This was my first W.E.B. Griffin book and I absolutely loved it. It was similar to the t.v. series “M-A-S-H” where you got to know the characters, their heroics and their failures in their military and personal lives. I loved the character Lowell who was a rich kid that was drafted into the Army and in his teens.
The book gives a great image of military culture and the brotherhood of soldiers. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! So glad I found this author and this book.
Eric G. Dove was a great reader/performer too!
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
If you have not read Griffin, you may think these are war stories. This is my fourth book, mostly due to liking the first book and then a sale that came out. Very little of the books have to do with war. They are mostly military soap operas. This starts out at the very end of World War 2. There is also some action that takes place in Greece afterwards.
I did enjoy this book, mostly due to the characters. I also learned more about why we had a cold war. It seems Russia may have taken Americans prisoner and may have killed on purpose some Americans. It was all kept hush hush. We on the other hand killed some Russians. The Russians are depicted as doing a lot of raping of the Germans and torturing, etc. Course we are getting our side of the story and I am pretty sure the Russians have some atrocities to report.
I also didn't know about the civil war in Greece, where the communists tried to take over the country and we sent in advisors, of which some were killed. Those who fought in Greece did not get the benefits or acknowledgements that the WWII soldiers got since it was a police action.
There was a lot about the politics in the Army and the caste system.
The two books I enjoyed were written in the 80's and the two I did not enjoy were written in 2008. I don't know if that had something to do with it. This does have some lovable characters.
I like Dick Hill more as narrator than Eric Dove, and I found the character development in this book much weaker than Griffin's Presidential Agent series or the Corps Series. It's OK, but no more. I MIGHT try the Captains just to see if the characters continue and grow in the telling. I remember I didn't find Book 1 of the Corps series anywhere near as good as the follow-ups so maybe the Brotherhood of War will follow the same pattern. I'll read the reviews.
American patriot, veteran, historical researcher and writer.
I do not know what took me so long to find the Brotherhood of War series, but now that I have, I cannot pull myself away from them. I read and listen to military history with an insatiable desire. I tend to stay away from fiction, but I must say that W.E.B. Griffin weaves a great story line through historical periods, with great characters that draw you in and make you care. He gets it right in both history and mindset. The narration by Eric G. Dove, is very good, however, his pronunciation of some of the German could use some help. In my opinion there is no way your coming away from the Lieutenants, without going on to the next book in the series. Listening entertainment at its best...
I have a habit of re-
I like his delivery. Got a couple of yuks at his pronunciation of foreign words, but I usually do from most narrators.
Imagine my dismay when, on finishing
Narrator should have had someone teach him how to pronouce the german words in the book. Made me angry everytime he pronouced even the small words incorrectly.
DO NOT LET THIS GUY NARRATE ANOTHER BOOK THAT HAS OTHER WORDS THAN ENGLISH!!!!!!!!!
I read this series years ago and enjoyed it a great deal. I am happy to see Griffin's earlier work finally available through audible.com. His earlier books seem to be better than his recent work.
Everything - especially the story
Nice job - fantastic character voices
Thanks! Please hurry with the remainder of this fantastic series. One of the best in our lifetime!
One might assume that this is a book or series usually read by men, and I imagine that is so, given the military setting. However, from a woman's perspective I would offer this... for anyone interested even mildly in the military and/or also history and the beauty and triumphs of humanity in the most adverse of circumstances, this book is for you. The characters and their stories are intriguing, and every one of them leaves you wanting to know what's coming next. It was extremely difficult to stop listening at any given time and I can hardly wait to start the next book in the series!
I liked this entire reading. It was a great story bringing all the small stories together. I don't want to spoil anything...you have to listen to all of it and remember names because everybody is important. I am looking forward to the captains!
I've been a fan of Mr Griffin for many years. Hearing some of my favourite characters brought to life by Eric Dove took my love for these books to a whole new level.