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The Men at War series, chronicling the adventures of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II, is dangerously close to running out of time. The OSS was dissolved in September 1945 to make way for the new CIA and this novel is set in the summer of '43. Operation Overlord and the Manhattan Project are in full swing, both designed to ensure a speedy end to the war. But both projects are in serious jeopardy, and only Dick Canidy, OSS chief Bill Donovan's right-hand man, can find a way to protect them. Battling moles, Soviet spies, and Nazis, the OSS agents race against time to keep the enemy from pushing ahead in the race to win the war. The book is full of action, with characters who are reasonably well drawn and believable (for a novel that is completely plot-driven). Fans of wartime adventure stories (especially, but not limited to, Griffin's legion of readers) should be very pleased.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Bestseller Griffin's solid seventh Men at War novel (after 2007's The Double Agents), the third in collaboration with son Butterworth, finds top OSS agent Maj. Richard Caniday involved in both a mission to keep Ike's imminent plan to invade Sicily a secret and an attempt to sabotage the Nazi V-1 and V-2 program. Goebbels has broadcast that the "aerial torpedo" attacks will first target London, starting in December 1943. To make the situation even more ominous, the Germans are planning to load nerve gas into the missiles' warheads, a move guaranteed to sow panic. Eschewing extended battle scenes and individual combat for the most part, the authors focus on spy missions behind enemy lines and recreations of meetings between historical characters. You can almost taste the gin and tonic as FDR and OSS chief William "Wild Bill" Donovan meet on the presidential yacht Sequoia to discuss plans for winning the war. Some readers might wish for more action, but series fans should be satisfied. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.