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By Order of the President Audiobook

By Order of the President: A Presidential Agent Novel

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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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    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

    DaWomz

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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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    Bodiccea 02-20-13
    Bodiccea 02-20-13

    I read from every category but intelligent mysteries short on gore and long on interesting characters are my favourite.

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    "Mostly irritating"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Attleboro, MA United States 05-12-11
    Lisa Attleboro, MA United States 05-12-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Insipid story"

    This time the narration is just fine. The problem is the only bad men are the "towel heads", except for one Sargent - who is just kind of dumb - out of say 15 men. The women on the other-hand (all 5 so far), either want to sleep with the main man, are power-hunger vapids (all high ranking officers), or mommy who is drunk all the time and didn't get married cause was pining for baby daddy. Then there is grandma, who is OK and a secretary who also seems OK (but not muscling in on the men's turf). 3 out of 5 of woman are just clich??s...
    I am only 1/3 through but not sure I can stomach any more misogyny...

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jean St-Augustin de Desmaures, Quebec, Canada 06-03-09
    Jean St-Augustin de Desmaures, Quebec, Canada 06-03-09
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    "Nice reading, a bit long to listen to."

    The story takes a while to develop, but the plot is fine. I would have like more radical action toward CIA/FBI and their intelligence gathering method or lack of by the President. The major is quite good in his jack-of-all trade and master of ALL role. I would have like to know more about the Delta team and there members and a bit more technical detail about the exploit but then again they were not the principals characters. 20 hours is a long time considering my commuter time is about 1/2 hours. I had to do some overtime outside the house to finish the book (lawnmowing and outdoor chores). But overall I would have prefer a faster developping story and a bit more technical. Any suggestion of authors apart Tom Clancy?

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-15-12
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "I couldn't put it down."

    I really don't understand the negative experiences of some reviewers. I found this book riveting. I loved the characters, the narrative, the narration.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Fort Worth, TX 03-10-11
    Robert Fort Worth, TX 03-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Finally, Good to meet W.E.B. Griffin"

    I've seen this author around for years and never "read" any of his books. I have some catching to do! Great chararacters, nice story...It seemed to flow well, and was not predictable, so it kept me doing the virtual page flip. ...May have to upgrade my membership to get more credits each month.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Waynesville, NC, United States 06-27-09
    Louise Waynesville, NC, United States 06-27-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Long and Dull"

    I think the narrator should take most of the blame for how tedious it was to get through By Order of the President. While there were many voices and accents, Mr. Hill's slow pace and monotone, emotionless reading put me to sleep.
    The book itself had too many unnecessary characters about whom nobody cares and too many Dickensian relationships.
    Awful.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cassidy 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Amazon Customer 04-29-17
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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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