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Empire and Honor: Honor Bound, Book 7 | [W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth]

Empire and Honor: Honor Bound, Book 7

October 1945: The Germans and Japanese have surrendered. For Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS, it should be time to pack up - but they have far more important things to do. Chief among them is the protection of their assets, especially the human ones. In the closing months of the war, the United States made a secret deal with the head of German intelligence’s Soviet section. In exchange for a treasure trove of intelligence - in particular the identity of the Soviet spies in the U.S. atomic bomb program - his people would be spirited to safety in Argentina.
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October 1945: The Germans and Japanese have surrendered. For Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS, it should be time to pack up - but they have far more important things to do.

Chief among them is the protection of their assets, especially the human ones. In the closing months of the war, the United States made a secret deal with the head of German intelligence’s Soviet section. In exchange for a treasure trove of intelligence - in particular the identity of the Soviet spies in the U.S. atomic bomb program - his people would be spirited to safety in Argentina. Only a handful of people know about it. If word got out, all hell would break loose, and the U.S. would lose some of its most valuable sources and secrets.

Meanwhile, in Argentina, a U-boat captain pops up out of the blue and surrenders his submarine and crew. And in the American Zone of Occupation in Germany, a young counterintelligence agent pursues an unusual assignment perhaps a little too vigorously. The consequences of both actions will affect not only Frade and company, but everything they’re working on.

Now things are really going to get complicated.

Filled with the special flair that Griffin’s fans have come to expect from him, Empire and Honor is another rousing adventure from one of our finest storytellers.

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

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    Edward Lulie Jefferson, Md. USA 01-13-13
    Edward Lulie Jefferson, Md. USA 01-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprising Good Sequel"
    Where does Empire and Honor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is near the top and that's a pretty good thing


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

    As always it left things that needed answers, but then it's a series


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    He did a very nice job with all, Peron was nicely done


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    (don't fly for me Argentina?-just kidding) As the last world war ended a cold war began and in Argentina Cletus Frade calls on all his resources to try and stop Nazi's from selling uranium to the Soviets.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best one in the series in a long while formula driven it picked back up a lot of loose threads from prior books, Peron is back in the picture in an almost believable plot twist. Cleatus however acts likes he's hungover the whole book, grumpy and over reacting.
    Went a bit too far I thought, but his "little brother" is straight out of the mold and excellent.
    I enjoy the series a great deal

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-02-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-02-13

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Griffin the master of military historical fiction"

    This is book seven in the honor bound series and the books keep up the high standard of Griffin. In this volume the stories moves from WWII ending and the beginning of the cold war. Griffin puts real people and their role and actions into the story to make it seem even more authentic. Peron and Evita make a greater appearance in this book than in the last book. The respect that Griffin has for Argentina come through in this series and I have learned more about Argentina because of it. I look up information mentioned in the story to see what is true and what is just the story. Griffin's description of the country and customs is throughout the series. The tension builds in the story as the cold war starts up and we add a new character , Cletus's friend from Texas, Jimmy, a Lt in CIC stationed in Germany. The story hangs at the end and we have to wait for the next book to continue the story. It is better to read the series in order but Griffin tries to make it a stand alone as much as possible for a series book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen United States 01-28-13
    Stephen United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Griffin Is the Emperor of WWII Historical Fiction"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Griffin generally introduces new characters in each book. Empire and Honor introduces Lt. Jimmy Cronley. Jimmy is the "little brother" of the lead character Cletus Frade. Griffin portrays Jimmy's strengths without making him a superhero. He also reveals Jimmy's weaknesses without making us dislike him. Well written and truly believable.


    Any additional comments?

    The Honor Bound Series is the best WWII series that Griffin writes and among the best of any authors. I really like this series because Griffin takes the reader to places in South America they would not normally go to. His books are detailed, the characters believable, and the story lines interesting.

    Empire and Honor is an excellent addition to this series and kept me engrossed throughout. Many books start slowly and take time to get into the book storyline. Not with Griffin. This book gets the reader involved from the beginning and keeps them there. Each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone book. Griffin does an excellent job of bringing new readers up to the basics of prior character relationship and interaction. However, the full details of each character can be best understood and appreciated by reading the books in order.

    So if you start with this book, enjoy. The storylines make for a fun read and Scott Brick always narrates an excellent listen. Once you finish this book, you will get even more by going back and working through each book in order. That will be time well spent and provide a better understanding of the effects of WWII on Argentina.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles United States 04-23-13
    Charles United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Those who like the prior books will like this one"

    WW2 spy thriller with an Argentinian/OSS twist. Unusual take which works well. Read the first few novels first to get the best picture of what's going on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Don Clarks Summit, Pa, United States 02-20-13
    Don Clarks Summit, Pa, United States 02-20-13
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    "Confusing"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A boring plot about a country and topic I had no interest in. Perhaps a different cover suggesting the true story would help. I have enjoyed other books by Griffin, but in my opinion this was a blooper. Did every character have to have a moniker 5 names long? I waded painfully through the entire book, because Scott Brick is awesome.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 02-20-13
    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "better than others and a good follow up"
    What did you love best about Empire and Honor?

    love is the wrong word. good book, better than others, and i like the fact he has added some new characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    no, but it does roll along rapidly. i do get tired of listening to all the kissy kiss lovey dovey crap he constantly writes into his books.
    editor sucks, but i am into WEBG books for decades and they are good series.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    only the WEBG books. I don't really like his narration but he is less aggravating than that Dove guy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yea, i wanted to skip chapters or sections when they are intimate. its not pron but it gets old after a while


    Any additional comments?

    if you are into the WEBG series' yea it's worth your time.
    if not, get the first one in the series first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Marion, IL, United States 02-05-13
    Keith Marion, IL, United States 02-05-13

    Older, voracious listener who spends alot of hours doing farm work and riding, training and racing horses.

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    "This is the best of the series"

    After you spend the time to weave through the rest of Col Frade's life from being a Marine wildcat ace in the Pacific to his cover of being an SAA pilot, you finish off the series with this nice piece of work. It is the best of the series. It does get a little tiring hearing about the authors seemingly bit of preoccupation with Eva Peron's skankiness, but once that is over, the book is very entertaining. Well worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Winchester, VA, United States 01-30-13
    Richard Winchester, VA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "KEEPING WITH THE THEME"

    THIS STORY KEEPS WITH THE THEME OF THE SERIES, IT HAS ALL THE ACTION OF THE PREVIOUS STORIES AND KEEPS YOU GUESSING WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT. I HOPE THEY KEEP THE SERIES GOING!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David A McGirt Eclectic, AL 01-29-13
    David A McGirt Eclectic, AL 01-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Another in a great line of quality work"
    If you could sum up Empire and Honor in three words, what would they be?

    This is another great work and creative extension to a series I thought might have ended. Instead, we have much life left in these character we enjoy.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Fujisaki Oak Park, California United States 01-27-13
    Stuart Fujisaki Oak Park, California United States 01-27-13

    I've been an audio book fan for years and years, since borrowing Books-on-Tape from my local library, buying cassettes from BOT, then migrating to Audible eight years ago. My audio library has become extensive. But still waiting for James Michener's work to get over here.....

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    "Cry for me Argentina!"

    The WEB Griffin empire jumped the shark and having a 500+ page volume #7 proves it. I’d say 175 pages max for the amount of new material provided in the latest offering of the Argentina series. The author and co-author, I.e. the co-author succeeded in converting once interesting characters into parodies of themselves, while slogging them through a totally uninteresting, often confusing tale. You'd think the father would instruct the son to just stick to the time tested formula (stick to the script, stupid). He didn't listen, or more likely, thought he was Hemingway. It appears the WEB empire intends to expand into volumes #8, #9 and probably #10 – count me out. Evita made an appearance in this book so Butterworth Hemingway must be chomping at the bit to bring in Andrew Lloyd Webber as a guest B.I.S. agent or S.A.A. passenger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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