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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.

What the Critics Say

“An American epic.” (Tom Clancy)

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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 NEWNAN, GA, United States 02-11-12
    Susan NEWNAN, GA, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2009
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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
    02-22-12 Member Since 2008
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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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    Kendall Richmond, TX, United States 01-31-12
    Kendall Richmond, TX, United States 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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    Joe Alpine, UT, United States 08-10-14
    Joe Alpine, UT, United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2008
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    "One of my favorite W.E.B. Griffin novels"

    The Lieutenants introduces you to timeless characters that you will never forget.

    W.E.B. Griffin is one of my favorite authors, but not every person I have recommended them to have enjoyed them as much as I have. I've thought a lot about that and I believe there is a pace to his novels that I love. I find the level of military specificity and detail incredibly interesting, and this lends itself to a more relaxed pace. Its a little bit like listening to a great baseball game. There is a certain pace that I find very comfortable.

    The themes of honor, loyalty and "the Brotherhood" of war make for a great listen. Again, the characters have become incredibly familiar to me and this is the first novel in a wonderful series.

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    Daniel K. Patterson 08-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Narrator did not research the proper pronunciation of some of the weapons mentioned in the book, and most of the overseas locations.


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

    Not really but a good book non the less.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eric G. Dove?

    I suppose you have to listen to whomever they have read the book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The whole thing kind of died off in the end. We'll see if it picks back up in Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gerry Saanichton, British Columbia, Canada 06-27-14
    gerry Saanichton, British Columbia, Canada 06-27-14

    I read books, fix computers, read books, fix my truck, read books, enjoy time with my wife and kids, and I read books.

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    "Griffin is a Master"

    I read these book when I was a young private in the Patricia's. I read them as fast as I could and read them all. Actually I read all the military books Griffin put out. I put off buying these audio books because I was afraid they might turn out as bad as Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity. I read that book multiple times and jumped at the audiobook when became available. I found out that some books shouldn't be narrated, and the narrator is as important as the author, The Bourne Identity is a case in point.

    I was afraid this series was going to be the same, but bought The Lieutenants when it went on sale. I ended up listening to it straight through, and then bought all the Brotherhood of War books. The narration brings these book to life, I don't what else to say other than Eric G. Dove is in the ranks of Allyson Johnson, LJ Ganser, Stefan Rudnicki, Marc Vietor, William Dufris, and Mark Boyett. If you like military stories, historical fiction then you should enjoy this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 06-19-14
    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 06-19-14
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    "Not anywhere near as good as the Corps series"

    I like Dick Hill more as narrator than Eric Dove, and I found the character development in this book much weaker than Griffin's Presidential Agent series or the Corps Series. It's OK, but no more. I MIGHT try the Captains just to see if the characters continue and grow in the telling. I remember I didn't find Book 1 of the Corps series anywhere near as good as the follow-ups so maybe the Brotherhood of War will follow the same pattern. I'll read the reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Perth, Australia 01-27-14
    Bruce Perth, Australia 01-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Starts slow but build and builds into brilliance"

    I found that it took a while for me to get into this but as it built and stories and characters developed I really got into it it. In fact, I finished the second half in two days. Will definitely get the next one in the series with so many characters to like.

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    Andrew Lewiston, ME, United States 12-11-13
    Andrew Lewiston, ME, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story..."

    ...but does anyone listen before it is released? Or is the producer as much of a dunce as the narrator? Did W.E.B. Griffin hear it? What does he think? As an ex G.I. stationed in Germany and Europe for 10 years the constant mispronunciation of every single German word is quite annoying. The words were not pronounced the way Germans say them NOR the way Americans say them. Just annoying, didn't ruin a great book though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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