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The Spymasters (Men at War) [Kindle Edition]

W.E.B. Griffin , William E. Butterworth
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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“A storyteller in the grand tradition.”—Tom Clancy

“The poet laureate of the American military.”—Los Angeles Daily News

“You can almost taste the gin and tonic as FDR and OSS chief William ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan meet on the presidential yacht Sequoia to discuss plans for winning the war.”—Publishers Weekly

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#1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author W.E.B. Griffin continues his gripping series featuring the legendary OSS—fighting a silent war of spies and assassins in the shadows of World War II.
Summer 1943. Two of the Allies’ most important plans for winning World War II are at grave risk—the coming D-Day invasion and the Manhattan Project’s race to build the atomic bomb.
OSS spy chief William “Wild Bill” Donovan turns to his top agent, Dick Canidy, and his team. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them. In the weeks to come, they must fight not only the enemy in the field—and figure out how to sabotage Germany’s new “aerial torpedo” rockets—but also the enemy within.
Someone is feeding Manhattan Project secrets to the Soviets. And if the Soviets build their own atomic bomb, winning the war might only lead to another, even more terrible conflict…


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1118 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reprint edition (Aug. 7 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IYJE10
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3.0 out of 5 stars The three W. E. B. Griffin novels ... Aug. 12 2015
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The three W.E.B. Griffin novels are very repetitious. Information about characters is repeated in each novel.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars That was a novel? Aug. 11 2012
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Read the book - completely disappointed. A lot of build up to get to oh by the way - they all lived happily ever after.

Man, all those books in the series building up a rich and compelling history of characters just to end it that way, what a let down. Those with 5 and 4 star reviews obviously do not know the W.E.B. Griffin I have been reading for the past 20 years, one that told one helluva story. Now he or his son or both is just churning out words to pad the bank account.

I'll get Empire and Honor at year's end - though the last Clete book was tepid - but I fear for my favorite character.

I mourn for the W.E.B. Griffin of years past.
45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a let down. Aug. 16 2012
By Jimmy J. - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
It is really sad that this series has come to this point. The author change is evident and perhaps Griffin should let his son go out on his own as his work is not up to the standards the readers are accustomed to.
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars book is short , found wanting Aug. 11 2012
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this book must be completely written by the son. 90% of Griffin's OSS characters don't make appearance .
when I got to the last page I thought
"what?" this is it". I got robbed
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Probably the worst book I've ever read Aug. 21 2012
By Michael J. - Published on
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Poorly written. The dialogue was so bad, I had the distinct impression that "The Spymasters" was written by a middle school English student up against a deadline. All through the book, characters have complete dialogues in their head while in the middle of conversations with other characters. It kills any chance at continuity. Speaking of characters, 90% of the book is character development and unnecessary and unrelated trivial tidbits from history. I literally lost count of the number of characters that were introduced who had absolutely no bearing on the story at all. None.

All of the action (such as it is) takes place in the last 30 pages. The publisher could have saved themselves lots of money and published this in pamphlet form. There was simply not enough substance to fill a real book.

Much of the filler (and rest assured; this book is 90% filler) is ill-informed or just plain stupid. A couple of times, Butterfield mentions going to the UN with an issue. The UN was founded in late 1945. The story takes place in 1943.

Enigma was still classified 30 years after the war, but the author expects us to believe that this holy of holies secret is casually discussed with an 18 year old kid whom they are sending behind enemy lines to be in contact with the SS. Really?

Or how about this: OSS counterfeiters printed a large amout of currency from various nations for use by their agents. OK. That's understandable. They had a problem, however. It was all too crisp and clean. They needed to age the currency. How does Butterfield accomplish this? Simple. Dump it all over the floor of the OSS offices "ankle deep". Yes, they walked around all day up to their ankles in counterfeit money. How ridiculous is that? I had to go back twice and reread that little gem to make sure I wasn't imagining something. Unfortunately, it was not my imagination.

I've learned my lesson. I'm going to cancel my pre-order for "Empire and Honor" until I can read a review. No more throwing money away blindly.

Edit on Sept 17:
In looking at the reviews that have gone up since my original review on Aug 21, I noticed something fishy with the reviews. Beginning on Sept 6th and 7th, 16 5 star reviews suddenly appeared. On Sept 6th, 14 (of 19) 4 star reviews suddenly appeared.
As a matter of fact, prior to Sept 1st, there were 2 5 star reviews and 0 (zero) 4 star reviews.
Of the 2 5 star reviews, one was by LTC Robin McCall, who has reviewed 74 books, and they were ALL rated 5 star and the other was by Geraldine Ahern, who advertises on her myspace that for a fee of $25, she will "review" your book for you on 3 different sites. Looks to me like the publisher put the word out to his shill reviewers that "Spymasters" was failing and needed a boost on the Amazon reviews.

I'm pretty disappointed that Amazon would allow something like this to happen. It is pretty disingenuous to their customers.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awful! Aug. 26 2012
By Karaph - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my father. WEB Griffin is one of his favorite authors, and my dad was really looking forward to this latest release. Well, my dad read quite aways into it and said it was so bad he couldn't even finish it. This is really unusual for my father because he always tries to finish a book, no matter what. He said that too much time was spent on describing the details of minutiae, and not enough time was spent on the action. I'm afraid this will be his last WEB Griffin book as my dad said he has been noticing a downward trend in the quality of this author's books.
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