First Lieutenant Cletus Frade is fresh from Guadalcanal. He teams up with Second Lieutenant Anthony Pelosi and Sergeant David Ettinger for the most critical OSS operation of the war.
Under the direction of the mysterious Colonel Loman, they venture into a simmering stew of German and Allied agents, collaborators, and government security thugs, of men and women hiding their pasts and plotting their futures - all in supposedly neutral city of Buenos Aires.
©2008 W. E. B. Griffin; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Griffin's reconstruction of upper-class Argentine society in the 1940s provides an exotic and credible setting for a tautly written story whose twists and turns will keep readers guessing until the last page." (Publishers Weekly)
The book started slowly but as you listen you begin to like the main characters, father, son, and the other characters linked to them. I'm not normally a fan of military based novels but will puchase other books in the series by this author. I would have given this book 4.5 to 5 stars with the exception that it ended a bit abruptly. I would have liked a bit more follow up on the relationships the author developed throughout the novel but still well worth listening to.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
86 year old William Edward Butterworth III has been authoring or coauthoring military thrillers under his own name and various pseudonyms for 57 years. During that period he has released over 160 novels about one-third of which are available in audiobook format. Butterworth's best known pseudonym is W.E.B. Griffin. Honor Bound is one of many military thrillers released under the Griffin pseudonym; some are coauthored with his son William Edward Butterworth IV. The best of the books are written by Griffin alone.
Honor Bound is an excellent military thriller with outstanding narration by Dick Hill. I highly recommend all of the W.E.B. Griffin novels written without a coauthor. Most of the novels are narrated by either Dick Hill, Scott Brick, or Eric G. Dove who are three of the very best.
I read the series years ago, now I want to revisit them all in audio format. About the only complaint that I had was that someone should have told Dick Hill that the name Jorge is pronounced "Hor-Hey" and not "Hor-Gay". That was just annoying.
Other than that I enjoyed it.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
When will I learn? I read the first book of Semper Fi, thought it was pretty good and when several more of Griffin's book went on sale, I bought three. This is the second I bought and it is awful. Nothing happens in this book. I stuck it out for eleven chapters, but lost patience.
Dick Hill is my favorite narrator and he did a good job, although I will agree with others I did not like the echo effect. If you have listened to any of McCaffery's Dragon books, then you know what I an talking about.
Great! Great! Great!
You need more books to listen to by W.E.B. Griffin.
Story is believable, well-researched and suspenseful.
Drags on a little too long, but the end of the mission is never obvious.
I normally like this narrator, but he should NOT do a book with lots of Spanish names. Why not ask SOMEONE WHO SPEAKS THE LANGUAGE how to pronounce the main character's name? Really, you had JUST ONE JOB here. I heard "Yor-gay" so many times I could scream. Also, he should research some military terminology like the BAR rifle. It's BEE-A-AR, not "bar".
The detail of the of the characters, the understanding of the cultural intricacies of 1940 Argentina, and each of the sub-plots made this a very enjoyable read.
Dick Hill has a very good voice for narration with wonderful pacing and also understands the pronunciation of those elements of the book required to be spoken in Spanish and German. I would think that he should do al narrations for the W.E.B. Griffin "Honor" series.
I've read the book before. It truly is Griffin (the elder) at his best. I can't believe Mr. Griffin who lives in Argentina and who has spent a lot of time in Germany would allow such a lousy narrator read his book. Buy the hard copy and boycott the E version.
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