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The Colonels (Brotherhood of War) [Kindle Edition]

W.E.B. Griffin
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They were the professionals, the men who had been toughened by combat in the mine-laden fields of Europe, in Korea, in Greece, in Indochina. Now, in the twilight of a dying decade, they must return to the United States to forge a new type of American soldier--one to be tested on the beaches of Cuba and in a new war yet to come...

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W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0515090220
  • Publisher: Jove (Nov. 15 1986)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0019QFFQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Mid-Series Book June 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Following a dozen major characters and twice that many supporting players through an eventful a quarter century is an impressive literary achievement. Griffin's "Brotherhood of War" series does just that: always competently, sometimes brilliantly. The flashes of brilliance are fewer and farther between in _The Colonels_ than they were in _The Lieutenants_ and _The Captains_, but they're definitely *there* in a way that they weren't in _The Majors_.
The action in _The Colonels_ takes place in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The central thread of the plot is the establishment of the Green Berets, and most of the book's best scenes revolve around the shaping of the Green Beret program. The book ends with the disastrous US-backed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro by landing a force of Cuban exiles at the Bay of Pigs--an operation in which many of the characters play peripheral roles. Griffin keeps old plotlines in play, but also takes the time to service a number of characters who were in danger of slipping out of the story: notably Barbara Bellmon, Paul Jiggs, and Phil Parker IV.
Griffin's ear for soldiers' voices and his familiarity with military routine comes through in many individual scenes: several training exercises, an unauthorized visit to an aircraft graveyard, Mac Macmillan's chance encounter with a young lieutenant, and a running subplot about the Green Berets' distinctive headgear. The bureaucratic guerilla warfare that took up much of _The Majors_ is back, but it works better in _The Colonels_, perhaps because the outcome will affect the lives, not just the careers, of people we care about.
_The Colonels_ ultimately fails, however, to hit the same heights that _The Lieutentants_ and _The Captains_ reached. Part of the problem may be the time frame it covers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book! July 19 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had found this book used, and I read through it. I've known from previous books of his that I have read that he takes military life down to the smallest detail. I'm an active duty US Marine and its refreshing to see him break down the most mundane things in military life down, because I not only find that kind of stuff funny to be broken down the way he does it, but it really helps me identify with the characters in his books, even if his books that I've read generally cover the WWII era through early Vietnam Era, although I'm sure Vets would appreciate his writing even more than I do. I have about 10 of his books, and it also helps that some of the characters are reused between books as they get promoted and move on with their careers and their interpersonal relationships.
If your a first time reader of these types of books, welcome to his world, but if you like military books, you'll like this one, especially if you are military, and even more so if you are a veteran.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Viet Nam Feb. 3 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed all of Griffin's Brotherhood of War and Corps books; however, the first part of this one helped me to understand some of the build up to the Viet Nam conflict. I grew up during the pre-Viet Nam conflict era but wasn't old enough or interested enough at the time to pay attention to the causes. This book (along with Tom Dooley's [spelling?]) filled in a lot of the holes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SPC4 USA ARMY 95Bravo MDW Feb. 4 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Really a fantastic series (this is book 4) that not only entertains the reader with great characters but also walks us through the history of the Army's development from WWII to the present. For those military history buffs or any ex-GI, this is a must read.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  66 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Mid-Series Book June 5 2004
By A. Bowdoin Van Riper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Following a dozen major characters and twice that many supporting players through an eventful a quarter century is an impressive literary achievement. Griffin's "Brotherhood of War" series does just that: always competently, sometimes brilliantly. The flashes of brilliance are fewer and farther between in _The Colonels_ than they were in _The Lieutenants_ and _The Captains_, but they're definitely *there* in a way that they weren't in _The Majors_.
The action in _The Colonels_ takes place in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The central thread of the plot is the establishment of the Green Berets, and most of the book's best scenes revolve around the shaping of the Green Beret program. The book ends with the disastrous US-backed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro by landing a force of Cuban exiles at the Bay of Pigs--an operation in which many of the characters play peripheral roles. Griffin keeps old plotlines in play, but also takes the time to service a number of characters who were in danger of slipping out of the story: notably Barbara Bellmon, Paul Jiggs, and Phil Parker IV.
Griffin's ear for soldiers' voices and his familiarity with military routine comes through in many individual scenes: several training exercises, an unauthorized visit to an aircraft graveyard, Mac Macmillan's chance encounter with a young lieutenant, and a running subplot about the Green Berets' distinctive headgear. The bureaucratic guerilla warfare that took up much of _The Majors_ is back, but it works better in _The Colonels_, perhaps because the outcome will affect the lives, not just the careers, of people we care about.
_The Colonels_ ultimately fails, however, to hit the same heights that _The Lieutentants_ and _The Captains_ reached. Part of the problem may be the time frame it covers. _The Lieutenants_ had the shift from WWII to the Cold War; _The Captains_ had Korea; _The Colonels_ has the Bay of Pigs, but not yet Vietnam. Especially when it strays from the "building the Green Berets" thread, it often feels like it's just marking time.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series Oct. 12 2010
By Michael Gallagher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read this series several times over the last 20 years or so, and just started it again after a 5+ year layoff. Reading it again I've forgotten how good of a storyteller Griffin was before writing with his son in his last few books. While this one sets the stage for each of his other series (i.e., Corps, Vigilantes, Philadelphia police series) with a rich guy who always bucks the system to beat up the bad guy, with this one you have good character developmet and dialogue, and get a history of the Army from WWII through Vietnam - Korea, tank development, army aviation, Green Berets, you name it.

I always liked rooting for Lowell, and each of us has a very tight stickler to the rules Bellmon in our lives - Griffin portrays his characters similar to people ni each of our lives.

Reading each book in this series is well worth it - wish I could say the same about his latest books with Butterworth the IV!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Viet Nam Feb. 3 2000
By Northeast Texas Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed all of Griffin's Brotherhood of War and Corps books; however, the first part of this one helped me to understand some of the build up to the Viet Nam conflict. I grew up during the pre-Viet Nam conflict era but wasn't old enough or interested enough at the time to pay attention to the causes. This book (along with Tom Dooley's [spelling?]) filled in a lot of the holes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book! July 19 2004
By I.M. Gamer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had found this book used, and I read through it. I've known from previous books of his that I have read that he takes military life down to the smallest detail. I'm an active duty US Marine and its refreshing to see him break down the most mundane things in military life down, because I not only find that kind of stuff funny to be broken down the way he does it, but it really helps me identify with the characters in his books, even if his books that I've read generally cover the WWII era through early Vietnam Era, although I'm sure Vets would appreciate his writing even more than I do. I have about 10 of his books, and it also helps that some of the characters are reused between books as they get promoted and move on with their careers and their interpersonal relationships.
If your a first time reader of these types of books, welcome to his world, but if you like military books, you'll like this one, especially if you are military, and even more so if you are a veteran.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Creeping Toward War May 29 2011
By booknblueslady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Colonels is the fourth in W.E.B. Griffin's series Brotherhood of War. it follows a group of colonels and other military personnel from December, 1958 until April 1961, the period during which the US military advisors were becoming more entrenched in Vietnam and the time when the famous Bay of Pigs debacle took place.

Griffin, who was a soldier has a degree of expertise regarding military matters and the ability to interest the reader in them through his plot and character development. While this is the fourth of the series, it can be read as a stand alone, because Griffin provides enough insight into the previous lives of the characters without clobbering the reader with facts and information from the other series books.

In The Colonels, one of the characters, Paul Hanrahan is running the training school for the Green Berets, another Craig Lowell is working on the development of rocket firing helicopters and a third, Sandy Lowell is a military advisor to the president. This is only a partial list of the characters in The Colonels and one of the drawbacks to Griffins style. He employs a large cast who are tied together through their back history and through the plot, but the story jumps quickly from one character and location to another. This style can be choppy and difficult for the reader to piece together. In the end, I found the story and characters intriguing enough to overcome the writing style.

I am planning on reading more of Griffin's Brotherhood of War series.
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