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The Spymasters (Men at War)by W E B Griffin
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From the #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journalbestselling author comes the dramatic second adventure in the brand-new Clandestine Operations series about the Cold War, the fledgling Central Intelligence Agency—and a new breed of warrior.
In Top Secret, W.E.B. Griffin introduced a remarkable new cast of heroes as they found themselves on the front lines of an entirely different kind of war. Now, these men and women are going to find out what theyve really gotten themselves into.
James Cronley thought he had done well—he didnt know hed 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, hes 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.
Cronley knows that if just one thing goes wrong, hes likely to get thrown to the wolves. As if that werent enough pressure, complications are springing up on all sides. Hes discovered a surprising alliance between the former German intelligence chief and, of all things, the Mossad. A German family that Cronley never knew he had has suddenly, and suspiciously, emerged. And hes due for a rendezvous with an undercover agent against the Soviets known only as Seven K.
Its when he meets Seven K that he gets the real surprise.
From the #1 New York Timesbestselling 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 Cronleys 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 thats exactly what might happen. Hes got seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, but Cronleys 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.
The dramatic new novel in the Philadelphia police saga by #1 New York Timesbestselling author W. E. B. Griffin.
In Philadelphia—suffering among the countrys highest murder rates—the tension between the Philadelphia Police Department and its Citizens Oversight Committee has long been reaching a boiling point. That turmoil turns from bad to worse shortly after the committee begins targeting police shootings—especially those of twenty-seven-year-old Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne, the Wyatt Earp of the Main Line”—and then the committees combative leader is found shot dead point-blank on the front porch of his run-down Philly row house.
As chanting protesters fill the streets, the city threatens to erupt. Payne, among many others accused of being complicit in the leaders death, becomes quietly furious. He suspects theres something deeper behind it all, but what? Ordered to stay out of the line of fire, he struggles ahead to do what he does best—his job. Hes been investigating the murder of a young family. A reporter, working on an illicit drug series for Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Mickey OHara, has been killed with his wife and child, a note stapled to his chest warning that the drug stories are to stop. Period. While Payne knows that he, like his pal OHara, cannot back down, he also knows that they damn sure could be among the next to die. . . .
About the Author
W. E. B. Griffin is also the author of the bestselling Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, and Honor Bound series. He has been invested into the orders of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and St. Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and is a life member of the U.S. Special Operations Association; Gaston-Lee Post 5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars; China Post #1 in Exile of the American Legion; and the Police Chiefs Association of Southeast Pennsylvania, South New Jersey, and Delaware. He is an honorary life member of the U.S. Army Otter & Caribou Association, the U.S. Army Special Forces Association, the U.S. Marine Corps Raider Association, and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association.
William E. Butterworth IV has been a writer and editor for major newspapers and magazines for twenty-five years, and has worked closely with his father for several years on the editing of the Griffin books. He lives in Texas.
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