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Victory and Honor (Honor Bound Series #6)

Victory and Honor (Honor Bound Series #6)

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by W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV, Scott Brick (Narrated by)

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The spectacular new book in New York Times-bestselling author W.E.B. Griffin's Honor Bound saga of World War II espionage.

Wars come to an end. But then new ones begin. Just weeks after Hitler's suicide, Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS find themselves up to their necks in battles every bit as fierce as the ones just ended. The first is


The spectacular new book in New York Times-bestselling author W.E.B. Griffin's Honor Bound saga of World War II espionage.

Wars come to an end. But then new ones begin. Just weeks after Hitler's suicide, Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS find themselves up to their necks in battles every bit as fierce as the ones just ended. The first is political-the very survival of the OSS, with every department from Treasury to War to the FBI grabbing for its covert agents and assets. The second is on a much grander scale-the possible next world war, against Joe Stalin and his voracious ambitions. To get a jump on the latter, Frade has been conducting a secret operation, one of great daring-and great danger-but to conduct it and not be discovered, he and his men must walk a perilously dark line. One slip, and everyone becomes a casualty of war.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Part of Griffin's "Honor Bound" series of World War II espionage, this title focuses on the end of the war in Germany and the political and military backstage operations of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). The central character is the heroic Cletus Frade, who has been a major player in smuggling Germans into Argentina. The novel offers history lessons on the multilayered issues the end of a conflict brings—the revelation and safety of secret German spies who helped the Allies, the actions of Nazis seeking refuge and wealth in the postwar chaos, the rise of Joseph Stalin and the shift in Russian alliances, and the continued existence of the OSS and America's need for its kinds of services. The program is well read by Scott Brick, a familiar "Honor Bound" series voice. Highly recommended for historical fiction collections.—Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo
Publishers Weekly - Audio
In this latest installment in Griffin and Butterworth’s Honor Bound series, WWII is winding down and Maj. Cletus Frade—a citizen of both the United States and Argentina with strong ties to military, political, and business elites in both nations—must navigate a convoluted maze of intelligence operations and conflicting agendas to prevent the Germans from creating a sanctuary for Nazis in South America. Narrator Scott Brick dazzles in this audio edition, providing a wide array of international accents and voices for Griffin and Butterworth’s characters. Among the many standouts are Frade, who Brick lends a voice that is aristocratic, mysterious, and infused with a touch of bravado, and two German soldiers participating in covert anti-Hitler campaigns. However, listeners new to the series may find themselves struggling to keep up with the book’s twisting and turning plot and extensive roster of characters. A Putnam hardcover. (Aug.)
Publishers Weekly
Diehard fans will best appreciate Griffin's slow-moving sixth Honor Bound novel, which picks up where The Honor of Spies (2009), also co-written with son Butterworth, left off in the spring of 1945. Lt. Col. Cletus Frade of the OSS, besides trying to prevent Nazis from fleeing to Argentina, is concerned with the survival of the soon-to-be-disbanded OSS and increasing tension with the U.S.S.R. The action-starved plot takes nearly 100 pages to get underway, and when it does, the drama is sporadic, choppy, and interrupted by lots of macho camaraderie. An intriguing subplot mentioned early on—a rogue Nazi U-boat that escaped Allied detection and is now chugging toward Japan with atomic secrets on board—goes nowhere. Frade, for his part, is his usual pushy, smart-alecky self and most likely destined to be a higher-up in the OSS's successor, the CIA. Techno-thriller fans will relish the detailed descriptions of weapons and aircraft. (Aug.)

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Honor Bound Series , #6

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“W.E.B. Griffin is the best chronicler of the U.S. military ever to put pen to paper—and rates among the best storytellers in any genre.”

Meet the Author

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.
William E. Butterworth IV has worked closely with his father for a decade, and is the coauthor of eight previous books with him, most recently The Outlaws and The Spymasters.

Brief Biography

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

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Victory and Honor 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
NC4 More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed every minute of reading this book, at 222 pages, there were not nearly enough minutes. William Butterworth IV seems more interested in cranking out fodder to bring in cash than satisfying his father's loyal reader's craving for history, chivalry and escape. Many times in this book I thought there was so much more to say: Peter takes off to Pomerania to see his people, then nothing more about that trip. Tio Juan's entourage flies to Berlin for clandestine reasons - but what were they? Were these story lines so short because WB4 could think of nothing more to say or was it because what was written was culled by an editor? Having read everything WEB Griffin has written and having recently read Under Fire, Corps Series #9, I am disappointed by what this book lacks in comparison.
Toothgnome More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the series by W.E.B. Griffin and have read almost all. I was disappointed in this offering as it: A: Was too short! 220 pages compared to 4-500 pgs of his other books. B: Spent too much time rehashing the previous books and plots. C: Did not develop the main focus of the book; birth of the CIA D: Ended prematurely There seems to a definite degradation of the writing style with the collaboration of his son. Perhaps it would be better to develop the story more rather than rush to get it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to check three times to make sure i didnt miss a book between 5-6, the story over the past five books moved along a timeline. Book six jumped to the end of the war, was to short for the money and left many holes in the story, not pleased as a paying reader
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1945, as the Axis powers were heading to defeat, OSS. Lieutenant Colonel Cletus Frade fears the politicians and the American people will want to turn isolationist in a sort of Fortress America. He knows the OSS mission is winding down as the agency is to soon be disbanded even as he and others try to prevent the Nazis from escaping to Argentina where they are welcomed. Also a U-boat is heading to Japan with atomic bomb secrets. However, Frade's biggest concern is the Soviet Union at a time when OSS agents are being offered employment by the other federal alphas. As Frade works a top secret operation to ascertain what Stalin plans to do now that his Red Army has entered Berlin, he and his agents know the risk they take because if something goes wrong their country will slaughter them as combat casualties just when the third world war is beginning to heat up. The third Griffin-Butterworth collaboration and sixth Honor Bound WW II espionage thriller (see Death and Honor, and The Honor of Spies) reads for the first third of the novel more like a non-action historical setting the environment of the switch from combat to "peace". That overly extended opening is fascinating but also slower than a glacier. The story line picks up speed especially following Frade and his dedicated men working in the field against what appears to be the next hostility while many back home and some in the cold desert the sunken OSS agency sort of like contemporary employees leaving base closure locations rather than move. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a loyal reader of Griffins' books, this one was very disappointing. The length of this book is only one of the issues. The confusion of characters names and incorrect references pertaining to earlier books in the series is also disappointing. I find it hard to believe that senior wrote this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
having read every book written by w . e . b . , i can honestly say that this book was probabiy written by someone who did nothing other than plagerize previous HONOR BOUND SERIES books . who really wrote this book .
Scott Chennault More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing I do not believe Senior wrote this
J_P_ More than 1 year ago
I was originally going to wait, but ended up purchasing an electronic version of the book on a whim a bit past midnight. A few hours - and one book - later, I finally looked up from my reader to see the first signs of daylight appear outside my window. --- PROS: --- Flows well. - While reading it, I don't have an urge to skip entire parts. The writing flows smoothly and makes you interested in wanting to turn each page as quickly as possible so you can find out what's next. For me, "The Outlaws" was a book that didn't flow well and which I wanted to skip whole sections, only to force myself to read it hoping that it would get better (hint: it didn't). That thankfully was not a problem with this book. CONS: --- Limited / Tightly Focused Story - The story and plot is a lot more focused compared to previous books in this series. It almost seems (or is) linear in terms of what happens and what is being told. In previous books you'd have different sides, action happening simultaneously in different regions, etc. In this novel, it's almost entirely one side and following a group of people in a linear fashion. You get a much more limited view and much more limited action. There's also no major twists or mysteries. --- Limited Characters Involved - This novel primarily focuses on a handful of characters with a small supporting cast. True, most stories only have a few main characters, but compared to previous novels in the Honor Bound series, the amount of character involvement diversity is a lot smaller. I guess one way to explain the difference is that in previous novels you might get at least a few pages (if not dozens) on the action or words of minor characters. In this novel, you'd get sentences instead (if at all). --- Too short! - Ok, this might just be the age-old problem where the fan just wants more and more. However, let's do a strict page count comparison using Amazon's hardcover page count figures. This book has a page count of 320 pages. Compare that to "The Outlaws" in Dec. 2010 with 432 pages (although I'd take 320 good pages over 432 mediocre pages any day!). Further compare that to 464 pages in "The Vigilantes" in Aug. 2010 or 528 pages in "The Hunters"... I think you get the picture. This book is 100 pages (1/3rd the current length!) shorter than recent releases and nearly 200 pages (2/3rds the current length!) shorter than older releases, which probably makes this one of the shortest works released by W.E.B. Griffin that was part of his main series. --- For me, I read works by authors like W.E.B. Griffin for casual pleasure. If I have a good time while reading it and am smiling while I reflect upon it right after, I'm happy. To be honest, it was only while writing this review that I fully grasped the parts of the book that I felt were lacking as they were not issues or concerns while I was reading. Hence, despite its shortcomings, I gave it 4 stars. --- DO NOT GET: If this will be your first W.E.B. Griffin book or your first book in the Honor Bound series, I strongly suggest you get one of his earlier works. It's probably best if you start out at the beginning of a series (both because all those books are great, but also because it'd give you a chronological progression of events as you inevitably acquire more of his works). GET: If you're a long time fan, if you read previous books in the series and want to find out what happens, or if you have
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is worse than the down spin of the Corps series. All of a sudden a huge jump in the timeline destroying almost everything that both series had developed over the course of the stories. This is an insult to loyal readers and just a quick grab for the cash.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know Griffin is getting up in age and his health is a concern but I was very disappointed in this book. Butterworth needs to go find another authors career to ruin. Story was chopped up and at times lost me completely. I have read everything Griffin has written and some have entertained me more than others but this book . . . . Just a complete disappointment compared to his other books that grabbed you from page one and held your interest to the end. Skip this one and reread some of his earlier books to get the taste of this one out of your mouth.
GordianCaesar More than 1 year ago
The basic story is a truncated version of previous Frade adventures. Griffin has apparently gone to short versions of previous books in this series. There were too many threads not followed up on and left dangling. Definitely not what I expected from W.E.B. Griffin, basically just an expanded short story. Disappointed in this author now-and in the $$$ of this thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I to kept looking to see if i had missed a book in the series. Honor Bound has been such a great series to read. But to jump so many years ahead and leave the loyal readers of this great series left wondering what had happened was such a letdown. In the first 5 books there was such a good timeline and attention to details but with this one is missing everything !!!! So sad to see the Honor Bound series ending in such poor writing as this. I can't believe WEB had anything to do with this poor story line after all the other good ones. Sadly I don't think I can finsh this one or even consider the last one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring thru 3/4 of book, last 1/4 was interesting. Like all series, time takes a toll as interesting storyline begins to get stale.
TobyMK More than 1 year ago
I was extremely disappointed in this offering from Griffin. It took me less than two days to read it. I was bored. It was repetitious. I would not recommend this book to anyone. If there is a #7 to the Honor Bound Series, I have it is more informative and exciting than #6!
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He walks in.
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Phionex watched over her as she left.
Griffin-Fan More than 1 year ago
Nice way to remind you of how you got to this point and gets you ready for the next book...
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