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Black Ops Audiobook

Black Ops

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Publisher's Summary

The first disturbing reports reached Delta Force Lieutenant Colonel Charley Castillo in the form of backchannel messages concerning covert U.S. intelligence assets working for a variety of agencies suddenly gone missing and then, suddenly, inexplicably, found dying. Or dead. One in Budapest, Hungary. One in Kiev, Ukraine. One in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, mere klicks from the Iran border. And then one in Virginia, along the Potomac River, practically in the shadow of CIA headquarters.

Castillo finds the information both infuriating and fascinating, particularly after a recent experience with two CIA traitors whose own deaths were swift and suspicious. Despite there being some similarities, though, he thinks therei??i??s something different with these new cases, something he can't quite put his finger on. At first, it's idle thought, but Castillo expects it's only a matter of time before the commander in chief assigns him and his group of troubleshooters in the innocuously named Office of Organizational Analysis to look into the deaths while all those intel agencies fight among themselves trying to put the pieces together.

Meanwhile, Castillo has problems of his own - fallout from recent missions involving a clandestine rescue of a DEA agent from South American drug runners, and the confiscation of some 50 million dollars from thieves in the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal. He's made more than a few enemies, he knows - both foreign and domestic. And then comes another back-channel message, this one delivered personally by his lethal friend, the Russian mobster arms dealer. All that has happened so far, he says, is just a warm-up for what's about to come out of the Kremlin.

Could sabers be rattling for a new Cold War? Or worse? Presidential Agent C. G. Castillo is about to find out...

Filled with Griffin's trademark rich characters and cutting-edge drama, this is another exceptional work in an exceptional series.

©2008 W.E.B. Griffin; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Paul Fountain Valley, CA, United States 02-21-09
    Paul Fountain Valley, CA, United States 02-21-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Nice...Nice...Nice"

    Griffin does a masterful job in this installment of the series with Charlie Castillo.
    The story was very detailed and had a few twists which were good.
    As always, the ending is too short because you find yourself being more vindictive than the Hero.
    Its a good listen.

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    Joseph E. Brown Central Valley California 02-20-09
    Joseph E. Brown Central Valley California 02-20-09 Member Since 2009

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    "Overwhelmingly good"

    I have read every book that Griffin has wrote, more than once. This book captures every essence of drama and intrigue. I found myself just sitting in my car listing and waiting to see what was coming next. If you like Griffin's novels you will love this, if you never have read Griffin's novels you will want to read everything he has wrote.
    This is the first time that I have listen to Dick Hill's readings and his ability to give life to a character was great. I will look for other books that he has done.

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    Old Hippy 02-19-09
    Old Hippy 02-19-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Too long, too repetititve, so-so story"

    I liked the way this started, and was sorta hooked. But by the second download part was starting to lose interest in the characters. By the third part, I could care less what happens. The dialogue is often childish. The romance between "Carlos" and "Svetlana" comes across as adolescent. The author seems to feel it's necessary to rehash the whole story that has unfolded so far on a number of occasions, under the pretext of filling in a new character as to what's going on. That gets REAL old. Far, far too much about the dogs, the romance, the children. And all the good old boys conversation between Charlie / Carlos and his compatriots gets worn out too. The author likes to showcase what (I guess) is his arcane knowledge about guns and spy process ... details about which also wear on you. It's an ok story that goes on WAY too long and is just not worth it. I have no idea why this gets such good reviews. If you like a good spy tale, there are certainly lots better available to download and spend time with.

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    Shane hammond, LA, USA 02-17-09
    Shane hammond, LA, USA 02-17-09
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    "Outstanding Series"

    I loved the series and the characters. I am a big fan of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor and this series is every bit as good. The main character is both intelligent and humble which is a rare trait. The author is a master of discription. This is an absolute must read for anyone who is a fan of the "black Ops" genere.

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    Andrew Saint Cloud, FL, United States 02-16-09
    Andrew Saint Cloud, FL, United States 02-16-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Bad cartoon quality writing"

    Terrible writing with cartoonish characters. Female characters were about as bad as anyting I've listened to in over 150 books here at Audible. Terrible narration with an attempt at female voices that grated my nerves. One of the worst choices I've made.

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    Mac 02-13-09
    Mac 02-13-09
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    "Disappointing"

    I've read and listened to them all and this one is the most disappointing of the Carlos Castillo novels. Lack of action and constant reiteration of old character backgrounds makes it a long dull listen.

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    JerryL 02-10-09
    JerryL 02-10-09 Member Since 2013

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    "Thought this was a great book..."

    Couldn't stop listening to this one. I'm fairly new to Griffin, but after this audiobook I will be a regular listener!

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    Rusty 12-20-13
    Rusty 12-20-13 Member Since 2016

    Great Books Don't Promote Violence

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    "Book 5 of an amazing series"

    This is a great series about interesting characters who happen to be mostly federal employees and their family/friends. There is intrigue, action, lots of military terms and details about guns, planes and how to infiltrate a foreign country without getting caught. However, the variety of characters & canines along with humor keeps me wanting to listen to book after book - definitely not just a book for guys.

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    Alan woodbury, NY, USA 05-01-09
    Alan woodbury, NY, USA 05-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Typical Griffin"

    Another great book in the series. You don't want to put it down and are always looking for more.

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    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 04-14-09
    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 04-14-09 Member Since 2007

    Lover of good ideas

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    "A great write and a great story"

    In W.E.B. Griffin I have found my newest spy writer. The story catches you up in the plot and the characters. You like the main characters, because they come across and real human beings doing difficult things without superpowers. You won't regret reading this novel.

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