Griffin's fans did indeed cheer the rediscovery of his Men at War series, his epic of
espionage and battle originally published under the pen name Alex Baldwin and never before
available in hardcover. Said Kirkus Reviews, "This is shrewd, sharp, rousing
As The Soldier Spies opens, it is November 1942. War is raging in Europe. The invasion
of North Africa has begun. In Washington, OSS chief William J. Donovan finds himself
fighting a rear-guard battle against an unexpected enemy: the rival intelligence chiefs
back home. In Morocco, Second Lieutenant Eric Fulmar waits in the desert for a car
containing two top-level defectors--or will it be full of SS men instead? In England,
Major Richard Canidy gets the mission of his life: to penetrate into the heart of Germany
and bring out the man with the secret of the jet engine, before the Germans grab hold of
him first. The only hope? An experimental pilotless flying bomb. Or at least that's what a
lieutenant named Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., thinks....
Everywhere adventure crackles, fueled by the narrative realism, rich characters, and
that special flair for the military heart and mind that have always made Griffin's novels
so popular. The Soldier Spies is further proof that "Griffin rates among the best
storytellers in any genre" (Phoenix Gazette).
Anachronisms in speech further mar the story, but after one gets past the multiple PG-13-rated sex scenes and hackneyed plot, there are suspenseful scenes of subterfuge and derring-do. Unfortunately for those who didn't read the previous volumes and who may miss the next, this book stops rather than concludes, leaving many painstakingly embroidered subplots unresolved.
First hardcover printing of the third volume of the Men at War trilogy, begun with The
Last Heroes (1997) and The Secret Warriors (1999), both rousingly well received reprints of soft cover originals published under the pseudonym Alex Baldwin. The Last Heroes tells of Wild Bill Donovan's newly formed Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and how it learns about uranium ore in the Belgian Congo, vital to building the atomic bomb.......Since this episode ends in January 1943, there may be still further adventures with the OSS. In any event despite vast detail and readers likely familiarity with the OSS Griffin's plot stays hot and moves at quicksilver speed.
A storyteller in the grand tradition, probably the best man around for describing the military community.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by TC Smith
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