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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (587 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Badge of Honor Series Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781101079393
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Griffin’s popular Badge of Honor police series returns, with a story of murder and lawlessness as compelling as today’s headlines.

Homicide Sergeant Matthew Payne is used to murder, but lately there’s been an awful lot of it in Philadelphia. A gangland shooting in a popular tourist location has left six dead, most of them innocent bystanders, and days later the body of a headless Latina turns up in the Schuykill River. Everybody assumes they’re not related, but Payne can’t shake the hunch that there’s something more to it—and that hunch leads him far from the City of Brotherly Love to the Texas–Mexico border. There, he finds a world where the lines of law and order are murkier than he ever imagined possible, and the daily question is “O Plato o Plomo?” Silver or lead. Cash or death. Which will Matt Payne take? Or will he just go home, glad to be alive? 

Filled with authentic color and detail, this is a riveting novel of the men and women who put their lives on the line, from the cop on the beat to the commissioner himself. It’s a story of fears, dangers, courage, loyalty, and genuine heroism: storytelling at its best.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Thibadeau | 2/18/2014

    " A decent read but a bit muddled. I never got in tune with the characters - probably because there are so many and several go by more than one name. This was my first Griffin read - I will give the author another chance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/15/2014

    " pretty graphic...was ok. Predictable and a very flat ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 2/7/2014

    " Wow! There was a lot of detail in this book. Some parts were kind of disturbing; rethinking my choice of reading. Seemed like a very real story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 2/3/2014

    " My first Griffin novel. Very exciting read. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Redmond | 1/30/2014

    " Griffin does not disappoint! I couldn't wait to read the latest in the Badge of Honor series and it was exceptional. The audio reader was fantastic, however I think it makes it a bit more graphic than traditional reading. As always the drama unfolds in Philadelphia and in this book also in Texas and deals with illegal immigrants and trafficking of the immigrants. Most of the regular characters (family and other police officers) make an appearance in this book mainly starring Matt Payne. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/28/2014

    " An interesting plot mired down under the weight of having to constantly announce that it takes place in Philly. Seriously, one or two landmarks per chapter would suffice; this reads more like a travelogue to the seedier side of the city. And does the author really need to explain twice that salsa is sorta like spicy ketchup? Hellooo! It's been outselling ketchup nationwide for about a decade now. And if there's a Philly cop out there who doesn't know what cojones are, someone needs to take his/her badge away now. I might have enjoyed the story more if I wasn't constantly pulled away from it by these telling little details that basically told me the editor was out to lunch on this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Donhiser | 1/22/2014

    " Enjoyed it a great deal. Not as much as the Presidential Agent Series but enough to read more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 1/21/2014

    " Not quite as good as the rest of the Badge of Honor series, this one is still worth any WEB Griffin fan's time. This was also definitely one of the fastest reads I've had in a long time. As a result, it was a little disappointing that I was able to finish it in about 8 hours because the story was not as well-developed as it could have been. The plot was not as detailed as many of Griffin's earlier works, and parts of the story-line seemed to bog down in background details that weren't accompanied by more active details and character development. Granted, the only new character seen throughout the book is visiting Texas Ranger Byrth, but I still would have liked him and Dr. Law to have been fleshed out a little more. Unfortunately, many of the other characters in the book seemed to have only have a tangential connection (despite their vital presence in many of the other books in the series) to this story-line. Disagree if you will, but I found that to be a negative change to the series in this book, even though it did result in a story almost entirely focused on Matt Payne. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 1/13/2014

    " Fast read - thought provoking about illegal immigrants/drug wars, sways my feelings for these people and what they go through. Almost a helpless situation, I don't want to support them, but they are smuggled into our lives and then forced to sell their bodies and become hooked on drugs - doesn't seem right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabel Roman | 1/11/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook and the Schuylkill River is pronounced SKoo-Kill. Geez, if you're going to read a word you don't know learn it first! Other than that, the book wasn't as good as previous (and solo) Griffin books, but it was an interesting listen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M-J | 1/7/2014

    " Losts of action, keeps you guessing, insight into human other types trafficking and an interesting perspective on honest people, yet illegal aliens, just trying to make it in this world. A definite should read!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gene | 12/17/2013

    " Ending is quite simple. Book itself is a middle of the road detective novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin Kemmis | 11/19/2013

    " A lot of good old boy stuff and a novel bad guy. I think I want to get back into this author again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 11/18/2013

    " This is the most recent book in the Griffin Philidelphia cop series. There are five or six Griffin series, and this is the only only I follow. I enjoyed it -- sort of a guilty pleasure, like candy corn -- okay to pig out on once in awhile, but impossible as a steady diet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harriet | 11/17/2013

    " Trite and predictable, salvaged only by some accurate descriptions of Philly settings and a few decent desctiptions of the city's landmarks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tarek Silmi | 10/6/2013

    " First I heard of the series was on Audio book. I heard all Badge of Honor Series. I loved it. I am about to start listening to rest of his series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.W. Thompson | 7/14/2013

    " A great new addition to the series. waiting for the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 4/23/2013

    " It was good until close to the end. The end was formulaic and predictable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peggy | 2/10/2013

    " This book has a lot of action, but it is pretty gruesome and again has a lot of sex and language. It deals with drugs, guns, and human lives, and is pretty scary. The only bright spot is the character of the Lone Ranger who lives up to all the hype that this character should. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 12/13/2012

    " The star of the Philadelphia PD joins with a Texas Ranger to fight the drug dealers. A good action novel and I learned a lot about the darker side of life: drug dealers/cartels,illegals immigrants,coyotes,forced prostitution, etc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 12/4/2012

    " I couldn't wait to finish it so I could start something better; but for some reason I felt compelled to find out how it ended. Drugs, human trafficking, cowboys and cops. I now need a break from W.E.B. Griffin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 9/2/2012

    " Good story, somewhat gory at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 4/23/2012

    " I liked the plot, but it appears to me that the Griffin co-author books are mostly written by his son, Butterworth IV, and thus the writing was not quite as sharp or focused as the previous Badge Of Honor novels. I felt this book tended to drag somewhat in the middle, but overall I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 1/22/2012

    " Good story line and very engaging, but the author goes on and on way too much. He can't finish a paragraph without going into some other tangent before getting to the point. So the story line moved on very slowly and I lost interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charisse | 11/20/2011

    " Predictable!!!!! And annoying :( Bad airport read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 9/21/2011

    " Detective Sergeant Matthew Payne is on the Philadephia homicde squad investgating a batch of apparently unrelated murders. The investigation leads him to the Texas-Mexican border. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabel | 5/17/2011

    " I listened to the audiobook and the Schuylkill River is pronounced SKoo-Kill. Geez, if you're going to read a word you don't know learn it first! Other than that, the book wasn't as good as previous (and solo) Griffin books, but it was an interesting listen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M-J | 5/9/2011

    " Losts of action, keeps you guessing, insight into human other types trafficking and an interesting perspective on honest people, yet illegal aliens, just trying to make it in this world. A definite should read!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/28/2011

    " pretty graphic...was ok. Predictable and a very flat ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gene | 11/10/2010

    " Ending is quite simple. Book itself is a middle of the road detective novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 10/21/2010

    " If I hadn't been so thoroughly spoiled by Griffin's earlier books in this (and other) series, I would probably be giving it a higher rating. He set the bar fairly high. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charisse | 6/22/2010

    " Predictable!!!!! And annoying :( Bad airport read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harriet | 5/29/2010

    " Trite and predictable, salvaged only by some accurate descriptions of Philly settings and a few decent desctiptions of the city's landmarks. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peggy | 1/27/2010

    " This book has a lot of action, but it is pretty gruesome and again has a lot of sex and language. It deals with drugs, guns, and human lives, and is pretty scary. The only bright spot is the character of the Lone Ranger who lives up to all the hype that this character should. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaya | 1/19/2010

    " I do love W.E.B. Griffin books for the action as well as the information. He does know his subjects - this one is so hard to accept..the brutality of one human to another, human trafficking and the carelessness of human life - ugh
    But I know it happens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 1/10/2010

    " The star of the Philadelphia PD joins with a Texas Ranger to fight the drug dealers. A good action novel and I learned a lot about the darker side of life: drug dealers/cartels,illegals immigrants,coyotes,forced prostitution, etc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 12/20/2009

    " Good plot and story, albeit for a 500-page book it ended too abruptly in 3 pages.
    Too much usless detail in places, for me; should have been edited more vigorously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.W. | 12/16/2009

    " A great new addition to the series. waiting for the next one. "

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About the Author

W. E. B. Griffin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, and Honor Bound series. He has been invested into the orders of St. George of the US Armor Association and St. Andrew of the US Army Aviation Association, and he is a life member of the US Special Operations Association.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.