As the Soldier Spies opens, it is November 1942. War is raging in Europe. The invasion of North Africa has begun. In Washington, OSS chief William J. Donovan finds himself fighting a rear-guard battle against an unexpected enemey: the rival intelligence chiefs back home.
From Publishers Weekly: "The third installment....of Griffin's series of WWII espionage novels (originally published under the pseudonym Alex Baldwin) once again conjures up the year 1942, an era when men were boys and women were, well... large breasted. Between bed hopping and libidinous musings, intrepid secret agents Major Richard Caniday (who's really not a major) and Eric Fulmar, members of the fledging OSS, aim to smuggle out of Germany the scientist whose knowledge of metallurgy holds the key to the Third Reich's development of jet engines. The professor has a lovely daughter, of course, who is being sexually used by the sleazy Nazis; she is also used by double agents in the German high command as a tool to help undermine Hitler's mad schemes. Other plot lines explore Fulmar's mission in Morocco and the Allies' attempt to develop a "flying bomb" of their own......" Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --
his, the third in the Men at War series, takes us to the European theatre with Canidy, Whittaker, Bitter and company. Strong characters such as Fulmar, the Duchess and Canidy are back.
There's a reasonable amount of action, although it's somewhat disjointed, as if certain minor gaps in the story were a little too much trouble to fill. The large amount of material on the German characters gives an interesting look at life in the black of the SS-SD. We see some of the 'military/naval moments' that Griffin does so well.
On the other hand, we have the usual bodice-ripping sexual stuff, with the normal number of oversexed females practically ravishing males. At least in this book none of them seem to be virgins suddenly surrendering their 'pearl of great price', as Griffin usually describes the hymen. And, of course, we cannot get through a book without at least one character being unfaithful to a spouse.
If you are new to Men at War but not to Griffin, this may catch you a bit off guard.