Let start by admitting that I am a naval officer, albeit of a nation other than the US.
For me, the characters of this story displayed an elitism and arrogance that was disturbing. These traits, coupled with racism and a sense of entitlement paint a disturbing picture of the US officer corps in late WWII and the decade afterword. I'm hoping that, as a work of fiction, the author has it wrong, but knowing human nature, he is probably right on the mark.
The story itself is well crafted and held my interest. The characters are interesting, but I don't think there's a single one I would like to personally know. They are too self serving.
For those seeking an action oriented novel, look elsewhere. This book is about the politics and social structure of the officer corps. It is a good read though, and I will continue the series.
Great Historical Fiction without getting bogged down with to much detail. Griffin does a great job balancing a glimpse into WWII and characters you get immersed in. The book reminded me of the Band of Brothers series. I loved this story and the narration was top notch!
The Lieutenants introduces you to timeless characters that you will never forget.
W.E.B. Griffin is one of my favorite authors, but not every person I have recommended them to have enjoyed them as much as I have. I've thought a lot about that and I believe there is a pace to his novels that I love. I find the level of military specificity and detail incredibly interesting, and this lends itself to a more relaxed pace. Its a little bit like listening to a great baseball game. There is a certain pace that I find very comfortable.
The themes of honor, loyalty and "the Brotherhood" of war make for a great listen. Again, the characters have become incredibly familiar to me and this is the first novel in a wonderful series.
Narrator did not research the proper pronunciation of some of the weapons mentioned in the book, and most of the overseas locations.
Not really but a good book non the less.
I suppose you have to listen to whomever they have read the book.
The whole thing kind of died off in the end. We'll see if it picks back up in Book 2.
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I read these book when I was a young private in the Patricia's. I read them as fast as I could and read them all. Actually I read all the military books Griffin put out. I put off buying these audio books because I was afraid they might turn out as bad as Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity. I read that book multiple times and jumped at the audiobook when became available. I found out that some books shouldn't be narrated, and the narrator is as important as the author, The Bourne Identity is a case in point.
I was afraid this series was going to be the same, but bought The Lieutenants when it went on sale. I ended up listening to it straight through, and then bought all the Brotherhood of War books. The narration brings these book to life, I don't what else to say other than Eric G. Dove is in the ranks of Allyson Johnson, LJ Ganser, Stefan Rudnicki, Marc Vietor, William Dufris, and Mark Boyett. If you like military stories, historical fiction then you should enjoy this series.
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I found that it took a while for me to get into this but as it built and stories and characters developed I really got into it it. In fact, I finished the second half in two days. Will definitely get the next one in the series with so many characters to like.
...but does anyone listen before it is released? Or is the producer as much of a dunce as the narrator? Did W.E.B. Griffin hear it? What does he think? As an ex G.I. stationed in Germany and Europe for 10 years the constant mispronunciation of every single German word is quite annoying. The words were not pronounced the way Germans say them NOR the way Americans say them. Just annoying, didn't ruin a great book though.
This is a great story that you have to read or listen to a second time to catch anything you might have missed the first time.
Great Story! Great Characters
This story grabs you right from the start and you don't want to stop till it's done
A book that kept my interest--page after page. I listened to it almost entirely. It begins in WWII and goes on through the end of the 40s. The characters appear, at first, not to be Lieutenants...but, then it becomes apparent that the lieutenants are the purpose of the story. Exciting listen!
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
The Brotherhood of War series superbly captures the times, people, and military of from the tail end of WWII through the Vietnam War.
It follows several characters throughout the series (per Wikipedia) which make me very happy as I am rather fond of a few of them at the end of this first book. I enjoy a series where you have a chance to get to know the characters more than most single books can portray by taking them through several years of their lives.
The book also helped instill in me a curiosity for world events of the time especially after reading the Wikipedia entry which lists the real life people some of the characters in the book were based upon.
W.E.B. Griffin's series Presidential Agent & Corps are still my favorite series but I enjoyed the first book of this one enough to download the second so we will see where I am at after,