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The Lieutenants: Book One of the Brotherhood of War Series | [W. E. B. Griffin]

The Lieutenants: Book One of the Brotherhood of War Series

They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....
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They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....

©1986 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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“An American epic.” (Tom Clancy)

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    John S MA 10-02-14
    John S MA 10-02-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Not really a WWII book."

    This book is tied together because the major characters are simply Lieutenants. While it begins in WWII with a major character being captured by the Germans and sent to a prison camp, most of the book actually takes place between WWII and the Korean War. Sort of a soap opera with military families.

    The part of the book that describes the escape from Germany is fast paced, but the majority is fairly dull. Nothing much happens in the entire second half of the book. The major characters go from one posting to the other and it's really a story about daily life in the military when there are no battles to fight other than with the Pentagon bureaucracy. If you have not read the Winds of War series go with that alternative, this is not quite as good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Allons, TN, United States 04-24-13
    Ron Allons, TN, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2010

    American patriot, veteran, historical researcher and writer.

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    "Soldier's Stories at their very best"

    I do not know what took me so long to find the Brotherhood of War series, but now that I have, I cannot pull myself away from them. I read and listen to military history with an insatiable desire. I tend to stay away from fiction, but I must say that W.E.B. Griffin weaves a great story line through historical periods, with great characters that draw you in and make you care. He gets it right in both history and mindset. The narration by Eric G. Dove, is very good, however, his pronunciation of some of the German could use some help. In my opinion there is no way your coming away from the Lieutenants, without going on to the next book in the series. Listening entertainment at its best...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 02-11-12
    Susan 02-11-12
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    "Where's the rest of the series???"
    Would you listen to The Lieutenants again? Why?

    I have a habit of re-


    Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like his delivery. Got a couple of yuks at his pronunciation of foreign words, but I usually do from most narrators.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Imagine my dismay when, on finishing

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    02-22-12
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    "reader is the worst,can't pronouce simple german"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator should have had someone teach him how to pronouce the german words in the book. Made me angry everytime he pronouced even the small words incorrectly.


    Any additional comments?

    DO NOT LET THIS GUY NARRATE ANOTHER BOOK THAT HAS OTHER WORDS THAN ENGLISH!!!!!!!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    01-31-12
    01-31-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Finally!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lieutenants the most enjoyable?

    I read this series years ago and enjoyed it a great deal. I am happy to see Griffin's earlier work finally available through audible.com. His earlier books seem to be better than his recent work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything - especially the story


    What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

    Nice job - fantastic character voices


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks! Please hurry with the remainder of this fantastic series. One of the best in our lifetime!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 02-10-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 02-10-15 Member Since 2014

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "IT'S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW, BUT WHO YOU KNOW"

    If you have not read Griffin, you may think these are war stories. This is my fourth book, mostly due to liking the first book and then a sale that came out. Very little of the books have to do with war. They are mostly military soap operas. This starts out at the very end of World War 2. There is also some action that takes place in Greece afterwards.

    I did enjoy this book, mostly due to the characters. I also learned more about why we had a cold war. It seems Russia may have taken Americans prisoner and may have killed on purpose some Americans. It was all kept hush hush. We on the other hand killed some Russians. The Russians are depicted as doing a lot of raping of the Germans and torturing, etc. Course we are getting our side of the story and I am pretty sure the Russians have some atrocities to report.

    I also didn't know about the civil war in Greece, where the communists tried to take over the country and we sent in advisors, of which some were killed. Those who fought in Greece did not get the benefits or acknowledgements that the WWII soldiers got since it was a police action.

    There was a lot about the politics in the Army and the caste system.

    The two books I enjoyed were written in the 80's and the two I did not enjoy were written in 2008. I don't know if that had something to do with it. This does have some lovable characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Sundseth Thornton, CO USA 01-08-15
    Douglas Sundseth Thornton, CO USA 01-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Weak Narration Damages Good Story"

    Griffin does a good job of capturing the nuances of life in the US Army in the late 40s in this book. His use of detail communicates the realities of garrison duty quite effectively and the action sequences work well.

    Unfortunately, the narrator of this book, which is set in great measure in Germany and with important German characters, seems entirely incapable of understanding how to pronounce the German words used by Griffin. Note that this is not a matter of accent; some sounds in German are difficult for most English-speakers to hear, much less pronounce. But pronouncing "Leutnant" as if the first vowel were "ew" (for example) is jarring enough to break my immersion.

    That said, Dove's pacing, emphasis, and ability to handle American accents are more credible.

    If you can ignore the failings I found problematic, the story is involving enough to capture the attention and sustain interest.

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    Todd 01-01-15
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    "A very good story performed well."

    I enjoyed listening to this performance as much as I enjoyed reading this novel for the first time so many years ago.

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    Milton Prell Virginia 12-23-14
    Milton Prell Virginia 12-23-14

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    "Not a WWII Story"

    The description led me to believe this was set during WWII, but it takes place primarily afterwards. It's a masculine soap opera set in the post-war Army, which is not what I wanted. I stayed with the story until the end, and all the character threads were tied up very neatly, but it felt like the end of a mellow-drama. The reading performance was good enough, but there should have been a way to paraphrase the reading of the orders. The admin/message formatting only makes sense when you have the visual reference. I don't expect to listen to anymore WEB Griffin stuff now that I know what kind of story he is telling. I gave it two stars vice one star because I was able to care about most of the characters, but the outcomes were predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 11-06-14
    Dan 11-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An exciting Series begins!"
    What did you love best about The Lieutenants?

    I thought the story while starting a bit slow brought you in with interesting characters, historically accurate plot lines and action that would make even the most cynical of the war genre happy.


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

    I found the plotline remarkable. I wanted to know not only how these amazing people where doing what they were doing, but why. Griffin never disappointed.


    What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Dove is a talent! His character's were real. I found his accents remarkable and loved how he was able to capture not only the mood of the character, but their backstory with just an accent.


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

    The Lieutenants: A brotherhood of honor


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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