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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Back to 1973

For people born prior to the 1960s, Men In Blue could be both nostalgic and disturbing. While most of the police officers were portrayed as dedicated public servants, the blatant racism, bigotry and sexism so prevalent in that decade was depressingly realistic.

The plot - which started with a gun battle in a Philly diner - was instantly engrossing and entertaining; it was like listening to an episode of Law and Order set in 1973. The author was exceptionally skilled at creating a large cast of unique characters, using a degree of detail that some might find annoying but I enjoyed.

Note: the author used many degrading slurs when referring to minorities, women and gays. Although that crude language was typical for the time period, his casual use of the N word and other horribly offensive language was still jarring.

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Multiple Reads!!

I never tire of going back to this series for a reread! The characters are great and I love the setting in the early books, 1970's Philadelphia. Growing up in the 70's, I like the setting because it reminds me how things were, especially never being able to get in touch with someone. Life before cell phones. There is a grittiness in the books that comes with the time and Griffin captures the feeling of big city 1970's turmoil. Michael Russotto is also one of my favorite narrators. Some of the characters have similar dialects by Russotto, but his voice is great for the setting and characters.

If you like Griffin's other books, you love this series.

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Good listen

I have read every book in the Badge of Honor Series loved them all. Griffith is one of my favorite authors

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Preferred presidential agent series

Could be the book is old and author's skills increased with age?

I was enthralled with the presidential series and hoping for the next series to sink my teeth into

This ain't it