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Special Ops: Brotherhood of War, Book 9 | [W. E. B. Griffin]

Special Ops: Brotherhood of War, Book 9

In November 1964, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara went to the Congo with two hundred men, intent on making it his first step in taking over Africa and South America. He failed, thanks in large part to the efforts of an intrepid band of Green Berets. Licking his wounds, he retreated to Cuba to recruit more men and try the same thing in Bolivia. He failed there, too. In fact, he died there, and thus, despite his incompetence, became a glorious martyr to the cause. But who was trying to kill him, really - and who was trying to keep him alive?
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In November 1964, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara went to the Congo with two hundred men, intent on making it his first step in taking over Africa and South America. He failed, thanks in large part to the efforts of an intrepid band of Green Berets. Licking his wounds, he retreated to Cuba to recruit more men and try the same thing in Bolivia. He failed there, too. In fact, he died there, and thus, despite his incompetence, became a glorious martyr to the cause. But who was trying to kill him, really - and who was trying to keep him alive?

The brotherhood is back - Craig Lowell, Sandy Felter, Jack Portet, Geoff Craig, Robert Bellmon, George Washington "Father" Lunsford, Master Sergeant Doubting Thomas - and their mission has never been more dramatic and deadly.

©2008 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Strongly reminiscent of modern American military classics From Here to Eternity and The Winds of War.… An intricately layered, epic novel." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-04-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The Congo & Che Guevara"

    Over the years I have read almost all of the Griffin books. He is one of my favorite military authors. I see now that all the books are being released on audiobooks. I decided to take the opportunity to read/listen to the books I had missed reading in the past. This book was on my list. W.E.B. Griffin takes a real situation based on history and inserts his fictional characters right along side the real historical people thus making the story very real. Eric G. Dove did a great job narrating the story. It is the first time I have heard him narrate. Most of Griffins books prior to this series were based on WWII stories. This series moves into the cold war period with Che Guevara the Cuban communist activist. Lots of flying and action in the story. Some foul language but no explicit sex as per Griffins usual method of writing. If you are a fan of military novels or a history buff you will enjoy this story. Griffin also is precise in following military protocols in this story including the famous military top secret memo format. In this book he sums up the ending of the story via after action reports and memos to Felter.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Virginia Beach, VA, United States 08-24-13
    Michael Virginia Beach, VA, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Tedious at best"

    Most boring W.E.B. Griffin listen ever. The incessant message traffic while OK for a print book was exasperating for an audio book. With a print book you could gloss over the message headings with an audio book you had to listen to each and every message heading about 66 aggravating times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Owen Miami Beach, FL, United States 04-16-13
    Owen Miami Beach, FL, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Never ending Act 1"
    What disappointed you about Special Ops?

    After 14 hours of listening I feel I am still in Act 1. The plot never seems to evolve.
    My biggest issue? The mispronouncing of Guevara's name. Mispronouncing a non-English name is unforgivable, particularly for an audio book! Laziness or lack of interest. And having to listen to the mispronunciation hundreds of times drove me crazy until I gave up and stopped listening.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Never got to it.


    What didn’t you like about Eric G. Dove’s performance?

    Did not bother to learn the proper pronunciation of Guevara.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Wasted my time...perhaps learned some historical events.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 11-27-13
    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Fun Read"

    Final book of the series, but not chronologically. Old and new characters chase Che' in the Congo; a strange mix of tactical operations combined with President Johnson's hands-on approach. I enjoyed the book and the series. Will try another Griffin series.

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    Ray Marietta, GA, USA 01-09-13
    Ray Marietta, GA, USA 01-09-13 Member Since 2009

    Retired real estate broker. 66 years old married for 44 years to my high school sweetheart. 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I love to read but because of medical issues I had to turn to audio books and I love them.

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    "This book Sucks."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one. It is boring, boring, boring. I almost threw my phone against the wall in the last hour of the book it was so boring.


    Has Special Ops turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eric G. Dove’s performances?

    Yes. He was excellent


    What character would you cut from Special Ops?

    WEB Griffin


    Any additional comments?

    I belive at least a quarter of the book is taken up with the same old thing. July 27, 1965 Office of the CIA station chief LaPax Bolivia 0815 hours to CIA HQ Langley Va Copy to Sandford T Felter Counselar to the President Room 234 White house office bldg washington DC and over and over again each time he changes locations. The reader is excellent but the story has too much detail on addresses of cables. I like Griffin but his whole story sucks.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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