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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

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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  • Ragna
  • Phillipsville, CA, United States
  • 02-08-11

Could have been better ...

First time reading W.E.B. Griffin. Interesting plot, well-developed characters but way too much "f..ing" in language and Castillo's desire to take every woman to bed gets tiresome. Too bad as without that it's a good book.

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

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By Order of the Pres

Many, many superfluous characters, so hard to follow sometimes. Got the whole series, this being the first it will likely get better, I hope. Kudos to the reader, long listen, which I like, interesting insight on radical Islamic beliefs, but the book/story itself is somehow ... meh ...

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Kate
  • Saco, ME, United States
  • 05-28-13

Interesting characters, good plot, slow paced.

The story starts out with a bang as a jet is stolen. Then the main characters are introduced and every detail on the main characters prior life is told through back story memories.

It can be a bit distracting at times but does have some intereting parts relating to the main character.

It takes a long time for things to happen and each aspect is drawn out. For example, when the characters are flying in a plane, the detailed call in to the tower goes through every aspect of the call in and landing....that gets boring. Much of the story is delivered the same way. I found my mind wandering off a lot as I listened.

If you are really into the whole military behavior and all the aspects of decoram that go along with it you will like it. I did enjoy the characters but would prefer an abridged version.

The ending, when it finally got to it, was rather anti-climatic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Lukeville, AZ, United States
  • 07-17-12

Dick Hill is the right reader; interesting story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Listen to Presidential Series in order and follow the changes in life caused by each story. The story length might make you thin it will be a slow pace and in places it is but it makes the story more real and interesting. Once I started this series I had to read them all.

What other book might you compare By Order of the President to and why?

I listened to the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child read by Dick Hill. I loved the series and the Jack Reacher Series and had a hard time converting from Jack to Charley Castillo in this story.

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

Jack Reacher was my favorite but Charley Castillo; Cam Richter in this series is a close second but don't forget another great character read by Dick Hill; Cam Richter by P.T. Deutermann

Any additional comments?

Read the whole series in order, you certainly get your money's worth of entertainment.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good story but a bit lacking in Action

This is one of those books that’s hard to rate for me. The Author does a great job of giving the listener a complete story with in depth back stories and a very robust plot. However in doing so the time between action scenes can be very long which is what I look for in a thriller so I would classify this as more of an international intrigue/suspense novel. That being said the book is well written and the characters interesting. If you’re looking for an artfully crafted story with action sprinkled in this is your book.

The performance is great and the production extras (sounds of people on the phone vs. just being narrated) is a bonus.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Ignore the people who say its boring.

What did you love best about By Order of the President?

Classic Griffin, If you like his writing you will enjoy this as a good base for the series.

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

It's a good story, I would not call it edge of the seat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Long time favorite

What did you love best about By Order of the President?

Being a new book Griffin does his normal great job in building a new set of characters. Generally his military description is right on target. I really loved the scene at the Fort Bragg Rod and Gun Club. As a transit air crew I've eaten there before and the burgers are legendary!!

What other book might you compare By Order of the President to and why?

Most of WEB Griffin's military stuff.

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

Excellent as always.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Page Turner

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

Loved it. Kept me on the edge of my seat.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charlie of course. How did he keep all of his stories straight?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Bishop
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 04-23-13

Good narration ...12 hrs in and ZERO action. SLOW!

I wanted to like this book and series, but it really is the slowest and most long winded thing I have come across here on audible.
Good narration, but I just can't handle "wasting" my time any longer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Duck
  • SEADRIFT, TX, United States
  • 02-12-13

Very slow moving book

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I really don't know. The book requires a lot of patience.

What was most disappointing about W. E. B. Griffin’s story?

The book to me, just doesn't move at all.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

It wasn't Dick Hill. It was the story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful