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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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    Wayne Lukeville, AZ, United States 07-17-12
    Wayne Lukeville, AZ, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dick Hill is the right reader; interesting story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Listen to Presidential Series in order and follow the changes in life caused by each story. The story length might make you thin it will be a slow pace and in places it is but it makes the story more real and interesting. Once I started this series I had to read them all.


    What other book might you compare By Order of the President to and why?

    I listened to the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child read by Dick Hill. I loved the series and the Jack Reacher Series and had a hard time converting from Jack to Charley Castillo in this story.


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

    Jack Reacher was my favorite but Charley Castillo; Cam Richter in this series is a close second but don't forget another great character read by Dick Hill; Cam Richter by P.T. Deutermann


    Any additional comments?

    Read the whole series in order, you certainly get your money's worth of entertainment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ragna Phillipsville, CA, United States 02-08-11
    Ragna Phillipsville, CA, United States 02-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Could have been better ..."

    First time reading W.E.B. Griffin. Interesting plot, well-developed characters but way too much "f..ing" in language and Castillo's desire to take every woman to bed gets tiresome. Too bad as without that it's a good book.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 04-28-10
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 04-28-10 Member Since 2001
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    "By Order of the Pres"

    Many, many superfluous characters, so hard to follow sometimes. Got the whole series, this being the first it will likely get better, I hope. Kudos to the reader, long listen, which I like, interesting insight on radical Islamic beliefs, but the book/story itself is somehow ... meh ...

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bishop Dallas, TX, United States 04-23-13
    Bishop Dallas, TX, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good narration ...12 hrs in and ZERO action. SLOW!"

    I wanted to like this book and series, but it really is the slowest and most long winded thing I have come across here on audible.
    Good narration, but I just can't handle "wasting" my time any longer.

    1 of 1 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bodiccea 02-20-13
    Bodiccea 02-20-13 Member Since 2010
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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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 02-12-13
    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2011

    I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.

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    "Very slow moving book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really don't know. The book requires a lot of patience.


    What was most disappointing about W. E. B. Griffin’s story?

    The book to me, just doesn't move at all.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    It wasn't Dick Hill. It was the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    1 of 1 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 2008

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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