Special Ops

Special Ops W E B Griffin returns to the series that launched his phenomenal career in an explosive new novel that pits a team of Special Forces warriors against the legendary revolutionary Che Guevara

  • Title: Special Ops
  • Author: W.E.B. Griffin
  • ISBN: 9780515132489
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • W.E.B Griffin returns to the series that launched his phenomenal career in an explosive new novel that pits a team of Special Forces warriors against the legendary revolutionary Che Guevara.

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    1. "Special Ops" could easily have been the eighth book of the series and "The Aviators" could have been skipped altogether. In fact, Special Ops picks up almost immediately where "The New Breed" left off. Jack Portet had just finished helping the Belgian paratroopers liberate his family from Stanleyville in the Congo and was being reunited with Marjorie Bellmon. However, just because one crisis in the Congo was averted it doesn't mean everything had settled down. In fact new international intrigue [...]

    2. No-one expects war novels to be great literature but one does expect them to be written to a professional standard. Anyone who buys a war novel by a professional writer and 'recognised' author of these sorts of books, such as W.E.B. Griffin, does expect two qualities to feature in the text: the first is that the book is entertaining and the second is a certain level of competence when it comes to using words. Special Ops has neither--and the reading, and paying, public certainly deserve better.I [...]

    3. I gave this book a chance, I really did, but I found it so bloody boring that I just gave up after 130 pages (which is a lot more than I'd usually give most books!).It's part of a series, apparently the last one, and in it US Special Forces serviceman Jack Portet has just finished helping Belgian paratroopers liberate his family from Stanleyville in the Congo and is being reunited with his fiance, Marjorie Bellmon. Why his family is in Stanleyville, I'm not sure if we're ever told. It's a big my [...]

    4. I've read all of this Griffin series, The Brotherhood of War. It follows a group of young lieutenants as they move up in the army ranks from just after WW II into the 60s. Someitmes there's a bit too much technical information for me, but the characters more than make up for it.

    5. The "Brotherhood of War" series comes to a close with this novel. Griffin's characters are as vividly and humanely drawn as ever. The plot is interesting and usually well-paced. It is clear the author has full command of his subject. I enjoyed the book overall.However, it seemed that the drive to propel the story forward wasn't altogether there. A large portion of the end of the book left the story to unfold in secret transmissions of information between men in the field and Sanford T. Felter, a [...]

    6. Wow wasn't quite up to the rest of the series in my opinion.And it takes you place right after 'New Breed' in the Congo, so essentially right along side of 'The Aviators'.It follows the Special Ops following Che Guevara through his trying to revolutionize the African main land and how the American forces kept fouling up their attempts to spread communism.Over all it's a lot slower than the last few books, and our favorite characters are more just background. Really had nothing to do with the Bro [...]

    7. Its a little sad to finish a series that you really love, and that's how it was with this book, the ninth and last book in the Brotherhood of War series. What really carries this series on its shoulders -perhaps the single support that keeps the whole series from collapsing on itself - is WEB Griffin's likable, animated, realistic, and funny characters. The cast of characters changes and evolves from book to book, as he introduces new characters, kills off or forgets about others, only leaving a [...]

    8. This book has really caught my attention, and liking. I started reading the book because the title caught my attention. I am a big fan of the Military, and am even joining after High School. So far it is good, even though it is not keeping me at the edge of my seat. It has had only one conflict in it, and that was at the beginning of the book. I do believe that the major conflict is still coming for a couple of reasons. 1) It is a 700 some page book and I am only on page 170. And 2) The beginnin [...]

    9. Special Ops Campaign Against Che Guevara. Congolese Simbas fueled by Olenga terrorize post-colonial Congo by killing whites, especially in Stanleyville where things get brutal until the Belgians launch a US-aided para-assault to root out the Simbas, and Jack Portet shifts from advisor to participant to rescue his mother and others holed up there. The US launches a clandestine assistance program for the fledgling Congolese government after the Soviets target their shill Cuba to deploy Che Guevara [...]

    10. “Special Ops” the last book in the Brotherhood Of War series is absolutely the worst book of the series. The Brotherhood of War started strong , first few books were really good , but after “The Generals” the quality of writing , the ideas , the plot became less and less interesting. Looks like Griffin was trying to “milk” the series but at the end it was not worth it. I would have to say The Brotherhood of War went from A- to C very quickly. “Special Ops” is the perfect example. [...]

    11. I've read most of the books in the Brotherhood series two or three times. I spent nine years in the US Army, and was an aviator, and it just has the right tone for me, and resonates with my experience and what I loved and hated about the military. I like the series enough that I just gave my set to my son to read.And yet -- this book is just off, somehow. I didn't finish it, got about halfway and decided that was enough. I didn't care how it turned out, and was bored with the characterization, i [...]

    12. I found this book in a bathroom basket of “our” summertime condo at Navarre Beach. The title caught my eye just as the Navy helicopters do by chopping away at balcony level. Special Ops is the final book in WEB Griffin’s Brotherhood of War series. Published in 2001, but set in the ‘60’s, the novel is filled with military drama, and of course that cocktail party culture I find so fascinating. Author William Edmond Butterworth lll is an interesting character in his own right having maint [...]

    13. I really liked it, though for me, it didn't measure up to the earlier books in the series. Excellent mix of history and fiction. What brought it down a notch for me was the epilogue for book 8 summarized the characters lives and sounded very final. Then comes book 9. A good story, good continuation of the characters from earlier books, but I expected them all to be old men. Of course the timeline explains that it actually happened before book 8. That kind of detracted from the enjoyable at the b [...]

    14. I first fell in love with Griffin's series beginning with the Corps Series. Then along came Brotherhood of War. Like The Corps, his characters are engaging and richly colorful. But, the Brotherhood of War, while still very dynamic, seems to focus a little less on the world of war and fighting and more on the culture of the US Army, especially the officer's corps. Reading this series, I was intrigued by the almost country-club like atmosphere Griffin sees in play among the US Army officers and th [...]

    15. The entire Brotherhood of War series is excellent. Once I read The Lieutenants I couldn't stop until I reached the end of the series. The 9 book series follows a group of characters through their careers in the military from WWII to the Vietnam era.

    16. I read about half of this one, but I gave up on it. I liked the story, but it seems like it is a 1960s version of Griffin's Presidential Agent series. I enjoyed those, but I do not need to read the same series just set in the 1960s.

    17. This book was painful to read. Boring beyond belief. Military reports were ridiculously overused in the place of actual story telling. I was very glad to finish this and if I ever re-read the series I will just stop at the Generals.

    18. Special Ops (Brotherhood of War #9) by W.E.B. Griffin (Jove 2000) (Fiction - Military). This tale returns to 1960's Cuba and has American forces battling those of Che Guevara in unconventional warfare. My rating: 7/10, finished 2001.

    19. Final book of the series, but not chronologically. Old and new characters chase Che' in the Congo; a strange mix of tactical operations combined with President Johnson's hands-on approach. I enjoyed the book and the series. Will try another Griffin series.

    20. This book is meant for vets or something who want to obsess about rank and military accomplishments. Too little action, way too much army talk.

    21. This book was pretty actiony. There were some parts that were hard to get through, but it got better towards the end.

    22. A little long for me. Most of Griffin's books are half as long as this one was, and wasn't nearly as interesting as the rest of the series. He should have stopped at the Generals

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