Top Secret (Clandestine Operations Series #1)

Top Secret (Clandestine Operations Series #1)

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From #1 New York Times bestselling authors W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV comes the first Clandestine Operations novel—featuring a new kind of threat and a different breed of warrior.

In the first weeks after World War II, James D. Cronley, Jr., is recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. For a new war has already begun against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: the Soviet Union.

The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley’s job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can. But his first assignment might be his last. He’s got only seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, and he’s already managed to rile up his superior officers. If he fails now, his intelligence career could be the shortest in history.

Because there are enemies everywhere—and, as Cronley is about to find out, some of them wear the same uniform he does...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515155617
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Series: Clandestine Operations Series , #1
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 129,962
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

W.E.B. Griffin was the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and Clandestine Operations.

William E. Butterworth IV has been an editor and writer for more than 25 years, and has worked closely with his father for over a decade on the editing and writing of the Griffin books. He is coauthor with him of more than a dozen New York Times bestselling novels. He is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, China Post #1 in Exile; the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society; and a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Texas Rifle Association. He lives in Florida.


Coppell, Texas

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1929

Place of Birth:

Newark, New Jersey

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“A thrilling new series entitled Clandestine Operations has begun, opening doors into special ops, investigating the path to the Cold War, and unveiling clandestine connections between Argentina and Germany during WWII. . . . This incredible mix of intrigue, diplomacy and, of course, a bit of romance, is fantastic. The reader will note the horror of the war, along with the massive role intelligence agents played in the eventual victory.  In other words, when this story from a literary team that ignites suspense lovers everywhere comes to a close, readers will be panting for the next novel.”—Suspense Magazine

Praise for W. E. B. Griffin
“A writer of true virtuosity and talent. Like precious few others in the book marketplace, W. E. B. Griffin delivers as advertised.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Top Secret 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read almost every book that the author has published and this one is as good as any of the previous books. One other reviewer mentioned that the author "rehashes" what is in other books in a series and that is true to some degree. However, I think that each book could stand alone, so retelling parts of the story is necessary. As the first book in a new series, this book does a good job of laying the foundations for future stories with these characters. I look forward to future books.
RedReaderKCMO More than 1 year ago
Admittedly this is a rehash of the Honor Bound novels but it does give a good telling of the beginning of the CIA and the political climate that started all the hostilities today. I am like others who have read the authors from the start wanting a better retelling of the history that is retold ad nauseum in every book since the first volume in a series. 
DanDF More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing from previous books from years past. I wish he would finish the Korean War story line. This protagonist was very immaturely written and developed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the beginning of the book my attention was grabbed and I could not stop reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book just like Hazardous Duty  is straying from telling a good story to politics and basically trash. Don't waste your money.
MrBill13 More than 1 year ago
W.E.B. Griffin & company do not disappoint. Once again the bring us a fast moving espionage thriller with believable characters and situations. Mr. Griffins' understanding of the military psyche is flawless. Don't miss this one
jedmcnerney More than 1 year ago
The authors have again hit a home run with this new episode in their ongoing thread of books. This time they bring back characters last seen in the early Series following the careers of US Army officers from World War II through post-Vietnam in support of their latest protagonist and his dealings with the Gehlen Organization following the surrender in Europe. This was another volume I hated to put down and I trust there will be more forthcoming.
burtmann More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the intrigue and the story, just like I LIKE ALL of W E B Griffin's books. I have been reading his works since the late 1980's and whether it's WWII or Police or current - they are all good.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Interesting characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read
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Not the best of books I've read by this author.
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Another great book and the start of an exciting series
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NCSafety More than 1 year ago
A great continuation of the spymasters.
BmanOH More than 1 year ago
another visit with old friends well worth my time and effort
JCD2 More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable work form W.E.B.'S.  As always, the book was detailed and informative.  My only problem was in believing that a young second lieutenant would be honored and made a captain by President Truman then sent to Germany to oversee a top secret operation.  The unbelievable part was his indiscretion with a fellow officer's wife and how lightly it handled.
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