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Publisher's Summary

They were the chosen ones - and the ones who chose to be the best. Never before had the United States given so select a group of fighting men such punishing preparation. Now they were heading for their ultimate test of skill and nerve and sacrifice, in a war unlike any they or their country had ever fought before, in a land that most of America still knew nothing about - Vietnam...

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

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“Griffin has captured the rhythms of army life and speech, its rewards and deprivations... Captivating.” ( Publishers Weekly)

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Griffin at his best

Brotherhood of War is the series that introduced me to WEB Griffin. All of these characters are like old friends. I was so excited when I saw that the series was being offered by Audible.

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Soap opera for men

I have really enjoyed this series by W. E. B. Griffin. The character development is great and the narrator, Eric G Dove is very good. This entire series has been like a soap opera for men. I find myself getting attached to some characters and not liking others. There is plenty of military action but there is also some of the day to day stuff that happens in life. The descriptions of the day to day life in the military is very accurate and the details are spot on. The narrator gets most of his terminology right and keeps his characters in their unique style of voice throughout the series. If you're a military history buff or just looking for a good series to start give this one a try.

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Amazing Lowell

I just can't put these books down. They just keep coming up on my ipod. I like the Lowell character best: he's filthy rich but is engaged by work in the Army. Confined to staff puke work, he continues to amaze, then punches the pooch. On to book #6, The Generals.

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Brotherhood Extraordinaire

It took me a little longer to be totally hooked on Griffin's Brotherhood of War series especially after reading his spectacular Corps & Presidential Agent series initially BUT that being said by Book 4 I was totally hooked. I read a few other types of books between book 3 & 4 and discovered within the first few minutes of Book 4 that there are very few authors like Griffin out there who grab your interest and write so elegantly about the victories and failures of events and people.

This is at least the third book of this series that left me with tears of gladness with a pinch of sadness at the end of the book.

I wholeheartedly recommend this series as well as any other writings of W.E.B Griffin. I am also a big fan of the fabulous narration by Eric G. Dove.

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Great addition to the series!

Read this entire series as a young 2nd Lieutenant just out of OCS, but having been enlisted right out of high school first, I identify with multiple characters and situations, including learning to fly at Ft. Rucker, Alabama and flying both airplanes and helicopters in combat. I really enjoyed and being able to listen to someone else read it to me, it just great! Having said that, I wish someone would help Eric G. Dove with this pronunciations of military phrases, acronyms, and terms. For example, he likes to say T W X and read each letter, when in the Army, we (used to) say "Twix". WEB Griffen likes to print military orders on the pages of his books and for those of us who served, it's like reading shorthand. We already know what DA, RA, USAR, CO, TDY, RON, TRADOC, SWC, etc etc mean and in some cases, we don't spell out the acronym, we say it phonetically, like "Tradoc" instead of T R A D O C. Some we say, some we spell, so those are kind of forgivable but Mr. Dove rarely says military time correctly, even after five books. When he sees "1000 hours" he likes to say "One thousand hours", or "2000 hours" he says "Two thousand hours". Hasn't anyone told him how to say military time? "Ten hundred hours" or "Twenty hundred hours". Runways at airports are spoken as each digit, not a number. So runway 18 is spoken as "One Eight" not "eighteen". WEB Griffin himself makes a few mistakes here with a runway 45 and runway 39 (I think). Runway numbers are based on the 360 degrees of a compass and aligned accordingly. Runway 18 is a compass heading of 180 degrees. Runway 09 is 090 degrees. The opposite runway is 27 or 270 degrees. Makes it easy for pilots to ensure they are landing on the correct runway so there could never be a runway 45 or 39. These are my only complaints. Mr Dove is otherwise outstanding.

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Great Author Great Series

The characters are easy to follow and to root for. The story is believable. As a timepiece it's filled with nuance (if that's the right word), but what always bothers me about most military books are how inaccurate they are about the details of military "life". They are like watching an actor who doesn't smoke fumble with a cigarette in a movie. This authors details are both accurate and make suspension of disbelief very easy. If the author is not a veteran then his research is PhD worthy

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Enjoyable Series

I stumbled into this series and have not been able to stop listening. I actually started with Book 8 (The Aviators) and then went back and listened to Books 1 - 5 with 6 just purchased. Fantastic continuing series that has me picking up the next book immediately. Easy to connect with the characters in the story and follow them through each book.

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As good as the rest of the series

One of the things I enjoy about the author’s series is how he changes the history of his characters from book to book. He doesn’t disappoint with this one either. That said, it is a really good ‘read’.

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loved the ending

another great book by w e b Griffin ,the narrator Eric Dove does a fantastic job

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Reliably outstanding!

I continue to thoroughly enjoy each book in this series and I dread the day when I reach the end of the last one.