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By Order of the President Audiobook

By Order of the President: A Presidential Agent Novel

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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

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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    Liz 12-09-13
    Liz 12-09-13
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    "Good Story"

    I don't typically pick up books about military or modern political intrigue. I really enjoyed this one. Good character development and story line. Not predictable.

    I liked the narrator a lot. Good listen.

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    Mike From Mesa 12-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great book by Griffin"

    WEB Griffin is one of the most prolific authors on Audible (the last time I checked he had 53 books available) and there is a reason for that. His stories are interesting, his characters seem real and are engaging and the world he presents is consistent across all of his books. His characters live in the world of the military (or other similar organizations like the police or fire-fighters), with its structure, rules and obligations and those organization, and most of the people presented, are honorable and live within the general constraints of those rules.

    This particular book involves the search for a stolen 727 aircraft along with the concern that the aircraft may have been stolen for use in a terrorist attack somewhere in the US. The search involves some of the major branches of the US Government (the CIA, the DIA, Homeland Security) and local police forces and probably presents a likely sequence of events as some organizations make wrong decisions, some make right decision and some concern themselves with their own promotion rather than cooperating with each other. Those familiar with Griffin's other work will have a feel for how things will turn out in the end but the story is immensely satisfying, the characters realistic and likeable and this book, like every other Griffin book I have, seems well worth the time and cost.

    I must admit that am a big fan of WEB Griffin and have the complete series of The Brotherhood Of War. I found those books wonderful and this book, the first in a different series, fits into the same mold as the others. That does not make the books boring since the events and the people differ from series to series, but the books are clearly Griffin's writing. The only negative comment I could think of for any of his books is that the people and the organizations presented are somewhat idealized. In his books the Army is presented as a big family with all members looking out for others in the family. While that may be a bit of an exaggeration I can say, after 3 tours of duty in the military, that this is the way those who are career people think of themselves and of the organization they are part of. The picture presented in the book may be somewhat idealized but it represents the way those people see both themselves and the military.

    The narration is first class, the writing is first class, the story is interesting and very believable and the characters feel real. There is really nothing nothing negative for me to say about this book. Highly recommended for those who already are, or are willing to become, WEB Griffin fans.

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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 12-02-13
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved Charlie...Who Wouldn't?"

    I bought this book some time ago but just never got into listening to it. I like Tom Clancy but had not tried this author. What a mistake? Griffin is superb and is as good as Clancy which is a good thing since Clancy died recently and will be missed.

    This book is a little slow at the beginning but really gets going after an hour or so. Since I am one of those who simply CANNOT stop once I start reading, I hung in there and was rewarded with an exciting special ops kind of storyline. Who knew a handsome half German/half Tex-Mex (his words) guy could become a Green Beret, Major in the Army, Special Assistant to Secretary of Homeland Security, and dance among all these guys and still have time for women. His handle was Don Juan. That adds the humor much needed since it is a very intense and exciting story.

    If you like accurate military strategy and what sounds like the real deal in the back and forth and back door kind of assignments then this book is for you. I just bought the 2nd book in the series so I'm hooked.

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    John Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-20-13
    John Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    If Dick Hill hadn't have been performing this audio role, I don't know where the excitement would have come from. The author seemed more interested in arcane knowledge of the various governmental security agencies, though I don't know if that information is accurate. If one is interested in griping about bureaucracy, then this book is for you, otherwise I'd take a pass.

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    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 08-17-13
    Gil Plymouth, PA, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "thoroughly enjoyed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of By Order of the President to be better than the print version?

    I never like to say the audio is better then a book you read, but dick hill is an amazing performer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead Carlos Guillermo Castillo


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    EVERYONE of the Characters Dick hill does is mind blowing amazing. A real talent Dick Hill is. He really gets you into the story through his story telling and the voices he does for each character.


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

    when all else fails, there's one man. The Presidential Agent


    Any additional comments?

    W E B Griffin is a brilliant story teller and Dick hill is an amazing performer

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    james 06-18-13
    james 06-18-13
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    "Paid by the word"

    The story is ok, the main character is ok, if very cliched. However the book is way too long in my opinion by 1/3. The military jargon is excessively detailed, ok the first time, but by the third and fourth I kept thinking "ok I get it, you don't really have to repeat this again".

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    Loretta Hillier, ON, Canada 03-25-13
    Loretta Hillier, ON, Canada 03-25-13
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    "Pleased with audio version"
    What made the experience of listening to By Order of the President the most enjoyable?

    The narration made the book come alive.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Tended to drag in spots.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is equal and very good. Enjoy his presentation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This one took several sittings due to length but wouldn't change a thing.


    Any additional comments?

    Find that audible version of Griffin's writing easier than reading the thick, detailed book.

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    Joe Alpine, UT, United States 03-19-13
    Joe Alpine, UT, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book, incredibly performance. Top 5 for me!"
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    A Great book and a performance by Dick Hill that was incredible! I have bought this audible book for a few friends because I just had to share it. It doesn't start quickly (at least IMO), but once the protagonist gets introduced, you are off! The characters are rich, the dialogue is fantastic, and Dick Hill renders all of the different characters in such a way that they come to life.
    Easily in my top 5 Audible books of all time!

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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 03-12-13
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "My first W.E.B. Griffin and i will listen to more"
    What made the experience of listening to By Order of the President the most enjoyable?

    The characters were believable and likeable


    Any additional comments?

    Although the final battle was a bit unbelievable the rest of the story was tight and kept my interest throughout. It kind of felt like the end was thrown together without the thought and research of the majority of the book, but still worthwhile, I'll try another of his books.

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    Sheila 12-29-12
    Sheila 12-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "My First W.E.B. Griffin Book"
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    This was my first Griffen book and I plan to give him another try. I think the main character (Charley) needs a little more work, sometimes he seem seasoned and other times I thought he was 22 years old.

    Dick Hill's always give a 4 star performance.

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