Determined that the United States will be prepared for war, Franklin D. Roosevelt and "Wild Bill" Donovan orchestrate the most complex espionage organization in history, the Office of Strategic Services....
It's 1942. A Marine aviator, an Army paratrooper and demolitions expert, and a non-com radio man are on an impossible mission for the OSS....
One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: The Soviet Union....
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....
Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola....
From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor....
The Battle of the Atlantic is at its peak. Packs of German U-boats are hunting down and sinking U.S. supply ships, and ships are being burned at their moorings in U.S. ports, is it accident or is it sabotage? Meanwhile, Allied forces are secretly preparing to invade first Sicily and then Italy. As the war heats up, Wild Bill Donovan's agents, answerable only to the president, find themselves battling on two fronts at once, and fate is just about to deal them a surprise.
Brimming with action, character, and the deep understanding of the military heart and mind that have made Griffin's books so outstanding, The Saboteurs is irresistible storytelling from a master of the craft.
"Readers who have a strong interest in WWII home-front history should be satisfied." (Publishers Weekly)
I thought: "Well, even an abriged WEB is better than none." After listening, I'm not so sure. There are gaping holes in the plot, and I'd like to have found out how the final chapter of the adventure came out.
Also, there were some surprising research errors (like having a character carrying a .357 revolver--I believe this pistol was a creature of the '50s and not a WW II weapon).
The loud music overlaid upon the narration at the beginning of many chapters drove me nuts. I had to turn my car stereo up to "boom box" levels to hear the narration over the music and road noise.
Still . . . It was a W E B Griffin (& Son) novel, and that can't be all bad.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
If you have been a fan of the Men at War series since back in the day, you may be a little disappointed in this offering.
I guess it would depend on exactly what you are expecting. For some strange reason, I expected the story to pick up where we left off with Canidy and Fulmar escaping from Hungary, Jimmy in the Philippines, and Bitter and Douglass, Jr. working on the Aphrodite project. I guess it did but it was just a little off. Jimmy and Douglass, Jr. were mentioned in passing but Bitter didn’t exist at all. What about the new young pilot character, Darmstardt, that he spent so much time developing in the last book? He also fell off of the face of the earth. I was also not happy with the personality transplant that some of the characters seemed to undergo during the interim.
Now for the story. It was a good story and very plausible. There were a couple of glaring editing mistakes where characters have information that they were never given. There was also time spent introducing a character that never appeared. It makes you wonder if he was edited out and they forgot to go back and clean up the foreshadowing. I also didn’t like the whole Anne Chambers side story. That was not well written.
All in all if you are a longtime fan you may be disappointed. Hopefully this new “team” will get better with the next installment.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What a disappointment! I have enjoyed every W.E.B. Griffin book that I have read or listened to. I anticipated this one greatly. Once I started trying to listen to this recording, though, I was really put off by the lousy production. The writing was probably excellent, and the narration was good--when the producer let you hear it. The wretched, loud, and unnecessary music at the beginning of chapters was awful. To add to the distraction, there were sound effects (ships horns, etc.) that were just silly. What's next? Maybe a scratch-and-sniff card that you send out to add to the experience? Good writers like Griffin don't need to have their stuff turned into audio comic books.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Saboteurs to be better than the print version?
What did you like best about this story?
What does James Naughton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
he was much better than the previous reader
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too much of the book is given to setting what happened in previous books, I would concider at least half the book was a re-hash. the parts that were not a re-hash were vary good