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The plot is woven with so many threads, all of them worthwhile, that it actually feels more like a chronicle than a novel, but the central story takes up the continuing adventures of OSS agent Cletus Frade. Frade, a U.S. Marine whose father was almost the president of Argentina, was raised in Texas and now uses his father's special status in Argentine society to penetrate Nazi plans for South America. This time, however, Frade is not so much fighting the Nazis as supporting them. While one group, Himmler among them, is secretly stashing funds in Argentina to prepare for an escape when the Reich finally crumbles, a second group, including a German general and his son, are actually plotting to assassinate Hitler. Meanwhile, the OSS is on the verge of ex-communicating Frade, given his unwillingness to reveal the identity of the son, code-named "Galahad."
The details are what make this book: Cletus Frade is imprinted on the mind, clad in grease-stained khaki trousers, spouting Spanish-Texan four-letter epithets, and sporting cowboy boots as he repairs his father's ravaged old Horch touring sedan at Estancia San Pedro y San Pablo. Particularly engaging is Griffin's account of Argentine upper-strata social "politics," as Father Welner steers Cletus into his inevitable marriage. Reading Secret Honor, one enters many vividly drawn places--from Nazi secret meetings to Argentine estates--that bring this pivotal era to life. Finishing the book leaves one feeling a rare combination of sadness in leaving close colleagues behind and exhilaration at having witnessed history being made. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Griffin proved himself to be a champion of military suspense with "Honor Bound" and "Blood and Honor. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2004 by Gail Cooke
I hardly read before reading this book. I read Secret Honor when it first came out, and loved it. The plot is fast paced and constantly keeps the reader guessing until the end. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2003
A very disappointing book. I did not find anything about a plot to kill Hitler and there was less intrigue and less suspense than what is found in the Boy Scout's Handbook. Read morePublished on April 9 2001 by Donald G. Schimpff
I've enjoyed all three books in this series, but this one wasn't as good as the first two. There was lots of detail but in the end I thought "ok, so what happened? Read morePublished on April 1 2001
Although I am an avid reader of W.E.B. Griffin military books,this whole series is turning out to be a real disappointment to me. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2001 by Rodger Raubach
Not one of Griffin's best efforts. Little action and excessive attention to the boring details of aristocratic life on both sides of the conflict.Published on Feb. 3 2001 by Joe Cercone
While I would agree that this is one of Griffin's weaker entries, it is still substantially better than the best of most other authors. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2001 by Dennis R. Cohen
This is by far the weakest of Griffin's novels, and I have read them all. It is "the Rich and Famous in Argentina", filled with unnecessary, lengthy descriptions,... Read morePublished on Dec 28 2000 by Steven C. Holland