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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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    Michael Running Springs, CA, United States 08-16-12
    Michael Running Springs, CA, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Spymasters"
    What would have made The Spymasters better?

    more of an in depth story focusing on the actual action


    What was most disappointing about W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV ’s story?

    to much time was spent on interpersonal mumbo jumbo which went nowhere.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but he did an excellent Job, with the script he had to work with. Maybe he can redo all of the "Men in Blue" series, because Michael Russotto is a DISASTER.


    Any additional comments?

    I am original Griffin Fan, beginning with the Lieutenants, this book although long awaited, was slow on action. Nothing at all like all the other Griffin books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 08-18-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "WW11 Spy Story"

    W.E.B. Griffin is one of my favorite historical war novelist. It seem like it has been a long wait for this latest book in the Men At War Series. Dick Canidy is back to Sicily to check on the covert OSS team he had put in place but a different "hand" was sending in the signal reports. Canidy was also assigned to check if there was more nerve gas held by the SS. Alan Dallas was busy checking out "aerial torpedo' and arrange the escape of his operatives. Lots of action, politics and history woven together as only Griffin can do. Can not wait for the next book. If you enjoy historical fiction of WW11 Griffin is one of the best authors. I am glad to see they are now publishing his older books as audiobooks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew MOSCOW, IDAHO, United States 09-24-12
    Matthew MOSCOW, IDAHO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A waste of time...."

    ..and credits. The writer needs to find a plot before trying to make it a book. The story was dull, rambling and had no real ending. This was a part of a series? Unbelievable that anyone would spend the time or money to publish such rubbish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis United States 09-11-12
    Dennis United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Limited field of reference"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No because it does not put the effort into context with WW II.


    Any additional comments?

    No. It is not up to previous books by same author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Shamrock, TX, United States 08-15-12
    Lee Shamrock, TX, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "I expect nothing less"

    Again W.E.B. Griffin makes us long for the days when honor and dedication meant something. He has a singular way of taking historical events and giving them life as the reader is not only involved, but part of the story. From FDR's machevellian nature to the "devil may care" attitude of Canidy, he gives us dreams of the days of Yore.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States 07-12-13
    Carl Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States 07-12-13

    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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    "Author off his feed."
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV and/or Christopher Lane?

    Maybe, but probably not. It was disappointing.


    If you’ve listened to books by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


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

    Not for me. Hard to keep attentive.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jon Meridian, ID, United States 06-11-13
    jon Meridian, ID, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Poor excuse for historical fiction"
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV and/or Christopher Lane?

    I don't know who actually wrote this book, my guess is Mr. Griffin just lent his name to it to make a few bucks. Other Griffin books I have read were well done and well researched. This book was embarrassingly bad. It kept talking about speeches to the United Nations made in 1943. Ummmm the UN didn't come about until after the war. Lets go with 1945! It is silly screw ups like this that just ruin the enjoyability of the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV again?

    No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration seemed really slow. I had to speed it up to 1.25 speed to make it tolerable (before I quit listening to the book halfway through)


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I love books about this time period and in this genre. If you are going to write historical fiction you owe it to your readers to actually research your topic. This book was so amateurish that high school kids would spot the flaws.


    Any additional comments?

    pass on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth HIGHLAND PARK, NJ, United States 04-30-13
    Kenneth HIGHLAND PARK, NJ, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "disappointing reader and pace"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story should be as fast paced and realistic as the previous books. To flat, one sided, with a lot of extraneous thought based musings.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV again?

    I liked their other books, but this is a failure.


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

    Dick Hill, the reader of the other books.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The Men of War series was WEB Griffin's second best, after honor bound. honor bound also got to be a little to stuffy and romantic and predictable, with the addition of Griffin's son, but not as bad as this one, and not such a dramatic decline. The character of Kepler is a total waste, no Hans Peter Von Wachstein, but the formula is the same and a lost opportunity. These books used to be good for the 400 mile drives, and still make you sit in the car for the last ten seconds when the hero's win against all the odds. No more. Better luck next time- I think I will return this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. W. Williams NY Metro 04-07-13
    G. W. Williams NY Metro 04-07-13 Member Since 2007

    GWW2

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    "Outrageous historical inaccuracies."
    What disappointed you about The Spymasters?

    I could not finish. The magnitude of the errors about the German V1 and V2 programs, Which the author conflates and confuses, made it un "readable".


    What could W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Done some fact checking and historical research about the V weapons.


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

    All the scenes suggesting that the Brits were terrified of the V weapons.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian G. Quittner Biltmore Lake, NC 03-04-13
    Ian G. Quittner Biltmore Lake, NC 03-04-13
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    "You can never go wrong with WEB"
    What did you like best about The Spymasters? What did you like least?

    As always with WEB Griffin, he blends historical fact with a bit of romance and fiction. One always comes away learning something new.


    What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narrative style is quite good and stacks up well against such mainstays of the Griffin genre as Scott Brick.


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

    I would love to see any of the Griffin series brought to the silver screen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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