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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,062 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: The Presidential Agent Novels Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781597371230
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By Order of the President, the first novel in Griffin’s crackling new Presidential Agent series, won immediate acclaim from critics and fans alike. “True virtuosity,” praised the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Cutting-edge,” agreed Publishers Weekly. “The end leaves readers standing on the tarmac waiting for Castillo and his newly minted band of can-do compatriots to touch down and carry them away again on a new adventure.”

Charley Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, but more and more is the man to whom the President turns when he needs an investigation done discreetly. And no situation demands discretion more than the one before them now.

An American diplomat’s wife is kidnapped in Argentina, and her husband murdered before her eyes. Her children will be next, she is told, if she doesn’t tell them where her brother is—a brother, as it turns out, who may know quite a bit about the burgeoning UN/Iraq oil-for-food scandal. There is an awful lot of money flying around, and an awful lot of hands are reaching up to grab it—and some of those hands don’t mind shedding as much blood as it takes.

Before the investigation is over...it might even be Castillo’s blood.

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

    " Second Griffin book I read. Great and interesting details in explaining the scenes and sequence of events. Rather weak on the 'main story (i.e. about the people behind the Oil for Food)'. In fact, the you don't get to the guy they've been looking for until the last 60 pages of the book. And the title 'The Hostage' is pretty misleading as there really isn't much of 'hostage' situation in the book. Maybe Griffin wrote this book to further set up his main characters for this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 2/11/2014

    " All of the books by W.E.B. Griffin are very interesting to read. I'm always amazed at how relatively simple story lines are woven together with great characterizations to completely suck me into the story. It's hard to put any of his books down...but when finished one is left longing for more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daizymaine | 2/10/2014

    " It was a really long book. The Main character is very likable but is given way more authority than in reality would ever happen....It's an easy read and keeps you interested following the trail, although the ending sucks. Very abrupt, but I guess it leaves it open for another in the series. It was a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 1/29/2014

    " Fun and quick paced, exciting and a brilliant cliff hanger. Love the way that WEB Griffin makes each book a stand alone but ties in the previous story with different aspects and happenings so it is not boring for someone who is reading the whole series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Schlutow | 1/22/2014

    " This book was okay. I will continue with the series. I thought this book was long winded with all the flying around before the action really started. Thus, the first book was better than the second--it was shorter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Bush | 1/17/2014

    " So far, Griffin has been fascinating to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 alex | 1/16/2014

    " Beach reading for the military-fiction crowd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Roth | 1/13/2014

    " I always enjoy W.E.B. Griffin books. Lots of action in fascinating locations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 1/4/2014

    " Again, I expected not to like this book. It was excellent. I loved following the background to solve this issue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 1/3/2014

    " There is more swearing than I would like but the story was pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darren | 1/2/2014

    " My favorite of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 12/16/2013

    " Audio Book. Charlie Castillo is back working with all his buddies from the first book. He's tracking down kidnappers who set their hostage free but kill her husband Jack Masterson who works at the US embassy in Argentina. When he gets Mrs. Masterson ba "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 12/14/2013

    " Major C.G. Castillo isn't nearly as cool as Jack Bauer, but who is? I'll definitely be continuing on with this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 12/11/2013

    " globe-trotting espionage mystery with a heavy dose of bureaucratic in-fighting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Polino | 12/11/2013

    " I'm enjoying the presidential agent series. Like the first book, this one takes a long time to get there and it requires a lot of running around but ultimately it was well worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/10/2013

    " I really enjoy this series. I found it perhaps a little cheesy in a few spots, a few spots that went on for way too long, but mostly it's very fun to read and I was left wanting more when I finished. Just as good as the first book of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 12/3/2013

    " Este libro esta situado en Buenos Aires, y nombra muchos lugares y calles conocidos por todos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip Land | 4/1/2013

    " Wonderful. Made me read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SweetPea | 2/27/2013

    " Second book in the series. Not as good as the first, primarily because it doesn't feel likely that the same kinds of convenient developments would occur, and it is more difficult to buy in to the plot developments this time around. I'm not sure if I will continue with this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 11/27/2012

    " exciting, lots of action, greed, graft could be right out of some of todays headlines "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blaise Nicoletti | 9/2/2012

    " Amazing story. Like the first book " The Hunters " I could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/9/2012

    " good. a little slower than the first in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 12/4/2011

    " I Have always enjoyed Mr. Griffin's books and I think that this Presidential Agent Novel is in keeping with the rest of his series. I am looking forward to reading the rest of books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendela | 11/28/2011

    " ok, I'm hooked on this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Peterson | 10/25/2011

    " Very good. I love the world travel and intrigue. I like the character development of Charley/Carlos Casteal. Fun Read/Listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 9/24/2011

    " Good, slightly better then By Order of the President. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 8/3/2011

    " This second book in the Presidential Agent series was pretty much what I expected . . . Major Castillo is very good at what he does. Not too adept at "politics" but he's learning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/30/2011

    " Good read. Doesn't really end so I would recommend reading the next one in the Presidential Agent series. Also I would start with the first one in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Enola | 7/26/2011

    " It had a great storyline, but I didn't like the author's writing style. Too much military jargon and use of full titles throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/8/2011

    " I'm enjoying the presidential agent series. Like the first book, this one takes a long time to get there and it requires a lot of running around but ultimately it was well worth the read. "

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

    " Audio Book. Charlie Castillo is back working with all his buddies from the first book. He's tracking down kidnappers who set their hostage free but kill her husband Jack Masterson who works at the US embassy in Argentina. When he gets Mrs. Masterson ba "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/11/2011

    " Very good. I love the world travel and intrigue. I like the character development of Charley/Carlos Casteal. Fun Read/Listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 10/5/2010

    " Typical Griffin but a bit more slow moving than the first book in this series since he uses the same characters and spends a lot of time bring the reader up to date in case they didn´t read the first one. I did enjoy his descriptions of Buenas Aires and Argentines. "

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

    " ok, I'm hooked on this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 9/13/2010

    " Standard W.E.B. Griffin fare. Tough military guy with a complicated past, but wealthy with resources at his disposal not usually available. Nothing too heavy or complicated, just a good story about an Army guy making something right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 8/20/2010

    " Again, I expected not to like this book. It was excellent. I loved following the background to solve this issue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 7/29/2010

    " I really enjoy this series. I found it perhaps a little cheesy in a few spots, a few spots that went on for way too long, but mostly it's very fun to read and I was left wanting more when I finished. Just as good as the first book of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 6/23/2010

    " Major C.G. Castillo isn't nearly as cool as Jack Bauer, but who is? I'll definitely be continuing on with this series. "

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

    " Another great book by this author---he has several different series and I have read them all----again read it years ago "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 12/16/2009

    " Griffin can cast a military yarn like no one else "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 10/6/2009

    " Magic words "Presidential Finding" Charley Castillo is fascinating "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 5/23/2009

    " I love a good swift adventure story. And with a character that has power, but thumbs his nose at the powerful people that misuse it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 2/25/2009

    " Fun and quick paced, exciting and a brilliant cliff hanger. Love the way that WEB Griffin makes each book a stand alone but ties in the previous story with different aspects and happenings so it is not boring for someone who is reading the whole series. "

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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.