Critics and fans everywhere love the Men at War series, books "rich with witty banter and nail-biting undercover work" (Entertainment Weekly).
It is summer 1943. Two of the Allies' most important plans are at grave risk: Operation Overlord's invasion of France and the Manhattan Project's race to build the atomic bomb. A furious President Roosevelt turns to OSS spy chief Wild Bill Donovan - and Donovan turns to Dick Canidy and his teams behind enemy lines. They've certainly got their work cut out for them. In the weeks to come, they must fight the Axis in many ways, to try to find and sabotage Germany's new "aerial torpedo" rockets, some of which are rumored to be fitted out with deadly nerve gas and aimed at London; to rescue a missing covert OSS team bearing vital secrets; and to exploit German intelligence agents and generals disgruntled enough with Hitler to maybe try to topple him.
And as if all that weren't enough, they must battle the enemy within, as well: The Soviets are using moles to steal Manhattan Project secrets, and if the Soviets build their own atomic bomb... who knows where that might lead?
Filled to the brim with action, character, and the deep understanding of the military heart and mind that have made Griffin's novels outstanding, The Spymasters is simply great listening.
©2012 W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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more of an in depth story focusing on the actual action
to much time was spent on interpersonal mumbo jumbo which went nowhere.
no, but he did an excellent Job, with the script he had to work with. Maybe he can redo all of the "Men in Blue" series, because Michael Russotto is a DISASTER.
I am original Griffin Fan, beginning with the Lieutenants, this book although long awaited, was slow on action. Nothing at all like all the other Griffin books.
"WW11 Spy Story"
W.E.B. Griffin is one of my favorite historical war novelist. It seem like it has been a long wait for this latest book in the Men At War Series. Dick Canidy is back to Sicily to check on the covert OSS team he had put in place but a different "hand" was sending in the signal reports. Canidy was also assigned to check if there was more nerve gas held by the SS. Alan Dallas was busy checking out "aerial torpedo' and arrange the escape of his operatives. Lots of action, politics and history woven together as only Griffin can do. Can not wait for the next book. If you enjoy historical fiction of WW11 Griffin is one of the best authors. I am glad to see they are now publishing his older books as audiobooks.
"A waste of time...."
..and credits. The writer needs to find a plot before trying to make it a book. The story was dull, rambling and had no real ending. This was a part of a series? Unbelievable that anyone would spend the time or money to publish such rubbish.
"Limited field of reference"
No because it does not put the effort into context with WW II.
No. It is not up to previous books by same author.
"I expect nothing less"
Again W.E.B. Griffin makes us long for the days when honor and dedication meant something. He has a singular way of taking historical events and giving them life as the reader is not only involved, but part of the story. From FDR's machevellian nature to the "devil may care" attitude of Canidy, he gives us dreams of the days of Yore.
"Good Story, Poor Audio Performance"
I love the storylines.
I like all of his protagonists.
Well, Eric Dove for starters. Christopher Lane's very slow, almost monotonic voice made listening to this story very difficult. Here's the fix though: If using the Audible App, on the bottom left corner of the phone screen, you can mess with the speed of the reading. Setting it to 1.25% makes it only slightly too fast, but infinitely better. I'd wager that having a setting of 1.15% would have been perfect.
This isn't one of Griffin's best, but it certainly isn't as bad as many of the other reviews seem to think. Griffin really is, to me, the Danielle Steele of historical fiction. Perhaps low brow, sure, but certainly a guilty pleasure. Griffin just plays around in history really. If you are looking for a fictional representation of what really occurred, this isn't the best author for that purpose. If you want an easier foray into what can be a very difficult genre to get into and war stories are interesting, Griffin is a good choice.
"Great story & performance"
what I have come to expect from Griffin is excellence. He shows it in this novel, and probably the best performance of the series.
"Author off his feed."
Maybe, but probably not. It was disappointing.
Not as good
Not for me. Hard to keep attentive.
"Poor excuse for historical fiction"
I don't know who actually wrote this book, my guess is Mr. Griffin just lent his name to it to make a few bucks. Other Griffin books I have read were well done and well researched. This book was embarrassingly bad. It kept talking about speeches to the United Nations made in 1943. Ummmm the UN didn't come about until after the war. Lets go with 1945! It is silly screw ups like this that just ruin the enjoyability of the book.
The narration seemed really slow. I had to speed it up to 1.25 speed to make it tolerable (before I quit listening to the book halfway through)
Disappointment. I love books about this time period and in this genre. If you are going to write historical fiction you owe it to your readers to actually research your topic. This book was so amateurish that high school kids would spot the flaws.
pass on this one.
"disappointing reader and pace"
The story should be as fast paced and realistic as the previous books. To flat, one sided, with a lot of extraneous thought based musings.
I liked their other books, but this is a failure.
Dick Hill, the reader of the other books.
The Men of War series was WEB Griffin's second best, after honor bound. honor bound also got to be a little to stuffy and romantic and predictable, with the addition of Griffin's son, but not as bad as this one, and not such a dramatic decline. The character of Kepler is a total waste, no Hans Peter Von Wachstein, but the formula is the same and a lost opportunity. These books used to be good for the 400 mile drives, and still make you sit in the car for the last ten seconds when the hero's win against all the odds. No more. Better luck next time- I think I will return this one.
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