W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV Clandestine Operations Series: Books 1-2

Genre: Thriller

W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV Clandestine Operations Series: Books 1-2Top Secret & The Assassination Option

Performed by:
Alexander Cendese
A Clandestine Operations Novel

TOP SECRETIn the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is recruited for a new covert 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 in 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 top-secret assignment, it looks like that’s exactly what may 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, and if he fails, it may 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.THE ASSASSINATION OPTIONJames Cronley thought he had done well—he didn’t know he’d done this well. His first successful mission for the about-to-be-official new Directorate of Central Intelligence has drawn all kinds of attention, some welcome, some not. On the plus side, he’s now a captain, promoted to chief, DCI-Europe, and in charge of a top-secret spy operation. On the minus side, a lot of people would like to know about that operation, including not only the Soviets but also his own Pentagon, as well as a seething J. Edgar Hoover. Cronley knows that if just one thing goes wrong, he’s likely to get thrown to the wolves. As if that weren’t enough pressure, complications are springing up on all sides. He’s discovered a surprising alliance between the former German intelligence chief and, of all things, the Mossad. A German family whom Cronley never knew he had has suddenly, and suspiciously, emerged. And he’s due for a rendezvous with an undercover agent against the Soviets known only as Seven-K. It’s when he meets Seven-K that he gets the real surprise.

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Author
W.E.B. Griffin

Biography:
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 has been invested into the orders of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and St. Andrew of the Army Aviation Association of America, and is a life member of the U.S. Special Operations Association; Gaston-Lee Post 5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars; the American Legion, China Post #1 in Exile; the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and the State of Delaware; the National Rifle Association; the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society; and the Flat Earth Society (Pensacola, Florida, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, chapters). He is an honorary life member of the U.S. Army Otter & Caribou Association, the U.S. Army Special Forces Association, the U.S. Marine Corp Raider Association, and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association. Griffin lives in Alabama and Argentina.
Author
William E. Butterworth IV

Biography:
William E. Butterworth IV has been an editor and writer for more than thirty years, and has worked closely with his father on the editing and writing of many of the Griffin books, and is coauthor of seventeen bestselling novels with him, most recently Curtain of Death and Broken Trust. He is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, China Post #1 in Exile, and of 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.
Narrator
Alexander Cendese

Biography:
Alexander Cendese has appeared in films such as Garden Party and Greetings from the Shore, and on TV in Body of Proof, Law and Order, The Gamekillers, One Life to Live, and The Bedford Diaries. His theater credits include A View From the Bridge on Broadway. Alexander is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and lives in New York City.

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