Clandestine Operations

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880 ratings

Top Secret Publisher's Summary

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, a brand-new series about the Cold War - and a different breed of warrior.

In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: The Soviet Union.

The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley's job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can. His recruiter thinks he has the potential to become an asset - though, of course, he could also screw up spectacularly. And in his first assignment, it looks like that's exactly what might happen. He's got seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, but Cronley's managed to rile up his superior officers (he seems to have a talent for it), and if he fails, it could be one of the shortest intelligence careers in history.

There are enemies everywhere - and, as Cronley is about to find out, some of them even wear the same uniform he does.

©2014 W. E.B. Griffin (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
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  • Book 1

    • Top Secret

    • Clandestine Operations, Book 1
    • By: W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 787
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 717
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 709

    In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: The Soviet Union. The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley's job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • cold war heros

    • By Jean on 08-18-14

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 2

    • The Assassination Option

    • A Clandestine Operations Novel, Book 2
    • By: W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 570
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 503
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 504

    James Cronley thought he had done well - he didn't know he’d done this well. His first successful mission for the about-to-be-official new Central Intelligence Directorate has drawn all kinds of attention, some welcome, some not. On the plus side, he's now a captain; promoted to Chief, DCI, Europe; and in charge of a top secret spy operation. On the minus side, a lot of people would like to know about that operation, including not only the Soviets, but his own Pentagon, as well as a seething J. Edgar Hoover.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Cold War Starts

    • By Jean on 01-08-15

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 3

    • Curtain of Death

    • A Clandestine Operations Novel, Book 3
    • By: W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 279
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 279

    January 1946: Two WACs leave an officers' club in Munich, and four Soviet NKGB agents kidnap them at knifepoint in the parking lot and shove them in the back of an ambulance. That is the agents' first mistake, and their last. One of the WACs, a blond woman improbably named Claudette Colbert, works for the new Directorate of Central Intelligence, and three of the men end up dead and the fourth wounded.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Low Order Dub

    • By Michael on 01-27-17

    Regular price: $25.89

  • Book 4

    • Death at Nuremberg

    • By: W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
    • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    Assigned to the Nuremberg war trials, special agent James Cronley, Jr., finds himself fighting several wars at once, in the dramatic new Clandestine Operations novel about the birth of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Cold War.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Poor substitute for W.E.B. Griffin.

    • By Rick S J on 02-22-18

    Regular price: $25.89

  • Book 5

    • The Enemy of My Enemy

    • A Clandestine Operations Novel, Book 5
    • By: W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    A month ago, James Cronley Jr. managed to capture two notorious Nazi war criminals, but not without leaving some dead bodies and outraged Austrian police in his wake. He's been lying low ever since, but that little vacation is about to end. Somebody - Odessa, the NKGB, the Hungarian Secret Police? - has broken the criminals out of jail, and he must track them down again. But there's more to it than that. Evidence has surfaced that in the war's last gasps, Heinrich Himmler had stashed away a fortune to build a secret religion, dedicated both to Himmler and to creating the Fourth Reich. 

    Regular price: $31.50