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The Philippines, 1943: As the ragged remnants of the American forces stand against the might of the Imperial Japanese Army, a determined cadre of OSS agents becomes their only contact with the outside world-and their only hope for survival.


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The Philippines, 1943: As the ragged remnants of the American forces stand against the might of the Imperial Japanese Army, a determined cadre of OSS agents becomes their only contact with the outside world-and their only hope for survival.

30 review for The Fighting Agents

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    Rating: 3.5 afternoon-passing stars of five The Book Report: Fourth in the series Men at War, this novel takes the factual creation of the Office of Strategic Services by the administration of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt another step on the road towards becoming the American spy service we know and love as the CIA. My Review: Set laregly in the Phillippine Islands in 1943, this is one of the best military thrillers I've read. Griffin's grasp of WWII history seems to me, admittedly not a profession Rating: 3.5 afternoon-passing stars of five The Book Report: Fourth in the series Men at War, this novel takes the factual creation of the Office of Strategic Services by the administration of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt another step on the road towards becoming the American spy service we know and love as the CIA. My Review: Set laregly in the Phillippine Islands in 1943, this is one of the best military thrillers I've read. Griffin's grasp of WWII history seems to me, admittedly not a professional historian, particularly sharp--he seems to be able to stitch a story to every real event that happened anywhere in the world during his story's extent. As is usual with Griffin's books, several storylines that don't seem related are made into a tight braid by the end of the book, and characters whose purpose was obscure are suddenly revealed to be central to the *actual* story that these perspectives unite to tell. What in tarnation could a loser in Cairo recruited by the CIA's precursor and a crack agent in Budapest, whose job is to prevent Nazi interrogators from torturing information out of prisoners he knows even if it means killing them himself, have to do with a -- well, unconventional, let's say -- guerrilla commander in the Phillippines? Telling would be spoilering. Read it and find out. Griffin, a talented writer of some eighty summers (b. 1929), is still writing! Give his stuff a try. Even the military-fiction-phobic could find a thriller or two to enjoy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bodosika Bodosika

    Just okay.

  3. 4 out of 5

    George Siehl

    Griffin mines valuable veins of World War II history to produce some of the most interesting and exciting stories of that era. "Fighting Agents" is the fourth title in his Men of War Series. The series is set in the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the CIA. Each of his series follows a growing cast of characters through and often beyond WWII while tracing the development of the actual history of the war. This volume follows form, using two themes: the development of the atomic bo Griffin mines valuable veins of World War II history to produce some of the most interesting and exciting stories of that era. "Fighting Agents" is the fourth title in his Men of War Series. The series is set in the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the CIA. Each of his series follows a growing cast of characters through and often beyond WWII while tracing the development of the actual history of the war. This volume follows form, using two themes: the development of the atomic bomb, and the creation of a guerilla fighting force in the Philippines after the surrender of the bulk of American forces there in 1942. Both stories are captivating page turners as we follow the extraction of a German scientist and his daughter across occupied Eastern Europe and the effort to supply General Fertig's American remnants and local fighters with arms, ammunition, secure communications, medicine and money in Japanese occupied Mindan0 Island. We are made privy to ongoing actions in OSS Washington, DC headquarters and covert facilities, as well as in OSS overseas offices in London and Cairo. FDR, Donovan, MacArthur, Fertig and other names from history play roles in these stories just as they did in reality. Griffin maintains testosterone fueled action in the field and in the bedroom (or other convenient trysting place), a hallmark of his writing. This is my favorite book in this series, as the fullness and complexity of the various plot lines grow.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dr T

    Another highly readable book from W.E.B. Griffin, this one in an early series of his (originally written under a pseudonym) about the OSS in WWII. These wartime series of Griffin combine historical accuracy, interesting characters and a lot of action, making them a great pleasure to read. This one involves activities in the Philippines and on the other side of the world in Hungary. Watching the characters work their way through the difficulties encountered along the way is always worthwhile. The Another highly readable book from W.E.B. Griffin, this one in an early series of his (originally written under a pseudonym) about the OSS in WWII. These wartime series of Griffin combine historical accuracy, interesting characters and a lot of action, making them a great pleasure to read. This one involves activities in the Philippines and on the other side of the world in Hungary. Watching the characters work their way through the difficulties encountered along the way is always worthwhile. These series should be read in order, since the characters are continued throughout each series. It won't be long before I tackle the next in the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Very entertaining!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael Aguilar

    Another great WEB book. Lots of multiple stories going on with all the favorite characters. Well done

  7. 5 out of 5

    Judy Green

    UNC+

  8. 5 out of 5

    Graham

    Perpetuating a Myth: W.E.B. Griffin's books have been praised for so-called "historical accuracy." However, when he refers to branches of military service during World War Two, he repeatedly speaks of "Army Air Corps," the "Air Corps" and the "USAAC" (for Unites States Army Air Corps).But, there was no such branch of service during World War Two.It was almost six months BEFORE Pearl Harbor - and America's entry into World War Two - that the old reference of "Army Air Corps" was officially droppe Perpetuating a Myth: W.E.B. Griffin's books have been praised for so-called "historical accuracy." However, when he refers to branches of military service during World War Two, he repeatedly speaks of "Army Air Corps," the "Air Corps" and the "USAAC" (for Unites States Army Air Corps).But, there was no such branch of service during World War Two.It was almost six months BEFORE Pearl Harbor - and America's entry into World War Two - that the old reference of "Army Air Corps" was officially dropped, and this branch of the service became the "Army Air Force" (AAF). This happened on June 27, 1941.So, some six months prior to America's entry into World War Two, the old "Air Corps" ceased to be. Those who served in the Army's air arm during World War Two actually served in the Army Air FORCE, and certainly NOT in the Army Air CORPS. (Touching bases with the historical branch of the United States Air Force would have clarified this matter prior to the publication of any of Griffin's books.)If W.E.B. Griffin is to be praised for "historical accuracy," then he'll have to re-write his books and correct this mistake. As the publisher of his books, Penguin Putnam, Inc. should have caught this error long ago. It certainly detracts from the thread of authenticity that the author is obivously trying to impart. W.E.B. Griffin now has on the market a multitude of books of varying titles in which this glaring error continues to perpetuate itself. It's a shame that such fine stories have to be tarnished with such continued inaccuracies.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Over the years I have read most of W.E.B. Griffin’s books. Now they are coming out in audio form I have gone back and checked my records for the ones I had missed reading. This book is one of them. Unlike some of the other series this one is about spies primarily the OSS. It is best to read the series in order; this is the fourth in the series. This book has two main plots going on, one with James Whittaker who is being sent to the Philippines to meet with General Wendell Fertig. He is a Lt Colo Over the years I have read most of W.E.B. Griffin’s books. Now they are coming out in audio form I have gone back and checked my records for the ones I had missed reading. This book is one of them. Unlike some of the other series this one is about spies primarily the OSS. It is best to read the series in order; this is the fourth in the series. This book has two main plots going on, one with James Whittaker who is being sent to the Philippines to meet with General Wendell Fertig. He is a Lt Colonel that promoted himself to General to unite all the wandering U.S. and Philippino Army members that had fled into the jungle from the Japanese. He managed to gather 30,000 + men to fight as a guerrilla army against the Japanese. General MacArthur refused to recognize him so Donovan’s OSS went in to help supply him. The other plot was with Canidy and his group bringing nuclear scientist out of Germany. In this particular case they were coming out via Hungry but Eric Fulmar and his scientist were caught for being Black marketers and sentenced to 90 days hard work in a coal mine. Canidy set up a rescue before the SS discovered who they were. The book has lots of action, suspense, some humor. Scott Brick was great narrating the book. If you are into military historical fiction you will enjoy this book. I was particularly interested in the author’s comments at the end of the book. Will not tell you, you must read the book to find out.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Greer Andjanetta

    A thoroughly enjoyable story from start to finish. One of those stories you don't want to end and when it does, you want to immediately read the next one in the series to see what happens next to all the enjoyable characters. Historical events blended into an exciting novel. It helps somewhat to read the earlier stories in the series first but each novel easily stands on its own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    This deserves three and a half stars. It was, plotwise, a vast improvement over the first couple books. As one would expect, there is espionage and things don't always go smoothly, which makes for a much more interesting read. Another pleasant break from schoolwork. Sooner or later I'll get around to tracking down book 5 and continue on.

  12. 4 out of 5

    KarenC

    Finally end the rescue from Hungary. Begin the formal infiltration of the Phillipines. The usual women as decoration and wartime diversion for the men on the missions; typical sounding WWII behavior. If you can ignore it, the story is a pretty good one, just drawn out.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Walt

    twist and counter twist with plots and subplots. Who's the stand up guys and which aren't? Author does an out standing job in keeping the strings running in the same direction, coverning action in Washington, England, the Phillippines and eastern Europe. Another outstanding tale

  14. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Very detailed. Action was a bit slow to get going ... would've (of course) liked more action. But a good setup for his later books in the series. I guess the story of each character has to be told somewhere ...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gordon Gauss

    Great reading if you are into military adventures.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bob Richard

    For some reason I did not find this book as good as the W.E.B. Griffin books that I have read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Good book but you should read the first 3 first.

  18. 4 out of 5

    William

    predictable but entertaining.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Great!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Harry Malsch

    I little slow moving, but it kept my attention.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Like every other W.E.B. Griffin book I have read, this one was excellent.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cws

    M Gri

  23. 5 out of 5

    Matt Bloom

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dora

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jud

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Lannister

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen Merriman

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mobman

  30. 4 out of 5

    Logan Edson

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