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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Good series; read almost all of the books.

Performance was severely lacking. The reading was very flat and without much emotion. I used the timer to fall asleep one night just because of the monotone reading. If it wasn't a great story to read, and I didn't need to listen while driving, I would have turned it off! I spent most of the time replaying what I was hearing in my mind with the time, reflection, and emotion from when I read the book. Hopefully the next in the series is read by a different person. My apologies for sounding so harsh.

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I wanted to love it but...

It seems to be a bit too much of a good old boy novel where the women seem to be included only as required props for the men. I could go on with regard to how I perceived the writer's poor handling of black characters. White people get too be people. Black people get too be big and black, very black, ... And the plot was a bit unbelievable at times.

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Robert's Review

This is a great series. You have to add this for your collection. The narrative is superv. It has a lot of action and adventure. You will love it.

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Humorous and Well Written, if Also Homophobic and Ethnocentric

Very much in the vein of Tom Clancy, the writing is solid and the story is pretty good. The characters are slightly flat and their back stories somewhat unlikely, but that's to be expected from a military thriller of this sort. I don't demand rigid political correctness from a book by any means, but the unnecessary homophobic remarks annoyed me after a while. Moreover, a jet setting novel that occurs on three continents needs a more complex understanding of other countries in order to give those settings more color.

Not a bad book but I just didn't love the worldview it represented.

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Not his best but good

More like a military soap opera with the bad guys clearly identified and the army guys all good. Leaves open several plot issues but worth a listen.

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Another page turner by W.E.B

This one follows a similar cadence as his other books. It is something I truly enjoy. The political stuff without being political also is very well done.
Good character development and gripping story telling.

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Decent

Wish it had more action. I hope this book series continues a a a a

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The narration drags this title down

Where does By Order of the President rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Lower half. Griffin is addictive for those susceptible to his style and subject, but the performance was distractingly weak. Also, it would have been trivially easy to learn that the "e" is silent in Suriname.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

No.

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Not the best but not bad

there definitely could have been a better story line about the ruthlessness of the terrorist but there was plenty of depth otherwise

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WEB Griffin at his VERY best

What made the experience of listening to By Order of the President the most enjoyable?

The intonation, cadence and vitality of the reader were a significant asset to the content and text. One could literally be there with the subject to see and feel and experience what was going on. Great Job of conveying, not only the words of the text, but also its emotion, verve and context.

What did you like best about this story?

As a member of the 8th Special Forces in the 60's, I had a special interest in how faithfully this book would be to actual fact. I was MORE than pleasantly surprised to see the Green Berets -- their Esprit de Corps, camaraderie, professionalism, and devotion to completing the task CORRECTLY and completely -- were presented forthrightly.

Which scene was your favorite?

While several jump to mind -- the interaction within the CentCom's staff meetings. I was privy to Southern Command's staff meetings in Panama. As the several meetings were presented, I was transported almost 50 years back to my experience and participation. It wsas more than 'realistic' -- it was truly genuine.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Following the trail, not conflicting orders, demanded Major Castillo's dogged pursuit to avert another 9/11 type disaster.

Any additional comments?

As an aside, while serving in Special Forces missions, The most valuable quality, other than teamwork, was adaptability with resourcefulness. Keeping your attention focused on the completing the overall task sometimes meant deviating from conflicting orders. If you failed to complete the task, you were in deep stuff -- but if you succeeded, well, the kudos were well deserved. This book exemplifies every valuable trait for any Special Forces operative.