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By Order of the President Audiobook

By Order of the President: A Presidential Agent Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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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    John Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-20-13
    John Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    If Dick Hill hadn't have been performing this audio role, I don't know where the excitement would have come from. The author seemed more interested in arcane knowledge of the various governmental security agencies, though I don't know if that information is accurate. If one is interested in griping about bureaucracy, then this book is for you, otherwise I'd take a pass.

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    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 08-17-13
    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2011

    audio books are Theater of the Mind when done right. They lift words from a page written by an author and transport you into another world

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    "thoroughly enjoyed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of By Order of the President to be better than the print version?

    I never like to say the audio is better then a book you read, but dick hill is an amazing performer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead Carlos Guillermo Castillo


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    EVERYONE of the Characters Dick hill does is mind blowing amazing. A real talent Dick Hill is. He really gets you into the story through his story telling and the voices he does for each character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    when all else fails, there's one man. The Presidential Agent


    Any additional comments?

    W E B Griffin is a brilliant story teller and Dick hill is an amazing performer

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    james 06-18-13
    james 06-18-13
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    "Paid by the word"

    The story is ok, the main character is ok, if very cliched. However the book is way too long in my opinion by 1/3. The military jargon is excessively detailed, ok the first time, but by the third and fourth I kept thinking "ok I get it, you don't really have to repeat this again".

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    Loretta Hillier, ON, Canada 03-25-13
    Loretta Hillier, ON, Canada 03-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Pleased with audio version"
    What made the experience of listening to By Order of the President the most enjoyable?

    The narration made the book come alive.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Tended to drag in spots.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is equal and very good. Enjoy his presentation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This one took several sittings due to length but wouldn't change a thing.


    Any additional comments?

    Find that audible version of Griffin's writing easier than reading the thick, detailed book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Alpine, UT, United States 03-19-13
    Joe Alpine, UT, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book, incredibly performance. Top 5 for me!"
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    A Great book and a performance by Dick Hill that was incredible! I have bought this audible book for a few friends because I just had to share it. It doesn't start quickly (at least IMO), but once the protagonist gets introduced, you are off! The characters are rich, the dialogue is fantastic, and Dick Hill renders all of the different characters in such a way that they come to life.
    Easily in my top 5 Audible books of all time!

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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 03-12-13
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "My first W.E.B. Griffin and i will listen to more"
    What made the experience of listening to By Order of the President the most enjoyable?

    The characters were believable and likeable


    Any additional comments?

    Although the final battle was a bit unbelievable the rest of the story was tight and kept my interest throughout. It kind of felt like the end was thrown together without the thought and research of the majority of the book, but still worthwhile, I'll try another of his books.

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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.


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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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