This is a great series to introduce someone to W.E.B. Griffin. If you listen to this book you will come back for more. Mr. Griffin gives a unique pers..Show More »pective to the military culture, I believe he does it justice. W.E.B. Griffin is not only a good writer he is a generous person, he is one of the few writers that goes above and beyond for his fan's. I sent him a few books a while back and he was gracious enough to sign them for me. How many authors these days are willing to do that for their avid readers? I digress, The Brotherhood of War Series is defiantly worth listing to if you have never listened to it before, and is worth re-listening to if its been a while since you have.
I had not expected to write this review. I had already reviewed the first book in this series, The Lieutenants, and the rest of the volumes in the ser..Show More »ies, in print at least, were every bit as great as that volume when I first read them. There seemed to be nothing I could add about this volume that would contribute anything new.
The characters are vivid and interesting, their life stories seem both real and representative of people I knew when I served in the military and the environment they live and work in feels real enough to me to almost touch. I am alternating one book of this series with one other book although is hard to force myself not to read through all 9 volumes in a row. So why did I write this review?
I realized, after completing my review of The Lieutenants, that I had not made clear that these books are not books about war. They are stories about the lives of a group of soldiers from their entry into the US Army through the remainder of their careers. While there are incidents where people are shot and where other violence occurs, the books are not primarily about that violence but rather about their individual lives as they progress through their careers and about the special relationships that exist between soldiers who may, at any time, have to go into hazardous duty and their wives and fellow soldiers and it is the story of the military environment in which they live and work.
There is no gratuitous violence in any of the books and I felt it was important to point that out to those who may not have yet had the pleasure of reading a book of the series. This review is probably a little late to mention it since most people who are thinking about buying The Captains have probably already read The Lieutenants, but I did want to make this point.
Next in the series of a pretty well researched book--details the development of Army aviation from the perspective of the characters in the series. I ..Show More »wonder when one of them will get killed off? Next--"The Colonels"
Book 8 of 9 in the "Brotherhood..." series. Good book that intertwines with "The Aviators" and set circa 1964. Again, the main characters developed w..Show More »ell and are well traveled. There are minor errors of context, but the research is exquisite. Further, it's written from an Army perspective and isn't very joint in nature. Perhaps Special Ops did not get joint until after 1979? On to the last book of the series: "Special Ops."
Over the years I have read almost all of the Griffin books. He is one of my favorite military authors. I see now that all the books are being release..Show More »d on audiobooks. I decided to take the opportunity to read/listen to the books I had missed reading in the past. This book was on my list. W.E.B. Griffin takes a real situation based on history and inserts his fictional characters right along side the real historical people thus making the story very real. Eric G. Dove did a great job narrating the story. It is the first time I have heard him narrate. Most of Griffins books prior to this series were based on WWII stories. This series moves into the cold war period with Che Guevara the Cuban communist activist. Lots of flying and action in the story. Some foul language but no explicit sex as per Griffins usual method of writing. If you are a fan of military novels or a history buff you will enjoy this story. Griffin also is precise in following military protocols in this story including the famous military top secret memo format. In this book he sums up the ending of the story via after action reports and memos to Felter.