Title: Blood and Honor
Author: W. E. B. Griffin
Griffin, W. E. B. (1997). Blood and Honor. New York: G. Putnam and Sons
- United States. Marine Corps–Fiction.
- World War, 1939-1945–Fiction.
- United States–History, Military–20th century–Fiction.
- Buenos Aires (Argentina)–Fiction.
Date Updated: June 22, 2015
Set in the spy-infested capital of Argentina in 1943, Blood and Honor is a sequel to Honor Bound (1994) in the series, Honor Bound. He sticks with his usual recipe of good guys, bad women and broad but sometimes transparent suspense and melodrama. Clete Frade is a Marine Corps aviator, a hero of Guadalcanal. Wealthy and well connected, he is also a spook for the OSS and perfect for an undercover job in Buenos Aires because he’s an Argentine citizen. Assisted by two useless Army buddies, a navy chief who considers himself a gaucho and a loyal Argentine bodyguard, Frade is sent south to sniff out both a suspected plot to overthrow the Argentine government and a report of a Nazi ship using Argentine waters to resupply German submarines. He stumbles into much more, however, with the assassination of his Argentine father, who is the leader of the coup plot, and with his discovery of a Nazi scheme to ransom Jews out of Dachau and to use the money to finance a sanctuary for fugitive Nazis should Germany lose the war. Frade spars with diplomats, spies, his OSS boss, the FBI, the Argentine military and an SS colonel, all the while trying to aid one conspiracy and destroy the others.