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)
David B. Cottrell
Griffin is my favorite author any anything he wriets is excellent. This is his only series where Audible has all of the books in unabridged form (the only way to listen to Griffin).
W. E. B. Griffin is an expert story teller. I believe he has lost some of that with what appears to be an even greater focus on creating a series of books. That said, I will continue get be pulled into each new book.
It sets the stage for his next one.
I like Dick Hill. I'm fine with his performance of all the characters in the book with the exception of Lester Bradley. To be fair I have no idea how he could do it better. I just think an irritating voice for such an honorable young Marine is unfortunate.
I started this book, and it sounded as though I would like it. However, I became discouraged because of excessive profanity, and quit listening. Unfortunately, I will not be able to buy any more books by this author.
Say something about yourself!
Good but not great fictional Special Operations book. The good: the characters were interesting and likable. The story was unpredictable and kept my interest, although long. I thought the Dick Hills narration style complimented the writing. The not so good: Certain aspects of the plot were a bit far fetched, including the authority vested in the hero. Not as well researched or edited as say a Tom Clancy novel, and that showed in a number of military inaccuracies that distract from the book. Overall I found it an enjoyable listen but I am not jumping to read get the next in the series. I would give it 3 and 1/2 stars.
Whatever happened to authors who could express the various human feelings without using trash talk and vile language. It is very upsetting to enjoy a story line but be shocked and sickened by the language used to try and show : "anger", "outrage", "cleverness", etc & etc. I hope someday to have a button on my Ipod that will erase offensive words.
I enjoyed the story. I have to say if it were not an audio book and narrated by Dick Hill, I wouldn't have gotten past the 2nd chapter.
I can't say much more than his review.
The narrator Dick Hill is good, but he can't save a sorry story.
This one is mediocre at best, bad if you are grading.
I love long, unabridged books but I could not wait for this to end. This was my first Griffin and his style was OK, but I just didn't care about the plot or the characters, etc. I kept hoping it would pick up, but it didn't. I agree with Samyann, Louise and Daniel. Buy something else.
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