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W.E.B. Griffin continues his gripping Men at War series, featuring the legendary OSS. As the Battle of the Atlantic rages, German U-boats are sinking U.S. vessels at will. Meanwhile, preparations are being made to invade Sicily and Italy. As the war heats up, "Wild Bill" Donovan and his secret agents find themselves battling on two fronts at once. And fate is about to dea W.E.B. Griffin continues his gripping Men at War series, featuring the legendary OSS. As the Battle of the Atlantic rages, German U-boats are sinking U.S. vessels at will. Meanwhile, preparations are being made to invade Sicily and Italy. As the war heats up, "Wild Bill" Donovan and his secret agents find themselves battling on two fronts at once. And fate is about to deal them a surprise that may doom them all.


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W.E.B. Griffin continues his gripping Men at War series, featuring the legendary OSS. As the Battle of the Atlantic rages, German U-boats are sinking U.S. vessels at will. Meanwhile, preparations are being made to invade Sicily and Italy. As the war heats up, "Wild Bill" Donovan and his secret agents find themselves battling on two fronts at once. And fate is about to dea W.E.B. Griffin continues his gripping Men at War series, featuring the legendary OSS. As the Battle of the Atlantic rages, German U-boats are sinking U.S. vessels at will. Meanwhile, preparations are being made to invade Sicily and Italy. As the war heats up, "Wild Bill" Donovan and his secret agents find themselves battling on two fronts at once. And fate is about to deal them a surprise that may doom them all.

30 review for The Saboteurs

  1. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    The OSS returns battling on two fronts during WWII. First, they have to find out whether the Nazis are sinking ships just by luck, or by some human agency. They also have to prepare for the invasion of Italy. Not bad, but Griffin just doesn't seem to be for me. The OSS returns battling on two fronts during WWII. First, they have to find out whether the Nazis are sinking ships just by luck, or by some human agency. They also have to prepare for the invasion of Italy. Not bad, but Griffin just doesn't seem to be for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    This is the first book in the series I've been disappointed in. Perhaps it was the long interval between when the previous book and this one were written. Perhaps it was the work of the co-author. I don't know, but this one left me a little unsatisfied. I didn't care for all the New York mob intrigue - much of it seemed pointless. I also didn't like how the four German saboteurs were stopped, not by any efforts of our intrepid heroes, but by their own dumb bad luck. A badly timed fuse and boom, This is the first book in the series I've been disappointed in. Perhaps it was the long interval between when the previous book and this one were written. Perhaps it was the work of the co-author. I don't know, but this one left me a little unsatisfied. I didn't care for all the New York mob intrigue - much of it seemed pointless. I also didn't like how the four German saboteurs were stopped, not by any efforts of our intrepid heroes, but by their own dumb bad luck. A badly timed fuse and boom, two are gone. The other two get mixed up with a whore and her pimp and are killed, all while the OSS and FBI are wandering around with no idea where to look. Just very unsatisfying. Accurate? Probably. But we expect more from our main characters. Hopefully things get back on track with the next volume.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Yawn! The slowest and most turgid Griffin I've read. Double Yawn! Yawn! The slowest and most turgid Griffin I've read. Double Yawn!

  4. 5 out of 5

    George Siehl

    Wartime agents of the OSS continue their fight against the Nazi threat. One problem here involves the capture of two teams of German saboteurs landed by submarine in Florida and who engage in bombings through the South and Southwest and up the East Coast. Also, FDR has brought OSS into the search along with the FBI which is upset by this incursion on their jurisdiction. Richard Canidy is sent on another expedition to retrieve a scientist from German occupied Europe, this time an Italian doctor i Wartime agents of the OSS continue their fight against the Nazi threat. One problem here involves the capture of two teams of German saboteurs landed by submarine in Florida and who engage in bombings through the South and Southwest and up the East Coast. Also, FDR has brought OSS into the search along with the FBI which is upset by this incursion on their jurisdiction. Richard Canidy is sent on another expedition to retrieve a scientist from German occupied Europe, this time an Italian doctor in Sicily where he was forced into work research on using yellow fever as a biological weapon. The New York mob under Lucky Luciano plays a role in both efforts. A fast paced read, but not one of Griffin's best works.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dr T

    The weakest (so far) in this series about the OSS in WWII. It reads like a lull in the action, a set-up for future books in the series. A large part of the book concerns some German saboteurs landed in Florida who then go about setting off various explosions. The rest of the book concerns preparations for the OSS assisting underground resistance fighters in Europe. Nice job of setting the historic background for these operations, but not nearly as exciting a story as the earlier books in this se The weakest (so far) in this series about the OSS in WWII. It reads like a lull in the action, a set-up for future books in the series. A large part of the book concerns some German saboteurs landed in Florida who then go about setting off various explosions. The rest of the book concerns preparations for the OSS assisting underground resistance fighters in Europe. Nice job of setting the historic background for these operations, but not nearly as exciting a story as the earlier books in this series. I also consider this series to be significantly weaker that the Griffins' other series that I have read. The book would have benefited from tighter and more careful editing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pam Venne

    It took Griffen over 400 pages to get to the real meat of the adventure. While there were bombings, killings, and other intrigues along the way; it wasn't until the last portion of the book that it finally got interesting for me. And then it was over. Not one of his best books. I was a bit disappointed, as I had just read a couple of dark and disturbing books and wanted some excitement. It took Griffen over 400 pages to get to the real meat of the adventure. While there were bombings, killings, and other intrigues along the way; it wasn't until the last portion of the book that it finally got interesting for me. And then it was over. Not one of his best books. I was a bit disappointed, as I had just read a couple of dark and disturbing books and wanted some excitement.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    What a weirdly written book - 90% in excruciating detail of every moment, including an apparent fixation with the hero going to the washroom at every opportunity (was the author experiencing bladder issues while writing this I wonder?), and then when the denouement act of the hero finally arrives, everything is wrapped up with minimal, barely summary information. It was as if the author was suddenly given a deadline to finish in a day, and complied. He certainly gave no effort or time to adding What a weirdly written book - 90% in excruciating detail of every moment, including an apparent fixation with the hero going to the washroom at every opportunity (was the author experiencing bladder issues while writing this I wonder?), and then when the denouement act of the hero finally arrives, everything is wrapped up with minimal, barely summary information. It was as if the author was suddenly given a deadline to finish in a day, and complied. He certainly gave no effort or time to adding any excitement to the final act. This author is permanently off my reading list.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda D.

    This was a decent book as a whole. There was quite a bit going on and several story lines the reader had to follow. The story lines were ok, not nearly as detailed as I would have liked. It felt like just as a story line would develop, the character or a character in that story line died. This made it feel as though you never learned a full story because it would suddenly end.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Keith Cramer

    If you want a detailed book about how to open doors, fix a scotch and other mundane activities, you're in luck. Especially if you prefer the main protagonists not to really accomplish much or have anything to do with the focus of the book. If you want a detailed book about how to open doors, fix a scotch and other mundane activities, you're in luck. Especially if you prefer the main protagonists not to really accomplish much or have anything to do with the focus of the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steven Allen

    I have a read a few of these books, and they are ok. Damn things are a series, so I had to grab the next one to figure out what happens to the characters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    German saboteurs are in the US blowing up things and the OSS is trying to find them and also get scientists out of the war area and into the US

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen Suhorsky

    good book

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    I greatly enjoyed this book, and this series. Looking forward to the next. Very interesting storyline and characters. I’m a huge fan!

  14. 5 out of 5

    John

    I've read everything Griffin has written, and this is his weakest work to date. Richards Canady's exploits in Sicily were interesting enough, although I know of no history where Nazi Germany sent chemical weapons to the Mediterranean theater And, of course, trying to swallow the idiotic notion that any sane intelligence agency would send their number three man from London Station into action as a field agent while in possession of the inner working of the OSS, including many of it's on-going ope I've read everything Griffin has written, and this is his weakest work to date. Richards Canady's exploits in Sicily were interesting enough, although I know of no history where Nazi Germany sent chemical weapons to the Mediterranean theater And, of course, trying to swallow the idiotic notion that any sane intelligence agency would send their number three man from London Station into action as a field agent while in possession of the inner working of the OSS, including many of it's on-going operations in Europe. Patently absurd, even given normal novelist liberties. But most irritating - taking up far too much space - is the story of Major Martin, the decoy corpse planted to deceive the Germans about Allied intentions in the invasion of Sicily. The story deserves to be told, and is well-know to any WWII history buff. The problem is that the Major Martin (Operation Mincemeat) was conceived and executed entirely by the British Secret Service. Griffin would have us believe it was finalized in the OSS safe-house outside London by a joint OSS-British team. Griffin accurately places RN Commander Ewen Montagu on the teams, but that's the only history he gets correct. And in Griffin's typical political conservative philosophy, where only the rich, powerful and/or famous can get anything accomplished, Griffin's team absurdly includes Major David Niven, Private Peter Ustinov, and God-help-us, a titled 'Lady' of the English landed gentry. Large sections are spent in excruciating detail of the high end whiskey they consume in volume and recipes for the perfect martini. I wanted to puke. As far Operation Mincemeat, the 1956 film, "The Man Who Never Was," contained infinitely more accuracy, and that, God-help-us, was a bloody movie. BTW, I recommend the movie....while it is a bit staid by today's glitzy production standards, it is worth watching. Two stars is generous and only awarded because the ending was decent enough.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    W.E.B.Griffin is one of my favorite military history novelists. In this work, he's accompanied by William E. Butterworth IV. Much of Griffin's best work is behind him but I did find this book enjoyable. Germany has placed two two-men teams in America to disrupt American life. They plant explosives in railroad stations, blow up electrical power stations and are able to select other targets. The OSS is still a young organization under Wild Bill Donovan. They are fresh off the success of rescuing an i W.E.B.Griffin is one of my favorite military history novelists. In this work, he's accompanied by William E. Butterworth IV. Much of Griffin's best work is behind him but I did find this book enjoyable. Germany has placed two two-men teams in America to disrupt American life. They plant explosives in railroad stations, blow up electrical power stations and are able to select other targets. The OSS is still a young organization under Wild Bill Donovan. They are fresh off the success of rescuing an important scientist from under the German rule. One aspect of the story that I liked was the cavalier attitude of many young OSS officers and their disdain for old fashioned military ideas. This is a complex book and a compelling read. I also found it interesting to learn of the OSS working with Mafia leaders such as Lucky Luciano in order to establish resistance in Sicily where a military operation was planned.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Let me start by saying that upon examining the copyright found in the book, the copyright was entirely attributed to the younger Butterworth, not the same man who wrote the first four novels of this series, I believe in the 1980s. That said, this book was one of the worst examples of literary coherency I've ever read for any reason except taking a class. The villains are incompetent to the point of almost nonexistent, while the heroes are inept and ineffective at anything but providing a camera f Let me start by saying that upon examining the copyright found in the book, the copyright was entirely attributed to the younger Butterworth, not the same man who wrote the first four novels of this series, I believe in the 1980s. That said, this book was one of the worst examples of literary coherency I've ever read for any reason except taking a class. The villains are incompetent to the point of almost nonexistent, while the heroes are inept and ineffective at anything but providing a camera from which to show you a bunch of men fighting a world war. And by fighting a world war, I mean sitting around drinking coffee and alcohol while discussing largely random and irrelevant things. At the end, there was almost, kind of, sort of, a point, but the author missed. Sorry.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I read quite of few of Griffin's books. He is a great storyteller. I haven't read them in order, but I usually recognize characters that I had known before. This one is co-authored with his son and I wonder if the younger "Griffin" is responsible for the rather larger dose of sleazy male humor. I guess the majority of readers are men, but not all... In the end, not a particularly good novel. Too much going on at the same time. I'm tired of the endless descriptions of hair color and build. The go I read quite of few of Griffin's books. He is a great storyteller. I haven't read them in order, but I usually recognize characters that I had known before. This one is co-authored with his son and I wonder if the younger "Griffin" is responsible for the rather larger dose of sleazy male humor. I guess the majority of readers are men, but not all... In the end, not a particularly good novel. Too much going on at the same time. I'm tired of the endless descriptions of hair color and build. The good guys are always the big muscled ones. All the women are pets. I've had it with these books if Griffin's days are over. See you later guys.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Will

    Using the Mafia to Counter the Nazis. The OSS sends Canidy and Fulmar into the frey to set up rebel coastwatcher cells in Sicily and to feret out Nazi infiltrators who are reeking terror across eastern America. From one risk mission to another, Canidy finds Ann Chambers in London for a hot breathing break before heading out for his next Donovan assignment and Ann's flat being leveled in bombing. Fulmar is sent to find the Nazis detonating C4 across the east US even though Hoover's FBI is respons Using the Mafia to Counter the Nazis. The OSS sends Canidy and Fulmar into the frey to set up rebel coastwatcher cells in Sicily and to feret out Nazi infiltrators who are reeking terror across eastern America. From one risk mission to another, Canidy finds Ann Chambers in London for a hot breathing break before heading out for his next Donovan assignment and Ann's flat being leveled in bombing. Fulmar is sent to find the Nazis detonating C4 across the east US even though Hoover's FBI is responsible though not being effective. Fulmar employs Canidy's mob contacts to find the infiltrators and to share hot breathing with Ingrid Muller.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    This book was entertaining, in the same manner that most all of his other books are. It was not better or worse than any of the others. The ending was pretty abrupt, almost like he just wanted to continue the story in the next novel of the series. That being said, this book will probably not stand well on it's own if you are looking for one particular book by this author to read. You definitely need to read the books in the series that come before it and then continue when the next iteration is This book was entertaining, in the same manner that most all of his other books are. It was not better or worse than any of the others. The ending was pretty abrupt, almost like he just wanted to continue the story in the next novel of the series. That being said, this book will probably not stand well on it's own if you are looking for one particular book by this author to read. You definitely need to read the books in the series that come before it and then continue when the next iteration is published.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The book was a 290 page buildup for 15 pages of nothing. They spent the whole time preparing for this dangerous mission only to write the character paddled to shore, was told the nazis have nerve gas on a ship, he left to go blow it up, his friends waited till he came back, then they were picked up by a submarine and didn't get to watch the ship explode the end. The only action was a side story about German spies in the U.S. who got themselves killed by a mobster's prostitution ring before the U The book was a 290 page buildup for 15 pages of nothing. They spent the whole time preparing for this dangerous mission only to write the character paddled to shore, was told the nazis have nerve gas on a ship, he left to go blow it up, his friends waited till he came back, then they were picked up by a submarine and didn't get to watch the ship explode the end. The only action was a side story about German spies in the U.S. who got themselves killed by a mobster's prostitution ring before the US intelligence groups even really started looking for them.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    I have enjoyed Griffin's books for many years, unfortunately, this one was disappointing to say the least. This series started strongly, with good characters, interesting situations, and Griffin's gift for describing the inner workings and minutiae of military life and politics. This book was too slow for me, didn't really do anything and left me wanting more. The first three books in this series were especially good, Book 4 was a little less so and this edition was worst to date. I have enjoyed Griffin's books for many years, unfortunately, this one was disappointing to say the least. This series started strongly, with good characters, interesting situations, and Griffin's gift for describing the inner workings and minutiae of military life and politics. This book was too slow for me, didn't really do anything and left me wanting more. The first three books in this series were especially good, Book 4 was a little less so and this edition was worst to date.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Doran

    Awful.The writing was a little distracting but the story line kept me interested anyway. The ending was terrible. There were 3 story lines, 1 ended in total limbo, 1 ended that total luck solved the problem and they never had to, and the third ended as if the author planned on writing 100 more pages but he ran out of time so he just ended it. I don't recommend. Awful.The writing was a little distracting but the story line kept me interested anyway. The ending was terrible. There were 3 story lines, 1 ended in total limbo, 1 ended that total luck solved the problem and they never had to, and the third ended as if the author planned on writing 100 more pages but he ran out of time so he just ended it. I don't recommend.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    i've never really read any of web griffin's books. after this one, i don't think i'm going to read any more of his books. overlong, overly descriptive of nothings, and it seemed like he had too many plots that were resolved by sheer stupidity or happenstance. complete anticlimax, no feeling of resolution. very poorly written and poorly conceived. not at all recommended. i've never really read any of web griffin's books. after this one, i don't think i'm going to read any more of his books. overlong, overly descriptive of nothings, and it seemed like he had too many plots that were resolved by sheer stupidity or happenstance. complete anticlimax, no feeling of resolution. very poorly written and poorly conceived. not at all recommended.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Lucas

    Liked his series set in South America during WWII and also the first one in this series, but this one had too much foul language and not enough good plot. I didn't even finish it. However, it did make me interesed in reading more about the real German sabotuers that were in America during the war. Liked his series set in South America during WWII and also the first one in this series, but this one had too much foul language and not enough good plot. I didn't even finish it. However, it did make me interesed in reading more about the real German sabotuers that were in America during the war.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angelina

    Discriptions of events were not relevent to the story. It was very random as if looking at 4 different clips and a couple that just ened and went no where. I really gained very little feeling for the characters. I had little desire to finish the book to see how it ended. Very slow moving.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    The Saboteurs is an action packed novel of the OSS. While German submarines are sinking ships in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, "accidents" are happening in factories and on trains in the USA. An OSS team gets on the case. The Saboteurs is an action packed novel of the OSS. While German submarines are sinking ships in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, "accidents" are happening in factories and on trains in the USA. An OSS team gets on the case.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Meakin

    This book is not one of griffins best. A convoluted plot. And no real character building. The ending is simplistic. If this is the first book of his you read you probably wouldn't read more. The only saving grace is I loved his other books. This book is not one of griffins best. A convoluted plot. And no real character building. The ending is simplistic. If this is the first book of his you read you probably wouldn't read more. The only saving grace is I loved his other books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rob & Liz

    excellent read on undercover 'OSS' operations during WWII showing how each area sometimes operated arouind each other. r excellent read on undercover 'OSS' operations during WWII showing how each area sometimes operated arouind each other. r

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bubb

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was completely unsatisfying. In the end the protagonist did nothing-the plot was resolved entirely by chance.

  30. 4 out of 5

    KarenC

    Amusing plots that get the OSS hooked up with organized crime figures. The saboteurs are handled with way too much coincidence. Lightweight "guylit" that will keep you occupied for a while. Amusing plots that get the OSS hooked up with organized crime figures. The saboteurs are handled with way too much coincidence. Lightweight "guylit" that will keep you occupied for a while.

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