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First hardcover edition of a volume from a paperback series, on the OSS in WW II, that the ever-popular Griffin (Blood and Honor, 1997, etc.) published pseudonymously (in 1985) as Alex Baldwin. In mid-1941, fun-loving Richard Canidy and straight-arrow Edwin Bitter are hotshot pilot instructors at the Navy's air station in Pensacola. With minimal prompting, they soon volunteer to serve with the so-called Flying Tigers. Before heading off (on a slow boat) to China, however, these two well-connected friends find time to join the social whirl in Washington, where crafty FDR has detailed Wild Bill Donovan to create an Office of Strategic Services. Shortly after arriving in Southeast Asia, Dick becomes an ace, downing five Japanese planes in a single sortie. The very same day, he's whisked away on orders from the White House. Meantime, the US (now at war against the Axis powers) plans to build an atomic bomb but lacks a secure source of uraninite. Which is where Dick comes in. His prep-school chum Eric Fulmar (the son of an American film actress and a German industrialist) is dodging the draft boards of both nations by hiding out in North Africa. Operating under cover from the US Embassy in Morocco, Dick is to enlist the aid of Fulmar in abducting a French mining engineer with badly needed information on a vital ore cache in the Belgian Congo. To make the mission more challenging, the amateur agents must carry out their assignment on a split-second schedule (to make an offshore rendezvous with a submarine) and get their man away without arousing the suspicions of either the Nazi or Vichy forces controlling the Maghreb coast. A rousing to-the-ends-of-the-earth start for an absorbing narrative takeout on the shadow warriors who handled some decidedly odd jobs in aid of the Allied cause. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book, though fiction, is more or less what happened during WW2, with regard to Pearl Harbor, and the background to the Manhattan project. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2010 by M. J. Fenn
The last heroes is not what the back cover implies it is: a WWII action/spy book. It turns out to be the total opposite. A big bore. Read morePublished on June 11 2004
Griffin has been one of my favorite authors for over ten years, and I've read other books of the same genre. Read morePublished on Dec 20 1999 by David Wright
The first 4 tapes of the book were GREAT! Tell me how to get the last half? firstname.lastname@example.orgPublished on Sept. 9 1999
I started reading and was skeptical, then by the time I was finished I was wishing I was Canidy.. Great Job, can't wait to start on next book.Published on Sept. 3 1999 by Michael W. Travis
This wasn't about WWII. It was about guys trying to get laid and make some cash. How could anyone write about WWII and mess it up? Read morePublished on Aug. 31 1999
As a fan of W.E.B. Griffin, I found THE LAST HEROS to be disappointing. It is supposed to be about the Manhattan Project. Read morePublished on July 20 1999
THE LAST HEROES is the only war novel I've read since 1992 that can hold a candle to the epic WWII novel THE TRIUMPH AND THE GLORY. Read morePublished on July 13 1999
I thought that the book was excellent. I have read the second series under Alex Baldwin, and I could not put the book down. Read morePublished on July 7 1999