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Black Ops (Presidential Agent Series #5)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Tipping point in the series

I am a long time fan of W.E.B. Griffin, a master of writing a series where the characters become like relatives or friends of his readers. My favorite series is ¿The Corps¿, which takes the reader through WWII and into the Korean Conflict. Griffin¿s new series, ¿Preside...
I am a long time fan of W.E.B. Griffin, a master of writing a series where the characters become like relatives or friends of his readers. My favorite series is ¿The Corps¿, which takes the reader through WWII and into the Korean Conflict. Griffin¿s new series, ¿Presidential Agent¿ is set in modern times with modern conflicts with terrorists in a politically correct world. Personality and agency conflicts provide the tension, and USA LTC Carlos Castillo, the center character of the series, reminds me of USMC Major McCoy in ¿The Corps¿ series.

Agency infighting and egos once again block intelligence about a developing terrorist attack. The president has formed a special intelligence/operational group under his personal control, headed by LTC Castillo. Previous success by Castillo has earned him the enmity of the CIA, FBI, and the director of national intelligence¿The Ambassador.

Castillo faces many challenges, one of which is dealing with senior officers when he is in charge. However, he also has his ¿angels¿ who provide him as much protection as they can. The tipping point in the series comes when Castillo once again out foxes the alphabet agencies and wins the battle¿but will he loose the war? You must read the book to find out.

Black Ops is not a page turning action-adventure novel, but it is a page turning political-intelligence suspense novel, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I suggest that new readers begin at the beginning of the series, otherwise is it easy to become confused by the continuing stories from previous books, a Griffin hallmark.

posted by Technothriller_Fan on January 27, 2009

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Who rated this book 4 stars

Purchased and read this book based on the rating of 4 stars. Not worth 1 star. Alot of characters with foreign names and all over the map, literally. The review said lots of action, forget it, hardly any, even when there was suppose to be the mission, hardly anything ...
Purchased and read this book based on the rating of 4 stars. Not worth 1 star. Alot of characters with foreign names and all over the map, literally. The review said lots of action, forget it, hardly any, even when there was suppose to be the mission, hardly anything was said. I was very disappointed since I wanted an action pack adventure. Want a good one, read Ice Station. Non stop action and easy to keep up with who is who.

posted by actionthrillerfanman on February 8, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2011

    Don't Bother!

    After reading everything by Vince Flynn, Lee Child, Tom Clancy etc. I thought I would try a W. E. B. Griffin book, having seen his name on the shelves for many years. Black Ops was the most boring, slow, go nowhere book I have ever read. If this is representative of Griffin's writing, then I don't understand what the fuss is all about.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Pass this one by

    I've read every W.E.B. Griffin book. Shame on Penguin Group for publishing this pale shadow work from a formerly was a powerful and entertaining writer. I think Mr. Griffin now should enjoy a well deserved retirement.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    Don't waste your time

    I only had other reviewers to base getting this book - I can tell you - this book was horrible. I thought this author was good given all he has written but this was my first and last Griffin book. It was 784 pgs of boredom and ho-hum and asking myself - when does the action start. The characters I could care less about and the plot was stupid. As an avid Clancy and Ludlum fan I had hoped for better given the review I read. I dont know what book other people read - but I can assure you - this was perhaps the worst book I ever read.

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