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Men in Blue

Badge of Honor, Book 1
Narrated by: Michael Russotto
Series: Badge of Honor, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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Publisher's Summary

W. E. B. Griffin's best-selling series The Corps and Brotherhood of War have captured the pride and glory of the military community. Now he reveals a city police force with the same unique blend of realism, drama, and action.

A cop has been shot - cold-bloodedly gunned down while trying to prevent a holdup. Regulations say the investigation is to be handled like any other homicide. But when a cop is killed in the line of duty, it is different. And the brotherhood in blue will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice.

Top cops: listen to another Badge of Honor title.
©1988 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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Tremendous Cop story with Mystery and some Romance

Griffin AKA Butterworth is well known for his war stories. However, he hits a home run with this COP book. It is set within the Philadelphia Police Department. Griffin does a great job of explaining how the Police feel when one of their own is taken. However, he also shows how the family can be affected as well the public. He adds in a little Romance to go along with the Mystery and he has another book that I could not seem to put down once I started it. As a retired Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff from a small town/county in another state, I feel he must have put in some time in law enforcement to have done such a fantastic job.

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Good story.

At times it was difficult to keep the characters straight. Overall it is a good story and performed very well.

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  • FORT DENAUD, FL, United States
  • 11-05-16

W E B stories are always entertaining

Would you listen to Men in Blue again? Why?

I might after I listen to the series. I regularly list to others series.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Sounded like a good ending. Open for future stories

How could the performance have been better?

A different reader. At least the names were american.

Any additional comments?

I am going into the series with an open mind even though I dislike the reader.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The Cop & The Blonde Reporter

Another special download from audible.com--first in a series. In this one, the cop falls for the reporter dame, with many undercurrents and in the background of a senior cop shot. I liked it, but believe I'll wait awhile for the second in the series.

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Book 1-More like Chapter 1-And terrible narratior

I did not love this experience. The narrator ruined it but even for being book 1 in a series, it's hardly a complete story on its own.

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sorry Griffin

This is not one of his better novels. the story reads like a vintage private eye movie but fails to capture a moody atmosphere. It is simply a cop story. The performance is not good. I often thought the performance failed to add life to the characters.

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  • Omaha, NE, United States
  • 02-07-11

Boring

I've never read anything of Griffin's that I didn't like. He's an excellent writer. This was written 23 years ago and I did not like it. I don't like the narrator either. I also bought the second book in the series and if it's as bad as this one I will never order the others. I was looking forward to another good series by Griffin but this falls far short of that. Lousy character development which Griffin normally does very well. Very disappointed.

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Blah.

This is my first W.E.B. Griffin book, and likely my last. If you are a fan and convince me otherwise, I'm all ears. Perhaps he grew as an author.

One cannot fault the novel for being somewhat outdated; the pay phone that requires a dime certainly reflects its time of writing. I chuckled a bit at these glimpses back in time, but I read a lot of current fiction that reaches back into history.

What I disliked are the thin, predictable characters. I endured rather than enjoyed Men in Blue.

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WEB Griffin - Great story in a coply fashion.

Great story! going to the next one now. looking forward to the series, while I drive.

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Intro to W.E.B. Griffin

Overall the story is good. The many police names, ranks and details were hard to follow. The descriptions of guns, calibers, bullets and their results were overdone. The speaker's voice pitch could have been better. The main characters were believable and their interactions made the book enjoyable. I will follow this author several more times to see if his work moves onto my favorites list.