Black Ops (Presidential Agent Series #5)

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W.E.B. Griffin always hits the target-right at the top of the bestseller lists...

W.E.B. Griffin's explosive Presidential Agent novels have gained worldwide acclaim for "leaving satisfied thriller readers hankering for more."

Now, in Griffin's latest #1 New York Times bestseller, the Russian bear is stirring after many years of hibernation-and it is hungry.

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Overview

W.E.B. Griffin always hits the target-right at the top of the bestseller lists...

W.E.B. Griffin's explosive Presidential Agent novels have gained worldwide acclaim for "leaving satisfied thriller readers hankering for more."

Now, in Griffin's latest #1 New York Times bestseller, the Russian bear is stirring after many years of hibernation-and it is hungry.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In bestseller Griffin's gung-ho fifth presidential agent novel (after The Shooters), the U.S. president assigns Lt. Col. Charley Castillo, a member of the Office of Organizational Analysis, a special task-to track down the terrorists who murdered an American diplomat in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When Castillo's inquiries lead him to a pair of defecting Russian spies, they offer information about an Iranian-run bioweapons factory hidden in the Congo. Readers who want exciting accounts of desperate battles have come to the wrong place. Griffin excels in describing the planning and the bureaucratic tussles that have to occur before the first bomb goes off. He understands the psychology and motivations of military and clandestine service officers. While he paints an enticing, if overly idealized, portrait of loyal, capable people drawn to others of their kind, realism isn't his strong suit. Still, Griffin's many fans will be rewarded. (Jan.)

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Griffin's latest in the best-selling but generally disappointing series involving terrorism in the modern world picks up immediately after its predecessor, The Shooters, and features the same confusing ensemble of characters led by superagent Charley Castillo. People in the intelligence world are being murdered, and Charley might be next. But neither Charley nor his companions are fazed; they are sometimes more concerned with finding homes for a bunch of puppies than solving the killings, handling Russian defectors, and finding a biological warfare center in Africa. Far too much time is spent on irrelevant digressions and explaining past relationships instead of developing the story. Ultimately, of course, Charley and the good guys prevail. Griffin's fans will be happy that the club has resurfaced, but new readers will likely be turned off by the complicated tale and the too-flippant dialog. Based on this novel's conclusion, the series is either changing drastically or ending-either is overdue. For larger collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ9/1/08.]
—Robert Conroy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515147391
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Series: Presidential Agent Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 180,726
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.

Biography

With more than 40 million books in print in more than 10 languages, bestselling novelist W.E.B. Griffin enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a master of the military thriller.

Griffin began his career not as a writer but as a military man like the type he would eventually make millions writing about. After growing up in both New York City and the Philadelphia suburb of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Griffin took the step in 1946 that -- little did he know at the time -- would set the course for his literary life: He enlisted in the United States Army. After finishing basic training, he went through counterintelligence instruction at Fort Holabird, New Jersey, and was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany under Major General I. D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.

In 1951, while attending Philips University, in Marburg an der Lahn, in Germany, Griffin was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He again served under General White, both at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in Korea, where he earned the Expert Combat Infantry Badge and served as a combat correspondent and as acting X Corps (Group) information officer. Upon his release from active duty in 1953, Griffin was appointed chief of the Publications Division of the Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at the Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Although he first wrote under various pen names, Griffin didn't begin writing his bestselling string of military novels until he was well into his 50s. His first Brotherhood of War novel, The Lieutenants, was published in 1982 and touched off Griffin's well-known reputation for writing with historical accuracy and fascinating detail. Publishers Weekly noted that this first novel "captures the rhythms of WW II army life... in an absorbing account of life among military men." Griffin would go on to pen additional books in the Brotherhood of War sequence and to launch other bestselling series -- including The Corps, Badge of Honor, Honor Bound, and Men at War, among others.

While Griffin's public persona is a bit of an enigma -- he's not one to make the talk show rounds -- it's clear that he both knows and appreciates his readers, especially his fellow military men. On his official web site, Griffin reflects, "Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me how much he enjoys reading my books."

Good To Know

Griffin was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Military Fiction from Norwich University.

He was vested in the Order of St. George by the U.S. Armor Association.

Griffin addressed the Corps of Cadets for the United States Military Academy.

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Edmund Butterworth III (real name); Alex Baldwin, Webb Beech, Walter E. Blake, Jack Dugan, John Kevin Dugan, Eden Hughes, James McDouglas, Allison Mitchell, Edmund O. Scholefield, Blakely St.
      W.E.B. Griffin
    2. Hometown:
      Coppell, Texas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 10, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newark, New Jersey

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  • Posted February 8, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    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 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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Posted March 18, 2009

    Why?

    By far the worst of the series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2009

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    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, ¿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.<BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2010

    Outstanding

    I really ejoyed this whole series,unfortunatley it looks like this is the end of it.Ive read some of the other reviews that say the plot is the same asin other series,that's because war has been the same for centuries the only thing that's changed is the weaponry.War basicly is I want your land and if you don't give it to me I'm going to kill you and if you do give it to me I might kill you anyway,you simply can't change that.I'm also a firm beleiver in "if you don't follow history your bound to repeat it" which Mr Griffin has also refered to in this series.Looking forward to reading more of Mr.Griffin's books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    GRIFFIN Could Not Have Written This

    I found this to be the most confusing jumble of characters and plot(s) that I have listened to or read. If this had been a book I would have hoped it was a paperback and I didn't pay much for it. Instead it was a CD and I had to listen to the bitter end to get my money's worth.
    This book was like the guy who when speaking falls in love with the sound of his own voice and doesn't know when to shut up and sit down.
    This was not the crisp engrossing GRIFFIN style that I had become accustomed to. There was to many characters and too much plot.
    I can only hope that other GRIFFIN works do not turn out to be as disappointing as this one.

    2 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2009

    Book Review

    I was disappointed in this book. I don't feel that this was one of W.E.B Griffin's better books. I felt it spent too much time on the main character having sex, than it did on the operation. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    Sore Disappointment

    I was recommended W.E.B. Griffin by a former Marine. He said his stories were pretty accurate in terms how the action was and how the corps operated. I found Black Ops in a $1 bookstore and decided to pick it up. I just finished it a moments ago, and I must say, I was highly disappointed. The only action in this brick of a book was at the beginning, which only consisted of drive by shootings. The rest of the book is all diplomatic wrestling, diologue that tries to be pithy and fails, a love interest that develops from a wardrobe malfunction at the swimming pool, and the set up for action that never comes since it takes place away from the main characters. Maybe this book was the wrong one to start with, since it ends the series, but be that as it may, even his writing style didn't make me a fan. It's not horrible, but I wouldn't recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

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    Disappointing - very little action

    Much slower than prior books in the series - a lot of character mixing and flying around, very little action. Poorly developed love interest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Two thubs up

    The ending didnt hold up to the strength of thr rest of the series but as a single book it was a good read. I hear there is another book out now and i will buy it too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Griffin's Novels still exciting

    This is an exciting and at times complicated "spy" novel. There are so many characters and many characters are called by more than one name that it can be confusing. Enjoyable reading during a snowy winter weekend.

    A bit hard to believe that spies have the kind of resources that the people in this book do and that the "mainstream" spy mechanisms in our country are so bad but for this book it certainly worked. Fun and exciting....if you can keep track of all the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Niki

    "Uh what?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Victor

    Leys have s.e.x.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Victor

    Brb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    TO PERSON WHO READ MY STORY AT ASPENLEAVES

    OMG FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Friendship Makes You Complete ~ Chapter 2

    No! Spohia's thoughts whirled as rough hands grabbed her shoulders and started to pull her back. "No!" Sophia kicked the attacker in the knee and felt the hands slip from her. She took a good look at the person and added up all the facts. #1:The person was a man. #2:He was dressed in black from head to toe. #3:He carried a blood-stained knife in his front shirt pocket. #4:He looked familiar. #5:He had rough skin and a grip. #6:He kidnapped Mia. Or killed.......Sophia's heart sank. What if this man DID kill Mia? Was there a police station around he-no time to lose! Sophia took a flying leap out of the window into the grass. She ran like the wind toward the train track. Did she just hear..........a train whistle? A siren? Oh no! Wait. The train might have come to deliever something to another town. And the siren? It was getting louder! If it wasn't coming for her, it was coming for the man. Sophia didn't wait to find out. She raced across the tracks and dashed far, far away from the house as fast as she could. The sirens were louder........she saw a police car pull up to the house. Sophia frize. Two police got out of the car and walked into the house. Sophia decided to watch unseen. She climbed the nearest tree and peeked through the thick cover of leaves. The officers came out, dragging the man to the car. "I'm officer Bill and these are my partners, officer Mack and Lily." A bearded man said. The young girl and boy, who were about 21, nodded. "Where are those two girls?" Lily asked sharply. "What two girls?" The man spat. "Well, you took one of them and the other was with her." "Huh? Are you saying that the spy girl was that kid who was in my house just a minute ago?" The three officers exchanged a glance. Sophia couldn't stand it. "Here I am!" She jumped out of the tree. Mack smiled. "Well, kid, you make a good spy." Bill and Lily nodded. "Time to save your friend!" Lily winked. Another police car pulled up. Bill and Mack bustled the man to the car and stuffed him in. The door slammed and the police car took off. Mack hopped in the driver's seat and Bill hopped in on the other side. Lily sat in the back and helped Sophia in. "Off we go!" Mack pressed the pedal and they bumped along the rocky road. Sophia liked the sights so much, she wished that she hadn't stopped by that house. There were pink cherry blossom trees, tiny dparrows, butterflies, bright yellow and black bees and pure white doves. Suddenly, the car stopped. They were all thrown forward. "What's wrong with the car?" Bill demanded. Mack sighed. "We went too fast and a few things underneath the car snapped." "Mack!" Lily cried. Sophia felt shocked, too. A few car pieces broke? They couldn't save Mia! But........Sophia had an idea. And it was the best one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Always good

    Enjoy Griffin All of his characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Good book

    The book is a great read, however as usual B&N overcharges significantly as it does with many of their other offerings. I will most likely get rid of the Nook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    To below

    I did cheer too we made it to nationals

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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