Death and Honor (Honor Bound, #4) by W.E.B. GriffinI’m giving this one four stars, but I suspect it is just because this is Volume 4 of the series and I have read Volumes 1, 2, and 3 in the past couple weeks, so I am really hooked. Griffin published the preceding volume 11 years ago, leaving us wondering where he was going, with Cletus having endeared himself to the suspicious Argentineans by helping General Rawson succeed in the coup that that threw Presidente Castillo out of office and put Rawson into it, as a replacement for Cletus’s assassinated father, but this book starts out the next day or two. I guess that ending was sufficiently open-ended that we had to suspect there was more coming, and now Griffin’s son has joined forces with him to continue the series. I am not going to say the writing has improved with Butterworth’s involvement, but it is pretty catchy--the kind of book you simply cannot put down without reading another of the chapter sections, and one keeps being followed by another.
Cletus and Dorotea are looking forward to the birth of their first child, when Col. Graham reappears with a new project for Cletus: President Roosevelt wants Cletus to start an airline in Argentina. Graham doesn’t think this can be done, but he thinks such an airline would be useful to the OSS; Cletus outsmarts him again by getting permission from his new friends in the Argentina government to permit the airline provided he staffs it with Argentinean personnel. Meanwhile, the Luftwaffe’s search for the spy in the German embassy is still going on, which turns more interesting when one of the spy-searchers turns out to be on the spies’ side. Meanwhile, again, a really mean spy-searcher is sent over to ramp up the search, which has the unexpected result of scaring someone who wasn’t a spy but suspects he’ll get blamed for it, so he bolts--and he just happens to know an whole bunch of stuff about the two German operations that Cletus is sup posed to be looking into.
The book is filled with all the stuff I usually complain about in Griffin’s writing, but it doesn’t seem to bother me so much anymore. What did bother me was the rather large number of proofreading errors that should have been caught: missing words, redundant or clearly irrelevant words, and even one place of mistaken identity in which the person identified as the speaker is not (and cannot be) a member of the group doing the talking. But you know what? The story is so good I simply ignored all that except for a couple of times I felt compelled to write in the missing words. The plot has lots of twists, and the presentation of the story line in short passages scattered between different people and places keeps the reader’s interest very high.
William E. Butterworth (W.E.B.) Griffin
Recruited by Wild Bill Donovan to set up an airline that will be an OSS front in Argentina, Marine pilot Cletus Frade monitors two German operations, including a concentration-camp smuggling ring and a Nazi protection group. William E. Butterworth IV has been an editor and a writer for more than twenty-five years, and has worked closely with his father for several years. Marine fighter pilot turned OSS officer, was sent to Argentina in to learn what he could about two secret Nazi operations. This time the story picks up just after Frade has survived a German assassination attempt and his Argentinean father is killed. Scott Brick is adept at switching between Latin and German accents and English.
William E. Butterworth (W.E.B.) Griffin
In a story that's more spy-vs. William E. Butterworth IV has been a writer and editor for major newspapers and magazines for more than twenty-five years, and has worked closely with his father for several years on the editing of the Griffin books. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Not in Canada? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. But before Frade can get airborne, two interwoven German operations must be grounded. And for Frade-whose father was killed by the Nazis-the mission is about to get personal. Hunting Trip, The. William E.