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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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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-13-13
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2013

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "Griffin & the American Epic"

    The Brotherhood of War series superbly captures the times, people, and military of from the tail end of WWII through the Vietnam War.

    It follows several characters throughout the series (per Wikipedia) which make me very happy as I am rather fond of a few of them at the end of this first book. I enjoy a series where you have a chance to get to know the characters more than most single books can portray by taking them through several years of their lives.

    The book also helped instill in me a curiosity for world events of the time especially after reading the Wikipedia entry which lists the real life people some of the characters in the book were based upon.

    W.E.B. Griffin's series Presidential Agent & Corps are still my favorite series but I enjoyed the first book of this one enough to download the second so we will see where I am at after,

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    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 04-15-13
    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a small business owner, writer and frequent traveler. Audio books are my constant companions

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    "The Lieutenants - The Soap War"

    Lieutenants are military officers correct? They fight right? Not in this very disappointing soap opera. An excellent performance is wasted on this book that is overloaded with backstory. This book is hours of character summaries forced into the post WWII context with nothing of value to say about either. The sudden ending comes out of nowhere which is exactly where this book was heading, Glad it is over.

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    Bryan Aledo, Tx, United States 03-26-13
    Bryan Aledo, Tx, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Book but not for Kids"
    Any additional comments?

    People may think that I am being prude in saying this but can we not curtail the language? This has good history content, good story line, but I would not be able to have my younger daughter listen to this book due to obsessive language. I believe we can have integrity in writing while allowing the story to dictate instead of the shock of words.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julia SULLIVAN, IL, United States 03-11-13
    Julia SULLIVAN, IL, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2006
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    "the worst"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a plot!


    Has The Lieutenants turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    narrator did o.k.


    What character would you cut from The Lieutenants?

    most all, I had no idea wher this book was going....


    Any additional comments?

    i have be a listener since almost the begining. I have never failed to finish a book. there is a first time for everything. This is it! the worst, no plot, no point, goes no where.... i really tried to get through it I just couldnt do it.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    micheal greenwood, MS, United States 02-19-13
    micheal greenwood, MS, United States 02-19-13
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    "W.E.B. Griffin continues great story telling"

    A great story based on historical events that keeps on the edge of your seat

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    James Shawnee, Ok, United States 02-16-13
    James Shawnee, Ok, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome! No whimps allowed!"

    Finally a serries where the main charictors arent whimps crying about there lot in life. A great story with relatable charictors fighting and living lives we can relate to. lots of action with a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I listened to the first two books nearly non-stop and for the first time ever just downloaded the rest ot the entire series.

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    Amazon Customer Mirror, Alberta, Canada 02-01-13
    Amazon Customer Mirror, Alberta, Canada 02-01-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Very intresting story line"
    Any additional comments?

    This was my first reading of this series and I am definitely going to purchase to rest

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    Robert 01-21-13
    Robert 01-21-13
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    "Why change things"
    Where does The Lieutenants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Always loved his books whether in book or audio form. His books always rank high up there...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Always a big fan of Craig Lowell..


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book, if that can be considered a scene.


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

    World War II story at it's best


    Any additional comments?

    I have read everyone of his books more times than I can count and some how there are subtle changes in a few parts of the story. That is the only thing I didn't like about this book in audio form otherwise as always this was a great book and a great story....

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    mike 11-04-12
    mike 11-04-12 Member Since 2007
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    "just learn to pronounce German words"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lieutenants to be better than the print version?

    YES! The one exception is the narrators inability to pronounce German words.
    I spent 7 years in Germany and learned the language in self defense. German in-laws!
    It hurts my ears to hear "fur-line" when referring to a young lady. YIKES!


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

    Having read the book some 15 plus years ago I had forgotten much of the story. I am real enjoying the "re telling"


    Did Eric G. Dove do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    other than the poor German, he is doing an excellent job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States 09-25-12
    Carl Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States 09-25-12

    Books worth the money are those biographies about our Founding Fathers. Or THE LONG WALK and/or UNBROKEN Try THE LONG WALK a

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    "Most books are "thrillers." W.E.B Griffith writes"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lieutenants the most enjoyable?

    It easily and interestingly relates to real life in the military. Not a "thrill" to be found.
    "Thrillers" are boring and stupidly implausible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lieutenants?

    Nothing specific.


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

    He was ok.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?


    Cut all music. It detracts and is unneeded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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