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Special Ops (Brotherhood of War #9)

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,163 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
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

Hardcover, 544 pages
Published January 15th 2001 by Putnam Adult
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Scott Holstad
Jun 16, 2015 Scott Holstad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I gave this book a chance, I really did, but I found it so bloody boring that I just gave up after 130 pages (which is a lot more than I'd usually give most books!).

It's part of a series, apparently the last one, and in it US Special Forces serviceman Jack Portet has just finished helping Belgian paratroopers liberate his family from Stanleyville in the Congo and is being reunited with his fiance, Marjorie Bellmon. Why his family is in Stanleyville, I'm not sure if we're ever told. It's a big my
Aug 17, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.

Mar 11, 2011 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"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
Dec 31, 2015 Adam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“Special Ops” the last book in the Brotherhood Of War series is absolutely the worst book of the series. The Brotherhood of War started strong , first few books were really good , but after “The Generals” the quality of writing , the ideas , the plot became less and less interesting. Looks like Griffin was trying to “milk” the series but at the end it was not worth it. I would have to say The Brotherhood of War went from A- to C very quickly. “Special Ops” is the perfect example. The first of t ...more
Feb 26, 2008 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2009 J.W. Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series keeps you on the edge of your seat. read it years ago
Nov 30, 2012 Meakin rated it really liked it
Shelves: w-e-b-griffin

Stayed with it 'till the end and it was worth it.
Bob Conner
Mar 24, 2015 Bob Conner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first fell in love with Griffin's series beginning with the Corps Series. Then along came Brotherhood of War.

Like The Corps, his characters are engaging and richly colorful. But, the Brotherhood of War, while still very dynamic, seems to focus a little less on the world of war and fighting and more on the culture of the US Army, especially the officer's corps. Reading this series, I was intrigued by the almost country-club like atmosphere Griffin sees in play among the US Army officers and th
Jun 08, 2008 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novel set in the Congo. Well written war book.
Mar 31, 2008 Rmwittig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
War Novel-during time of Cuban Revolution
Fantastic Read.
I've read most of the books in the Brotherhood series two or three times. I spent nine years in the US Army, and was an aviator, and it just has the right tone for me, and resonates with my experience and what I loved and hated about the military. I like the series enough that I just gave my set to my son to read.

And yet -- this book is just off, somehow. I didn't finish it, got about halfway and decided that was enough. I didn't care how it turned out, and was bored with the characterization, i
Angus Whittaker
Oct 04, 2015 Angus Whittaker rated it it was amazing
Its a little sad to finish a series that you really love, and that's how it was with this book, the ninth and last book in the Brotherhood of War series.
What really carries this series on its shoulders -perhaps the single support that keeps the whole series from collapsing on itself - is WEB Griffin's likable, animated, realistic, and funny characters. The cast of characters changes and evolves from book to book, as he introduces new characters, kills off or forgets about others, only leaving a
Feb 11, 2011 Joey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-action
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
Oct 13, 2009 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ken Dodd
The entire Brotherhood of War series is excellent. Once I read The Lieutenants I couldn't stop until I reached the end of the series. The 9 book series follows a group of characters through their careers in the military from WWII to the Vietnam era.
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)
Feb 19, 2011 Theophilus (Theo) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
N Rowe
Jan 06, 2016 N Rowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good! I learned a lot about Che Guevara and Congo politics in the 60' s.
Jul 29, 2015 Klipper421 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reader beware, this is NOT an action packed war book. Its reads more like romance novel with some paragraphs describing (in way too much detail) some sort a battle/incident.
Feb 12, 2015 Elaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So so
Don Weymouth
Nov 04, 2015 Don Weymouth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first third of the book was all repetition otherwise it was a great final book.
Thomas Roth
This was the hardest book to get through. Seemed like all his others that i have enjoyed in the past but became laborious and disjointed. This may be an unfair rating but it is how I feel now.
Nov 27, 2013 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
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.
Greg Oaster
A little long for me. Most of Griffin's books are half as long as this one was, and wasn't nearly as interesting as the rest of the series. He should have stopped at the Generals
Oct 23, 2009 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 14, 2012 Kevin R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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.
Aug 15, 2010 Dj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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 #1 best-selling author of more than fifty epic novels in seven series, all of which have made The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and other best-seller lists. More than fifty million of the books are in print in more than ten languages, including Heb
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Other Books in the Series

Brotherhood of War (9 books)
  • The Lieutenants (Brotherhood of War, #1)
  • The Captains (Brotherhood of War, #2)
  • The Majors (Brotherhood of War, #3)
  • The Colonels (Brotherhood of War, #4)
  • The Berets (Brotherhood of War, #5)
  • The Generals (Brotherhood of War, #6)
  • The New Breed (Brotherhood of War, #7)
  • The Aviators (Brotherhood of War, #8)

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