Title:                  The Honor of Spies

Author:                 W. E. B. Griffin

Griffin, W. E. B. (2009) with William E. Butterworth IV. The Honor of Spies: An Honor Bound Novel. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

LCCN:    2009042635

PS3557.R489137 H665 2009


Date Updated:  April 27, 2015

I really enjoy W. E. B. Griffin books. I will get any new one that comes out. Books written with his son, William E. Butterworth IV are not vintage Griffin, and I expect that Butterworth wrote the entire thing. I find their joint efforts tedious to read.

Set in 1943, the tedious fifth entry in bestseller Griffin’s sprawling Honor Bound series, coauthored with son Butterworth, picks up where Death and Honor (2008) left off, with Don Cletus Frade, a U.S. Marine Corps major, still trying to expose two Nazi secret missions: Operation Phoenix, which concerns large sums of money being smuggled into Argentina to be used by high-ranking Nazis who plan to flee the Reich if Germany loses the war, and another program that ransoms rich Jews out of Germany.

Most of the many characters continue to scheme against one another and endlessly discuss their plots, coups, and assassination attempts. Brief, violent altercations occasionally interrupt the talk. As usual, the plot abruptly stops, presumably scheduled to resume in the next installment. Newcomers are advised to start with the first of the series. Those who prefer action in their WWII fiction should go elsewhere.

The Honor Bound series, set during World War II, rolls steadily along. In this installment, OSS officer Cletus Frade has a tricky assignment: to help a German lieutenant escape a Mississippi internment camp so that Frade can use the man to make sure a German plot to assassinate Hitler succeeds. Frade also wants to find out what the man’s parents are up to in South America, where, rumor has it, the Germans are preparing for the arrival of senior Nazi officials, who will live there after the war. This is an extremely complex novel, with a large cast and, unfortunately, a lot of clutter, especially in the opening scenes. The story takes quite a while to get moving, and when it finally does, it’s frequently interrupted by lengthy chunks of expository dialogue. Still, the authors’ many fans will likely embrace the novel with open arms (even if casual readers may be a little less forgiving


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