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By Order of the President Audiobook

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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    Bodiccea 02-20-13
    Bodiccea 02-20-13
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    "Mostly irritating"
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    The first thing that annoyed me is wow, the author takes a LONG time to get this story going. I am not a person who requires a lot of action in a book to enjoy it; I enjoy thoughtful, relaxed-paced books but I really had to slog through this one. The story meandered all over the place with little reason for doing so.

    The other thing that grated on my nerves were the numerous offensive remarks in the book. I know that will recommend it to many people but I had a hard time with what struck me as disdain for homosexuals, dismissiveness of women and the references throughout the book to "ragheads." There is only one woman in the book who has any action in the story and she is portrayed as insecure, opportunistic, both manipulative and easily manipulated. Granted, there are women like this, but there is lots of other language in the book that feels chauvinistic to me.

    The main character is portrayed as irresistible to women but there is almost nothing to support this. He has an interesting background but is not is not an interesting character. He is touted as being super-smart but there is no evidence of that. I had a hard time figuring out what any women would find noteworthy, let alone compelling. The dialogue between the main character and the women he encounters is banal in the extreme.

    I was left with the feeling that Griffin has a secret wish to be Mickey Spillane or possibly Ian Fleming but he's got a long way to go.

    Dick Hill did a good job of narrating the book. I can't say I found anything remarkable about his narration but I would certainly buy another book that he narrated. Possibly he would do better with better material.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Washington, DC Area 12-29-12
    Sheila Washington, DC Area 12-29-12 Member Since 2009

    Changed my thoughts on this book since I've realized it's part one of a trilogy; story = 4 stars.Wish Audible made this clear on their site.

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    "My First W.E.B. Griffin Book"
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    This was my first Griffen book and I plan to give him another try. I think the main character (Charley) needs a little more work, sometimes he seem seasoned and other times I thought he was 22 years old.

    Dick Hill's always give a 4 star performance.

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    richmond 11-24-12
    richmond 11-24-12
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    "On the edge of your seat"
    Would you listen to By Order of the President again? Why?

    I have never read or listened to any of Grillin's work before. This story is excellent a must for everyone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of By Order of the President?

    When a special warfare group went into Africa looking for the missing plane.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hill brings to life all the different character’s in the story


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, good listen well worth getting

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    mike HUTCHINSON, KS, United States 10-29-12
    mike HUTCHINSON, KS, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Author - Great Narrator!"
    What did you love best about By Order of the President?

    All of Griffin's books are awesome, but I'm really enjoying the Narrator, Dick Hill. He is amazing the way that he can change his voice and do some many different characters. He is probably the best that I have heard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul NEWVILLE, PA, United States 10-23-12
    Paul NEWVILLE, PA, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2014

    NASCAR. Brutus. Good Beer. Books.

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    "Classic WEB Griffin!"

    I got hooked on Griffin many years ago with the brotherhood war series. This made me miss that series just that much more. Great read can't wait to read the next one.

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    Jill Oak City, UT, United States 10-10-12
    Jill Oak City, UT, United States 10-10-12
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    "Disappointing"
    What did you like best about By Order of the President? What did you like least?

    I have read several WEB Griffin books but, not for awhile. I found this one to be a low point for the writer. The story was based on a ridiculous premise of a plane flying into the Liberty Bell and a govenment that seemed clueless on how to stop it. It just did not intrigue me at all.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Dick Hill's performance was the worst. The character voices were stereotypical and poorly executed. It sounded like he had marbles in his mouth sometimes.


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    Burt Berkeley, CA, United States 10-01-12
    Burt Berkeley, CA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Probably better abridged"
    Would you ever listen to anything by W. E. B. Griffin again?

    Griggin takes WAY too long to get to the point, and adds at least twice the fluff needed for the story to evolve. If I ever get another book from him, it will probably be an abridged version. I'm guessing that might be better.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    The reader did an excellent job, and it was easy to tell who was who, and to get the environment feeling of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was intriguing. If the book were about half as long, it probably would have been an excellent story. As it was, I found myself bored most of the time, and started listening as background noise rather than really getting engrossed in the story.

    Bottom line -- if you want to hear the story, try the abridged version. I pretty much always go for the unabridged version, but I think I will break that rule if I decide to even try another Griffin book...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 09-21-12
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2015

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "Bought it in error - A Very Good Error"

    I bought this book by mistake late one evening thinking it was a continuation of another series I started. THIS BOOK IS ACTUALLY MUCH BETTER. Griffin does a superb job incorporating facts with fiction. I also added a new word to my vocabulary, ‘fing’.

    The lead character is developed wonderfully. He starts out looking like a talented officer with great instinct and as more and more information is given by his colleagues, friends & family you find out that he is truly amazing.

    Dick Hill goes above his normally great reads to really embracing each characters and allowing the character’s individuality shine through.

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    Denny 09-17-12
    Denny 09-17-12
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    "2nd Griffin Book... A good listen"

    Interesting story but a little rushed ending left details unaccounted for.... Good story and recommend

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    ANNETTE 03-05-12
    ANNETTE 03-05-12
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    "Great Book! I just got the next one in the sequil"

    This book was very long, however it was worth every minute! I can not wait to start the next book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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