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Book Title: Black Ops|
The author of the book: W.E.B. Griffin
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.40 MB
Edition: Putnam Adult
Date of issue: December 31st 2008
ISBN 13: 9780399155178
Read full description of the books:I like the characters in this series.. I really do.. Maybe that's why I am furious that the author chose to play what I call the "conicidence" card.
Castillo, our hero, gets on a train where he meets a pair of Russian defectors. After he agrees to help them avoid their own intelligence agencies and the CIA he discovers (SHOCK) that they are actually related to his old "friend" Alexander Pevsner, who we've met in previous novels. COME ON! This is just patently absurd.
Griffin takes the series towards a new, vigilante direction as Castillo ignores his orders and acts defiantly to the DCI, etc.
A secret black op is planned, but is so summarily handled as to be extremely anti-climactic.. Griffin wants you to care about the characters-- but he just keeps adding in "old friends" and the romance with the female Russian defector is so far over the top that Griffin begins to defy the reality that he really could be creating for the reader.
I haven't given up yet.. but the series better get better with the next novel or I'm done.
Oh.. and I've figured out the pay scale for this novel as well..
Griffin gets paid extra every time a dog pees on the landing gear of an airplane.. Some editor must've thought it was funny based on the number of times it has been used.
If Griffin would write a little less conversation and a little more action- this series would improve.
Still, the historical backgrounds and in -depth character backgrounds prevent this novel from being a total loss.
Read information about the authorW.E.B. Griffin is one of several pseudonyms for William E. Butterworth III.
From the Authors Website:
W.E.B. Griffin is the #1 best-selling author of more than fifty epic novels in seven series, all of which have made The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and other best-seller lists. More than fifty million of the books are in print in more than ten languages, including Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, and Hungarian.
Mr. Griffin grew up in the suburbs of New York City and Philadelphia. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. After basic training, he received counterintelligence training at Fort Holabird, Maryland. He was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany, and ultimately to the staff of then-Major General I.D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.
In 1951, Mr. Griffin was recalled to active duty for the Korean War, interrupting his education at Phillips University, Marburg an der Lahn, Germany. In Korea he earned the Combat Infantry Badge as a combat correspondent and later served as acting X Corps (Group) information officer under Lieutenant General White.
On his release from active duty in 1953, Mr. Griffin was appointed Chief of the Publications Division of the U.S. Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Mr. Griffin is a member of the Special Operations Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Army Aviation Association, the Armor Association, and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society.
He was the 1991 recipient of the Brigadier General Robert L. Dening Memorial Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association, and the August 1999 recipient of the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award, presented at the 100th National Convention in Kansas City.
He has been vested into the Order of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association, and the Order of St. Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and been awarded Honorary Doctoral degrees by Norwich University, the nation’s first and oldest private military college, and by Troy State University (Ala.). He was the graduation dinner speaker for the class of 1988 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
He has been awarded honorary membership in the Special Forces Association, the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association, the Marine Raiders Association, and the U.S. Army Otter & Caribou Association. In January 2003, he was made a life member of the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and the State of Delaware.
He is the co-founder, with historian Colonel Carlo D’Este, of the William E. Colby Seminar on Intelligence, Military, and Diplomatic Affairs. (Details here and here)
He is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association. And he belongs to the Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Pensacola, Florida, chapters of the Flat Earth Society.
Mr. Griffin’s novels, known for their historical accuracy, have been praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for their “fierce, stop-for-nothing scenes.”
“Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me he enjoys reading my books,” Mr. Griffin says.
Mr. Griffin divides his time between the Gulf Coast and Buenos Aires.
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