Victory and Honor

Written by W.E.B. Griffin William E. Butterworth IV
Review by Ken Kreckel

Just after Victory in Europe day, Cletus Frade, Army Air Force fighter jockey, Argentine commercial pilot, and member of the OSS, finds himself embroiled in more than one new battle. There are escaped Nazis to deal with, the rush to grab the “good Germans” before the Russians do, and if that wasn’t enough, the OSS is fighting seemingly every other government organization for its very existence. Inevitably another mission lies ahead for Frade. The Russians have surrounded the Allies portion of Berlin and are showing unmistakable signs of becoming our next enemy.

There is much history in this work, especially suited for someone unfamiliar with the events surrounding the last few years of the war, as well as the fall of Berlin and subsequent Soviet occupation. However, even those with just some knowledge will likely be disappointed, as virtually every anecdote and piece of trivia from those times finds its way into these pages. There is also a curious lack of action in the novel, remarkable considering it’s about spies, Nazis, Russians, and such. In the same way, for all the talk about honor within these pages, there is very little demonstration of it. Indeed, the characters seem to be mostly trying to impress each other with how manly they can sound. Overall, the book is a rather pedestrian effort, certainly not worthy of authors of their reputation and track records.