From the 1 New York Times bestselling authors, a brand new series about the Cold Warand a different breed of warrior.In the first weeks after World War II, James D Cronley, Jr., is recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA For a new war has already begun against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and vicious the Soviet Union.The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronleys job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can But his first assignment might be his last Hes got only seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, and hes already managed to rile up his superior officers If he fails now, his intelligence career could be the shortest in history.Because there are enemies everywhereand, as Cronley is about to find out, some of them wear the same uniform he does...
|Title||:||Top Secret (A Clandestine Operations Novel)|
|Publisher||:||G.P Putnam s Sons Reprint edition July 28, 2015|
|Number of Pages||:||560 pages|
|File Size||:||774 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Top Secret (A Clandestine Operations Novel) Reviews
First off if your looking for a Tom Clancy type of novel, then it’s best you keep on looking. Like many of Griffin’s novels it’s a swift read. It flows nicely keeping the readers attention. It also relates and marries parts of another of Griffin’s series, Honor Bound. Top Secret is the first in this series of novels and is pretty good. My personal feeling is that his novels were better (maybe more focused) before his son started writing with him (like I said my opinion). As a post-WWII setting, as in real life, things can get/got a little chaotic. Trying to stay ahead of our buddies the Russian’s (our new enemy) as well as the desk ‘weenies’ (who don’t like thinking out of the box) can be challenging. Mr. Griffin’s characters have to navigate these treacherous waters while trying to accomplish their mission.
Young lieutenant Jim Cronley plunges without preparation or warning into a world of high-stakes gray areas. For better or for worse he joins the spy world when, on a courier mission to Argentina, he gets sucked into one of the postwar’s most sensitive secrets: that the U.S. is helping German spies flee to Argentina. Operating on the Eastern front, they gained far more experience against Russian spies than Americans have. Wartime makes strange bedfellows, as does the brewing Cold War.
While "Top Secret" was a quantum improvement over the last dismal offering from Griffin et. al. it still lacked the punch and authority of his past work. There was a very much a "been there, done that" feel to the book. I won't spoil it for you by going into explicit detail, but there is really nothing new here, just repackaged characters moved into a different historical fact set. One hint? How many lovely young brides have to die in terrible auto accidents before we grow weary of it and even begin to expect it? How many risky beds must our libido driven hero risk his career in before it gets tedious? I was on the whole disappointed by the book especially by the LONG walks down memory lane covering previous plot lines. I simply skipped over dozens of passages. I gave it three stars because it was readable and did not insult my intelligence and loyalty to the brand like the previous offering. But, at the end of the day, there is a re-packaged feel about this book that can't be denied.
I should begin by stating that I am a fan of his previous work and looked forward to reading this. I was however rather disappointed by this book not through anything bad in the book but rather through the lack of anything at all. the first third of the book basically summarises the Honour Bound series and the remainder establishes the basis for the new series while debriefing a spy.
I read books 2 and 3 of the Clandestine Operations series before I read Top Secret which is book 1. It cleared up a lot of things that were brought up in the other 2 books. This was kind of a prequel for me. I like the characters and the story line, but it is a little hard to believe at times, but that is just me. The book keeps you entertained throughout and it is a fast read.