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The Assassination Option Audiobook

The Assassination Option: A Clandestine Operations Novel, Book 2

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From the #1 New York Times - and Wall Street Journal - best-selling author comes the dramatic second adventure in the brand-new Clandestine Operations series about the Cold War, the fledgling Central Intelligence Agency - and a new breed of warrior.

In Top Secret, W.E.B. Griffin introduced a remarkable new cast of heroes as they found themselves on the front lines of an entirely different kind of war. Now, these men and women are going to find out what they’ve really gotten themselves into.

James Cronley thought he had done well - he didn't know he’d done this well.

His first successful mission for the about-to-be-official new Central Intelligence Directorate has drawn all kinds of attention, some welcome, some not. On the plus side, he's now a captain; promoted to Chief, DCI, Europe; and in charge of a top secret spy operation. On the minus side, a lot of people would like to know about that operation, including not only the Soviets, but his own Pentagon, as well as a seething J. Edgar Hoover.

Cronley knows that if just one thing goes wrong, he's likely to get thrown to the wolves. As if that weren't enough pressure, complications are springing up on all sides. He's discovered a surprising alliance between the former German intelligence chief and, of all things, the Mossad. A German family that Cronley never knew he had has suddenly, and suspiciously, emerged. And he's due for a rendezvous with an undercover agent against the Soviets known only as Seven K.

It’s when he meets Seven K that he gets the real surprise.

©2014 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-08-15
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The Cold War Starts"

    This is book two in the new series entitled Clandestine Operation Series. Captain James Cronley is back with the same characters we met in book one.

    Cronley is now in charge of running the European division of the Directorate of Central intelligence, know known as the CIA. We are introduced to some new characters such as Maksymilian Ostrowski, a free Polish Air Force veteran now a displaced person. Russian triple-agent Seven-K who spied for the Abwehr Ost is also revealed in this story.

    One of the things I like about Griffins’ books is that Griffin slips historical facts into the story such as the Katyn Forest massacre, Hoover’s botched attempt at Manhattan Project secrecy. I did note an error in the historical fact in that Griffin had created the USAF one year prior to its actual date of 14 September 1947.

    Lots of suspense is provided with a top secret Russian agent Colonel Sergei Likbanev of the NKGB who is turned and taken to Argentina. Now the excitement builds trying to sneak his family out of Russia.

    What I like about Griffin books are the mixture of fact and fiction along with mixing real people with fictional characters. Griffin also tends to insert one or more characters from prior books into the story. I wonder is the character Freddy Hessinger is a fictional portrayal of Henry Kissinger; there is a lots of similarities between the two in the story. In this series Griffin is giving us a historical look at post war Germany.

    I noted this series which shadows cold war history, is revealing how history repeats itself in the headlines of today’s news. Anyone interested in historical fiction of the cold war will enjoy this book. Alexander Cendese narrated this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Did someone else write this book."
    What disappointed you about The Assassination Option?

    I did not like the narration at all, and the story was very weak. I would never have guess it was written by Griffin.


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    Kelly 01-11-15
    Kelly 01-11-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Latest Griffin Series"

    Just finished the latest installment in the new Griffin series. Really like how he has chosen to portray the young hero. While I was not alive during WW2, I would imagine that many of the newly-made, very young officers second guessed their every move. Makes for a realistic feel.

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    L. Rubenstein 01-07-15
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    "Another home run for WEB & WEB Jr."

    as the second of the clandestine series it's ever better than the first with excellent narration by Alexander Cendese. Stories about the early days of the CIA make for a great background to the history of what it took to get the CIA off the ground after the OSS was disbanded and the conflict with the DOD and the FBI over who should be responsible for foreign intelligence. With this as a background the story is fast paced and picks up where the first book ended. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P FORT DENAUD, FL, United States 08-22-16
    P FORT DENAUD, FL, United States 08-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the author"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was running the series. Love the author, really did not like the reader


    What did you like best about this story?

    The continuing story


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I listen to these books because I really like the author and his style of writing. The narrator was rough and did not pronounce the foreign word well. This detracted from the story


    Do you think The Assassination Option needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, hoping it will have one.


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    Raymond A. Cooper 05-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstandingly story"

    Nothing like truth in the events of this book. It is worthy to note, events of today are the result on the actions contained in this book.

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    Danurt 09-19-15
    Danurt 09-19-15 Member Since 2011

    errObviously I like to read have a wide varied interest Have lived in the South most of my life and travelled extensively.

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    "enjoy WEB Griffin"

    Griffin had me at the Leutenants and have enjoyed all of his books

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    S. T. Terry 09-07-15
    S. T. Terry 09-07-15

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    "Good read."

    Pretty standard Griffiin/Butterworth family business story. A bit wordy and repetitive.. The standard gratuitous sex. The same overuse of "run away mouth". But overall a good read.
    I MISS KILLER McCOY!

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    F. Delaney 08-13-15
    F. Delaney 08-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a great follow up to Top Secret"

    After a while you will get sick of Captain Cronley over use of official jargon and they need to drop they way he talks inside his head. The spend the whole book prepping for a mission that is covered in last ten minutes. Maybe I just listened to much of griffin in a row.

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    Adam 06-03-15
    Adam 06-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "fantastic book and reading"

    loved the book and a great performance by the narrator. can't wait for the next one.

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