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Black Ops | [W. E. B. Griffin]

Black Ops

The first disturbing reports reached Delta Force Lieutenant Colonel Charley Castillo in the form of backchannel messages concerning covert U.S. intelligence assets working for a variety of agencies suddenly gone missing and then, suddenly, inexplicably, found dying. Or dead. One in Budapest, Hungary. One in Kiev, Ukraine. One in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, mere klicks from the Iran border.
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The first disturbing reports reached Delta Force Lieutenant Colonel Charley Castillo in the form of backchannel messages concerning covert U.S. intelligence assets working for a variety of agencies suddenly gone missing and then, suddenly, inexplicably, found dying. Or dead. One in Budapest, Hungary. One in Kiev, Ukraine. One in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, mere klicks from the Iran border. And then one in Virginia, along the Potomac River, practically in the shadow of CIA headquarters.

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

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    Another great book in the series. You don't want to put it down and are always looking for more.

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    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 04-14-09
    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 04-14-09 Member Since 2007

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    "A great write and a great story"

    In W.E.B. Griffin I have found my newest spy writer. The story catches you up in the plot and the characters. You like the main characters, because they come across and real human beings doing difficult things without superpowers. You won't regret reading this novel.

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    Gerald Seguin, TX, United States 03-25-09
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    "Black Ops"

    This is my 3rd audiobook. My first by W.E.B.
    The book started out with action, very first thing. It was a little confusing putting the characters in place, at first. Then it became very interesting and was a good read. You have to follow it close at first then once the plot is in place it takes off on a great story. It is rated PG and sometimes R just due to the descriptive nature of the lead character and Russian spy girl. I did enjoy it and it wasn't out of place. Overall, good job. The narrator also make the story come alive, he also did a good job. Will read the next adventure of these spies for sure.

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    "A fine continueation"

    This book was written in the same style and feel of the previous books. There was not as much shooting action as in the previous books. However, the political battle for power continues on as deeply rich as before. If you enjoyed the previous books I think you will like this one. I Hope this was not the last book in the series. I always enjoy his deep character development, and little antics.

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