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By Order of the President: A Presidential Agent Novel | [W. E. B. Griffin]

By Order of the President: A Presidential Agent Novel

Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola. Hijacking the jet, they then slit the throat of the lone crew and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, and other agencies race to find out what happened, in the process elbowing one another in the sides a little too vigorously. Fed up, the president of the United States turns to an outside investigator to determine the truth.
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Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola. Hijacking the jet, they then slit the throat of the lone crew and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, and other agencies race to find out what happened, in the process elbowing one another in the sides a little too vigorously.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jean St-Augustin de Desmaures, Quebec, Canada 06-03-09
    Jean St-Augustin de Desmaures, Quebec, Canada 06-03-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Nice reading, a bit long to listen to."

    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?

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ripley I Attleboro, MA United States 05-12-11
    Ripley I Attleboro, MA United States 05-12-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Insipid story"

    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...

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Fort Worth, TX 03-10-11
    Robert Fort Worth, TX 03-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Finally, Good to meet W.E.B. Griffin"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Waynesville, NC, United States 06-27-09
    Louise Waynesville, NC, United States 06-27-09
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    "Long and Dull"

    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.
    Awful.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kent tulsa, OK, USA 08-05-14
    Kent tulsa, OK, USA 08-05-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Predictable"
    What did you like best about By Order of the President? What did you like least?

    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-


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    beth 03-29-14
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    Where does By Order of the President rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved it. Kept me on the edge of my seat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlie of course. How did he keep all of his stories straight?


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    Joe 03-18-14
    Joe 03-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Just never grabbed my interest"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W. E. B. Griffin again?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    His reading was fine I guess, it was just the story or lack there of.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Bordum


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Texas home 01-14-14
    Texas home 01-14-14 Member Since 2010

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    "So tedious"

    This was truly the most tedious story I have heard in quite a while. More than 85% of the novel concerned who or what agency needed to approve something before any action could happen. There was little action, the most basic story line, and not much of a story. It was like attending a business meeting and not a novel. Very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 12-09-13
    Liz 12-09-13

    I am a serious business person who loves to escape into a book. I like books about another time and place. I am particularly fond of historical fiction and love a narrator with a proper british accent.

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    I don't typically pick up books about military or modern political intrigue. I really enjoyed this one. Good character development and story line. Not predictable.

    I liked the narrator a lot. Good listen.

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    Mike From Mesa 12-04-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Another great book by Griffin"

    WEB Griffin is one of the most prolific authors on Audible (the last time I checked he had 53 books available) and there is a reason for that. His stories are interesting, his characters seem real and are engaging and the world he presents is consistent across all of his books. His characters live in the world of the military (or other similar organizations like the police or fire-fighters), with its structure, rules and obligations and those organization, and most of the people presented, are honorable and live within the general constraints of those rules.

    This particular book involves the search for a stolen 727 aircraft along with the concern that the aircraft may have been stolen for use in a terrorist attack somewhere in the US. The search involves some of the major branches of the US Government (the CIA, the DIA, Homeland Security) and local police forces and probably presents a likely sequence of events as some organizations make wrong decisions, some make right decision and some concern themselves with their own promotion rather than cooperating with each other. Those familiar with Griffin's other work will have a feel for how things will turn out in the end but the story is immensely satisfying, the characters realistic and likeable and this book, like every other Griffin book I have, seems well worth the time and cost.

    I must admit that am a big fan of WEB Griffin and have the complete series of The Brotherhood Of War. I found those books wonderful and this book, the first in a different series, fits into the same mold as the others. That does not make the books boring since the events and the people differ from series to series, but the books are clearly Griffin's writing. The only negative comment I could think of for any of his books is that the people and the organizations presented are somewhat idealized. In his books the Army is presented as a big family with all members looking out for others in the family. While that may be a bit of an exaggeration I can say, after 3 tours of duty in the military, that this is the way those who are career people think of themselves and of the organization they are part of. The picture presented in the book may be somewhat idealized but it represents the way those people see both themselves and the military.

    The narration is first class, the writing is first class, the story is interesting and very believable and the characters feel real. There is really nothing nothing negative for me to say about this book. Highly recommended for those who already are, or are willing to become, WEB Griffin fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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