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Unabridged CDs, 15 CDs, 17 hours

The dramatic new novel in Griffin's New York Times-bestselling chronicle of the Philadelphia police force.

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Overview

Unabridged CDs, 15 CDs, 17 hours

The dramatic new novel in Griffin's New York Times-bestselling chronicle of the Philadelphia police force.

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At least one serial killer is loose in the City of Brotherly Love, but nobody seems to care. The victims are poor people, lowlifes who aren't badly missed, so life goes on. Matthew Payne, however, refuses to sit on the sidelines. This Philadelphia homicide cop recognizes a dangerous trend when he sees one and he knows that the violence is rapidly escalating beyond control. W.E.B. Griffin's latest Badge of Honor possesses the gritty realism that we have come to expect of him. An arresting read.
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Legendary Philadelphia Homicide sergeant Matt Payne returns in this tenth "Badge of Honor" title, following The Traffickers (2009). Unfortunately, this effort pales in comparison to nearly every book that Griffin (www.webgriffin.com) and his son, Butterworth, have previously cowritten. The rich character development for which Griffin is known is here replaced with trite phrases and inner monologs on the problems of society and love. What could have been an outstanding police procedural by a great writer simply seems phoned in. Even Audie Award winner Scott Brick (see Behind the Mike, LJ 10/15/09), despite his best efforts and mastery of accents, can't salvage this novel. Recommended only for die-hard fans, who will be left hoping for a return to the usual excellence they've come to expect. [The Putnam hc was a New York Times and Publishers Weekly best seller; see Prepub Exploded, BookSmack! 1/7/10.—Ed.]—Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.
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Griffin's plodding 10th police thriller in his Badge of Honor series (after The Traffickers), co-authored with son Butterworth, adds little that's either new or exciting to a shopworn plot. Despite debilitating chemotherapy for prostate cancer, Will Curtis decides to take justice into his own hands and kill John "JC" Nguyen, the slimy drug dealer who slipped his 24-year-old daughter, Wendy, a "roofy," then raped her. While he's at it, Will also whacks shyster lawyer Daniel Gartner, who got JC acquitted on a technicality at JC's trial. Will's good at his work, so he decides to kill every other sexual criminal he can locate running loose on the streets of Philadelphia. Sgt. Matt Payne tries to figure out who's behind this murder spree while pursuing his ongoing love affair with Dr. Amanda Law, the damsel in distress he rescued in The Traffickers. Unfunny interior dialogue and other suspense-impeding devices slow the predictable action to the point that only series fans will find much to enjoy. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142427804
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Series: Badge of Honor Series , #10
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 9 CDs
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin

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 several previous books with him, most recently Covert Warriors and The Spymasters.

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

Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2010

    Not up to the standard expected.

    I've been a long time reader of Griffin's books and have read all series more than once. I was looking foreward to any addition to any series when I purchased this book. However, it was tough reading and just not up to his normal standard for hard hitting, exciting, stories. Although W.E.B. is known to provide detailed descriptions of people, locations, and actions taken, his collaboration with his son on this book became way too detailed and caused the story to drag. I was wondering at times why it was so descriptive when it wasn't needed to add color to the tale. The ending gives you the idea another in this series could be coming, and I hope it is. I'll continue to look foreward to any new item published in any series from Mr. Griffin and expect he will rebound with a fine tale in the future in the Badge of Honor Series.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

    Not a very good read

    Not near the caliber of past Griffin novels. Slow and at times boring. Lots of talk but little action. Having read Griffin for many years I'm disappointed in this work.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    Not up to the series standards

    I have to say, this book lacked the quality of the previous books in the series. Not only are many of the old characters missing, but the story line itself does not play out in the detail that Griffin has previously used.

    Additionally, there are breakdowns in the timeline of the series. I don't think that given the timeframe of the original books, that the technology used in this book are in line with Matt's length of service. Amongst other issues, this shows the lack of detail and quality of this installment. I wonder if Griffin is still writing, or if Butterworth has taken over. Either way, it is most likely my last purchase of a book in this series; especially if it is co-authored.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Very Disappointing!!!

    I have read all the Badge of Honor books and the Presidential series books. This is the worst - the others were great!!! This was like, "Oh, it's time to meet the publisher's deadline. No matter I am not really finished!!" The plot was one dimentional and the characters boring. The dialoge was also boring. Didn't tell us what happened with the Badde storyline, what happened to the school principal's granddaughter or her friends who brought the killer in. Just NOT FINISHED!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    After reading this latest book in the Badge of Honor series, it was apparent that Griffin, III has bowed out and turned the writing over to his son. It was also apparent that the son hasn't really read the earlier books in the series or, he decided to deliberately ignore some of the more important aspects of the prior books and change things. If there is a book #11 in the series, I for one, will pass.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Bummer

    I have been a big fan of the Badge of Honor series. This book missed the mark set by the others in the series. Did you forget your formula for sucessful books? This book is a new low, I was very disapointed. I own all of this series along with a most of the others. You had me hooked with the Lutenets, but since it has become a writing team each book is worse then the last. I would give you less stars if I could.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

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    WEB IV is getting better

    It was nice to see the story line get back to the personal life of Sgt Payne. However in the earlier (WEB 3) stories there was much more in depth coverage. Though not nearly as bad as the ending of the earlier volume, I still got the impression that this was written with a deadline approaching. I would like to know what is going on with the existing characters (family, friends and co-workers) rather than introducing new people that only pass through the plot. Since I have read all of WEB's books to date I will continue to buy those coming in the future but still long for the feeling of getting to know the characters as friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Do not waste your money on this so called novel.

    If you want a tour of the City of Philadelphia along with a description of city government then this is the book for you but, if you are looking for an excitiing fictional novel like Mr. Griffin"s novels use to be this is not the book for you

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2010

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    Sub par

    Not the usual fare for Griffin. The detail was lacking from the story and it seemed to just end quickly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    fighting drug dealers

    "the vigilantes" is web griffins newest novel and it is very hard to put down. it is about a real tough person who has had it with most of his life with drug traffikers until they have murdered a young lady in his family. since he is dying and does not have long to live he decides to to track down the killers and the sinister lawyer who has been getting this drug dealer and so many others off the hook. this bestseller offers many twists and turns and would make a great gift idea for a friend or family member.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Vexblood

    "Well then I kill you both."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Darkfang to vexblood and nightpaw

    I dont think so.to nightpaw go to result three of where we were before

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Nightpaw

    No.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Different

    Yes, W.E.B. Junior (W.E.B. IV) is getting better & reads more and more like Daddy W.E.B.
    A somewhat different police procedural as both large monetary rewards and a desire for revenge lead to vigilante action in Philly with a side order of love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Great read Highly recommended

    When you start reading it you will not put it down

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    Highly Recommended Police Novel

    I wish Mr. Griffin would write more Badge of Honor novels as I find them very enjoyable to read.

    Norm from Indy

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