In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. Read more...
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In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: the Soviet Union.
The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley s job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can. His recruiter thinks he has the potential to become an asset though, of course, he could also screw up spectacularly. And in his first assignment, it looks like that s exactly what might happen. He s got seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, but Cronley s managed to rile up his superior officers (he seems to have a talent for it), and if he fails, it could be one of the shortest intelligence careers in history.
There are enemies everywhere and, as Cronley is about to find out, some of them even wear the same uniform he does."
- ISBN-13: 9780399171239
- ISBN-10: 0399171231
- Publisher: Putnam Pub Group
- Publish Date: August 2014
- Page Count: 515
- Dimensions: 1.75 x 6.25 x 9.25 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-09
- Reviewer: Staff
This mildly diverting first in a new thriller series from bestseller Griffin and son Butterworth charts the birth of the CIA in the fall of 1945. When 2nd Lt. James D. Cronley successfully secures a half ton of uranium oxide carried by a German U-boat that might have been sold to Soviet agents in Argentina, he’s promoted to captain by Harry Truman, awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and given command of Operation Ost, which sneaks Nazis out of Germany into Argentina. Maj. Gen. Reinhard Gehlen, “the German intelligence officer who ran Abwehr Ost,” trades all the files and assets of his spy organization in return for protecting his men from the Soviet Union. Those readers expecting action will be disappointed as a host of characters make plans, read secret memos, and engage in interior monologues. Those who are happy with lots of interesting period history, dry humor, and clever scheming will be amply rewarded. Agent: Robert Youdelman, Rember & Curtis. (Aug.)