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W. E. B. Griffin is the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and now Clandestine Operations. He lives in Fairhope, Alabama, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This seventh novel in the bestselling Brotherhood of War series is relatively short on action but rich in those insightsfor which Griffin has won acclaiminto the souls or minds of military men and their wives. It is 1963, and the deteriorating situation in Vietnam has called for the creation of an Air Assault Division, mainly composed of helicopter gunships to operate behind enemy lines. After gallant service with the division, Captain Oliver becomes aide-de-camp to General Bellmon, commander of the Army Aviation Center, in Alabama. He is thus at the hub of the military aviation program, involved in training flyers, testing equipment, investigating crashes and serving as a link between junior officers and the top brass. In the process, he has an affair with the widow of a pilot killed in a chopper accident. It's a story of subdued but steady tension, with here and there a flare of action. Griffin gives the impression that what he doesn't know about the technical side of military aviation isn't worth knowing; but he seems equally conversant with the way the American soldier thinks, feels and speaks. His popularity in this genre assures this book a wide audience. Military Book Club main selection; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates. (August)
The eighth volume of Griffin's ``Brotherhood of War'' series is a detailed and absorbing view of military life and military men that readers will find fascinating. Protaganist Johnny is a born soldier who distinguishes himself as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and is promoted to aide-de-camp to the commanding officer of Fort Rucker. In his new post, he finds himself directly involved with the development of the Army's first Air Assault Divisiona new force crucial to meet the challenge of guerrilla warfare in Vietnam. This is the story of Johnny's year of work and crisis, the making and breaking of rules, the development of friendships, and the awakening of love. Recommended. Literary Guild alternate.Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. at Carbondale Lib.