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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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  • Luck8
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia United States
  • 01-07-11

Best of Presidential Agent Series

This is by far the best of the Presidential Agent series. Since Griffin's writing style is to repeat the important events of this series over and over again, new readers of the Presidential Agent series can skip earlier book of this series and start the adventures of Charlie Castillo with the Black Ops. The narrator is Dick Hill for the first 5 books who does a great job of bring the characters to life. The most recent book of this series is the Outlaws, which continues the story of Charlie Castillo and his new friends, two former Russian SVR spies. I recommend listening to that book after the Black Ops. The narrator of Outlaws is Jonathan Davis, who does a great job as well. Some reviewers have been critical of Jonathan Davis compared to Dick Hill, but I believe he does an equally great job with the characters as Dick Hill did in the earlier books of this series.
I don't know if it was the change in narrators or the addition of WEB IV as co-author, but there is big personality shift in the character of Ambassador Montvale the Director of National Intelligence, who is an arrogant *** in the Black Ops and a good guy in the Outlaws.
I have listened to all of the books in the Presidental Agent series several times and recommend the entire series as well as the Honor Bound series. Both of these series use Argentina as the site for much of the activities, since the author (WEB III) lives there for part of the year.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Black Ooups

Had a very tough time following the story and gettig into the charecters.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Bill
  • Bluefield, WV, USA
  • 04-10-09

black ops

if you are looking for action this is not for you

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Worst Listen

By far the worst read I have ever purchased from Audible. After finishing a le Carr? novel, which I enjoyed tremendously, I thought I would continue in the spy genre so I purchased this New York Times bestseller. Suffice it to say that it read like the wet dream of a 15 year old video game aficionado undergoing a testosterone storm. However, the language and plot structure were far below the level of most 15 year-old authors. The icing on the cake was the narrator's childish sense of irony and his ridiculous repertoire of accents.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Where were the 'Ops'?

The book was OK - but there were a few things I didn't like. First - no real Russian spy would magically fall in love with spy who she defected too. It was just too cheesy. Second - despite all the tension & sneaking around - there weren't any ops in the book until the end. I thought there would be more action & less cheesy love.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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poor production

Narrator created ridiculous voices for the characters. This book is nothing like the past in it's series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • PismoPat
  • Central Coast of California
  • 02-25-09

A Little Less Conversation, More Action Please

I enjoyed the other Presidential Series books with Charlie Castillo. This one was tedious because it seemed to be mostly people sitting around making conversation. The conversations told the story, but they also told part of the stories in the previous books. This book had a good story and a good ending that opened up new adventures for Charley, but it could have had about 30 percent edited out.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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BOORING

TOO many characters
TOO much dialogue
TOO little action
TOO TOO long

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • CENTREVILLE, VA, United States
  • 06-26-14

How can you begin to hate a character you loved?

Charlie is becoming a whiny little boy. He was always a superhero (kind of unbelievable, but it's fiction). Now, not to give it away, his self-reflection is silly. He's supposed to be a grown man, and a warrior, with a gentle side, not a teenager who doesn't know life.
The other thing is, why are they making all the women leave him? As a woman, it wouldn't bother me if that strong lady cop, had been strong enough to deal with his life. But, not only does she flake out on him, he just lets her. She's supposed to be the love of his life, come on Charlie, be a man.

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  • Rick
  • Trussville, AL, United States
  • 12-28-12

Frequent Listener

Good story, continues the adventures of Heir Gossinger. Enjoyed Mr. Hills naration, he consistently keeps me engaged in the story with his different characters voices. Only negative, as a series reader I pretty much know the background on the characters, retelling it again only adds length to the story when it doesn't need it. With that said though, if I were a first time listener and started here, I would probably appreciate the background.

A good listen, kept me entertained and engaged.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful