The Aviators: Brotherhood of War, Book 8



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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Appealing main character but humdrum storyBy Dan BergerOverall, a weak entry in the series. Therersquo;s little to no action in it. Itrsquo;s largely the introduction of Johnny Oliver as a character. The young pilot, wounded in Vietnam, returns stateside and becomes General Bellmonrsquo;s aide at Fort Rucker. Therersquo;s a lot of inside poop about being an aide, in addition to the usual Griffin inside poop about flying, planes, military customs, ranks and bureaucracy.Oliver begins a difficult romance with Liza Wood, the widow of a pilot Oliver knew, and mother of a small boy. What stands between them is her determination not to marry another soldier, so as not to end up a widow yet again.Oliver is a smart and likeable fellow, good company for the book, and we get our first and more penetrating look at George Washington Lunsford, the black soldier who in the previous book infiltrates the Simba rebels in the Congo, but itrsquo;s not enough to really ignite the story. There are appearances by the main characters - Sandy Felter, Craig Lowell, the Bellmons, plus new character Jack Portet introduced along with Lunsford in the last one. While the previous book gave us the Congo uprising, here we redo the year of 1964, the year of Oliverrsquo;s service with Bellmon, almost entirely at Fort Rucker. We occasionally see some event previously told, from a new perspective. But Marjorie Bellmon fleeing for a weekend without her parentsrsquo; permission to spend it with Private Portet - an enlisted man! horrors! - near Eglin Air Force just isnrsquo;t interesting enough to have to read about it again.We spend yet another entire book watching the Armyrsquo;s bureaucratic struggle, with the Air Force as foil, to develop helicopter assault. Therersquo;s a fatal helicopter crash which threatens to ground the entire fleet of Chinooks just as the Army prepares for the divisionrsquo;s final certification and deployment to Vietnam. This in turn would give the Air Force the leverage it needs to shut down Army Aviation once and for all.At the end theyrsquo;re setting up for a hopefully more interesting next story, the hunt for Che Guevara. I question Griffinrsquo;s overall structure for the series. In the previous episode, he leapfrogs over the entire Vietnam war to a raid to free American POWs, and then uses an epilogue to dispose of the careers and fates of Felter, Lowell, Bellmon, and Phil Parker. That's kind of odd if hersquo;s preparing to continue the series and move back in time with them as characters.Oliver is yet another likeable young flyboy rising through ranks, yet another soldier from a troubled family background more than happy to make the Army his home, yet another guy who impresses his superiors by navigating delicate situations smoothly. Griffin makes no pretentions to high literature, and yes, hersquo;s got formulas and stock characters. And I understand a series whose characters were young in World War II needs a youth injection by the 1960s, since his main guys are riding desks or commanding divisions. Griffin meanwhile killed off a couple who could have sustained the story, in the last two or three books. I wonder if he did so thinking hersquo;s end the series after ldquo;The Generalsrdquo;, then changed his mind to continue it and wished he hadnrsquo;t killed those guys off. He notes in an afterword that Oliver is based on one of his friends, so, perhaps he yielded to sentiment in resuming the series and then faced story constraints.Irsquo;ve read more than 30 of Griffinrsquo;s books. Irsquo;ll cut him slack when one is less than perfect because I want to continue the series and see what happens. But Irsquo;m not the first person to observe that his military novels have very little war in them.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. The life of a General's aide-de-campBy Roger J. BuffingtonThis is one of the better installments of Griffin's "Brotherhood of War" series of novels. This one examines a world that I personally never experienced in the Army -- the life of a General's aide-de-camp. Aide-de-camps, or "Generals Aides" are specially chosen junior officers who essentially follow a General around for a one-year tour of duty and take care of minor details in the General's work life so that the General is spared having to deal with such details. The notion is that these junior officers will learn things from doing this that will stand them in good stead when they themselves achieve high rank.The protagonist in this story, Captain John Oliver, is an officer who is marked as a comer, and he functions essentially as the ideal aide to a Major General, and this makes for a fascinating if not action-packed story that really does give the reader a notion of what it must be like to be a General's aide. Make no mistake; this is a very interesting story for anyone who is interested in the Army and how it works.As others have pointed out, Griffin has a few annoying habits. The women all seem to fall in love a lot more easily than people do in real life, and there are sure a lot of rich people in Griffin's novels. No matter; this is a fine novel that is well worth reading. RJB.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Kennedy- Johnson term, Part One: Building up to Viet NamBy Roberta WilliamsUp front, if you have already read Mr. Griffin's Honor Bound series, this book and the next one, Special Ops, will serve as a close to the War in Argentine. If you haven't read Honor Bound and you like this one, Honor Bound serves as the telling of how we ended up with a working military presence in Argentina in spite of the close German influence of WWII, and how Peron came to power and why he was ultimately removed. It is a reading "bridge" between the Marines of WWI in The Corps and these last two books of the Brotherhood of War. Of all the 4 series that I have read: The Corps, The Brotherhood of War, Honor Bound and Men at War: Honor Bound was my favorite so these last two books were fun for me to read, even though the first time I read them was a considerable time after I read the first of Mr. Griffin's The Corps. I then found myself recognizing certain aspects then trying to remember which series and which book served as the introduction to the parts of this book I was reading. More on that in my review of "Special Ops".The two books are operating within the same time frame rather than chronalogically so it is important to make note of the dates on each subsection.The book begins the summer of 1963 with JFK still president and the setting in Viet Nam. The author remarks very little on the real affect of JFK's assassination. The dates written jump from Oct 25, 1963 on page 34 with the introductions of Aviator Oliver and Green Beret "Father" Lundsford how have just been medi-vacuated from Viet Nam to page 39 headed 12 Dec 1963 Fort Rucker, Ala where Gen Bellmon is looking at files for a replacement to his aide, that includes the service records of John Oliver. Both Lundsford and Oliver take a front row seat in this series of short stories that continues in Special Ops.Another mention is on page 205, a considerable distance into the book, within the context of Army vs Air Force for control of aviation: "The Chief of Staff devoutly believes that as soon as Lyndon Johnson finds out what McNamara has been letting you guys get away with, he'll tell him to cut Army Aviation back to where it belongs." Johnson had become President less than two months earlier." The relationship between Johnson and MacNamara, among others of the Kennedy administration, is then discussed. So the two books will be dealing with the same time frame - In Special Ops, we see the challenge with Cuba over missles- during Kennedy's administration, even though the prior book ended well into Johnson's administration.And while the Aviators deals primarily with Fort Rucker and the development of aviation for Viet Nam it touches on occasion with Special forces and the growing concerns in Africa as the colonial countries are granted their independence; and introduces PFC Jack Portate along with a larger role for Geoff Craig. Special Ops will be focusing more on Cuba, the spread of Communism in the western hemisphere and Africa before ending in Argentina through special Forces with Special Ops dealing with Communism and occassionally touching on the Issues of aviation and Viet Nam so take note of dates.


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