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Book Note: W.E.B. Griffin, Top Secret

I read this book about 1-May-2015. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2014. This note was last modified Monday, 04-May-2015 11:50:23 PDT.

This is book 1 of the "Clandestine Operations" series.

This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.


By W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV.

This is in the "Honor" universe, where Cletus Frade is a main character. He's not the main chracter here, so maybe that's why it's designated a separate series.

This one has the slow plot generation; it's more a story of people's lives as they do stuff than an adventure story. I don't mind that most of the time. And this one isn't particularly sloppy.

It does have the one annoying factor suddenly present in the books Griffin writes with his son—Christianity suddenly becomes a real thing instead of a piece of background scenery. That bugs me of course; worst perhaps in the Presidential Agent series when we have the pair of KGB Colonels trying to christianize the main character. But I can live with it, at least so far.

This one is set just after WWII. The OSS has been de-established, and our protagonist is involved in protecting General Gehlen and his men until the CIA or whatever it's going to be called can be established and take over. The FBI is investigating rumors that we may be protecting actual Nazis from being caught, and it's even true; some of Gehlen's men are actual Nazis, but the deal for getting his entire anti-Soviet organization intact and functioning (including spys in place in the Kremlin) is that all Gehlen's people and their families get protected.


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