Enemy of My Enemy
by Griffin, W. E. B.; Butterworth, William E., IV






"Special agent James Cronley Jr. finds that fighting both ex-Nazis and the Soviet NKGB can lead to strange bedfellows, in the dramatic new Clandestine Operations novel about the birth of the CIA and the Cold War. A month ago, Cronley managed to capture two notorious Nazi war criminals, but not without leaving some dead bodies and outraged Austrian police in his wake. He's been lying low ever since, but that little vacation is about to end. Somebody-Odessa, the NKGB, the Hungarian Secret Police?-has broken the criminals out of jail, and he must track them down again. But there's more to it than that. Evidence has surfaced that in the war's last gasps, Heinrich Himmler had stashed away a fortune to build a secret religion, dedicated both to Himmler andto creating the Fourth Reich. That money is still out there in the hands of Odessa, and that infamous organization seems to have acquired a surprising-and troubling-ally. Cronley is fast finding out that the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"can mean a lot of different things, and that it is not always clear which people he can trust and which are out to kill him"-





W.E.B. Griffin is the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and Clandestine Operations. He lives in Fairhope, Alabama, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

William E. Butterworth IV has been an editor and writer for more than 25 years, and has worked closely with his father for over a decade on the editing and writing of the Griffin books. He is coauthor with him of more than a dozen New York Times bestselling novels. He is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, China Post #1 in Exile; the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society; and a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Texas Rifle Association. He lives in Florida.





The title of the fifth in the authors' Clandestine Operations series is the beginning of a famous proverb that concludes with: " . . . is my friend." That, in a nutshell, pretty much sums up the thrust of the novel, which takes places in the first half of 1946. It follows on the heels of 2017's Death at Nuremberg and opens with a punch to the gut: the two Nazi war criminals whom Special Agent Jim Cronley recently captured have escaped from prison, aided by person(s) unknown. Now Cronley must hunt the Nazis all over again. Does the prison breakout have anything to do with the rumors that Heinrich Himmler, just before war's end, laid plans for Germany to reign supreme in the years to come? How willing is Cronley to join forces with an enemy to defeat a greater foe? It's an interesting, mostly well-told historical adventure, marred by some too-clunky exposition and some bewildering dialogue. Fans of Griffin's dozens of popular military-themed novels (cowritten, of late, with his son) will want to read this one, but it's not likely to bring in new readers. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.






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