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The Captains (Brotherhood of War #2)

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  3,924 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
It was more than an incident. It was a deadly assault across the 38th parallel. It was the Korean War.
In the fear and the frenzy of battle, those who had served with heroism before were called again by America to man the trenches and sandbag bunkers.
From Pusan to the Yalu, they drove forward with commands too new and tanks too old, brothers in war, bonded together in bat
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Published (first published June 1st 1982)
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Mike (the Paladin)
The lives of the characters we met in The Lieutenants continue here. Today on the news I heard a story of a captain who was just awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. It seems he was nominated for the decoration over a year ago (19 months I believe) but it had been "lost" in the army bureaucracy. The captain's superiors have also been disciplined. The captain has retired and has been unemployed since he left the army. You see he'd been vocal about the army's policies in rules of engagement e ...more
Ira Livingston
Jul 10, 2016 Ira Livingston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing Griffin's epic series of the Brotherhood of War. It follows the characters that were created in the first book "The Lieutenants". This time they find themselves being activated for Korea.

It has some great subplots but seems to fall short of the original, but still worth the read. And no spoilers here, but there were surprises that I didn't expect happening to these soldiers.
Oct 09, 2015 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Captains" is the second book in the Brotherhood of War saga by WEB Griffin. This book is not as good as the “The Lieutenants” book but still very enjoyable. The author makes a smooth transition from the first to second novel and continues to develop the same main characters while introducing some new ones. The book is set during the Korean War. Like in his first novel the author is concentrating more on the personal and professional lives of the characters more than on the actual military b ...more
Alec Sutherland
Jan 27, 2015 Alec Sutherland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WEB Griffin's Brotherhood of War book 2: The Captains is a good read. The book is set during the Korean War and follows the same characters as the first Brotherhood of War book. The idea behind the book is to tell the story of a few US Army soldiers who fought in various ways during the Korean War as well as the stories of their families at home and abroad. In general the book is well written and the story well developed. The the Historical events that appear in the book are described accurately ...more
David Ward
The Captains (Brotherhood of War #2) by W.E.B. Griffin (Jove 1982) (Fiction - Military). The soldiers who fought the Nazis find themselves recalled to military service to sort out the conflict on the Korean Peninsula. My rating: 7/10, finished 1983.
Ron Hartley
Mar 28, 2016 Ron Hartley rated it really liked it
Let's face facts: W.E.B. Griffin writes what some will call "Recipe Books''. Yes, the Characters are often similar from series to series and if you have ever watched M*A*S*H: you can see so many familiar types of characters in these books.

(Yes he wrote some M*A*S*H books.)

However he gives you an over view of the Military through War and Peace, not necessarily from the Foxhole, but from the lives of men of women who served in whatever capacity they served.

W.E.B. Griffin's ability to weave conver
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
Matthew Esham
I'm about 85% percent of the way through, but I dont' think my overall rating will change.

***Spoiler Alert***

The good...
WEB can spin an awesome yarn. The combat scenes and personal interplay are top notch. You feel personally invested in Craig, Sandy, Mac, and Ilse. They are living, breathing people.

The bad...
The same attention to detail that brings the characters to life isn't spared elsewhere. There is so much minutia around even the smallest part of the story that it sometimes feels like you
Thom Swennes
Jul 28, 2013 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’s a small world is an aphorism often spoken. When applied to the armed forces and the army in particularly, it isn’t just a dictum but a truism. Army life, in any country, is entirely different that civilian life. It has its own rules, traditions, etiquette and decorum. This is doubly true in the officer’s corps. Not only the officer’s present performance is observed but also that of the past and even that of his wife and family. A soldier or officer can grab the right coat-tails and literally ...more
Richard Palmer
May 12, 2016 Richard Palmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book. I have read it now at least three times, and I enjoy it more with each pass.

It is pure fantasy, a romantic, idealized portrait of military life. It is a soap opera, with plots and characters that are a bit overly dramatic. Anyone who says that W.E.B. Griffin is writing about the real army is a bit mistaken. His books are grounded in that culture, but come out larger than life.

In the Captains, our heroes are coming into their own and defining themselves. They are in t
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-action
Korean War and Birth of Army Aviation. Rudy McMillan interrupts his aerial taxi driver duties to spring three US adviser officers from the North Korean overrun that begins the Korean War, and is redirected to surveil the invasion columns before bailing to Tokyo to brief MacArthur. Craig Lowell, in Paris to resettle his POW father-in-law is jerked onto active duty and lands as a tank company commander in Pusan, the last toehold of the US after the invasion brunt. After whipping the unit into shap ...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.
Tucker Stone
It's sort of incredible that the guy got two of these out in one year, but then again, I had a hard time closing the door on Craig Lowell myself. Everybody calls one dude "the little Jew" to themselves, immediately, even when they aren't being portrayed as bigoted. Is that what you do? All the blacks are "very big, very black." This was the one where I started to feel like the guy who wrote these churned them out in one sitting.
Kenny Sellards
Awesome sequel to Griffin's "The Lieutenants". Great story with likable characters set in a world we've all read about in our history books! The book will stand alone, but I heartilly recommend starting at the beginning of the series with "The Lieutenants".
Benton Mcpeak
Jan 23, 2016 Benton Mcpeak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brotherhoodofwar
Really digging these books. Griffin has captured the feel of serving in the military during the time after WWII. Now that I've finished the second book I feel like I know the characters and I care about what happens to them.
Mikel Dawson
Jan 04, 2014 Mikel Dawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alread-read
I started with this one first not realizing it was a series. I very much enjoyed this book and the entire series. Following each of the characters through their military from start to finish was great. Mr. Griffin has really written a series that kept me wanting for more. As a retired military person, I could relate to much of what was written. I recommend this series to anyone who likes a good series of books to read.
Raving Redcoat
A very interesting look at soldiers during the Korean War. Griffin's style is quite captivating.
Aug 28, 2015 Juanita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not often you get a novel about the Korean War. Lots of humorous bits. Enjoyed it greatly.
May 11, 2016 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another awesome read. Love how I get to follow the characters throughout their careers.
This book was another entertaining story about guys in the military. I didn't like this book as much as Lieutenants, but it still captured the humor in military service pretty accurately. Lowell is still my favorite officer, by far, and I always look forward to reading the next chapter if it begins with something Lowell does. What's really great is telling Joe about a part of the book, and having him recall a story of his own that relates. I've learned a lot!
Mar 11, 2012 William rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Old white farts
Griffin's prejudices soil some of this book. And it lacks the discipline of some of his other work in that there is no real theme from start to finish. But it is still entertaining.
Switching to some Forsyth I have acquired after this book took me from rather workmanlike writing to truly good writing. A revealing contrast.
I went through this series in my 'all things military' phase which lasted quit a while. I think most of the politics which would make the books interesting to me now got missed by my 15 year old self reading them. But I do remember enjoying them regardless but not enough to reread them.
Got started on the series, read straight through it. It does give a particular point of view through the history of conflicts, with readable characters. He does not really do a good job with female characters, to my own way of thinking, but the story of the series is compelling.
J.M. Lominy
Jul 08, 2013 J.M. Lominy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
W.E.B Griffin was one of the required reading as a young marine. I have since continued reading his fabulous drama filled military fiction that kept me company for many years. His well developed recurring characters become friends and even to the point of family.
Matt Kurjanowicz
Dec 17, 2013 Matt Kurjanowicz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war
I'm finding these books strangely addicting. It's nice to make believe that they're telling the truth about the general themes of the army (and I think they are). The stories are well written and engaging. On to the next one...
great continuation of the brotherhood of war series. i didn't realize this until later but the story is about soldiers...but there really is no battle/combat. It's more about the men themselves. I look forward to the majors.
Jun 02, 2012 Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
This was great. I got so into the characters that I feel like I know them well. That doesn't mean I like all the characters personalities, but they are colorful. The plot is interested and kept me engaged.
Bart Nelson
Oct 08, 2015 Bart Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was awesome

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W.E.B. Griffin is one of several pseudonyms for William E. Butterworth III.

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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 Majors (Brotherhood of War, #3)
  • The Colonels (Brotherhood of War, #4)
  • The Berets (Brotherhood of War, #5)
  • The Generals (Brotherhood of War, #6)
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  • The Aviators (Brotherhood of War, #8)
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“The first duty of an officer—whether a lieutenant or a captain or the Commander in Chief—is to the enlisted men. That was a basic principle of command. He could not justify not calling up the best qualified officers simply because they had already done their duty. They were needed again. They could save some lives. It was a dirty goddamned trick on them, but that’s the way it was going to have to be.” 0 likes
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