Castillo finds the information both infuriating and fascinating, particularly after a recent experience with two CIA traitors whose own deaths were swift and suspicious. Despite there being some similarities, though, he thinks therei??i??s something different with these new cases, something he can't quite put his finger on. At first, it's idle thought, but Castillo expects it's only a matter of time before the commander in chief assigns him and his group of troubleshooters in the innocuously named Office of Organizational Analysis to look into the deaths while all those intel agencies fight among themselves trying to put the pieces together.
Meanwhile, Castillo has problems of his own - fallout from recent missions involving a clandestine rescue of a DEA agent from South American drug runners, and the confiscation of some 50 million dollars from thieves in the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal. He's made more than a few enemies, he knows - both foreign and domestic. And then comes another back-channel message, this one delivered personally by his lethal friend, the Russian mobster arms dealer. All that has happened so far, he says, is just a warm-up for what's about to come out of the Kremlin.
Could sabers be rattling for a new Cold War? Or worse? Presidential Agent C. G. Castillo is about to find out...
Filled with Griffin's trademark rich characters and cutting-edge drama, this is another exceptional work in an exceptional series.
©2008 W.E.B. Griffin; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks
This audio book is probably 5 times too long. I found myself wondering if anything of interest was ever going to happen.
I think I was more interested in Max the main character's dog who would relieve himself on Charlie's plane after each landing. Max has some puppies and the interactions he has with the mother are more believable than the conversations the humans have.
You have been warned.
I was very excited by the jacket in the store and because I was in need of a fix after working through the new Vince Flynn novel.
This however just did not really cut the mustard so to speak. Although enjoyable and detailed, the story is boggled in minutae and odd soft porn that just detract from what could be a action packed spy story.
Premise is good and it probably lends some insight into how you have to shop and prepare for a black op logistics but beyond that it really drags through the 30 odd hours. If it was not for my long commute I would have never finished this.
Griffin has taken an exciting character, a neat premise and has unsuccessfully added a love story. And failed miserably. The dialog between the lovers was absolutely childish, corny and way below WEB's talents. The length of his novels usually is not a problem but this one just took forever
The concept of the book is somewhat interesting. It is questionable if an organization outside of some form of judicial control could exist. The main problem I had with the book was the trivial dialogue. It took for ever to get anything to happen. The author was using this dialogue to fill pages for a set of events that could have been considerably more exciting if the flow could have been maintained.
I have read all the Charlie/Carl books and this one is awful. The plot is absurd, the characters, especially "Svetty" are terrible. Charlie becomes a comic book fool and Dick Hill over does it.UGH
I did not finish the book. The story line kept loosing my attention. Maybe I will try again later.
The story line kept loosing my attention so I did not finish. Maybe I will try again later.
I love Dick Hills narrations he is in a class all his own. W.E.B. Griffin I may listen to some older things but if this an example of what he intends to write I will not listen to any more of his offerings.
Yes, the fear of listening to more crap like this is not something I would willingly subject myself to.
No he didn't, but how he managed to narrate this is a credit to him, as I would have filed this book in the circular file by my desk.
No, it did not have any redeeming qualities and just may have had an equal and opposite outcome, utter revulsion.
I had listened to the first three books in this series and enjoyed them very much, I then saw that the reaction to the next book was poor so I came to this one and saw a good review so thought I would try it. Well now I am having a hard time to come up with polite words to convey ALL the negative things I want to say about this book. To say that it was awful is not harsh enough. I like fiction but if the authors and editors thought that the characters and plots were believable they were gravely mistaken.
A little to much back story, as I had read the others in this series I didn't the history lesson. With that being said another great story.
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