August 6, 1943: In his brief career in the Office of Strategic Services, twenty-four-year-old Cletus Frade has already been involved in a lot of unusual situations, but nothing like the one he's in now, standing with a German lieutenant colonel named Wilhelm Frogger in a Mississippi prisoner-of-war detention facility. Frade's job? To help Frogger escape.
Frogger's parents are in Frade's custody in Argentina, because of their involvement in a secret German plan to establish safe havens for senior Nazi officials in South America, and the younger Frogger has agreed to help find out what they know. Even more important, however, is the secret within the secret. Before he was captured in Africa, Frogger was part of a conspiracy; its goal: to assassinate Adolf Hitler. If the OSS can use his knowledge and connections to nudge that plot along, even just a little bit- they may be able to end this war right now. But Frade is not the only one who knows about the Froggers. Even as he stands there in Mississippi, a troop of Germans and Argentinians, led by a Colonel Juan Perón, is on its way to kill the parents and, after them, Frade himself. His career in the OSS may have been brief-but it may just be about to be over.
"The story takes quite a while to get moving, and when it finally does, its frequently interrupted by lengthy chunks of expository dialogue." - Booklist
"[Tedious]..Those who prefer action in their WWII fiction should go elsewhere." - Publishers Weekly
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Rated of 5
Keep it Simple
Unless one has a strong knowledge of German and Spanish languages, this book is quite difficult to read. Griffin uses non-Engish terms to a fault, with no apparent reason. In addition, a few of the proper names are so similar as to confuse the reader. The story is a good one (I think). In reading it, one gets bogged down trying to ascertain the very basics of location and characters present. It didn't have to be so complicated.
W.E.B. Griffin (William E. Butterworth III) is
the author of thirty-six epic novels in six series, all of which have been
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and other best-seller lists. More than forty million of his books are in print
in more than ten languages, including Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, and Hungarian.
Mr. Griffin grew up in the suburbs of New York City and Philadelphia. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. After basic training, he received counterintelligence training at Fort Holabird, Maryland and was assigned ultimately to the staff of then-Major General I.D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.
In 1951, Mr. Griffin was recalled to active duty for the Korean War, interrupting his education at ...
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