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Washington D.C., 1942. With the help of Charles A. Lindbergh, ace OSS pilot Richard Canidy sets up an air maneuver that will drop agents into the Belgian Congo to smuggle out uranium ore essential to the arms race. But this time, Canidy is not in the saddle; he's the backup pilot. And though he's not used to waiting for something to go wrong, he knows that it will... Washington D.C., 1942. With the help of Charles A. Lindbergh, ace OSS pilot Richard Canidy sets up an air maneuver that will drop agents into the Belgian Congo to smuggle out uranium ore essential to the arms race. But this time, Canidy is not in the saddle; he's the backup pilot. And though he's not used to waiting for something to go wrong, he knows that it will...


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Washington D.C., 1942. With the help of Charles A. Lindbergh, ace OSS pilot Richard Canidy sets up an air maneuver that will drop agents into the Belgian Congo to smuggle out uranium ore essential to the arms race. But this time, Canidy is not in the saddle; he's the backup pilot. And though he's not used to waiting for something to go wrong, he knows that it will... Washington D.C., 1942. With the help of Charles A. Lindbergh, ace OSS pilot Richard Canidy sets up an air maneuver that will drop agents into the Belgian Congo to smuggle out uranium ore essential to the arms race. But this time, Canidy is not in the saddle; he's the backup pilot. And though he's not used to waiting for something to go wrong, he knows that it will...

30 review for The Secret Warriors

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dipanjan

    Abolutely marvellous - are the words that aptly define this book. Oh, what a read. Mr. Griffins has delivered more than expected in this 2nd instalment of the Men At War series. For all those who hasn't been introduced to this series, it's an absolute must to experience. The 1st in the series "The Last Heroes" kick starts a splendid and delightful World War II historical saga. This series is filled with characters that all seem to be larger than life. Though Richard Canidy is the centre of the pl Abolutely marvellous - are the words that aptly define this book. Oh, what a read. Mr. Griffins has delivered more than expected in this 2nd instalment of the Men At War series. For all those who hasn't been introduced to this series, it's an absolute must to experience. The 1st in the series "The Last Heroes" kick starts a splendid and delightful World War II historical saga. This series is filled with characters that all seem to be larger than life. Though Richard Canidy is the centre of the plot but he really can't be called the main protagonist of the series. Wherein the 1st book "The Last Heroes" just builds up the environment and the characters of the series, "The Secret Warriors" have very deftly started the incidents rolling out at a delicious roll. The chess pieces that were deftly placed and arranged on the board in "The Last Heroes" starts moving as the game begins in "The Secret Warriors". This series has the usual exciting main plot of the Good Old Yankees vs the Nazis. But what makes this read simply outstanding is a real insight into the lives of Men At War. The charm of the military life, the men in uniform, the transition of boys into men, the romping romance of the ladies in their lives, the mentoring of elders (Roosevelt and Will Donovan), grooming of boys into men, the romantic and sexual escapades of these young men, the brotherhood and friendship, the life in war times and absolutely outstanding dashes of dry humour makes this book a cask of very rich and matured wine. Therefore, this book is not to be rushed through, but sipped and savoured delicately. Richard Canidy is sarcasm personified and so is his gang of some very charming and wicked men. This book (and the series) will make you relive your very own friendships, your romance, your patriotism, your adventures, your relationships with seniors. This series will make you want to fall in love - fall in love with a brief journey we all undertake - called Life!! And guess what - The Nazis have not even made their entry till now. God knows what will happen then.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Escherer

    Second volume in the Men at War saga, begun with The Last Heroes (1997), a paperback originally published (in 1985) under the pseudonym Alex Baldwin. Griffin has written several popular WWII series, featuring the Marine Corps, the Navy, and now the shadow warriors of the OSS, led by ``Wild Bill'' Donovan. The first in this new saga turned on a cache of uranium ore in the Belgian Congo. This time, along with other jobs, the OSS must drop agents into the Belgian Congo and smuggle out ore to use in Second volume in the Men at War saga, begun with The Last Heroes (1997), a paperback originally published (in 1985) under the pseudonym Alex Baldwin. Griffin has written several popular WWII series, featuring the Marine Corps, the Navy, and now the shadow warriors of the OSS, led by ``Wild Bill'' Donovan. The first in this new saga turned on a cache of uranium ore in the Belgian Congo. This time, along with other jobs, the OSS must drop agents into the Belgian Congo and smuggle out ore to use in making atomic bombs. Secrecy is all, since the Germans also may well be devising their own atomic weapons. Shrewd, sharp, rousing entertainment Beginning of the CIA Bill donovan Pulled from China as a flying ACE Whittaker dragged from the Philippines Project: to get Uranium from Africa to America for the Manhattan Project Do this without the German government finding out Kinda hard because the Germans control northern Africa Love interests involved What to do with the French leadership in exile Planning eventually takes them to London where they begin preparing for the mission Looks at how the CIA formed and what was happening behind the scenes during WW II.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    This novel follows a few of the men of the World War II OSS and their women. It is based on historical facts with footnotes pointing some of them out. A decent read despite the sexual antics of the characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    Very enjoyable read, onward to the next in this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I'm not quite sure why I didn't like this book. Some of the things I found annoying didn't especially bother me - not any more than maybe an eye roll - in the Presidential Agent series or the Honor series. Things like profanity (which admittedly is hard to escape these days), lots of drinking by most of the characters, supposedly nice girls who are the aggressors when it comes to initiating sex with (no surprise here) willing men who generally end up marrying them. I guess there were too many of I'm not quite sure why I didn't like this book. Some of the things I found annoying didn't especially bother me - not any more than maybe an eye roll - in the Presidential Agent series or the Honor series. Things like profanity (which admittedly is hard to escape these days), lots of drinking by most of the characters, supposedly nice girls who are the aggressors when it comes to initiating sex with (no surprise here) willing men who generally end up marrying them. I guess there were too many of the nice/willing/aggressive girls and I just couldn't believe in the one going after the annoying hero. I was interested in this series since the beginnings of the OSS, forerunner of the CIA, sounds pretty interesting. There was a lot that was interesting. But I just couldn't warm to any of the characters and the story didn't really hold my interest.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Book two in the series. It is what it is: A book that seems to be moving at a decent clip, but you reach the end and realize just how little happened. I'd give it two and a half stars if the system allowed it. Frankly, while I'm enjoying the series, there's very little that happens, but the things that do happen tend to be of importance to the grand scheme of the war. Book two in the series. It is what it is: A book that seems to be moving at a decent clip, but you reach the end and realize just how little happened. I'd give it two and a half stars if the system allowed it. Frankly, while I'm enjoying the series, there's very little that happens, but the things that do happen tend to be of importance to the grand scheme of the war.

  7. 5 out of 5

    George Siehl

    Continuing action in the early 1940s quest of the Office of Strategic Services to help America win the race to build the first atomic bomb. In the first volume Griffin's Men at War series, "The Last Heroes," a source of ore that could produce needed uranium 235 was identified in distant Africa. This volume documents the efforts to recover the essential material. The story is marked by adventure, misadventure, conquests in the bedroom, and an expansion of the overall cast of characters and new rol Continuing action in the early 1940s quest of the Office of Strategic Services to help America win the race to build the first atomic bomb. In the first volume Griffin's Men at War series, "The Last Heroes," a source of ore that could produce needed uranium 235 was identified in distant Africa. This volume documents the efforts to recover the essential material. The story is marked by adventure, misadventure, conquests in the bedroom, and an expansion of the overall cast of characters and new roles for some of them. The book also takes us to the formation of the OSS from the former office for Coordination of Information headed by Colonel Wild Bill Donovan. The agency's footprint becomes international with the establishment of a new office in London, where keeping an eye on the moves of self-proclaimed leader of the Free French, Brigadier General Charles De Gualle, becomes a requirement for the London OSS Station.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cheryle

    Washington D.C., 1942. With the help of Charles A. Lindbergh, ace OSS pilot Richard Canidy sets up an air maneuver that will drop agents into the Belgian Congo to smuggle out uranium ore essential to the arms race. But this time, Canidy is not in the saddle; he's the backup pilot. And though he's not used to waiting for something to go wrong, he knows that it will... Washington D.C., 1942. With the help of Charles A. Lindbergh, ace OSS pilot Richard Canidy sets up an air maneuver that will drop agents into the Belgian Congo to smuggle out uranium ore essential to the arms race. But this time, Canidy is not in the saddle; he's the backup pilot. And though he's not used to waiting for something to go wrong, he knows that it will...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Judy Green

    UNC+

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

    Very good, enjoyable read. Will make the reader consider Bill Donovan in a different light.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gary Barton

    Another well-written WEBG effort. I loved it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marvin Stewart

    Good action story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amloid Mesa

    Read this book before I read book 1. Still very entertaining.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Bratell

    I am so split over these books. The first book in the series was a really boring book but it ended better than it started so i thought it worth giving the next book a go. This book is much better, though there are still too many characters. After 500-600 pages (first book and half of this) though you have a hang of most of them. *The good* There is a really good story hiding. I am still not sure how much is "true story" and how much is "inspired by a true story but completely different* but it doe I am so split over these books. The first book in the series was a really boring book but it ended better than it started so i thought it worth giving the next book a go. This book is much better, though there are still too many characters. After 500-600 pages (first book and half of this) though you have a hang of most of them. *The good* There is a really good story hiding. I am still not sure how much is "true story" and how much is "inspired by a true story but completely different* but it does not really matter because there is a good story there. *The bad and ugly* Sexism, sexism, sexism. All women are fawning over the heroes who are wild bucks doing whatever they want. It gets boring and unrealistic very soon. I prefer the W. E. Johns or Tom Clancy approach to female ignorance, just cut them out of the story. If you don't know what you are doing, don't show it to the public. This might be the last book I read in the series. Or maybe I want to know more of the story. We'll see.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Will

    Lead Up to North Africa and Uraninite Smuggling. As more people become exposed to the OSS secret mission, the OSS grows it's staff by hiring those exposed or having them remanded to psychiatric facilities. Dick Canidy has his hands full babysitting a Free French admiral who FDR wants placed in England to keep de Gualle under control. Meanwhile, the OSS is focused on obtaining sufficient uraninite ore to produce uranium U-235 for the Manhattan project; one of the only places it exists in quantity Lead Up to North Africa and Uraninite Smuggling. As more people become exposed to the OSS secret mission, the OSS grows it's staff by hiring those exposed or having them remanded to psychiatric facilities. Dick Canidy has his hands full babysitting a Free French admiral who FDR wants placed in England to keep de Gualle under control. Meanwhile, the OSS is focused on obtaining sufficient uraninite ore to produce uranium U-235 for the Manhattan project; one of the only places it exists in quantity is the Belgian Congo, a german protectorate, so they deploy Louis Grunier to ferret it out and prepare a clandestine cargo flight mission to go and retrieve the ore, fly it to Cape Town, and transfer to a fast frigate for use at Oak Ridge.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Scott Vanzandt

    Book 2 in the Men At War series... Washington, D.C., 1942: With the help of Charles A. Lindbergh, ace OSS pilot Richard Canidy sets up an air maneuver that will drop agents into the Belgian Congo to smuggle out uranium ore essential to the arms race. But this time, Canidy is not in the saddle; he's the backup pilot. And though he's not used to waiting for something to go wrong, he knows that it will.... Read book 1 The Last Heroes first. I rarely miss a WEB Griffin Book. Book 2 in the Men At War series... Washington, D.C., 1942: With the help of Charles A. Lindbergh, ace OSS pilot Richard Canidy sets up an air maneuver that will drop agents into the Belgian Congo to smuggle out uranium ore essential to the arms race. But this time, Canidy is not in the saddle; he's the backup pilot. And though he's not used to waiting for something to go wrong, he knows that it will.... Read book 1 The Last Heroes first. I rarely miss a WEB Griffin Book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pete Mack

    The language in this series is less sophisticated than that of "The Corps" and "Brotherhood of War", and the action is less immediate. It makes me wonder whether more than two books were written by W.E. Butterworth IV rather than W.E. Butterworth III. Still not a bad series, but certainly not classics of the genre like Griffin's previous works. The language in this series is less sophisticated than that of "The Corps" and "Brotherhood of War", and the action is less immediate. It makes me wonder whether more than two books were written by W.E. Butterworth IV rather than W.E. Butterworth III. Still not a bad series, but certainly not classics of the genre like Griffin's previous works.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Walt

    Previously reading Griffin has help set the mind set of the reading his books. They intrique and are suspensful. I enoyed the fact of decrease romance in this book but the realism of how war effects both men and women. Keep up the supspense and I'll be a loyal follower. Previously reading Griffin has help set the mind set of the reading his books. They intrique and are suspensful. I enoyed the fact of decrease romance in this book but the realism of how war effects both men and women. Keep up the supspense and I'll be a loyal follower.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joan Karter

    Very entertaining book about the start up of the OSS during WWII. Historical elements are very interesting and WEB Griffin brings it all to life with his characters. I could do without all of the gratuitous sex. It doesn't add much to the story. Very entertaining book about the start up of the OSS during WWII. Historical elements are very interesting and WEB Griffin brings it all to life with his characters. I could do without all of the gratuitous sex. It doesn't add much to the story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pam Bales

    Military historical fiction at what I consider to be a high level. This is the second in the Men at War series dealing with the OSS and finding and bringing uranium ore from the Belgian Congo to a place where it can be developed into weapons.

  21. 4 out of 5

    J.W. Thompson

    This book was very special to me ---read it years ago

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I love this series so far, of course I have always been a big Griffin fan. I wish I had know he had a new series out sooner than this.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Soap opera stuff about the early days of the CIA.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    It is a book about world war two and secret operations....little boring at times

  25. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Very slow--90% intro, 10% action.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Great!

  27. 5 out of 5

    William

    Well written and engaging. Certain urban liberal types will not like it. But I will read more Griffin.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    This is really a people story not a war story. Disappointing to me. I kept waiting for the WWII action parts and they never came. I won't read W. E. B. Griffin again. This is really a people story not a war story. Disappointing to me. I kept waiting for the WWII action parts and they never came. I won't read W. E. B. Griffin again.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Darren Sapp

    I still like this character, Dick Canidy, but would've like to see more action. I realize this is a series, but one, lone moment of suspense failed to wow me. I still like this character, Dick Canidy, but would've like to see more action. I realize this is a series, but one, lone moment of suspense failed to wow me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Loved the first book, but this one was boring and uneventful. There is hardly action and is just about relationships. I will have to think long and hard about continuing with this series.

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