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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,009 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. E. B. Griffin Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: A Presidential Agent Novel Release Date: December 2004 ISBN: 9781597101141
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Two armed men board a 727 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, 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!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Kaehler | 2/20/2014

    " Gripping and certainly entertaining. . . .the military aspects of the book grabbed me based on my past experiences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quannta | 2/19/2014

    " I was excited about this when I bought it then stopped reading 20 pages in. Luckily I found it on audio at the library. Great story, dialog and set up for a series. Waaaay too much back story. I don't think I'll be reading or listening to any more of Griffin's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 2/18/2014

    " The book was good. A little lengthy and a few too much on details for me but overall, it was a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/16/2014

    " This is book #1 in a series that I have really enjoyed. It's not for everyone - but I'm certainly not into military fiction in general and yet I loved it. It is a military drama, but with so many twists, as well as amazing luck, it really becomes the story of Charlie Castillo - who it is impossible not to fall at least a little bit in love with. It is definitely not a romance though(as so many of my favorite books are). The writing is snappy, the characters subtly drawn, and the pages turn quickly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 2/2/2014

    " Almost completely forgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stumbl | 1/19/2014

    " Griffins books are becoming repetitive "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lou Cordero | 1/17/2014

    " Good story... Interesting characters. This is my first book by this author. I'm grabbing the next two from the library to read soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 1/13/2014

    " This book is fascinating. I love the wit and the idea of the plot. My rather large hangup (and the cause for the rating) was the extreme use of language throughout the book. I could not recommend it to anyone because of that. If not for the lnguage, it would easily be a 3 or 4 star read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 1/4/2014

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Charley Castillo (first in series); special agent is assigned to track down a stolen plane that appears is planned for use in a terrorist attack against the US "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle Davis | 12/29/2013

    " This book has great characters and plot, if told at a slow moving pace. Griffin is notorious for diving into character backgrounds, but they are interesting rabbit trails anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 January | 12/18/2013

    " a dizzying espionage thriller...this was one of my grandfather's favorite books so i read it in his honor. its got a really multi-faceted take on how covert intel works when faced with a crisis. i want to be a spy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian | 12/17/2013

    " Love this new series by WEB Griffin, and think that the hero is great. I love action books, and this one has a lot, but the author also develops the characters so that you care about them. Subsequent titles in this series will include many of the characters in this first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/16/2013

    " I think the characters in this book are very interesting and the series looks promising. The basic story for this adventure struck home and liked the basic premise that at times the intelligence agencies can fall victim to a self-licking ice-cream cone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brinn Colenda | 12/6/2013

    " Great concept...too bad Castillo isn't a real guy... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Rumpel | 12/6/2013

    " Authenticity and attention to deatail make Griffin's books amazing reads... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angie | 11/9/2013

    " horrible. I stopped reading. This book is so sexist it is sickening. The lead male kept calling one of the female (a russian spy) 'little red under britches' excuse me while I go vomit! I love military action books sadly this one was useless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dad | 10/25/2013

    " If you have read anything by this author you have read them all. The plot revolves around a highly decorated, brilliant and courageous Delta force officer who can do EVERYTHING needed to right a wrong and save whoever is in distress. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 1/7/2013

    " Good book really good storytelling "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/27/2012

    " An excellent book. Griffin is very detailed in his writing and provides great characters and their backgrounds. An excellent story as well. The rest of this series is on my list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendela | 5/22/2012

    " excellent. need to get my dad a copy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snafu77 | 2/13/2012

    " Good plot, characterisations etc, but unnecessarily long winded, and despite being set oin 2005, is already dated. Main conclusion is that I got bored. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christa Hasenkopf | 7/1/2011

    " HATED it. Also, it was offensive to women, African-Americans, and muslims. I didn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 6/3/2011

    " Tracy and Amaris told me to stop reading so much trash :) so I am easing back into better books with this action/thriller book. Perfect so far for vacation "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. Cool. Spies, army, the hero is called Don Juan, and he saves the day. Charlie Castillo was special forces in the army and now he is the Secretary of Homeland Security's helper. He gets ordered by the president to find out how all the intel "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margaretwatkins | 3/16/2011

    " Okay, I ordered it because it was a $4.95 special from audible. I think that men who like airplanes and armed forces "pretend" might think it was a fun book, but very superficial with stereotypical characters and not a subtle or credible plot.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stumbl | 2/5/2011

    " Griffins books are becoming repetitive "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe | 11/9/2010

    " This book was just boring me to tears. I kept on and kept on, but couldn't find a reason to finish. I was well beyond half way, but had to put it down. It's my third try at reading WEB G. and I just don't like his style or his books.

    Sorry, not my cup of tea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KarenC | 9/24/2010

    " A real contrast & come-down from P.D. James, book read just before this. Looking for something with a little more action & thought this might do. Accumulated the series & thought this might be a good time to read it. Definitely a "guy" book, but I slogged on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendela | 9/19/2010

    " excellent. need to get my dad a copy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/1/2010

    " Good start to a series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 2/17/2010

    " Tracy and Amaris told me to stop reading so much trash :) so I am easing back into better books with this action/thriller book. Perfect so far for vacation "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pbwritr | 2/9/2010

    " Too much like a reference manual about the military. Started off interestingly enough with a plane being hijacked and people being murdered, but then digressed into long flashbacks about characters--why? Get on with the story!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.W. | 12/30/2009

    " Another excellent book by one of my favorite authors---I love his writing style---read it years ago "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 12/12/2009

    " my first web griffin novel.
    suggested by cousin larry.
    Carlos "charley " Castillo a character easy to folw and likeable.
    a big thumbs up!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 January | 11/15/2009

    " a dizzying espionage thriller...this was one of my grandfather's favorite books so i read it in his honor. its got a really multi-faceted take on how covert intel works when faced with a crisis. i want to be a spy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 10/25/2009

    " If you've read his others and like military books, Just do it! "

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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

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.