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The Last Heroes (Men at War #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,294 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
June 1941. Answerable only to FDR, Wild Bill Donovan handpicks his young and daring members of the OSS, assembling them under a thin camouflage of diplomacy and then dispersing them throughout the world to conduct covert operations.

And no operation is more critical than the one run by fighter ace Dick Canidy and his half-German wild-card friend, Eric Fulmar. Their mission:

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Published September 1st 1998 by Jove Books (first published January 1st 1985)
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Soldier Spies
A pretty entertaining look at the engagement of talented youth into the growing conflict before the U.S. joined the war and their appropriation by the early precursor to the CIA, “Wild Bill” Donovan’s Office of Strategic Services. The story concentrates on the adventures of two friends enamored with becoming ace fighter pilots in between bouts of womanizing. Joe takes up the work of a contracted mercenary in Burma with Chang Kai-shek’s opposition to Japanese invasion, fighting with
David Ward
The Last Heroes: The Men At War Series (Office of Strategic Services, Book I) by W.E.B. Griffin (Jove 1985) (Fiction – Military). In June 1941, FDR and “Wild Bill” Donovan create the most audacious intelligence gathering organization on earth with the stroke of a pen. This is the story of those men. My rating: 7/10, finished 1986.
I'd give this 2 1/2 stars if the system would allow it. This book isn't particularly deep or impressive, but as a break from college studies, it was nice. Overall, the plot reads like a really long intro chapter, as there's no greater story arc. Just a few guys getting sent into various parts of a war. Hopefully the rest of the series will flesh it out more.
Bob Richard
Unlike other W.E.B. Griffin books that I have read this book got off to a very slow start. Other than that if you like Griffin you will like this book, but certainly not one of his best.
George Siehl
W.E.B. Griffin, author of two outstanding series of WW II military novels, The Brotherhood of War and The Corps, here writes under the name Alex Baldwin to begin a parallel series on the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to explore the intelligence/espionage aspects of WWII. This book, "The Last Heroes" is the first in the series called Men at War: the series' publication dates to the early 1980's. His character structure is to begin with the story of one individual then add interacting charact ...more
Dwight Quarles Jr
Slow start to this book. Focuses on one family and few very close friends of the family's impact on WW2. One of the rare America is great books that does occasionally (but not often) question some of the motives and choices made by the leaders of the time. It is the first part of long series so its possible the second book picks up faster and better but it has the same rating so I am not sure
Daniel Bratell
Feb 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Griffin keeps turning up as a recommended author if you have read Dean R. Koontz, Larry Bond or Tom Clancy and I decided to take a look at what he is writing. Since most books belong to long series I had to go back far in time to find the start of one.

This is the first book in the series "Men at War". It reminds me of Herman Wouk's The Winds of War and then I haven't actually read that book, only seen the mini series. There are lots of characters. They are all related to each other or friends, o
Greg Girard
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have thoroughly enjoyed his stuff!
Takes time to develop his characters and pulls it all together.
Went back to start this after reading his newest series. Leaves you wanting more!

Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
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“The Last Heros” I personally think that this book is great I mean it has action, Conflict, and Suspense. I mean who wouldn’t want that in their book to read, it keeps you right on the edge of your seat and you just don’t want to put your book down. The story takes place in many different places such as Washington, China, and many more places which makes this story a bit confusing. If it wasn’t for all of the different places that it took place then it would have been the best book I have ever r ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Last Heroes by W.E.B. Griffin is the first in the series of novels about the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which was an intelligence agency formed during World War II. The agency ceased to exist soon after the war, but it's often perceived as the predecessor of the CIA, which was established two years after OSS had been officially disbanded

Despite an interesting subject, there is very little action in this novel. The storyline focuses on the social life of the main characters, their in
Mike Ceballos
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Del mismo género que Tom Clancy, y mezclando la historia con personajes ficticios, esta novela presenta un agradable escape del ritmo diario. Griffin lleva de la mano al lector, a través del intrincado sistema militar norteamericano. Roosevelt, preocupado por el giro que estaba tomando la WWII, decidé encargar a William J Donova, la creación de una agencia que sea capáz de realizar servicios de inteligencia a nivel global; es decir, no solamente las tareas locales del FBI, sino también, el panor ...more
Linda Munro
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on events from America's history, this book reads as if it is actually history in the making. Whhile it tends to add details of reality at an unbelieveable rate which slows the reader down, sometimes thwarting reader attention, it is close enough to truth that the reader needs to continue.
In this, the first book in the 'Men at War' series, 'wild' Bill Donovon handpicks members for his OSS (Office of Stretegic Services) program. Camoflaged as men of diplomacy, the newest members of the OS
This is a great read and the author really builds up the characters slowly and without any fuss, so by the time the action starts about two thirds through the book, you really have got to know the main characters.

The storyline flis all over the America and then into Asia and Africa. His writing is very smooth and simple and no fancy big words, but his story telling is superb. As I love my history as well, his mix of fiction and reals facts is seamless and extremely educational.

I was sorely temp
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mr. Griffins spins the yarn quite lucidly with this WWII military drama. This is the first volume of Men At War series. This volume is primarily a build up. He introduces 3 rich kids and 1 middle class kid and helps us understand their background, their kinship and their general outlook towards life. He builds each character strongly that helps the reader to strongly relate with them. As I said, this is a military saga - part history, part fiction. This book tells the story of the conceptualizat ...more
The Origin of the Flying Tigers and the Fall of the Philippines. A pack of high school buds spread pollen to the ends of the earth as Naval aviator pups Canidy and Bitter end up in the Flying Tigers in China and Jimbo ends up in the PI. Events unfolding in the states and Europe draw Canidy back to rescue his bud Eric Fulmar from the wilds of Morocco after he becomes a five star ace. Jimbo is sucked out of Corregidor at the last minute with MacArthur for unkown mission. All are sucked into the vo ...more
Jason M Waltz
rather slow start, bogged down with lots of telling me lots of stuff, introducing me to people and places and relationships between all of them. ALL of them. a bit tedious. characters were okay, from the historically accurate to the made for the tale. it was simply okay. a bit more energetic in the last quarter, and a bit more connection to at least two of the characters, but really not much here to connect me or encourage me to maintain connection with story or people. I won't be in any hurry t ...more
Nov 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Determined that the United States will be prepared for war, Franklin D. Roosevelt and "Wild Bill" Donovan orchestrate the most complex espionage organization in history, the Office of Strategic Services. Young and daring, the OSS assemble under a thin camouflage of diplomacy and then disperse throughout the world to conduct their operations. And no operation is more critical than the one being conducted by hotshot pilot Richard Canidy and his half-German friend Eric Fulmar: to secure the rare o ...more
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion it's a wonder the Allies ever won the war. How could they possibly have found the time? I'm sure they were much to exhausted from sleeping with every person they came in contact with to fight a war. Imagine a book about World War II, with only a couple of battles briefly mentioned. I'll probably read the next in the series, just to see if it gets any better, but I'm not holding out a lot of hope.
Deb Moehrke
The first book in the Men at War series by W.E.B Griffin. In the months before the U.S. entered WWII men within Roosevelt's inner circle were already gathering data and preparing for war. The plot of this tale is hard to describe because it primarily introduces the characters who will be featured in other books in the series, and sets the stage for the creation of the OSS. Well written, suspenseful this book grabs your attention and makes you want to read more about the main characters.
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I recently read my first W.E.B. Griffin novel, The Corps: Semper Fi, and loved it. This one featured the same men and women doing many of the same things only wearing different uniforms and using different names. I will give Mr. Griffin another try, though. Maybe he called this one in. Hey, I understand.
Fredrick Danysh
When World War II breaks out in Europe, President Franklin Roosevelt task World War I hero and now banker with setting up an intelligence agency there. Under cover of diplomatic work, pilot Richard Canady becomes an agent searching for the Nazi version of the atom bomb. He uses a German pilot friend in this task.
Lewis Weinstein
The premise is great, and I kept waiting for the story to raise to the level of its potential. It never did. There was very little tension in any of the story lines, and I could never quite care about any of the characters. I almost put it down several times, but the reputation of the author kept me reading. In the end, I did not feel my persistence was rewarded.
A combination of Clancy, Hemingway, and John Wayne. Young modern readers, particularly those of a liberal bent, would likely detest this, but for someone who grew up in small town, Mid-West America in the 50's and 60's it is good stuff. And the writing is disciplined which this major in English literature appreciates.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It took me forever to read this. It was a pretty typical war novel, but with less action. It all picked up at the end, but then it ended sort of abruptly. I really liked the main character, though, so assuming he continues to be the main character in the rest of the series, I'm willing to try the next one.
Sebastian Reyes
"The Last Heroe's" by john gill makes james bond look like an inocent guardian. its about the bad paide soldiers forced to do illigal things in order to pai there depts. they are given two options jail or kill during the worst time world war two.
Andrew Herbert
Jul 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolute crap. This is a romance novel for men, I guess.
This author is incredibly hit and miss. He writes junk food historical/action fiction. In this one he just has too many people jumping into bed, and writes like he studied at Harlequin for that stuff.

Michael Harrington
I have often looked at Griffin's books, but finally started reading them recently. I like the two I have read, and look forward to reading more. Historically based, the two I have read are good. Easy to read, engrossing, and enjoyable. I like the recurring characters and the WW II settings.
Good, old-fashioned spy novel; fictional version of the beginning of the OSS (eventually CIA) in World War II. Female readers have to go along with the "boys will be boys" attitude of the author and his male characters. Is this Griffin's life as he wishes it had been?
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected. I have only read one other Griffin novel and it was much better. Not ready to give up on him yet, but close.
Gary Barrentine
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book about the time as America was getting into WW II.
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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

Men at War (7 books)
  • The Secret Warriors (Men At War, #2)
  • The Soldier Spies (Men at War, #3)
  • The Fighting Agents (Men At War, #4)
  • The Saboteurs (Men at War, #5)
  • The Double Agents (Men at War, #6)
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