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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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    mike Roxboro, NC, United States 08-20-11
    mike Roxboro, NC, United States 08-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "By Order Of The President"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bonnie 04-27-11
    bonnie 04-27-11

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    "Good start"

    Most fun listening since the old Jack Ryan books .. looking forward to more. Loved the characters and am happy they will continue with more adventures

    3 of 4 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...

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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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 2010
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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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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-15-12
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2015

    How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!

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    "I couldn't put it down."

    I really don't understand the negative experiences of some reviewers. I found this book riveting. I loved the characters, the narrative, the narration.

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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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    teri-danville 07-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too much useless conversation"

    This is a LONG book-- with WAY too much useless conversation between characters that are supposed to be busy and intelligent military and political leaders. Some conversations are not only useless to the story but very unlikely to come from such leaders in a public setting. Lots of unbelievable relationships. Reading: The country of Suriname has a silent e at the end--hearing Surinam-E every time is distracting.

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    Darrell 07-15-15
    Darrell 07-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    Boring. Dick Hill as the narrator was the only reason I was able to finish it.

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    Thomas LONGBOAT KEY, FL, United States 07-04-15
    Thomas LONGBOAT KEY, FL, United States 07-04-15 Member Since 2010
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    "This one dragged on and on."
    What would have made By Order of the President better?

    Heavy editing to remove the agonizing descriptions and details. More action and fewer characters. This book started out slow and they moved on to very slow.


    What could W. E. B. Griffin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Trim the detail and add some action


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

    Yes. Thought Dick Hill was one of the bright spots of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Heard the follow up book (The Hostage) and found it a much better listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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