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, he 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.
©2004 W. E. B. Griffin; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
"Proving himself solidly in control of cutting-edge military material, Griffin bases his new series not on wars past but on today's murky exigencies of terrorism and international political intrigue." (Publishers Weekly)
"Dick Hill does a top-notch job presenting a huge cast of charters from far-flung corners of the globe." (AudioFile)
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?
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...
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.
Classic Griffin, If you like his writing you will enjoy this as a good base for the series.
It's a good story, I would not call it edge of the seat.
Being a new book Griffin does his normal great job in building a new set of characters. Generally his military description is right on target. I really loved the scene at the Fort Bragg Rod and Gun Club. As a transit air crew I've eaten there before and the burgers are legendary!!
Most of WEB Griffin's military stuff.
Excellent as always.
It's a want-to-be Tom Clancy novel. The story is okay, but the author seems a little homophobic. This surprised me since I've read over a hundred books of this genre and this is the first time it was so blatant. I give it an overall C+ / B-
Loved it. Kept me on the edge of my seat.
Charlie of course. How did he keep all of his stories straight?
A better story that held your interest. Just too much on and on about sargent and major and general and he said she said, More story line please. I guess the condensed version would've been more to my liking? This book was way too much about the Machismo in the military command and control and very little story.
I might give him another try in the future but, I tried and tried to listen to this book but no matter what time or mood I was in I wanted to put something else on, even if I had listened to the other book before.
His reading was fine I guess, it was just the story or lack there of.
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