The enemy of my enemy

W. E. B. Griffin

Book - 2018

"Special agent James Cronley Jr. finds that fighting both ex-Nazis and the Soviet NKGB can lead to strange bedfellows, in the dramatic new Clandestine Operations novel about the birth of the CIA and the Cold War. A month ago, Cronley managed to capture two notorious Nazi war criminals, but not without leaving some dead bodies and outraged Austrian police in his wake. He's been lying low ever since, but that little vacation is about to end. Somebody--Odessa, the NKGB, the Hungarian Secr...et Police?--has broken the criminals out of jail, and he must track them down again. But there's more to it than that. Evidence has surfaced that in the war's last gasps, Heinrich Himmler had stashed away a fortune to build a secret religion, dedicated both to Himmler and to creating the Fourth Reich. That money is still out there in the hands of Odessa, and that infamous organization seems to have acquired a surprising--and troubling--ally. Cronley is fast finding out that the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" can mean a lot of different things, and that it is not always clear which people he can trust and which are out to kill him"--

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Griffin, W. E. B. Clandestine operations novel ; bk. 5.
Subjects
Genres
Suspense fiction
Spy stories
Large type books
Novels
Action and adventure fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Spy fiction
Published
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
387 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780735213067
0735213062
Main Author
W. E. B. Griffin (author)
Other Authors
William E. (William Edmund) Butterworth (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The title of the fifth in the authors' Clandestine Operations series is the beginning of a famous proverb that concludes with: " . . . is my friend." That, in a nutshell, pretty much sums up the thrust of the novel, which takes places in the first half of 1946. It follows on the heels of 2017's Death at Nuremberg and opens with a punch to the gut: the two Nazi war criminals whom Special Agent Jim Cronley recently captured have escaped from prison, aided by person(s) unknown. Now Cronley must hunt the Nazis all over again. Does the prison breakout have anything to do with the rumors that Heinrich Himmler, just before war's end, laid plans for Germany to reign supreme in the years to come? How willing is Cronley to join forces with an enemy to defeat a greater foe? It's an interesting, mostly well-told historical adventure, marred by some too-clunky exposition and some bewildering dialogue. Fans of Griffin's dozens of popular military-themed novels (cowritten, of late, with his son) will want to read this one, but it's not likely to bring in new readers. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Post-World War II, special agent James Cronley Jr. neatly entrapped two nasty Nazi war criminals. Now they've been whisked from prison—but by whom?—and Cronley must chase them down while also hunting the fortune Heinrich Himmler apparently hid to facilitate the founding of a Fourth Reich. The next Clandestine Operations novel, vivifying the advent of the CIA and the Cold War. Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

It's the spring of 1946 in bestseller Griffin and son Butterworth's tight fifth Clandestine Operations novel (after 2017's Death at Nuremberg), and two top SS leaders, Franz von Dietelburg and Wilhelm Burgdorf, have been imprisoned for a wide variety of crimes, among them the massacre of slave laborers at Peenemünde, the site of the German rocket laboratories during WWII. Dietelburg and Burgdorf are also suspected of being involved in Odessa, a secret organization of former SS personnel whose mission is smuggling Nazis out of Germany. After the duo escapes, the job of hunting them down falls to Capt. Jim Cronley, an agent in the Directorate of Central Intelligence, the successor to the Office of Strategic Services. Cronley flies from Argentina to Nuremberg with a large contingent of helpers to pursue the escaped Nazis. They also get on the trail of a fortune stashed away by Heinrich Himmler in the hope of financing a Fourth Reich. Newcomers will find this a good entry point, and regular readers will be pleased that the authors have avoided the long-winded prose that's marred recent entries in the series. Agent: Robert Youdelman, Rember & Curtis. (Dec.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Special agent James Cronley Jr. finds that fighting both ex-Nazis and the Soviet NKGB can lead to strange bedfellows, in the dramatic new Clandestine Operations novel about the birth of the CIA and the Cold War. A month ago, Cronley managed to capture two notorious Nazi war criminals, but not without leaving some dead bodies and outraged Austrian police in his wake. He's been lying low ever since, but that little vacation is about to end. Somebody--Odessa, the NKGB, the Hungarian Secret Police?--has broken the criminals out of jail, and he must track them down again. But there's more to it than that. Evidence has surfaced that in the war's last gasps, Heinrich Himmler had stashed away a fortune to build a secret religion, dedicated both to Himmler andto creating the Fourth Reich. That money is still out there in the hands of Odessa, and that infamous organization seems to have acquired a surprising--and troubling--ally. Cronley is fast finding out that the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"can mean a lot of different things, and that it is not always clear which people he can trust and which are out to kill him"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Searching for two Nazi criminals who have been broken out of prison by powerful enemies, special agent James Cronley Jr. discovers evidence of a stolen fortune in the hands of an infamous organization. By the best-selling authors of Broken Trust.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Special agent James Cronley Jr. finds that fighting both ex-Nazis and the Soviet NKGB can lead to strange bedfellows, in the dramatic new Clandestine Operations novel about the birth of the CIA and the Cold War.A month ago, Cronley managed to capture two notorious Nazi war criminals, but not without leaving some dead bodies and outraged Austrian police in his wake. He's been lying low ever since, but that little vacation is about to end. Somebody--Odessa, the NKGB, the Hungarian Secret Police?--has broken the criminals out of jail, and he must track them down again.But there's more to it than that. Evidence has surfaced that in the war's last gasps, Heinrich Himmler had stashed away a fortune to build a secret religion, dedicated both to Himmler and to creating the Fourth Reich. That money is still out there in the hands of Odessa, and that infamous organization seems to have acquired a surprising--and troubling--ally.Cronley is fast finding out that the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" can mean a lot of different things, and that it is not always clear which people he can trust and which are out to kill him.