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Death and Honor (Honor Bound)
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In 1943, Argentina Marine pilotturned- agent Cletus Frade is setting up an OSS-operated airline. But before Frade can get airborne, two interwoven German operations must be grounded. And for Frade?whose father was killed by the Nazis?the mission is about to get personal.

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  • Death and Honor
    Have all of griffins books and have read and reread them meny times, They are just great , Hope he writes a lot more....more info
  • Is this really W.E.B. Griffin?
    I have read every book Griffin has published but I must now write that the past few have ended before the end of the book. He has left the reader hanging once again. What happened to the Froggers and their son? Did they give the information that was a main theme throughout the book? What was done with the map of the beach where the UBoat unloaded? There are many other questions which should have been answered but weren't.

    It seems that Griffin has developed a template for his latest books and just fills in the lines, and when the required number of words are written he just stops.

    I can understand him leaving us hanging in regard to the search for the smuggled money since it is an ongoing theme in this series, but I cannot understand ending before the details of this particular book are concluded.

    Cletus, like the protagonist in Griffin's other books is wealthy, knows all the important people in the USA and overcomes all obstacles put in his way. This is a given when reading a Griffin book,and expected. Leaving the reader mystified as to what happens to the story line is a recent Griffin occurrence.

    I'm wondering who is really writing his latest books?...more info
  • Commentary on Death and Honor
    Watch Video Here: Other folks will tell you the story in this book. In this video I tell you why it is enjoyable, who would enjoy reading it, and who might not enjoy it. And, I don't ruin the story for you. Frank Derfler ...more info
  • Excellent series continues
    I really enjoyed the first three books in this series, but was a little nervous when I saw that it was a father-son collaboration (the two collaborations in the "Men at War" series were, in my opinion, well below the quality of the first four titles of that series). Fortunately, the plotting, story line, and characters in "Death and Honor" followed seamlessly on the first three titles. The only real complaint I can make about this book is that the closing scene left me wanting the next installment with no solid idea on when it will arrive (at least a year, and possibly/probably longer). At least, with TV series you know that the cliffhangers will be resolved in just a few months with the start of a new season -- Griffin juggles multiple series and we know we're only going to get one or two titles a year....more info
  • More of Cletus Frade
    I have considered the Argentina series of novels, perhaps, the best of WEB Griffin's work. Honor Bound and Blood and Honor are outstanding for action and history. This novel is a half-step lower in my estimation as the characters begin to show the inflation of ability and stature that we see in the Corps series. Cletus is now hobnobbing with Allen Dulles and Howard Hughes and privy to the greatest secrets of the war, like the Manhattan Project. In the Corps novels, Killer McCoy keeps adding more languages to his list. Still these are adventures and fiction and are all well done. The most fantastic plot twist in this novel, the real reason why Juan Peron supported the Nazis in WWII, turns out, in a typical Griffin coup, to be true. He adds a newspaper story from the present right at the end of the novel confirming the plot.

    The story picks up when the last one in the series ends. Peter has returned from Germany and married Alicia. Cletus and Dorotea are married. The Nazi investigators who have come to Argentina to try to identify Clete's source in the Germany embassy are still there. The backstory fill-ins are not obtrusive here.

    A new development then starts a new plot line. The German cultural attache defects to the FBI agent, Lieberman. This leads to a trip to California and a meeting with Howard Hughes. My mother-in-law was close to Hughes and the character depicted here is close to the Hughes that I knew. The caricature seen later in books and press accounts was not yet believable as Hughes was still squiring starlets around. The story moves fast although the character development, so powerful in Griffin's other novels, is a bit weaker here. The plot moves fast but the people are more cardboard than usual. I don't know if that is his son's influence. Whatever it is, the novel is enjoyable and I hope he keeps working....more info
  • death and honor
    Once again the Butterworths have created a boring book.
    Since the son has arrived, the combine have created three or four poorly written books.
    If the original books were magnificent, the latest are poor.
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  • Long Awaited
    All WW2 historical novel fans have been waiting a long time for Griffin to come out with another in his Honor Bound series and I don't think they'll be disappointed. I had just finished reading Night of Flames: A Novel of World War IIby Douglas W. Jacobson, which is the best WW2 novel I'd read since the Herman Wouk classics, when I picked up Death & Honor. I had been so immersed in Jacobson's tale of a Polish cavalry officer recruited by the British SOE that I was a bit reluctant to shift gears, but I was instantly drawn into Griffin's story of a marine pilot recruited by the OSS. In true Griffin fashion we have a gripping, fast-moving tale filled with action and snappy dialog. I recommend it. ...more info
  • Death and Honor - 4th in Honor Bound series
    This new book in the Honor Bound series takes us back to the WWII OSS in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and the US. For those of you who have already enjoyed the first three books in the Honor Bound series, this will be like visiting old friends, particularly Cletus Frade, his friends, and his merry band of tough warriors. The saga continues into 1943, with the Nazis looking for a place to hide after they lose the war. I love all of WEB Griffin's books and this book is no exception. It has lots of action, but not as much shooting as the Army and Marine books, as you would expect. The book presents insights into Howard Hughes' personality, new insights into FDR's and Juan Peron's personalities, and it provides a unique insight into starting up a new Argentinean airline (run by Cletus) in an era when Juan Trippe did not like competition for his Pan Am airline.

    Another great read that I finished overnight, as soon as I got it. It has lots of good guys and bad guys, and you can usually tell the difference, but not always. If you read all of Griffin's books like I do, you expect him to provide enough background on the players to allow this to be read as a standalone book. Authors have to do this in order to capture new readers. I don't consider this a problem, because I usually go back and reread all the books in the series before a new one comes out. Griffin's books have become my favorite gift to people who enjoy great stories about great military people, while pointing out the bad in every group. He knows the military and intelligence communities, and he tells it like it is. I have tried to read every book he has written, if I can get them, and I will continue to do that. He is the best, and most realistic author around. Not only do you get a wonderful story, but you always learn something new about history and the people who make it.
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  • More - Please
    An excellent book. I found it to be as gripping as most of Griffin's books, even if his son is doing, some, all or most of the writing now. This series, and The Corps, are my two favorite series.

    I hope we don't have to wait several years for the rest of the Honor Bound series to be published. I want the next book now :)!...more info
  • Fifth bad Griffin book in a row
    Sad to say, but I have had negative things to say about the last four Griffin books before "Death and Honor" and this makes the fifth.

    The qualities that once made Griffin books compelling, the mix of history and fiction simply isn't there any more. The characters which at one time had some depth and believability are now cardboard cutouts, whose dialog you can practically predict. The same is also even more true of the plots: you can see plot developments long in advance. Why bother reading the entire book when you already know what will happen to these boring, transparent characters early in the book?

    W.E.B. Griffin has been collaborating lately with his son, William E. Butterworth IV. Obviously there is no way of knowing how their collaboration works. Who writes, who edits, none of that do we know. One thing I have developed an opinion of, however, is the success of the collaboration - there is none. It is a failure. This is the fifth deadly dull book in a row to emerge under the Griffin name.

    I will not divulge many details of the story because it is always possible someone else may find the book readable. I did not: I gave up (in disgust, frankly) at page 246, when things became unbelievable to the point of being nonsensical. I'd love to describe the scene that did me in so you could laugh too without having to endure reading a single page of this book, but alas, that would be a major spoiler.

    The story in short is that Cletus Frade, the long estranged son of a powerful Argentine military leader and entrepreneur was sent to Argentina by the WWII OSS to reunite with his father and to further the strategic interests of the United States. Frade, the elder, is conveniently dispatched and the son inherits all. Griffin has used this tactic of the rich young man frequently and it used to work. Having his characters wealthy enough to do anything helped tremendously when the character would have otherwise been a low-ranking military officer having trouble making economic ends meet.

    With Cletus Frade (and others in the last few books), Griffin has worn out the device. Frade encounters or already knows almost every important, wealthy, powerful or famous person in the Western Hempisphere. Though a junior officer of the United States military, he is casually entrusted with secrets that in real life were entrusted to very few.

    Frade is supposedly crossing swords with the Germans in wartime Argentina. In reality, the novel is deadly dull up through page 246 where I stopped. It is obvious that one or both of the authors are conciously trying to ape the work of someone like Alan Furst who written some powerfully evocative novels of WWII Eastern Europe. The emulation fails.

    The reader is supposed to believe that Frade as an uncanny ability to find Germans who are intent on betraying their country. It doesn't fly. Likewise, the "enemies" Frade encounters are described as brilliant and dangerous, but turn out to be fools who don't even notice what Frade is doing.

    As noted, I made it through page 246 of the book's 470 pages. I should have saved my time and stopped at about page 100 when it became apparent that this was going to be another Griffin dud, the fifth in a row, I am sorry to say.

    The writing style is still okay, so if you're stuck at an airport or aren't a critical reader, it's possible you may enjoy this to some small degree. If you are a Griffin fan and remember the thrill of reading the much-awaited new novel from Griffin way back when, I think you will be disappointed.

    Jerry...more info
  • Vaguely Disappointing
    Death and Honor is vaguely disappointing, although it's worth the read, it lacks the secondary story development of the three previous novels in the series i.e. the fleshing out of the characters and their families which raise W.E.B. Griffin's novels above being merely war or espionage stories. In particular the character development of Dorot¨¦a is neglected to the point where the word 'bitchy' enters one's mind about the character.

    I'm not sure why this is, certainly the father and son collaboration in writing The Shooters in the Presidential Agent Series which was released this Spring worked well and there was adequate secondary and back story development in that novel. However, Death and Honor is regretably a half step to a step below the other three novels in the series.

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  • Another Masterpiece
    I have ben a WEB Griffen fan for two decades. I also enjoy a continued story line of people that I almost feel are family to me. I will be sad when I finish the book as it probably will be his last in this series. I can say that within the first chapter, I could recognize that it was not WEB Griffen in his pure style, rather a collaberation with his son. Not that this is a bad thing, but a noticably different style. As a retierd US Marine with an Argentine wife, I have a special place for this series in my heart. Please Mr. Griffen, keep them comming....more info
  • WEB Bouces Back
    I have become an avid reader of WEB Griffin's books - his "Brotherhood of War," "Honor Bound," "Men in Blue," "Soldier Spies" and the latest "Presidential Agent" books. Although the latest entry in the Corps series and in the Philly cop series were great, the last couple of Spy novels seemed a little flat. But this latest entry in the "Honor Bound" series is again on a high level. Historical figures are brought to life and some Rubicon's are crossed. Knowing what we know about Argentina's history after WWII and the nature of the attept to assasinate Der Fuhrer, WEB and his son have set us up for interesting stories in the next volume in this book.

    WEB gets alot of criticism for explaining background history in each new novel which repeats what happened in earlier books. I don't ming this as I understand that the background is necessary to explain the characters' relationships for those who missed the earlier books. In fact, this information led me to go back and read the earlier Brotherhood of War books when I started in the middle. Frequently, I note that his recaps differ from the original material! But he is a grat storyteller who really brings out human nature (good and bad) in each new book. We should all thank him for the many hours of enjoyment his books have provided....more info
  • For Military and Espionage Buffs
    When you read this book, the author's thorough knowledge of WWII history and military culture becomes quite apparent. Details of military protocols, fighter planes both German and American, civilian planes, the various levels of officers both German and American, types of armament, etc, are all penned down in meticulous detail. For the most part the plot takes place in South America in Argentina where the Americans have a contingent of OSS officers and the Germans have their own spies all pretending to be someone other than who they are and doing something other than what they are doing. Everyone is suspicious and distrustful of the other guy and his motives. There are powerful German plots among those who believe in the failure of the war effort, and I don't want to give these away. The Americans have their own aims. Most of the book takes place through conversation. There is not much action but lots of intrigue. The Griffon Trilogy (Pt. I)...more info
  • death and honor
    a good book from w.e.b.griffin, standard griffin. rich guy with connections get's ahead, same old griffin story, it's o.k....more info
  • Good but not Great
    This book, which Griffin (William E. Butterworth III's nom de plume) writes with his son, is better than some of their other joint efforts, but still not up to the level we have come to expect in Griffin's older books.

    The proof reading has been improved, which had become a problem in some of his more recent novels.

    I would probably give five stars to any other author for this book, but I tend to hold Griffin to a higher standard, since we have all seen the top quality he can turn out when he puts his mind to it.

    It makes for a fun read, but, unlike some of his other books, you can put this one down and then pick it up again later. You are not pulled into the action with the desire to just read one more page before you set it down for the evening.
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  • No plot unbelievable story
    Anyone familiar with the history of WWII and the OSS will find this book preposterous; any that isn't will find it just boring. The plot is a thin rambling tale of an unbelievable super hero that is either related to or a personal friend of FDR, Howard Hughes, Bill Donovan, and Juan Peron, just to name a few. There are long rambling dissertations about the exploits of the protagonist that don't really add anything to the plot, such as it is. The ending just happens, without any real closure. Maybe this book will appeal to teenage boys, but for adults, it's not worth the time or money....more info