Special Ops (Brotherhood Of War, #9)
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Special Ops (Brotherhood of War #9)

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In November 1964, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara went to the Congo with two hundred men, intent on making it his first step in taking over Africa and South America.

He failed, thanks in large part to the efforts of an intrepid band of Green Berets. Licking his wounds, he retreated to Cuba to recruit more men and try the same thing in Bolivia.

He failed there, too.

In fact, h...more
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Published January 15th 2001 by Putnam Berkley Audio (first published January 1st 2000)
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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.
J.W. Thompson
This series keeps you on the edge of your seat. read it years ago

Stayed with it 'till the end and it was worth it.
Novel set in the Congo. Well written war book.
War Novel-during time of Cuban Revolution
Fantastic Read.
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...more
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.

"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...more
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...more
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 maintained a va...more
David Ward
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.
Theophilus (Theo)
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...more
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.
A fictional account of the U.S. Special Forces successful interdiction of Che Guevera's efforts to spark rebellion in the Congo and thus bring Communism to Africa.
Kevin R.
Characters in the series have always been very solid. This book I thought had a bit too much detail, and a lot less character. Not bad, but not my favorite.
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.
James Preston
This book was pretty actiony. There were some parts that were hard to get through, but it got better towards the end.
Bill Jackman
My least favorite of the Brotherhood of War series. The characters are not as complex as most of Griffin's characters.
Great story on how US special forces thwart Che Guevarra's attempt to ignite Simba rebels in the Congo.
The last that I could find in my library in this series. I think I'm done with this author for a while.
It was ok. Not the best book I have read. Maybe **1/2
Mark Burnham
Always a good read.Again
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W.E.B. Griffin is one of several pseudonyms for William E. Butterworth III.

From the Authors Website:

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of thirty-six epic novels in six series, all of which have been listed on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and other best-seller lists. More than forty million of his books are in print in more than ten languages, including Hebrew, Chinese,...more
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