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W. E. B. Griffinis 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. William E. Butterworth IVhas been a writer and editor for major newspapers and magazines for more than twenty-five years, and has worked closely with his father for several years on the editing of the Griffin books. He is the coauthor of several novels in the Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, and Presidential Agent series. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida."
Griffin (The Hostage), a.k.a. William Butterworth III, now assisted by his son, returns to the climactic events of World War II in a novel that, while wide-ranging and exciting, is somewhat flawed by a rushed and jarring ending. This work is a continuation of Griffin's OSS-centered "Men at War" series, with many of the same mildly irreverent characters-Dick Canidy, Eric Fulmar, et al.-at the helm. The book covers Nazi sabotage in the United States, the OSS and Mafia cooperating in the planned liberation of Sicily, an intended biological assault on American troops about to invade Sicily, and, in the background, the development of the atomic bomb. It also shows the turf wars between "Wild Bill" Donovan's OSS and J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. This is Griffin's 36th novel and his son's first; one wonders how prolific a force Griffin & Son will be. Despite the ending, Saboteurs is good entertainment and the fast-paced and exciting novel Griffin's readers have come to expect. Recommended for larger collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/06.]-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Bestseller Griffin and his son, Butterworth, resuscitate Griffin's Men at War series, first published in paperback during the 1980s under the pseudonym Alex Baldwin and featuring the Office of Strategic Services; its fabled chief, Col. William J. "Wild Bill" Donovan; and OSS agent Maj. Richard M. Canidy. Two primary plot lines drive this new adventure: the U.S. preparation for the invasion of Sicily and mainland Italy in 1943, and the tale of four German saboteurs who have landed in America. The authors are heavily invested in their research, meticulously describing almost every element of life in the 1940s, to the detriment of the action. The German saboteurs are eventually dealt with, but the behind-the-lines Sicilian operation led by Canidy is only hastily outlined after a long buildup. One supposes that the Sicilian story that's promised but never delivered will appear in future installments. This is pretty much all show and no go, but readers who have a strong interest in WWII home-front history should be satisfied. Author tour. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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