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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Large Print Press; Lrg edition (Dec 26 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159413166X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594131660
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.1 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 821 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,858,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Prolific Griffin brings back Delta Force Maj. Charley Castillo (last seen in 2004's By Order of the President) for a second outing in this fast-paced adventure. What begins with the kidnapping of an American diplomat's wife in Argentina soon escalates to murder with links to the international Iraqi oil-for-food scandal. This is Griffin's 36th novel and it is clear that he is writing at the top of his game as he manages to imbue this complex, timely thriller with plenty of action, steely-eyed heroes and ruthless villains. Dick Hill, no stranger to the thriller genre or Griffin's audiobooks, gives a solid, assured performance. He smoothly balances the book's numerous characters and accents with ease, and is able to keep the considerable expositional narrative simple and straightforward without ever lapsing into a monotonous reading. This is no easy feat given the intricacies of the book's story line, and its 18-hour running time. Hill is ably assisted by Brilliance's first-rate editing and production values, all of which combine to keep the story moving and the listener involved. Griffin has written a terrific story and hopefully it won't be the last to feature special ops agent Castillo.
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Griffin's second novel in his Presidential Agent series is the best-selling author's thirty-sixth book. Delta Force Major Charley Castillo is the protagonist-hero; he works with the Department of Homeland Security. He is asked by the president to go to Buenos Aires, where the wife of the deputy chief has been kidnapped and her husband has been murdered, shot twice in the head as she was forced to watch. Terrorists threaten to kill her children if she doesn't tell them how to find her brother, who, it seems, may have knowledge about the UN-Iraqi oil-for-food scandal. The twists and turns here include the handling of a large amount of money--$16 million, to be exact--that a variety of people would like to get hold of, and the storyline is peppered with forged passports, special agents, and never-ending cell-phone calls. The convoluted plot will appeal to thriller readers, especially Griffin's many fans, and although some of the dialogue is hackneyed, fans of the genre and author won't care. The important thing is the fast pacing and the relevance of the story to today's events and headlines. George Cohen
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 14 2006
Format: Audio CD
Stage and screen actor Jay O. Sanders brings a strong, enthralling voice to his narration of "The Hostage," the second in Griffin's acclaimed Presidential Agent series. He artfully captures the tension in this fast-paced tracking of a lethal kidnapper, and brings alive characters from all over the world.
"By Order of the President," the initial offering in this series left readers and listeners wanting more of Delta Force major Charley Castillo - the one the President summons when he needs something done expertly, secretly, and ASAP.
Although Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, he's now brought forth when an American diplomat's wife is kidnaped in Argentina. She has seen her husband slaughtered, and is told her children will also be killed if she doesn't reveal the whereabouts of her brother. These men are so heinous that she was forced to watch her husband's death, execution style. She knows they mean business, and she also suspects that her brother knows more than he should about the Un/Iraq oil-for-food scandal.
Whether or not Castillo can successfully go up against this gang of cutthroats is a high adrenalin adventure.
Griffin is a master at taking his plots from today's headlines then lacing his story with military lingo and knowledge. Makes for exciting and very realistic listening.
- Gail Cooke
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 9 2006
Format: Audio CD
Dubbed a Golden Voice by Audiofile Magazine, Dick Hill has a wide variety of narrator's roles to his credit. He once said that he enjoyed doing audiobooks because it gave him a chance "to play all the parts." Hearing his performance of "The Hostage" we know this is true. He reads clearly, concisely, yet chillingly as he takes readers on a white knuckle roller-coaster ride across the globe. As for "all the parts," there are a number of them in this drama and he segues into each one with ease and command.
"By Order of the President," the initial offering in this series left readers and listeners wanting more of Delta Force major Charley Castillo - the one the President summons when he needs something done expertly, secretly, and ASAP.

Although Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, he's now brought forth when an American diplomat's wife is kidnaped in Argentina. She has seen her husband slaughtered, and is told her children will also be killed if she doesn't reveal the whereabouts of her brother. These men are so heinous that she was forced to watch her husband's death, execution style. She knows they mean business, and she also suspects that her brother knows more than he should about the Un/Iraq oil-for-food scandal.
Whether or not Castillo can successfully go up against this gang of cutthroats is a high adrenalin adventure.
Griffin is a master at taking his plots from today's headlines then lacing his story with military lingo and knowledge. Makes for exciting and very realistic listening.
- Gail Cooke
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By A Customer on Feb. 21 2006
Format: Hardcover
WEB: As I read Griffin's latest installment, two things occurred to me. First was that he's consistent. If you liked his previous works (e.g. By Order of the President, Under Fire, etc.), you'll probably like this one. Unfortunately, that consistency also brings about with it a bit of boredom. It occurred to me that there needs to be some fresh blood in this area. At friends recommendations, I recently picked up a copy of Giorgio Kostantinos's "The Quest." It's a different kind of read... a world-class thriller out doing what we've all wanted to do on occasion... kill a few politicians. If you're looking for something really fun to read, and definitely different than the same hum-drum, give it a try. If not, we can keep up with the adventures of Charley Castillo until we all grow old and gray.
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Format: Paperback
This is the first and last book i read from griffen. The story goes no where fast. 200 pages to describe a funeral. You dont know what the story is about until page 400. You can then skip to 700 for 2 pages of action then skip to 760 for ending.

Boring unlless you need something to put you to sleep.

NOT RECOMMENDED
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By John on June 30 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great read could not put the book down
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