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The Berets (Brotherhood of War #5)

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  4,183 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
They were the chosen ones--and the ones to be the best. Never before had the United States given so select a group of fighting men such punishing preparation. Now they were heading for their ultimate test of skill and nerve and sacrifice, in a war unlike any they or their country had ever fought a land that most of America still knew nothing about...Vietnam.
ebook, 416 pages
Published October 15th 1986 by Jove Books (first published January 1st 1985)
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Oct 03, 2016 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It took me a little longer to be totally hooked on Griffin's Brotherhood of War series especially after reading his spectacular Corps & Presidential Agent series initially BUT that being said by Book 4 I was totally hooked. I read a few other types of books between book 3 & 4 and discovered within the first few minutes of Book 4 that there are very few authors like Griffin out there who grab your interest and write so elegantly about the victories an
Mike (the Paladin)
I've put off starting W.E.B. Griffin's books...for years. I knew if I liked them I'd be getting hooked on a long involved series of books.

Well, I'm now caught in a long involved series of books. (Like that's never happened before).

On the bright side there are a lot of them already out there. I began here at #5 in the series because I was in the military in this period. So, I'm now planning to read them in 2 "series" at a time. I've sent for the first book The Lieutenants. After that I plan to re
Angus Whittaker
Feb 16, 2014 Angus Whittaker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
This may be my favorite book in the Brotherhood of War series so far (of which this is book 6). This was the first book in which there was some real action (sustained real action, anyway) and it turns out that Griffin is actually very good at writing action scenes. Why he seems to avoid all action in his other books in the series mystifies me. If it's a book about the military, you expect there to be some fighting, right? Instead, Griffin concentrates more on the officers' dinners, the mundane d ...more
Sep 02, 2009 Suzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoying the series immensely. Gives a different perspective on the military and the type of people involved with it. Also incredibly well-written and humorous.
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
Jul 30, 2016 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in a dusty pile of books at an old train station in Al Qaim province. The Marine Corps had a base I would fly into from time to time. After the daily patrols and location visits, I would hit the gym and eventually wind up upstairs of the command building reading this book. I finished the copy one week while I was up there. I would love to find that old book someday. It was only fitting that I read a boo on the Brotherhood of War while I was with my brotherhood at war.
This is probably the third time through the series. While you can dip in anywhere, the only good way to experience the characters is by starting at book 1, and going forward.

Later books kind of explain enough for a character to make sense, but to realize well-rounded, non-two dimensional characters, you need to see them evolve.

Craig Lowell, for instance, who is really the central character throughout, seems shallow and inconsequential without his back story. He is, in fact, an admirable person.
Jun 16, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I'm a knuckle-dragging chauvinistic male who's angry about our modern sensibilities. While I don't think that's true, I do miss a simpler age when we shared a common understanding about words like "honour" and "sacrifice" even though I know those are the dreams of gray beards since the world was flat. Even so, Griffin tells a good tale and I enjoy them.
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.
Richard Palmer
Mar 08, 2012 Richard Palmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, the saga continues. Craig Lowell seems to be back in good graces, standing in the wings throughout this novel, waiting for the command that we all hope he earns. His relationships with women continue their roller coaster evolution. This book shows Special Forces as a real bastard stepchild within the Army as a whole, respected for their skills but not quite accepted as part of the rank and file organization.

Griffin continues his masterful storytelling, and introduces a couple of new charact
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-action
The Kennedy Years and Early Vietnam. Jack Kennedy gives a huge surge to the Green Berets when he personally promotes Paul Hanrahan to BGEN and declares the beret their headgear. Lowell encounters Georgia Payne for a brief rejoinder and see his hopes for an enhanced air cav taken up by McNamara and given impetus. Lowell makes armor proud in his logistical solutions in getting Ft Hood's armor rolling, only to have the Cuban invasion obviated when the Russians pull the missles out of Cuba. Many for ...more
Grant Turnage
Jan 24, 2015 Grant Turnage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly my favorite book...period.
Tom Nolan
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Jun 10, 2016 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war-military
David Ward
The Berets (Brotherhood of War #5) by W.E.B. Griffin (Jove 1986) (Fiction - Military). These men were chosen to be the best, and they had been through the most punishing preparation ever given to any group of soldiers. Now they were off to fight a type of war never before undertaken and in a country most westerners had never heard of: Vietnam. My rating: 7/10, finished 1986.
Nov 15, 2013 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
I just can't put these books down. They just keep coming up on my ipod. I like the Lowell character best: he's filthy rich but is engaged by "work" in the Army. Confined to staff puke work, he continues to amaze, then punches the pooch. On to book #6, The Generals
J.W. Thompson
Dec 30, 2009 J.W. Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned that it would be great to be able to write like this author---he stand alone in his field. read it years ago
Scott Vanzandt
Feb 10, 2013 Scott Vanzandt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read these years ago, but I read the Whole Series. Great look inside the Army and Army life.
Rick Matson
One of the better of the Brotherhood series. I recommend them all!
Robin Halvorson
A reread which shows you the caliber of the book.
Apr 08, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They just keep getting better!
Don Weymouth
Sep 04, 2015 Don Weymouth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series gets better with each book.
Terry Thomas
Aug 11, 2012 Terry Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super. Read the entire series.
Mar 19, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 Generals (Brotherhood of War, #6)
  • The New Breed (Brotherhood of War, #7)
  • The Aviators (Brotherhood of War, #8)
  • Special Ops (Brotherhood of War, #9)

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