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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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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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    David B. Cottrell 05-26-09 Member Since 2001

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    "By Order of the President"

    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).

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James FIFE, WA, United States 05-01-12
    James FIFE, WA, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not His best"
    If you could sum up By Order of the President in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It sets the stage for his next one.


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

    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.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Bakersfield, CA, United States 02-10-11
    Stephen Bakersfield, CA, United States 02-10-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Too much profanity"

    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.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory MD 03-21-14
    Gregory MD 03-21-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Terrorism and Spec Ops"

    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.

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    neveph 03-13-11
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    "By Order of the President"

    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lee P. Prevost Antioch, CA, US 03-04-11
    Lee P. Prevost Antioch, CA, US 03-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Well...."

    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.

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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 07-07-09
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 07-07-09 Member Since 2005

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    "Agree with "Long and Dull""

    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.

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    EL Charlotte, NC, United States 09-30-10
    EL Charlotte, NC, United States 09-30-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Thought it would never end"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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