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.
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This is the first book of the Men at War series and if it is an example, it is a story of the Naval connection to the beginning of the OSS and intelligence development later to be the CIA. The primary "actors" are young naval officers with a familiar background as to their education or naval background. Richard "Dick" Caniday and Eric Fulmer all attended elementary school together with Jim Whitttier joining them at St. Marks. Dick and Jim went into the reserves to continue their education while Eric went to Switzerland and Germany following his father's traditions. Ed Bitter and Dick met and were room mates, both serving as IPs [instructor pilot] at Pensacola and from where they were recruited to serve as fighter pilots with the Flying Tigers in China. As with most of Mr. Griffin's books, there is a wide range of social and economic differences, although there is less real economic differences than in other works, with Dick and Eric the lest wealthy and Jim and Ed the...
I can't understand how this book averages four stars. Okay, the writing is crisp and moves you along, and the dialogue is, at times, very witty. But if you are looking for a WW2 action novel, forget it. If you are looking for a WW2 espionage novel, forget it. The best way I can describe this novel is "Who's Who Goes to War" or "Vanity Fair Goes to War."
Every character is either a member of America's elite class or closely connected to them. Thus, we read more about drinking, dinner parties, chauffeured cars and indiscriminate sex than we do about actual warfare or espionage. I got so sick of reading that so-and-so is married to a cousin of President Roosevelt's, so he was invited to the White House. This is like reading the society pages, with a bit of war and espionage thrown in.
Please...if you are looking for WW2 action, watch "Saving Private Ryan." If you are looking for WW2 espionage, read Follett's "Jackdaws" or "Eye of...
I have read ALL of Griffin's books, some over and over again. This series started out great (under the pen name of Alex Baldwin, I understand). The successive fill-ins were not bad, some good, some not good. I don't know if it is the involvement of Butterworth IV but they increasingly made me angry because of three or four factors: 1. Increasing use of cut and paste to fill in detail (too much) from, previous stories. A succinct summary would be better - even better referring out-of-place readers to a previous installment- accompanied by a general deterioration in writing that is typical of ghost written stuff. The last Cletus Frade story suffered badly from this - marketing this crap on the reputation of the original author is robbery.
2. Poor research. For example Cannidy is in Gander looking for a ride. The RAF or RCAF Station Commander would have been a Group Captain (Bull colonel) but he is referred to as "Captain", a distinctly lower rank. At any rate the...
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