The Spymasters (Men at War Series #7) [NOOK Book]

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#1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author W.E.B. Griffin continues his gripping series featuring the legendary OSS—fighting a silent war of spies and assassins in the shadows of World War II.



Summer 1943. Two of the ...
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Overview

#1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author W.E.B. Griffin continues his gripping series featuring the legendary OSS—fighting a silent war of spies and assassins in the shadows of World War II.



Summer 1943. Two of the Allies’ most important plans for winning World War II are at grave risk—the coming D-Day invasion and the Manhattan Project’s race to build the atomic bomb.



OSS spy chief William “Wild Bill” Donovan turns to his top agent, Dick Canidy, and his team. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them. In the weeks to come, they must fight not only the enemy in the field—and figure out how to sabotage Germany’s new “aerial torpedo” rockets—but also the enemy within.



Someone is feeding Manhattan Project secrets to the Soviets. And if the Soviets build their own atomic bomb, winning the war might only lead to another, even more terrible conflict…


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It is the summer of 1943 and for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, things seems to be going terribly wrong. The Operation Overland plans for the invasion of France seem to be stalling; Germany is mounting a new aerial torpedo rocket campaign; and, perhaps most ominous, top-secret Manhattan Project a-bomb research seems to be slipping into the hands of the Soviets. To stem this dangerous tide, FDR demands results from OSS spy chief "Wild Bill" Donovan who, in turn, calls in his ace field agent, Dick Canidy. An exciting new novel by World War II specialists W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Griffin’s solid seventh Men at War novel (after 2007’s The Double Agents), the third in collaboration with son Butterworth, finds top OSS agent Maj. Richard Caniday involved in both a mission to keep Ike’s imminent plan to invade Sicily a secret and an attempt to sabotage the Nazi V-1 and V-2 program. Goebbels has broadcast that the “aerial torpedo” attacks will first target London, starting in December 1943. To make the situation even more ominous, the Germans are planning to load nerve gas into the missiles’ warheads, a move guaranteed to sow panic. Eschewing extended battle scenes and individual combat for the most part, the authors focus on spy missions behind enemy lines and recreations of meetings between historical characters. You can almost taste the gin and tonic as FDR and OSS chief William “Wild Bill” Donovan meet on the presidential yacht Sequoia to discuss plans for winning the war. Some readers might wish for more action, but series fans should be satisfied. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Both Operation Overlord and the Manhattan Project are threatened—in part by a mole who's passing Manhattan Project secrets to the Soviets (who were, of course, our allies in World War II). The next "Men at War" novel from the best-selling team of Griffin & Son. What else can I say?
Kirkus Reviews
The seventh installment of Griffin's Men at War series dramatizes a pivotal moment in the campaign against Hitler, who plans on hitting London with "aerial torpedos" laced with nerve gas--this while the U.S. is still developing the atomic bomb back home. The book opens in German-occupied Poland in the summer of 1943. Polish guerillas blow up railroad tracks to stop a train carrying scores of Jews to a death camp, only to a derail a private train with one car carrying a top Nazi officer. The incident sets in motion intelligence activities in Germany, Italy and Algeria designed to infiltrate the Nazis, turn some of Hitler's generals against him, and clear the way for the American invasion of Normandy--which Churchill steadfastly opposes, preferring to attack through the Mediterranean. There's also the question of who is selling Manhattan Project secrets to the Soviets. At the heart of the narrative are "Wild Bill" Donovan, headstrong chief of the Office of Strategic Services; his top agent, strapping 26-year-old Dick Canidy; Allen Dulles, head of the OSS in Switzerland; and his sympathetic old friend, German industrialist Wolfgang Kappler, whose son Oskar is a die-hard member of the SS. Hitler's top scientist, Wernher von Braun, plays a significant role in developing the V-2 rocket, years before he was whisked to the U.S. Griffin and Butterworth, his son, are completely at ease mixing fact and fiction, skillfully piecing together pieces of their narrative puzzle. Their writing is straightforward to a fault, sometimes reminding you of a scholastic "You Are There" novel, but the book never sags, and the characters never lose our interest. A knowing thriller in which the world must be saved on several fronts from the fascist threat.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101517680
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Men at War Series , #7
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 24,190
  • File size: 577 KB

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, and Covert Warriors. 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.



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, and Covert Warriors. 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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  • Posted April 21, 2012

    Very Good Story

    Am a long time fan of Griffin. This book continues the mastery of the profession. While the storyline is essentially a continuation from prior series books, this book does a good stand-alone of the Spymasters story. A good read.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    I have been a regular reader of WEB Griffin's works over the yea

    I have been a regular reader of WEB Griffin's works over the years and have read all his series multiple times. The Men at War series has been a very good read most of the time. This book was not one of his best. It moved along very slowly and did not deal with the multiple scenarios found in previous books in this series. When completed I was left with the feeling it was written more to set up coming releases than to be a good stand alone story. While I was a bit disappointed I hope the future releases will match other previous works.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Nelson DeMille

    I am done reading the series written by Griffin and"son". I thought it was just my perception of these co-authored books, but after reading other reviews I think I'm right. I used to love his books and looked forward to them. Since the writing partnership started the quality of the books has sunk quickly. I wasn't going to read THE SPYMASTERS after the previous book, but I tried it. I got it from the library because I was didn't want to risk a bad purchase. I am glad I didn't buy it. Same formula of retelling old information from previous books, unneeded filler information, and thin plots that don't stack up to previous books written just by Griffin. I am sorry that the franchise is being turned over to the son. I don't think that the son will be asked to join as many legions or orders as his father if it is based on writing ability. I can hope that there is a grandchild out there with the ability to write well enough so that this franchise doesn't go under. Until then, I'm done with the DeMille series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

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    Good Read

    I really didn't care for this book from WEB Griffin in that there was a lot of background going on a little of what was happening. I prefer his books where the characters are immersed in espionage or battling the enemy. I have read all of his series, and I just didn't think this one was up to snuff with the rest of his books. However, as much as I was disappointed in this particular book, I will still read his next book, regardless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Jt

    Ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Ken

    Two. Il be there soon

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Cannidy strikes again

    As per usual for W.E.B. and son, a very good book with lots of obvious research. The only problem, for me anyway, is the complete in depth details. I end up getting lost in the details. Good continuing story of the OSS and other under cover agencies during WWII. Getting on in age but I hope the stories continue.

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  • Posted September 15, 2012

    Another good one.

    Another very good book from Griffin, what you would expect from him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    It's over! The fire is out!

    Like several successful authors, W.E.B. Griffin has fallen prey to the thought that it's OK to be paid by the pound. This is a shallow finish for the series that started with the "Brotherhood of War". It's clear that Griffin has run out of gas. I won't buy anymore books that are authored by xxxxxx x. xxxxxx and zzzzzzzz z. zzzzzz.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    If you like Griffin you will love this.

    Another great book by Griffin. Leaves you wanting the next one right now!

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Cannot recommend

    I have read every book that W. E. B. Griffin (aka William Butterworth) has written, including the very early Philadelphia police books. Griffin/Butterworth was an exceptional wordsmith. His dialogue between characterx was unmatatched. Unfortunately, his son does not have these same attributes and it has shown in each novel he has had his hand in since their collaboration began. It's a shame that the old man is turning more and more of the writing over to the son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Lousy

    Have read most of his books with pleasure, this one is obsolutely a disaster. Maybe fifty new characters in fifty pages, and no discernable storyline ..it,s a mess...it gets ,minus three stars.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    HISTORY AND INTRIGUE WITH A GOOD TOUCH OF REALISM

    I REALLY ENJOY GRIFFIN'S BOOKS. THIS ONE IS SET PRE-INVASION OF ITSLY AND IS STRICTLY AN OSS CAPER.ITS A BOOK WORTH YOUR TIME.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Great read.

    Up to Griffins usual high standards.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Another Griffin Great

    Always enjoy W.E.B Griffin books. Read one, cant wait until another is available.


    AR1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Not happy at all with the direction WEB Griffin books are going

    This is just another example of how bad Griffin books have becomming. Whoever he is using to ghost wright them needs to read some of the books that he wrote.
    Just like the last 5 books released, this one has 1 page of action surrounded by 4 pages on both side of rambling background.
    It's truely a shame as he was one of the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Disappointing

    I have read and re-read WEB G for over 20 years, and this is a disappointment. Seems as Butterworth IV becomes more involved in the enterprise the work product is diluted by either plagerism from earlier volumnes or just poor plot development. Even the editorial work has declined as there are instances when characters are mixed in a paragraph or the story line is choppy and irregular. Not sure when/if I will give The Man and his offspring another try. I guess all good things must truely come to an end.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    One More Time

    OK I'll try one more and hope WEB is still alive & Jr. Has gained some talent. If not I'm done.

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    Posted April 7, 2012

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