By Order of the President opens with the hijacking of a 727 in a remote location in Angola. Multiple intelligence agencies in the U.S. scramble to learn what has become of the plane, its crew, and why they were taken out. The president of the United States feels that the investigation is leading to a dead end and so seeks the aide of an officer serving as an assistant to the homeland security secretary.
His name is Carlos Guillermo Castillo, and he is called Charley. Graduated from West Point, a pilot, and former warrior in Desert Storm, he can see through to facts and what reality they point toward. Thus, he travels incognito to Africa. He is aided and blocked by allies and foes. It is at this point that he unpacks the truth that could have dire conclusions for not only him, but the United States. Unless he can stop it.
W.E.B. Griffin, born in 1929, writes military and detective novels. He was raised between New York City and Philadelphia. He later joined the Army and served as counter-intelligence in Germany which earned him a medal. He served again in the Korean War, first as a war correspondent, and then as a public information officer. These experiences in combat and garrison life and his wide ranging connections and friendship with personnel among the varied services have helped his writing. He is very humble about his military service and dedicates many of his novels to comrades who fell in Korea, Vietnam, or during the Lebanese Civil War. He has published 130 works of fiction and nonfiction under a variety of pseudonyms.
Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola. Hijacking the jet, they then slit the throat of the lone crew and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, and other agencies race to find out what happened, in the process elbowing one another in the sides a little too vigorously.
Fed up, the president of the United States turns to an outside investigator to determine the truth, an Army intelligence officer serving as special assistant to the secretary of homeland security.
Delta Force major Carlos Guillermo Castillo, known as Charley, is the son of a German mother and a Tex-Mex father who was killed in the Vietnam War and awarded a Medal of Honor. A West Point graduate, a pilot, and a veteran of Desert Storm, Castillo has a sharp eye for the facts - and the reality behind them.
Traveling undercover, he flies to Africa, and there, helped and hindered by unexpected allies and determined enemies, he begins to untangle a story of frightening dimensions - a story that, unless he can do something about it, will end very, very badly indeed, not only for Castillo...but for all of America. Download and start listening now!