The Assassination Option (Clandestine Operations Series #2)

The Assassination Option (Clandestine Operations Series #2)


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From the #1 New York Times– and Wall Street Journal–bestselling author comes the dramatic second adventure in the brand-new Clandestine Operations series about the Cold War, the fledgling Central Intelligence Agency—and a new breed of warrior.
In Top Secret, W.E.B. Griffin introduced a remarkable new cast of heroes as they found themselves on the front lines of an entirely different kind of war. Now, these men and women are going to find out what they’ve really gotten themselves into.
James Cronley thought he had done well—he didn’t know he’d done this well.

His first successful mission for the about-to-be-official new Central Intelligence Directorate has drawn all kinds of attention, some welcome, some not. On the plus side, he’s now a captain; promoted to Chief, DCI, Europe; and in charge of a top secret spy operation. On the minus side, a lot of people would like to know about that operation, including not only the Soviets, but his own Pentagon, as well as a seething J. Edgar Hoover.

Cronley knows that if just one thing goes wrong, he’s likely to get thrown to the wolves. As if that weren’t enough pressure, complications are springing up on all sides. He’s discovered a surprising alliance between the former German intelligence chief and, of all things, the Mossad. A German family that Cronley never knew he had has suddenly, and suspiciously, emerged. And he’s due for a rendezvous with an undercover agent against the Soviets known only as Seven K.

It’s when he meets Seven K that he gets the real surprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399171246
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/2014
Series: Clandestine Operations Series , #2
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series—and now Clandestine Operations.
William E. Butterworth IV has worked closely with his father for more than a decade, and is the coauthor with him of many books, most recently Hazardous Duty and Top Secret.


Coppell, Texas

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1929

Place of Birth:

Newark, New Jersey

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Praise for TOP SECRET
“A thrilling new series entitled Clandestine Operations has begun, opening doors into special ops, investigating the path to the Cold War, and unveiling clandestine connections between Argentina and Germany during WWII. . . . This incredible mix of intrigue, diplomacy and, of course, a bit of romance, is fantastic. The reader will note the horror of the war, along with the massive role intelligence agents played in the eventual victory.  In other words, when this story from a literary team that ignites suspense lovers everywhere comes to a close, readers will be panting for the next novel.”—Suspense Magazine

“Lots of interesting period history, dry humor, and clever scheming.”—Publishers Weekly

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The Assassination Option 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
KumaFL More than 1 year ago
Griffin's books use a lot of rehashing of past books to flesh out volume. I can't see that the addition of his son to the authorship of his books has been a boon to readers. With his next book being delayed for 8 months (I preordered it on 5 August 2014 for the original publication/delivery date of 30 December 2014. That date has now been set back to 4 August 2015. I have cancelled my preorder and have decided I will no longer purchase his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read all the books going back to the Lieutenants and the quality has gotten poorer and poorer. This book has an inordinate amount of silly conversations that add nothing to the story. I think I will pass on the next ones until I have an opportunity to read a review .
BmanOH More than 1 year ago
pretty much what you expect for the web griffin novel I enjoyed visitingI enjoyed visiting with old friends and look forward to it again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a long time WEB Griffin fan but thought the first book in this series was a little short on substance. I was really unsure if I wanted to purchase the second book but and glad I did. This is a much better effort. I still find this a little short on character development which for me has been a hallmark of WEB Griffins story telling. I often go back and re-read his books to visit these "people" I've come to know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
boring. goes nowhere and lost in sooo many conversations of technical details.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book
Mac70Sir More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Mr Griffens books for over thirty years. His book series the Botherhood of War portrays the services as they were in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. I also enjoyed his novels of the Corps.
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We'll miss you old friend Rest in Peace
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Gcaugh More than 1 year ago
I just enjoy reading W.E.B. Griffin's books I think I have read every one of his books...especially the "Corps" series  and am looking forward to the next in this series
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