This is, I think a great book. First, its the intro to a a compelling chracter, Major Charley Castillo. And a story line that develops all the way to the end.Not to mention the ever entertaining narration of Dick Hill. I will listen to the rest of this series. Also I think its great when a author develops a chracter and expands that into a series.
I read from every category but intelligent mysteries short on gore and long on interesting characters are my favourite.
The first thing that annoyed me is wow, the author takes a LONG time to get this story going. I am not a person who requires a lot of action in a book to enjoy it; I enjoy thoughtful, relaxed-paced books but I really had to slog through this one. The story meandered all over the place with little reason for doing so.
The other thing that grated on my nerves were the numerous offensive remarks in the book. I know that will recommend it to many people but I had a hard time with what struck me as disdain for homosexuals, dismissiveness of women and the references throughout the book to "ragheads." There is only one woman in the book who has any action in the story and she is portrayed as insecure, opportunistic, both manipulative and easily manipulated. Granted, there are women like this, but there is lots of other language in the book that feels chauvinistic to me.
The main character is portrayed as irresistible to women but there is almost nothing to support this. He has an interesting background but is not is not an interesting character. He is touted as being super-smart but there is no evidence of that. I had a hard time figuring out what any women would find noteworthy, let alone compelling. The dialogue between the main character and the women he encounters is banal in the extreme.
I was left with the feeling that Griffin has a secret wish to be Mickey Spillane or possibly Ian Fleming but he's got a long way to go.
Dick Hill did a good job of narrating the book. I can't say I found anything remarkable about his narration but I would certainly buy another book that he narrated. Possibly he would do better with better material.
This time the narration is just fine. The problem is the only bad men are the "towel heads", except for one Sargent - who is just kind of dumb - out of say 15 men. The women on the other-hand (all 5 so far), either want to sleep with the main man, are power-hunger vapids (all high ranking officers), or mommy who is drunk all the time and didn't get married cause was pining for baby daddy. Then there is grandma, who is OK and a secretary who also seems OK (but not muscling in on the men's turf). 3 out of 5 of woman are just clich??s...
I am only 1/3 through but not sure I can stomach any more misogyny...
The story takes a while to develop, but the plot is fine. I would have like more radical action toward CIA/FBI and their intelligence gathering method or lack of by the President. The major is quite good in his jack-of-all trade and master of ALL role. I would have like to know more about the Delta team and there members and a bit more technical detail about the exploit but then again they were not the principals characters. 20 hours is a long time considering my commuter time is about 1/2 hours. I had to do some overtime outside the house to finish the book (lawnmowing and outdoor chores). But overall I would have prefer a faster developping story and a bit more technical. Any suggestion of authors apart Tom Clancy?
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I really don't understand the negative experiences of some reviewers. I found this book riveting. I loved the characters, the narrative, the narration.
I've seen this author around for years and never "read" any of his books. I have some catching to do! Great chararacters, nice story...It seemed to flow well, and was not predictable, so it kept me doing the virtual page flip. ...May have to upgrade my membership to get more credits each month.
I think the narrator should take most of the blame for how tedious it was to get through By Order of the President. While there were many voices and accents, Mr. Hill's slow pace and monotone, emotionless reading put me to sleep.
The book itself had too many unnecessary characters about whom nobody cares and too many Dickensian relationships.
Very much in the vein of Tom Clancy, the writing is solid and the story is pretty good. The characters are slightly flat and their back stories somewhat unlikely, but that's to be expected from a military thriller of this sort. I don't demand rigid political correctness from a book by any means, but the unnecessary homophobic remarks annoyed me after a while. Moreover, a jet setting novel that occurs on three continents needs a more complex understanding of other countries in order to give those settings more color.
Not a bad book but I just didn't love the worldview it represented.