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Publisher's Summary

From #1 New York Times bestselling author W. E. B. Griffin comes the dramatic third novel in the Clandestine Operations series about the Cold War, the fledgling Central Intelligence Agency - and a new breed of warrior.

January 1946: Two WACs leave an officers' club in Munich, and four Soviet NKGB agents kidnap them at knifepoint in the parking lot and shove them in the back of an ambulance. That is the agents' first mistake, and their last. One of the WACs, a blond woman improbably named Claudette Colbert, works for the new Directorate of Central Intelligence, and three of the men end up dead and the fourth wounded.

The "incident," however, will send shock waves rippling up and down the line and have major repercussions not only for her, but for her boss, James Cronley, Chief DCI-Europe, and for everybody involved in their still-evolving enterprise. For, though the Germans may have been defeated, Cronley and his company are on the front lines of an entirely different kind of war now. The enemy has changed, the rules have changed - and the stakes have never been higher.

©2016 W. E. B. Griffin. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Michael
  • Bend, OR, United States
  • 01-27-17

Low Order Dub

What disappointed you about Curtain of Death?

Very sophomoric in plot and nature of characters in the story are a joke

Has Curtain of Death turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not necessarily as there are many good authors out there with more believable story lines.

Would you be willing to try another one of Alexander Cendese’s performances?

Very hesitant to do so

What character would you cut from Curtain of Death?

Most

Any additional comments?

W.E.B Griffin has fallen greatly from his early days. If he is not writing or consulting on these "stories" his name should come off the title page.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Worst Narration

I've been reading W.E.B. Griffin's various series of books for a very long time. Frankly, I enjoy them. However, since there is a lot of repetitive information within each book, the repetitions are easier to tolerate as an Audible book as opposed to actually reading the book.

The theme and story of each series of books is very similar. Typically, there is at least one young central character in each story who is brash, yet brave and heroic. Most of the time, that character is very wealthy and well connected. In other words, not typical of a real life character, but that's okay.

The law enforcement stories are centered around various divisions of the Philadelphia Police Department.

The military stories are typically US Army related, though there is also an excellent series revolving around the US Marine Corps. With the exception of the USMC stories, we find a majority of the US Army related stories included storylines that included Germany, Argentina and Texas. All seem to touch upon some aspect of intelligence and somehow the young wealthy characters are heroic and become highly connected within both military and political structures.

In one series, the author chose to turn the final book in the series into a unrealistic comedy. It was highly disappointing and I felt it it was insulting to the author's loyal base.

In this particular series, the "Clandestine Operations Series", the books in the series are in inconsistent. Perhaps the author is getting forgetful? Or in writing with his son, the collaboration has created inconsistencies? I don't know. For instance. Major Wallace goes from being a supporter & defender of Captain Cromley to Pentagon chair warming, two-faced hater of Captain Cromley. It doesn't come across as Major Wallace transitioning to that role, but simply assumes a different role as Colonel Mattingly is moved out of the series.

The glaring inconsistencies in this particular series is disappointing enough, though they will not stop me from reading or listening to future books from Mr. Griffin and/or his son.

In this particular series, i.e. the "Clandestine Operations Series", the most disappointing is the particular artist chosen to read this series, Mr. Alexander Cendese. I don't recall hearing Mr. Cendese reading other books I've listened to. Perhaps he is very good at reading non-fiction. In this particular series, his readings are very distracting from the story, because his accents for each character can only be described as horrible. For instance, in the first 3 books in this series, Major Wallace comes across as a strong military leader, friendly and even with a sense of humor. In the 4th book in the series, the narrator has him sounding like a nasty old man.

Furthermore, almost everyone has a weird German sounding accent, including Americans of Pennsylvania Dutch heritage who are born and raised in the USA. For the Russians, my wife walked by as I was listening to the story and kept laughing as she said the characters sounded like Count Chocula.

Several of the women are portrayed as unrealistic, damn near bimbo, sluts. Frankly, it's distracting and embarrassing.

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Another great book from W.E.B. Griffin!

A fantastic story in the series but the narrator has only one voice for all female characters and it’s terrible. He makes them all sound like a little old lady.

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As ever one great story!

W. E. B. Griffith once again picks up a great story line which is always delightful!

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Yet another masterpiece

It was a phenomenal book/audio file can't wait for the next one wish it was here already

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A Point of View you've never thought of.

I was always interested in novels based around the WWII era, seeing that this book is post WWII was an interesting period I never thought of; how the Germans had to deal with run away Nazis and the rising communist power.

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I'm totally a fan

This did not disappoint. Perhaps not the best but entertaining as always. I've listened to all the books in this series and in all of the series.

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another great story by web Griffin

again you feel like you're the one that is fighting against the Russians trying to Undercover the mystery behind it all

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  • JR
  • Brazosport, TX United States
  • 08-05-17

Another Ho-Hum from a WEB helper

What would have made Curtain of Death better?

Start over from the outline stage. Get a better storyboard. Maybe find someone still living that was there to help with the dialog and describe how people actually behaved.

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

Since the real WEB Griffin has to be getting along in his years, I assume he contributes less and less. It shows. I will probably be suckered into the next title(s) holding out hope his helpers will mature.

What about Alexander Cendese’s performance did you like?

Seems OK. Nice break.

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

Disappointment. It seems juvenile.

Any additional comments?

Unless you are desperate wait until it goes on sale at $2.95

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Cookbook Spy yarn.

Mr Griffin has to make a living. His Corps and Brotherhood series were much better and the heros weren't getting it on with every female. The book was adequate for passing as a fair bit short distraction.