From the #1 New York Times– and Wall Street Journal–bestselling author comes the dramatic second adventure in the brand-new Clandestine Operations series about the Cold War, the fledgling Central Intelligence Agency—and a new breed of warrior.
In Top Secret, W.E.B. Griffin introduced a remarkable new cast of heroes as they found themselves on the front lines of an entirely different kind of war. Now, these men and women are going to find out what they’ve really gotten themselves into.
James 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 Central Intelligence Directorate 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 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 that 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.
In 2014's Top Secret, the first in bestseller Griffin and Butterworth's Clandestine Operations series, Capt. James Cronley was given a military intelligence assignment in Germany: overseeing the relocation of German officers to Argentina after WWII. In this engaging sequel, Cronley's duties have expanded, and he's running the European division of the Directorate of Central Intelligence, now known as the CIA. As usual, a number of characters, some familiar, some new, sit around and figure out how to accomplish a mission. The fun is in watching the authors and characters meticulously plan the operation, all the while indulging in clever badinage. In Top Secret, a Russian intelligence agent, Col. Sergei Likharev of the NKGB, was turned and taken to Argentina. The mission in this book is to get his family out of Russia and reunited with Likharev. It's a testament to the authors' skill and wide experience that the pages seem to turn themselves.