Griffin's Honor Bound novels have been hailed as "terrific" (Newark Star-Ledger) and "immensely entertaining" (Kirkus Reviews), with "enough derring-do, romance, and action to satisfy Griffin's legions of fans and bring him new ones" (Rocky Mountain News).
August 6, 1943: In his brief career in the Office of Strategic Services, 24-year-old Cletus Frade has already been involved in a lot of unusual situations, but nothing like the one he's in now, standing with a German lieutenant colonel named Wilhelm Frogger in a Mississippi prisoner-of-war detention facility. Frade's job? To help Frogger escape. Frogger's parents are in Frade's custody in Argentina, because of their involvement in a secret German plan to establish safe havens for senior Nazi officials in South America, and the younger Frogger has agreed to help find out what they know.
Even more important, however, is the secret within the secret. Before he was captured in Africa, Frogger was part of a conspiracy; its goal: to assassinate Adolf Hitler. If the OSS can use his knowledge and connections to nudge that plot along, even just a little bit, they may be able to end this war right now.
But Frade is not the only one who knows about the Froggers. Even as he stands there in Mississippi, a troop of Germans and Argentinians, led by a Colonel Juan Perón, is on its way to kill the parents and, after them, Frade himself. His career in the OSS may have been brief - but it may just be about to be over.
Filled with the special flair that Griffin's fans have come to expect, The Honor of Spies is another rousing adventure from one of our finest storytellers.
©2009 W. E. B. Griffin; (P)2009 Penguin
Yes there are a lot of characters in this story, but each one is fleshed out to be a complete person. Granted, I did get a little confused with the code names Teapot, Teacup, etc., but it fit the plot. The base story is not that complex but the interaction of the characters requires the listener to pay attention.
My only complaint is the fact that Audible refuses to indicate the numerical sequence of books in a series. Had I known I missed one of the series I would have bought it first. Audible just lost a sale because I won't read a story backwards.
If you are reading these books in order, skip the first two hours of Honor and Spies, as it is covered in the last 10 minutes of Death and Honor. Very frustrating as you wade through events you already know about, the story does not advance at all in this part. Griffin is big on revisiting information but this is the most aggravating case yet, as it is indeed a great otherwise tight series (I downloaded the Double Agents to kill a few days until this last in the series came out, don't bother with Double Agents, very weak). Honor and Spies picks up after the two hours rehashing the last book. Start two hours in and miss absolutely nothing.
The title of this book implies an exciting spy thriller. It is just the opposite. Boooring! There is little action to hold a listeners interest for 21 hrs. I put it on "fast play" and it was still too slow. The plot sounded very interesting but the writing managed to deflate my interest about half way through the book. I finished the book in order to try to discover some redeeming qualities. I didn't succeed. it wasn't even good history. Don't waste your time.
This Cletus Frade series has been very entertaining. I find myself waiting for the next episode. The only thing that keeps this from 5 stars all the way is WEB's tendency to repeat details that the reader already knows from multiple repeats of details.
One of the things I look for in an audio book is the name Scott Brick he brings life to his characters
to long for one sitting
Brick , only
No purpose, too detailed, slow. Nothing to demand interest
All of it
This is the second of Griffin's books I have tried, can I ger my credits back. Never again
NO! Once again Scott Brick demonstrates that he is not up to the task of performing a book with non-english words & names. He continuously mispronouces non-english words and names making his naration a nail on the chalk board experience.
Fantastic story, based heavily on facts. Scott Brick does superb job with Spanish, German, British, and American accents.
I have enjoyed other book by Griffin but this one is a real yawner! Don't get me wrong I love long detailed books as I do a lot of driving but this thing needs a hard copy print out just to keep the characters straight! I don't think this book dies because of Scott Brick's reading - I like Scott's reading of other books such as De Mille's - I think this is just a boring book. If this is the level of material that is available today me and Audible may part ways.
This is the first W.E.B book I have ever felt the need to review. I love his other books but this one is impossible to follow. There are so many people involved, americans, germans, and those from argentina, I bet the cast adds up to at least 75. the germans are given their offical army name which is not translated to english so you do not know who commands whom. They travel all over the world which is also very confusing. There are probably 15 to 20 people in each chapter. The only way to listen to this book is if you have a "photographic or audible memory" beyond belief. Please keep the next book shorter and a little more simple for the publics enjoyment.
I love W.E.B. Griffin. His stories are usually exciting and captivating. This one may be, but Scott Brick is masterful in rendering this book into a truly numbing experience. The book is only 21 hours, but you age 4 years in that time. Griffin should sue Brick for doing to his book what his narration style does. I would not buy another book read by Brick. The word that keeps coming to mind as I listen is "ARRG#%#HHHH". Audible should give everyone who buys this book 3 free listener credits just to reduce the risk that this book drives them away from audio books altogether.
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