome. The most vital mission, however, was the one led by fighter pilot Richard Canidy. His job: Locate a secure source of uraninite, a valuable and rare material that is essential for an extremely powerful, top-secret weapon that could single-handedly turn the tide of the war.
Kirkus Reviews
First hardcover edition of a volume from a paperback series, on the OSS in WW II, that the ever-popular Griffin (Blood and Honor, 1997, etc.) published pseudonymously (in 1985) as Alex Baldwin.

In mid-1941, fun-loving Richard Canidy and straight-arrow Edwin Bitter are hotshot pilot instructors at the Navy's air station in Pensacola. With minimal prompting, they soon volunteer to serve with the so-called Flying Tigers. Before heading off (on a slow boat) to China, however, these two well-connected friends find time to join the social whirl in Washington, where crafty FDR has detailed Wild Bill Donovan to create an Office of Strategic Services. Shortly after arriving in Southeast Asia, Dick becomes an ace, downing five Japanese planes in a single sortie. The very same day, he's whisked away on orders from the White House. Meantime, the US (now at war against the Axis powers) plans to build an atomic bomb but lacks a secure source of uraninite. Which is where Dick comes in. His prep-school chum Eric Fulmar (the son of an American film actress and a German industrialist) is dodging the draft boards of both nations by hiding out in North Africa. Operating under cover from the US Embassy in Morocco, Dick is to enlist the aid of Fulmar in abducting a French mining engineer with badly needed information on a vital ore cache in the Belgian Congo. To make the mission more challenging, the amateur agents must carry out their assignment on a split-second schedule (to make an offshore rendezvous with a submarine) and get their man away without arousing the suspicions of either the Nazi or Vichy forces controlling the Maghreb coast.

A rousing to-the-ends-of-the-earth start for an absorbing narrative takeout on the shadow warriors who handled some decidedly odd jobs in aid of the Allied cause.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515123296
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Series:
Men at War Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
189,911
Product dimensions:
6.78(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.08(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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Last Heroes (Men at War Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read 'The Corp' series and enjoyed that one and this one starts off in the same great style. Griffin writes so you never want to stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classical Griffin story with real life participants and an exciting story. A very good first book in this series. A book for both men and women.
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