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Summary

In November 1964, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara went to the Congo with two hundred men, intent on making it his first step in taking over Africa and South America. He failed, thanks in large part to the efforts of an intrepid band of Green Berets. Licking his wounds, he retreated to Cuba to recruit more men and try the same thing in Bolivia. He failed there, too. In fact, he died there, and thus, despite his incompetence, became a glorious martyr to the cause. But who was trying to kill him, really - and who was trying to keep him alive?

The brotherhood is back - Craig Lowell, Sandy Felter, Jack Portet, Geoff Craig, Robert Bellmon, George Washington "Father" Lunsford, Master Sergeant Doubting Thomas - and their mission has never been more dramatic and deadly.

©2008 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Strongly reminiscent of modern American military classics From Here to Eternity and The Winds of War.… An intricately layered, epic novel." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Robert E. Walton
  • 10-03-15

Lazy Author

Far too much of this book, in excess of 90 minutes of listening time is virtually cut and pasted in from the previous two books in the series. There are also a number of continuity breaks in the names of minor characters from previous books in the series such as Pork Waterford's given names. Author would also have been better served by using real names from the beginning of the series where appropriate rather than starting out with a fictional name and shifting to historically accurate names later in the series. Author did a much better job of inserting his fictional characters into historical events in his series on th Corps.

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  • Jean
  • 04-02-13

The Congo & Che Guevara

Over the years I have read almost all of the Griffin books. He is one of my favorite military authors. I see now that all the books are being released on audiobooks. I decided to take the opportunity to read/listen to the books I had missed reading in the past. This book was on my list. W.E.B. Griffin takes a real situation based on history and inserts his fictional characters right along side the real historical people thus making the story very real. Eric G. Dove did a great job narrating the story. It is the first time I have heard him narrate. Most of Griffins books prior to this series were based on WWII stories. This series moves into the cold war period with Che Guevara the Cuban communist activist. Lots of flying and action in the story. Some foul language but no explicit sex as per Griffins usual method of writing. If you are a fan of military novels or a history buff you will enjoy this story. Griffin also is precise in following military protocols in this story including the famous military top secret memo format. In this book he sums up the ending of the story via after action reports and memos to Felter.

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  • john j
  • 27-03-15

Terrible

What disappointed you about Special Ops?

Thus book is about the brass and their silliness..............definitely not about Special Ops, I won't buy any more of his books

What was most disappointing about W. E. B. Griffin’s story?

There was no plot

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He did what he could with the material he had

What character would you cut from Special Ops?

all of them

Any additional comments?

none...........I wish I could get a refund

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  • Michael
  • 24-08-13

Tedious at best

Most boring W.E.B. Griffin listen ever. The incessant message traffic while OK for a print book was exasperating for an audio book. With a print book you could gloss over the message headings with an audio book you had to listen to each and every message heading about 66 aggravating times.

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  • steve
  • 11-07-16

disappointing

whole chapters have been copied word for word from previous books I think author just wanted to end the series without to much work. The final 40 mins are just reports, but no story very disappointing

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  • Anton B. Cipri
  • 23-01-15

Not his best

Too much data and too many foreign names to keep track of. I enjoyed the previous eight books in the series much more.

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  • Owen
  • 16-04-13

Never ending Act 1

What disappointed you about Special Ops?

After 14 hours of listening I feel I am still in Act 1. The plot never seems to evolve.
My biggest issue? The mispronouncing of Guevara's name. Mispronouncing a non-English name is unforgivable, particularly for an audio book! Laziness or lack of interest. And having to listen to the mispronunciation hundreds of times drove me crazy until I gave up and stopped listening.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Never got to it.

What didn’t you like about Eric G. Dove’s performance?

Did not bother to learn the proper pronunciation of Guevara.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Wasted my time...perhaps learned some historical events.

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  • R. Denton
  • 16-06-15

Too much recycled material, almost no action

What did you like best about Special Ops? What did you like least?

The individual characters were good, too bad they do almost nothing but talk and drink.

What could W. E. B. Griffin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book has a lot of verbatim recycled material from previous book(s) in series. Not just background to get you up on the story, but literally same situations and incidents told again word by word so you have to listen through paragraphs and pages that you just heard in the previous volume or two, already knowing how it turns out. It really seems like someone else took the author's notes and previous books and hacked together an extended version of previous book, adding a few more characters and more talking and drinking, but really no action. Same problem with lots of technical errors as previous books in series.

What does Eric G. Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pretty good reader/performer so he helped.

Do you think Special Ops needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

NO!!! Unless the author will actually start with new material completely and have someone that knows a little about weapons, radios and aircraft proof the manuscript, there is no point in continuing this soap opera.

Any additional comments?

Really sad to see these last couple of books, "The Aviators" and "Special Ops" kludged together from scenes and notes probably edited out of previous books. They could have been done well, but feel more like sausage or bologna made from the sweepings.

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  • genmenace
  • 09-08-21

RIP WEB Griffin

love the series been through it five times will do it again in a couple of years. sad that we won't get any more books from Mr Griffin or should I say Butterworth. thank you for all this enjoyment sir
also Eric g Dove does a wonderful narration of most of his books I believe

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  • E. T.
  • 13-01-21

The Brotherhood series ends with a whimper

I read The Lieutenants while in Army OCS. My classmates and I loved it. Over the next few years I devoured the rest of the series. Could not wait until the next one came out. I was in Army flight school when The Aviators came out and just loved all the local references. 30 years later, I signed up for Audible and listened to the whole series once again. Eric G. Dove does a pretty good job with his voices and accents. You can almost always tell who is speaking. In the early books he has trouble reading military time correctly - 1000 hours he says "one thousand hours" instead of "ten hundred hours", but actually gets better later on. He also doesn't know when to pronounce acronyms as words, versus spelling out each letter, which can be exhausting. Mr. Griffin also didn't do his research about the CH-47 Chinook. As a former Chinook mechanic I can tell you that a Chinook doesn't have a tail rotor! It has two rotor heads, identical in size, each with three blades. One goes clockwise, the other goes counter-clockwise. They are in-sync or meshed so they do not hit each other. We refer them as the forward rotorhead or system and the aft rotorhead or system. Never ever ever ever is the aft rotor system called a "tail rotor"! (Okay, rant over.) Now to Special Ops. First off, I haven't finished it. So much of it is a complete retelling of The Aviators, which I just finished, I thought maybe I had fat-fingered my iPhone and was repeating the last book. It's one thing to briefly catch up with past events, but these are word for word scenes from the previous book! I can't believe Mr. Griffin has done this! There are some changes however. In one scene he changed a perfectly good description of PAR approach to Cairns Army Airfield to an ILS approach, but the description is still a PAR approach! Okay, so that's down in the weeds for you non-aviators, but it bugged me. Anyway, I will probably continue to listen but based on all the reviews I'm seeing about the book on here and Amazon, I really wish I hadn't wasted my credits. The Aviators was a decent "last book" for this series, but Special Ops is a dud.