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The Spymasters: A Men at War Novel, Book 7 | [W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV]

The Spymasters: A Men at War Novel, Book 7

It is summer 1943. Two of the Allies’ most important plans are at grave risk: Operation Overlord’s invasion of France and the Manhattan Project’s race to build the atomic bomb. A furious President Roosevelt turns to OSS spy chief Wild Bill Donovan — and Donovan turns to Dick Canidy and his teams behind enemy lines. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them....
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Publisher's Summary

Critics and fans everywhere love the Men at War series, books “rich with witty banter and nail-biting undercover work” (Entertainment Weekly).

It is summer 1943. Two of the Allies’ most important plans are at grave risk: Operation Overlord’s invasion of France and the Manhattan Project’s race to build the atomic bomb. A furious President Roosevelt turns to OSS spy chief Wild Bill Donovan — and Donovan turns to Dick Canidy and his teams behind enemy lines. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them. In the weeks to come, they must fight the Axis in many ways, to try to find and sabotage Germany’s new “aerial torpedo” rockets, some of which are rumored to be fitted out with deadly nerve gas and aimed at London; to rescue a missing covert OSS team bearing vital secrets; and to exploit German intelligence agents and generals disgruntled enough with Hitler to maybe try to topple him.

And as if all that weren’t enough, they must battle the enemy within, as well: The Soviets are using moles to steal Manhattan Project secrets, and if the Soviets build their own atomic bomb... who knows where that might lead?

Filled to the brim with action, character, and the deep understanding of the military heart and mind that have made Griffin’s novels outstanding, The Spymasters is simply great listening.

©2012 W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Lock 02-19-13
    Lock 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "OK but not great."
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV and/or Christopher Lane?

    Oh yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Lane?

    No offense but he was not up to the great job Scott Brick does.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge fan of Griffin and am lessening to all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ismael 01-02-13
    Ismael 01-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excelent book ruined by reader"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no, reader is too bad


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Lane’s performances?

    never, he was terrible


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and storyline ruined by the reader, makes them sound like cartoonish weasels from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Mission Viejo, CA, United States 09-25-12
    Bruce Mission Viejo, CA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2005
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    "W.E.B Griffin Fans Will Like This"
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV and/or Christopher Lane?

    Yes, I am a W.E.B Griffin fan and enjoy all of his war novel efforts.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    I thought his performance fit the narrative of the book..


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

    No. The best parts of these novels are the narratives among the characters and the history included in the background. A movie would have to contrive more action, which would ruin it for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I can see where this novel would appeal to only a select group of people. You would have to be interested in the history of the time period and enjoy the banter of males during difficult times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Bend, OR, United States 09-24-12
    Michael Bend, OR, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dud"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was certainly not a barn burner. W.E.B.'s stories are becoming to predictable and are ok to pass time with but certainly not up to the quality of when he was first being published.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Just a bland story


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Netural


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

    No, this dog won't hunt any longer


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith F. Goodman Florida 09-12-12
    Keith F. Goodman Florida 09-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "W.E.B. did not meet expectations"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    W.E.B. did not meet expectations nor was it up to his standards he managed in all of his previous books. The story was disjointed to the point of confusion. There was little or no action in at least the first 8 hours of listening. I can't think of any reader who would enjoy this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think I will listen to another J. D. Robb novel.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narration matched the pace of the book. Unfortunately, there was nothing the narrator could do to make improvements based on the material he was working with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Spymasters?

    I would send it back to the author and ask for a complete rewrite.


    Any additional comments?

    Having read all of the other books by W. E. B. Griffin, I was extremely disappointed. I was expecting an easy ehjoyable read with good strong characters, some humor and action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    09-10-12
    09-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Thanks for another history lesson on WWII"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I keep ordering and listing to WEB Griffin’s books knowing most of it will be full of history trivia of WWII. Now that he’s teamed up with his son it seems like they’re collaboration is producing more history and less action


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part of the story line to me is a glimpse into how well a small country like Great Britain dealt with the daily bombings and it’s major overall contribution to WWII.

    Some of the characters in the story are not very believable.


    What three words best describe Christopher Lane’s performance?

    Delivers trivia well.


    Did The Spymasters inspire you to do anything?

    To question why more citizens of Germany didn’t do more to stop the evil that was done to so many innocent people of the world based on the leadership of a crazy man.


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably continue to purchase future books written by the father and son team. I'm not sure I will outlive the farther but I wonder what a story would be like without his influence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Orangeburg, NY, USA 09-04-12
    Bruce Orangeburg, NY, USA 09-04-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Story deserved better"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    World War II buffs may be interested, but I found myself loosing interest during some sections. Story was good but with an abrupt ending that seemed to be forced.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Kyle, TX, United States 09-04-12
    Samuel Kyle, TX, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Series, Getting Better"
    If you could sum up The Spymasters in three words, what would they be?

    Pretty Good


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

    Kept me interested, not on the edge of my seat though


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    I have always liked Dick Canady


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, there was some humor, but not real heavy laughable humor, it is not that type of book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Roseville, California, United States 09-03-12
    Fred Roseville, California, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved Spymasters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, loved action, loved the way it was done and read


    What other book might you compare The Spymasters to and why?

    other griffin novels


    Which scene was your favorite?

    action sequence


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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