Top secret A clandestine operations novel

W. E. B. Griffin

Book - 2014

"From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author, a brand-new series about the Cold War-and a different breed of warrior. In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: the Soviet Union. The Soviets have hi...t the ground running, and Cronley's job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can. His recruiter thinks he has the potential to become an asset-though, of course, he could also screw up spectacularly. And in his first assignment, it looks like that's exactly what might happen. He's got seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, but Cronley's managed to rile up his superior officers (he seems to have a talent for it), and if he fails, it could be one of the shortest intelligence careers in history. There are enemies everywhere-and, as Cronley is about to find out, some of them even wear the same uniform he does"--

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Subjects
Genres
Spy stories
Suspense fiction
Published
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons [2014]
Language
English
Physical Description
515 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780399171239
0399171231
Main Author
W. E. B. Griffin (-)
Other Authors
William E. (William Edmund) Butterworth (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The first novel in a new series from this reliable team is guaranteed to garner interest, and the subject—the beginnings of the Cold War and the CIA—will only add to the appeal. Just after the end of WWII, newly married second lieutenant James Cronley receives the assignment to go to Germany. He ends up becoming involved in a top-secret mission in which Nazis are sent to Argentina. Matters are complicated by the fact that Cronley's commanding officer doesn't like him (perhaps because Cronley is having an affair with the commander's wife). The time period and the characters feel authentic, and the authors clearly did their research to get the feel of how the world was changing after the war was over. Sex scenes aren't the strong suit for these military-fiction veterans, however, and the surfeit of groping distracts from the otherwise intriguing story line. Still, Griffin and Butterworth's devoted readers will relish the Cold War landscape and look forward to the second book in the series. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

This mildly diverting first in a new thriller series from bestseller Griffin and son Butterworth charts the birth of the CIA in the fall of 1945. When 2nd Lt. James D. Cronley successfully secures a half ton of uranium oxide carried by a German U-boat that might have been sold to Soviet agents in Argentina, he's promoted to captain by Harry Truman, awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and given command of Operation Ost, which sneaks Nazis out of Germany into Argentina. Maj. Gen. Reinhard Gehlen, "the German intelligence officer who ran Abwehr Ost," trades all the files and assets of his spy organization in return for protecting his men from the Soviet Union. Those readers expecting action will be disappointed as a host of characters make plans, read secret memos, and engage in interior monologues. Those who are happy with lots of interesting period history, dry humor, and clever scheming will be amply rewarded. Agent: Robert Youdelman, Rember & Curtis. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Recruited into a precursor of the CIA at the dawn of the Cold War, second lieutenant James D. Cronley Jr. is given one week to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, in spite of costly blunders that have put him at odds with his superiors. By the best-selling authors of the Badge of Honor series. 300,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In the first weeks of World War II, U.S. intelligence already has suspicions against the Soviet Union, and James D. Cronley Jr., an intelligence agent, has got seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author, a brand-new series about the Cold War-and a different breed of warrior. In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: the Soviet Union. The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley's job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can. His recruiter thinks he has the potential to become an asset-though, of course, he could also screw up spectacularly. And in his first assignment, it looks like that's exactly what might happen. He's got seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, but Cronley's managed to rile up his superior officers (he seems to have a talent for it), and if he fails, it could be one of the shortest intelligence careers in history. There are enemies everywhere-and, as Cronley is about to find out, some of them even wear the same uniform he does"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

From the #1 New York Timesbestselling author, a brand-new series about the Cold Warand a different breed of warrior.In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: the Soviet Union.The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley’s job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can. His recruiter thinks he has the potential to become an assetthough, of course, he could also screw up spectacularly. And in his first assignment, it looks like that’s exactly what might happen. He’s got seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, but Cronley’s managed to rile up his superior officers (he seems to have a talent for it), and if he fails, it could be one of the shortest intelligence careers in history.There are enemies everywhereand, as Cronley is about to find out, some of them even wear the same uniform he does.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

From the #1 New York Times–bestselling author, a brand-new series about the Cold War—and a different breed of warrior.In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: the Soviet Union.The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley’s job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can. His recruiter thinks he has the potential to become an asset—though, of course, he could also screw up spectacularly. And in his first assignment, it looks like that’s exactly what might happen. He’s got seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, but Cronley’s managed to rile up his superior officers (he seems to have a talent for it), and if he fails, it could be one of the shortest intelligence careers in history.There are enemies everywhere—and, as Cronley is about to find out, some of them even wear the same uniform he does.