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The Lieutenants: The Lieutenants 8 (Brotherhood of War) Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Length: 420 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Praise for W.E.B. Griffin and the Brotherhood of War novels

“W.E.B. Griffin is a storyteller in the grand tradition, probably the best man around for describing the military community…An American epic.”—Tom Clancy

“W.E.B. Griffin is the best chronicler of the U.S. military ever to put pen to paper—and rates among the best storytellers in any genre.”—The Phoenix Gazette

“Absorbing, salted-peanuts reading, filled with detailed and fascinating descriptions of weapons, tactics, training, army life, and battle. The Brotherhood members themselves are interesting characters, possessed of intelligence and humor.”—The New York Times

“First rate. Griffin, a former soldier, skillfully sets the stage, melding credible characters, a good eye for detail, and colorful gritty dialogue into a readable and entertaining story.”—The Washington Post Book World

“W.E.B. Griffin has been called the poet laureate of the American military, and it is certain that his books convey a sure portrait of that culture. His grasp of history and his ability to personalize that big picture through the actions of an ever-changing cast of characters not only informs—it is highly entertaining as well.”—Los Angeles Daily News

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They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they answered the call gladly. It was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys, and they came back--those who made it--as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1229 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Nov. 15 1986)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0019MPHT2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This really rates a little more than a 3 because it's a rousing story and less than a 4 because the writing is just average.
In this first book of the Brotherhood of War series, Major Robert Bellmon, West Point '39, is blasted out of his Sherman tank and captured by the Germans in Tunisia in 1943. With other prisoners he's shipped to Italy and then on to Poland.
Colonel Graf Peter-Paul von Grieffenberg, German nobleman and pre-war friend of Bellmon's father-in-law, learns of Russian atrocities in Poland. Anxious to alert the American government to Russian war crimes, von Grieffenberg arranges to have Bellmon visit the sites and provide him with photographs and documentation.
Tech sergeant Rudy MacMillan arrives with a truckload of dispirited, demoralized American prisoners. Under Bellmon's leadership, MacMillan shapes up the troops and the two become fast friends.
Meanwhile, back at West Point, Cadet Corporal Sanford T. Felter decides to resign from the Corps and got to war. Because of his fluency in Russian, Polish and German, he is assigned to headquarters, 40th Armored Division, in Europe.
As the war grinds to an end in 1945, the Russians are on the move. Von Grieffenberg's troops march the American officers from Poland into Germany, leaving enlisted men to fend for themselves.
The story goes on to postwar Germany where Gen. Waterford wants his polo team to beat the French and since the French will play only with officers, Waterford promotes his best polo player from Private to Lieutenant. Sandy Felter (the West Pointer) ends up in Greece.
The series is a fascinating look at a history of the army. It's pretty thorough and always entertaining. Griffin's writing is more journalistic than literary but he tells a rousing story. Military enthusiasts should love this series.
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Griffin captures the essance of soldiering! His keen eye for military & technical detail combined with his descriptive character development provides colorful links to the more important historical events of post WW 2 US Army history. Poignant and tasteful development of the story allows the reader to transcend into the "difficult" times of the Army and raise above the break downs within the chain of command, the drugs use and racism that too many authors focus on. When I read Griffin's first novel, the LTS, I myself was a young LT on active duty. Griffins gritty protrayal of the Army and its culture help me to better understand the life I have chosen and more importantly, . . . to know what was expected of me.

The Brotherhood of War series are novels whose central theme is about duty & honor. Griffin confronts the reader through his stories to face these words as if they are the ones within the drama. As I read & re-read this wonderful series of novels I reflect on what Griffin vallantly attempts to writes about. . . . the pride of being a Soldier!
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Take these four men: (1) an intellectual Trade School (West Point) early-out to join-the-war-effort (WWII), (2) a mustang (rises to officer ranks from enlisted), (3) a rich boy sportsman, and (4) a 4th generation soldier whose ancestor was a Buffalo Soldier, and you have "The Lieutenants" and "The Captains", "The Majors", etc. Assorted other officers and enlisted personnel blend into the story to create the beginning of a fast-paced, informative series.
Learn about armor and armored cav tactics, plus gain an insight into the ground floor of army aviation. Learn about the 4 S's, regular vs. reserve commissions, and various ways to obtain a commission. All in a fiction format!
I have re-read this series at least 3 times.
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The Brotherhood of War series was recommended to me when I attended OCS in 1986. The cadre "Strongly" encouraged us to read the Lieutenants. They didn't have to tell us to keep the reading the series. I read them straight through (The Generals was the last book at the time). Then, my classmates and I waited with anticipatation for The New Breed, and the Aviators. Both great additions to the series. Now, I cannot wait to read the latest book, "Special Operations". Ever since I become an officer, I've given "The Lieutenants" as a gift to every new Second Lieutenant in my unit, and recommended it to dozens more. If we carry ourselves even partially the way Lowell, Felter and the rest, this country would never lose a battle, much less a war.
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The counterinsurgency war in Greece immediately after WWII is one of the least dealt-with periods of the Cold War. There is no logical reason for this, since it was the U.S. military's first experience fighting Communist guerrillas, later repeated in Vietnam and Latin America. Griffin deals with a little known ignored but nevertheless important time and place, and does it well.
There are only three books (I haven't read "The Colonels" yet, so I can't judge that) worth reading in the "Brotherhood of War" series: "The Lieutenants," "The New Breed," and "The Generals" (the best of the series, since it's the only one that can stand on its own apart from the series.)
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