June 13, 2008


W. E. B. Greffin


(June 13, 2008)

Continuing a review of the historical novel, I dipped again into that guilty pleasure, W. E. B. Griffin. He’s not Patrick O'Brian, but Griffin can write a bit, he keeps a rein on his politics, and he has a knack for sketching memorable characters with short touches of dialogue. Like O'Brian, but running against genre, Griffin writes war stories in which the war is almost always offstage, even though he’s never very interested in those who only stand and wait.