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The Spymasters

A Men at War Novel, Book 7
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Series: Men at War, Book 7
Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-08-12

Spymasters

What would have made The Spymasters better?

more of an in depth story focusing on the actual action

What was most disappointing about W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV ’s story?

to much time was spent on interpersonal mumbo jumbo which went nowhere.

Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Jean
  • 18-08-12

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.

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  • Lee
  • 15-08-12

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.

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  • Lawrence A. Shedwick Jr.
  • 09-09-19

Always enjoyable

Anything Griffith writes I have enjoyed.
Some of these series I wish would go on forever, they make my daily, 1 hour commute to work and home again enjoyable and relaxing.
Better than music or God Awful radio these days

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-03-19

Should be -5 Stars

What a complete waste of time. Of the 11hrs/34mins at least 65% of the writing is almost verbatim from previous book, rendering this effort filled with unnecessary history and descriptions . The story is disjointed and not at all interesting. Mr. Butterworth has managed to turn a very likeable character (Dick Canidy) into a jerk. If this is your first experience with this series, skip it. If you have read the previous installments, don't buy it, wait for the library. Will be returning.

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  • Andrew
  • 18-09-18

Spymasters

Good book and decent ending to the series. It felt a bit rushed towards the end. I would have liked to see Griffen close off some of the other main characters we had spent so much time with, but it is his to tell.

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  • Tonygov
  • 25-01-18

Narration could be better

Narrator would often drop the different accents or use the wrong accent on the wrong character. There was also long pauses in middle of chapters.

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  • D. Levitt
  • 12-10-16

Good Story, Poor Audio Performance

What made the experience of listening to The Spymasters the most enjoyable?

I love the storylines.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like all of his protagonists.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Lane?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Robert
  • 20-04-15

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.

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  • Carl
  • 12-07-13

Author off his feed.

Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV and/or Christopher Lane?

Maybe, but probably not. It was disappointing.

If you’ve listened to books by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV before, how does this one compare?

Not as good

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Do you think The Spymasters needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not for me. Hard to keep attentive.

Any additional comments?

no