Synopses & Reviews
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 Agencyand 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 wellhe 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.
“The poet laureate of the American military.”
“A storyteller in the grand tradition.”
“Techno-thriller fans will relish the detailed descriptions of weapons and aircraft.”
“W.E.B. Griffin is the best chronicler of the U.S. military ever to put pen to paper—and rates among the best storytellers in any genre.”
“A storyteller in the grand tradition.”—Tom Clancy
“The poet laureate of the American military.”—Los Angeles Daily News
“You can almost taste the gin and tonic as FDR and OSS chief William ‘Wild Bill Donovan meet on the presidential yacht Sequoia to discuss plans for winning the war.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for W. E. B. Griffin
“Griffin is one of those writers who sets his novel before you in short, fierce, stop-for-nothing scenes. Before you know it, youve gobbled it up.—The Philadelphia Inquirer
Praise for W. E. B. Griffin
“A writer of true virtuosity and talent. Like precious few others in the book marketplace, W. E. B. Griffin delivers as advertised.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Praise for THE ASSASSINATION OPTION
“It's a testament to the authors' skill and wide experience that the pages seem to turn themselves.” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for TOP SECRET
“A thrilling new series entitled Clandestine Operations has begun, opening doors into special ops, investigating the path to the Cold War, and unveiling clandestine connections between Argentina and Germany during WWII. . . . This incredible mix of intrigue, diplomacy and, of course, a bit of romance, is fantastic. The reader will note the horror of the war, along with the massive role intelligence agents played in the eventual victory. In other words, when this story from a literary team that ignites suspense lovers everywhere comes to a close, readers will be panting for the next novel.”—Suspense Magazine
“Lots of interesting period history, dry humor, and clever scheming.”—Publishers Weekly
W.E. B. Griffin returns to his Honor Bound series set in the shadows of World War II espionage in South America…
May 1945: Just weeks after Hitler’s suicide, Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the Office of Strategic Services are fighting several new and deadly battles. The first is political—with every department from Treasury to War to the FBI grabbing for OSS covert agents and assets. The second is military—with the OSS having smuggled Germans into Argentina for years because of their knowledge of Soviet KGB agents in America’s atomic bomb program. The third concerns what might be the next world war against Red Joe Stalin and his voracious ambitions.
To get an early advantage, Frade has been conducting a secret and daring operation against the Communists. But to do it undetected, he and his men must walk a perilously dark line. Because all it takes is one slip—and everyone becomes a casualty of war.
The former Presidential Agent's Office of Organizational Analysis has been disbanded. Charley Castillo and his colleagues have retired, and there is an adversarial Commander-in-Chief in the Oval Office. But just because Castillo is out of the government doesn't mean he's out of business. And when a barrel of nightmarishly lethal material is shipped to an Army medical lab, Castillo knows that the people behind it are just getting started...
The Philippines, 1943: As the ragged remnants of the American forces stand against the might of the Imperial Japanese Army, a determined cadre of OSS agents becomes their only contact with the outside world-and their only hope for survival.
W.E.B. Griffin continues his gripping Men at War series, featuring the legendary OSS.
As the Battle of the Atlantic rages, German U-boats are sinking U.S. vessels at will. Meanwhile, preparations are being made to invade Sicily and Italy. As the war heats up, "Wild Bill" Donovan and his secret agents find themselves battling on two fronts at once. And fate is about to deal them a surprise that may doom them all.
#1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author W.E.B. Griffin continues his gripping series featuring the legendary OSSfighting a silent war of spies and assassins in the shadows of World War II.
Summer 1943. Two of the Allies most important plans for winning World War II are at grave riskthe coming D-Day invasion and the Manhattan Projects race to build the atomic bomb.
OSS spy chief William Wild Bill” Donovan turns to his top agent, Dick Canidy, and his team. Theyve certainly got their work cut out for them. In the weeks to come, they must fight not only the enemy in the fieldand figure out how to sabotage Germanys new aerial torpedo” rocketsbut also the enemy within.
Someone is feeding Manhattan Project secrets to the Soviets. And if the Soviets build their own atomic bomb, winning the war might only lead to another, even more terrible conflict
FIRST TIME IN PAPERBACK
The dramatic new novel in the Philadelphia police saga by #1 New York Timesbestselling author W. E. B. Griffin.
In Philadelphiasuffering among the countrys highest murder ratesthe 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 shootingsespecially 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 besthis 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. . . .
From the #1 New York Timesbestselling author, a brand-new series about the Cold Warand 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 assetthough, 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 everywhereand, as Cronley is about to find out, some of them even wear the same uniform he does.
About the Author
is the author of six bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, and Presidential Agent. He has been invested into the orders of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and St. Michael of the Army Aviation Association of America, and is a life member of the U.S. Special Operations Association; Gaston-Lee Post 5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars; the American Legion, China Post #1 in Exile; the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and the State of Delaware; the National Rifle Association; the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society; and the Flat Earth Society (Pensacola, Florida, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, chapters). 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 Raider Association, and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association. Griffin lives in Alabama and Argentina.
William E. Butterworth IV has been an editor and writer for more than twenty-five years, and has worked closely with his father for almost a decade on the editing and writing of the Griffin books. He is coauthor of the bestselling novels The Saboteurs, The Double Agents, Death and Honor, The Traffickers, The Honor of Spies, The Vigilantes, The Outlaws, Victory and Honor, and Covert Warriors. He is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, China Post #1 in Exile; the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society; and a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Texas Rifle Association. He lives in Texas.