At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.
But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts. Fresh from having enraged the Kremlin by staging a covert raid in Venezuela that nabbed not only high-value Russian agents but also a highly prized secret Russian aircraft, they start connecting the dots. They believe that it’s a diversion. That the murders and kidnapping were ordered by none other than Vladimir Putin himself to lure Castillo and company to their deaths. And the thing of it is, even knowing that may not save them. Powerful forces in the U.S. government are arrayed against them as well, and if one side doesn’t get them... the other side will.
Filled with Griffin’s trademark rich characters and cutting-edge drama, this is another exceptional novel in an exceptional series.
Prolong the suspense: listen to another Presidential Agent thriller.
©2011 W.E.B. Griffin, William Butterworth IV (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
A better story.
The authors spend way too much time telling about innumerable meetings. There's not enough action and way too much time spent introducing peripheral characters. The previous books in this series were much better.
Dick Hill is always great!
If you want action, try Andrew Peterson's work.
This is the seventh book in a great series. I can't wait till number eight comes out.
All of it. Who would have thought a sixty six year old woman would fall in love with a covert action type series like this. Well I'm hooked
Any scene where Charlie shows up the ambassador is great. He is such a pompous stuffed shirt.
I have no idea.
Everyone should give this a chance. I've been trying to get my sons to try it.
I listen every day going and coming from work. I also listen every morning while walking the dog. I was not entertained, but captured. If the idea of the book was to get someone pizzed off, it worked!!
I think I will wait to see what others have to say like I should have on this one. Griffin is one of my favorite authors and I have read EVERY BOOK OF EVERY SERIES of his books.
Dick Hill is one of my absolute favorite readers and if not for him, I would have stopped this book and listened to my wife instead!! Although the main character is Castillo, and you might think he would stand out; just the opposite, he kind of lurks in the background and the others aren't much better. If I had to choose one, I'd say Max the dog as he never said anything, but was a great character.
The ending was terrible; the book kind of stopped. I can see a sequel because the President is such an A-hole. No one stood up to him, including his Cabinet or DOD. If I were in his cabinet, I'd have told him to stick it where the sun don't shine and resigned.
Yes. I have recommended the whole Presidential Series and I look forward to each book. It's an interesting read.
On a scale of 1-10, I would give this a 7 or 8.
It's a good summer read.
The author was content to put clever dialog into 99% of the story. There was almost no action, just bickering between the major characters. I kept waiting for some action, but nothing very much happened.
The narrator was excellent and used great accents and voices to fit the characters.
Not sure who would like it, maybe those who enjoy poorly written stories.
Wrote an ending that actually fit the story and tied up the loose ends. The whole book felt like it was cut and paste from a couple of different manuscripts and the transitions were horrible.
ease up on the accents
I used a credit so it didn't cost me full price.
Good listen for the entire 7 books, interesting people, locations, a number of switches of the plot. Did not enjoy the constant reviewing of what had happened to date. I understand bringing you up to date from book to book, but sometimes lengthy reviews were made just bringing in a new character. Irritating. The ending of book 7 left a lot of questions left unanswered, was there a real plot against the president? who was involved? What happened with Generals Naler and McNab? Castillo had a particularly nasty attitude towards Svetlana in book 7-did they continue working (and playing) together? Is this a set-up for Book 8?
This is the first Griffin series I have listened to.
Castillo, although strong in many ways, also had many imperfections to his character, was played well by Dick Hill. The narrater in book six seemed to change personalities of some characters (more so than just voice variances) seemed less interesting in comparison to Hill's performance.
A 7 book series is going to have periods of lower intensity, but overall, I enjoyed the entire series. Personally, I would like to have seen some loose ends tied up a little better at the end.......but , I understand that does tend to make one more anxious for book 8.
A third of this book was rehash and the hero has morphed into a jerk.
Nothing that is a collaboration between Griffin and Butterworth this is the second and last time I will fall for a book by Griffin that does not meet the standard of pulp fiction let alone good reading.
Yes, the only redeeming quality of this book was the narrator, but even Dick Hill can't make a bad story good.
Put the background in a pro-log and leave it out of the rest of the story. If the reader really wants to know the detailed background they'll buy the books.
If W.E.B. Griffin can not take the time to write new and original stories perhaps it is time to retire. That would be sad but I would rather remember the great stories he has written in the past than be disappointed with trash written just for the bucks.
No I would not. Weak storyline, poor narration, and difficult to follow.
There storyline was just very weak and not believable. Add bad narration and it was not an enjoyable read.
Castillo... wish he was more like the one in the early books of the series, but always like the lead character
Not sure I had one. wasn't his best performance.
Storyline was easy to figure out. I laughed a couple times.
Ready for the next book. Wish this one ended differently. seemed to rush the ending. There was more time spent reviewing the history of some of the other books and how it ties in here and less time spent on the final few chapters. A little reminder to the past is fine, but this was done like he had a page count in mind and cut parts short to stay within it.
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