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Publisher's Summary

They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....

©1986 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“An American epic.” (Tom Clancy)

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Not a WWII Story

The description led me to believe this was set during WWII, but it takes place primarily afterwards. It's a masculine soap opera set in the post-war Army, which is not what I wanted. I stayed with the story until the end, and all the character threads were tied up very neatly, but it felt like the end of a mellow-drama. The reading performance was good enough, but there should have been a way to paraphrase the reading of the orders. The admin/message formatting only makes sense when you have the visual reference. I don't expect to listen to anymore WEB Griffin stuff now that I know what kind of story he is telling. I gave it two stars vice one star because I was able to care about most of the characters, but the outcomes were predictable.

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An exciting Series begins!

What did you love best about The Lieutenants?

I thought the story while starting a bit slow brought you in with interesting characters, historically accurate plot lines and action that would make even the most cynical of the war genre happy.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I found the plotline remarkable. I wanted to know not only how these amazing people where doing what they were doing, but why. Griffin never disappointed.

What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

Mr. Dove is a talent! His character's were real. I found his accents remarkable and loved how he was able to capture not only the mood of the character, but their backstory with just an accent.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Lieutenants: A brotherhood of honor

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  • Erik
  • Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
  • 10-26-14

Left me feeling unclean

Let start by admitting that I am a naval officer, albeit of a nation other than the US.

For me, the characters of this story displayed an elitism and arrogance that was disturbing. These traits, coupled with racism and a sense of entitlement paint a disturbing picture of the US officer corps in late WWII and the decade afterword. I'm hoping that, as a work of fiction, the author has it wrong, but knowing human nature, he is probably right on the mark.

The story itself is well crafted and held my interest. The characters are interesting, but I don't think there's a single one I would like to personally know. They are too self serving.

For those seeking an action oriented novel, look elsewhere. This book is about the politics and social structure of the officer corps. It is a good read though, and I will continue the series.

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Great HF without getting bogged down with details!

Great Historical Fiction without getting bogged down with to much detail. Griffin does a great job balancing a glimpse into WWII and characters you get immersed in. The book reminded me of the Band of Brothers series. I loved this story and the narration was top notch!

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  • Joe
  • Alpine, UT, United States
  • 08-10-14

One of my favorite W.E.B. Griffin novels

The Lieutenants introduces you to timeless characters that you will never forget.

W.E.B. Griffin is one of my favorite authors, but not every person I have recommended them to have enjoyed them as much as I have. I've thought a lot about that and I believe there is a pace to his novels that I love. I find the level of military specificity and detail incredibly interesting, and this lends itself to a more relaxed pace. Its a little bit like listening to a great baseball game. There is a certain pace that I find very comfortable.

The themes of honor, loyalty and "the Brotherhood" of war make for a great listen. Again, the characters have become incredibly familiar to me and this is the first novel in a wonderful series.

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Narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Narrator did not research the proper pronunciation of some of the weapons mentioned in the book, and most of the overseas locations.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not really but a good book non the less.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Eric G. Dove?

I suppose you have to listen to whomever they have read the book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

The whole thing kind of died off in the end. We'll see if it picks back up in Book 2.

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Griffin is a Master

I read these book when I was a young private in the Patricia's. I read them as fast as I could and read them all. Actually I read all the military books Griffin put out. I put off buying these audio books because I was afraid they might turn out as bad as Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity. I read that book multiple times and jumped at the audiobook when became available. I found out that some books shouldn't be narrated, and the narrator is as important as the author, The Bourne Identity is a case in point.

I was afraid this series was going to be the same, but bought The Lieutenants when it went on sale. I ended up listening to it straight through, and then bought all the Brotherhood of War books. The narration brings these book to life, I don't what else to say other than Eric G. Dove is in the ranks of Allyson Johnson, LJ Ganser, Stefan Rudnicki, Marc Vietor, William Dufris, and Mark Boyett. If you like military stories, historical fiction then you should enjoy this series.

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  • Bruce
  • Perth, Australia
  • 01-27-14

Starts slow but build and builds into brilliance

I found that it took a while for me to get into this but as it built and stories and characters developed I really got into it it. In fact, I finished the second half in two days. Will definitely get the next one in the series with so many characters to like.

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Great story...

...but does anyone listen before it is released? Or is the producer as much of a dunce as the narrator? Did W.E.B. Griffin hear it? What does he think? As an ex G.I. stationed in Germany and Europe for 10 years the constant mispronunciation of every single German word is quite annoying. The words were not pronounced the way Germans say them NOR the way Americans say them. Just annoying, didn't ruin a great book though.

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W.E.B. Griffin at his best

Would you listen to The Lieutenants again? Why?

This is a great story that you have to read or listen to a second time to catch anything you might have missed the first time.

What did you like best about this story?

Great Story! Great Characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This story grabs you right from the start and you don't want to stop till it's done