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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,010 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. E. B. Griffin Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Presidential Agent Novels Release Date:
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Over the years, W. E. B. Griffin’s stories of the military and police, told with crackling realism and rich characters, have won him millions of fans and acclaim as “the dean of the American war adventure” (Publishers Weekly). Now he vaults into the present day with a series as exciting as anything he has ever written.

At an airfield in Angola, two men board a leased Boeing 727; then, once it is in the air, slit the pilot’s throat and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, FAA, and other agencies race to find out what has happened, in the process elbowing each other 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 Director of Homeland Security. Major Carlos Guillermo Castillo, known as Charley, is the son of a German mother and a Tex-Mex father, a Medal of Honor winner who died in Vietnam. A pilot, West Point graduate, and veteran of Desert Storm and the Special Forces, Castillo has a sharp eye for the facts—and the reality behind the facts. Traveling undercover, he flies to Africa, and there, helped and hindered by unexpected allies and determined enemies, begins to untangle a story of frightening dimensions—a story that, unless he can do something about it, will end very, very badly.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeff Ford | 2/19/2014

    " This was a new author for me and I am still trying to convince myself that I need to read the next book in the series. A lot of time was spent on character development, like most first books in a series, but this one dragged on and on at times. The next book better wow me! I have to admit that Castillo's Secret Service code name "Don Juan" was a little much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kat | 2/11/2014

    " A fun, thrilling ride. Quick paced and well developed and very well read. On the wait list for the next books in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jerome | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed the author's "The Corps" series and thought I would give this one a try. I was very disappointed. One of the things that make a book like this work, at least for me, is confidence that the author has done his homework. In this case that means he has done some research on the military, intelligence community and foreign policy organizations. I was shocked right off the bat when Griffin got almost all the military organization facts wrong. First Angola isn't in CENTCOM's territory it's in EUCOM's. There is no Far East Command (at least since circa 1955) it's Pacific Command, Alaska Command is a subcommand of Pacific Command not a regional command. All this and more on page 26. The CIA sub regional chief (what's that?) for Southwest Africa works for Forbes. OK lets say your an expat or local government official in Angola, Namibia or Zambia and someone gets off the plane from Forbes magazine. What is your first thought?? It's Probably, what in God's name is someone from Forbes doing in Angola (Zambia/Botswana/Namibia). How many articles a decade does Forbes write on Namibia?? That's what I call good, common sense, low key cover for the Agency. An Army Major gets shifted from SOF to COS Luanda, yep happens all the time. In fact it doesn't happen, I doubt that it's ever happened. The COS is black, and as the author knows all black people look alike. As a result the COS/Military Attache can go to the airport wearing an old black suit and get away with pretending to be a local driver. The MILATT probably goes to the airport on official business several times a week and knows the management and security personnel on sight and they know him. Putting on a black suit wouldn't help. Our hero checks into a Luanda hotel using his authentic German identity. This is actually a good ploy. Then the author ruins it by having our boy wonder immediately start sending e-mails to contacts in the states. Of course he uses a clever open code along the lines of "tell uncle Bill that aunt Martha will have the package for him". Even the Angolans would figure out he's using an open code in about 30 seconds; even if they didn't know what it meant. Thus making our boy wonder someone of interest to local security. I could go on and on. I am not saying you have to be a National Security Council staffer to write an international thriller but it would be nice if the author spent an hour on the web researching his topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Roger | 1/30/2014

    " Screwed up and read this series out of sequence. The first one(this one) wasn't as good as the second of the series. "

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