By Order of the President (Presidential Agent Series #1)

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When a leased Boeing 727 is violently hijacked from Angola and flown to parts unknown, the President turns to an outsider—Major Carlos Guillermo Castillo—for answers. A pilot, West Point graduate, and veteran of Desert Storm, Castillo has a sharp eye for the facts—and the truth behind them. In Africa, he is helped and hindered by unexpected allies and ruthless enemies, and begins to untangle a plot of horrific dimensions—a plot that, unless Castillo acts quickly, will end very, ...

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Overview

When a leased Boeing 727 is violently hijacked from Angola and flown to parts unknown, the President turns to an outsider—Major Carlos Guillermo Castillo—for answers. A pilot, West Point graduate, and veteran of Desert Storm, Castillo has a sharp eye for the facts—and the truth behind them. In Africa, he is helped and hindered by unexpected allies and ruthless enemies, and begins to untangle a plot of horrific dimensions—a plot that, unless Castillo acts quickly, will end very, very badly.

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Editorial Reviews

Andrew Santella
Part of Griffin's appeal is his dogged attention to detail. He has bothered to learn the lifting capacity of the external cargo hook on a MH-53J ''Pave Low III'' helicopter, and is determined to pass the information along, even if it requires a footnote. And even the most jargon-laden exchanges between officers -- the kind of gritty talk best delivered with a well-chewed stub of cigar between the teeth -- are filled with camaraderie and go down easily.
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Publishers Weekly
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. Army Maj. Carlos Guillermo Castillo, whose Spanish name belies his fair-haired, blue-eyed appearance (he had a German mother), is working as a special assistant to the secretary of homeland security. Because of post-9/11 concerns, when a Boeing 727 is hijacked from a remote airport in Angola, it becomes a top priority for the U.S. government. Vicious infighting between several agencies results in a snafu that leads the U.S. president to assign Charley Castillo to use the search for the plane as an excuse to launch an investigation into the internal workings of all the government agencies and personnel who need to cooperate in terrorist situations. Griffin is more interested in military procedure than in blood, sweat and derring-do, and he resists no urge to meander through scores of pages of backstory to round out the many characters who will be series regulars. In the end, there are a few bodies to account for, but its' the meticulous investigation that leaves readers standing on the tarmac waiting for Charley Castillo and his newly minted band of can-do compatriots to touch down and carry them away again on a new adventure. (Jan. 2) Forecast: Those who love Griffin's stories of past wars will take to this new series based on present and future conflicts. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
After writing more than 30 books about military and police activities, the almost impossibly prolific Griffin, author of such best-selling series as "The Corps," "Brotherhood of War," "Men at War," "Badge of Honor," and "Honor Bound," has turned his energies to the very near future and the war on terror in a new series debut. Charley Castillo, a U.S. Army major, is the executive assistant to the secretary of homeland security. He is also multilingual, rich, and a Special Forces vet of the first Gulf War. When terrorists in Africa steal an old Boeing 727, Castillo and his team coordinate the search for the plane while dealing with FBI and CIA types who are much more interested in protecting their turf than their country. This is typical Griffin, which means plenty of action, high-level intrigue, interesting characters, flip dialog, romance, and a whole lot of drinking and other carrying on. His fans will enjoy it immensely. Recommended for most popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/04.]-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Griffin's 35th title abandons his five ongoing series, perhaps the best being his Marine Corps series (Retreat, Hell!, 2004, etc.), which, with a thousand pages published so far, is still mired down in the first year of the Korean War. Griffin is either a very, very fast typist or has a factory going. Suggesting the latter is Final Justice, last year's entry in Griffin's Philadelphia police procedurals that shocked many fans with its glare of inconsistencies that jarred with earlier entries. Now he kicks off still another ongoing series, this one set in 2005 to take advantage of the nation's deepening climate of terror since 9/11. Things begin with a Boeing 727, registered to a Philadelphia firm, being hijacked in Angola and then disappearing from the radar. Where is the plane now, and for what awful purpose has it been hijacked? Griffin's new hero is Delta Force Major Carlos Guillermo Castillo, or "Charley," an Army intelligence officer and special assistant to the Office of Homeland Security. So it's off to Africa for Charley, where he uncovers a disaster of huge size aborning. Meanwhile, Griffin zippers each paragraph with a polymath's grip on a universe of photo-realistic facts about whatever he happens to see wherever his head turns. Typical Griffinesque sentence: "Two-two-zero-five Tyson Avenue was a neat brick three-story house just about in the middle of the block."A bedtime book for Arnold's Terminator to enjoy. Agent: Robert Voudelman/JCA Literary Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515139778
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Presidential Agent Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 145,233
  • Product dimensions: 4.29 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin
W. E. B. Griffin is also the author of the bestselling Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, and Honor Bound series. He has been invested into the orders of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and St. Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and is a life member of the U.S. Special Operations Association; Gaston-Lee Post 5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars; China Post #1 in Exile of the American Legion; and the Police Chiefs Association of Southeast Pennsylvania, South New Jersey, and Delaware. He is an honorary life member of the U.S. Army Otter & Caribou Association, the U.S. Army Special Forces Association, the U.S. Marine Corps Raider Association, and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association.

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 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    What if

    I have read most of griffin's books, starting with the U.s. Army series, thru the U.S.M.C. series. This was a continuation of the fine military writing this author has done. <BR/><BR/>I was help captive by the realization of what if something like this good be done. Do we have a group that only the president controls. If so, would they only handle military problems or could they be used in other ways. I can picture a few places and circumstances I would like them to solve. But back to the book.<BR/><BR/>A group of radical, hijack and kill 2 pilots. They then proceed to fly across the Atlantic with plans to fly the airplane into the Liberty Bell, in Philadelphia. A tall order for anyone. But Griffin has created another excellent hero in Capt. Castillio. He manages to outfox the doers and also out think the many intelligence organizations. <BR/><BR/>The story leads the reader on many journeys, from Germany to Texas, to Iraq and other worldly places. <BR/><BR/>I have put my self right alongside all Griffin's characters and rode, jumped, wadded thru marshes, Spent frigid nights with both Lowell and McCoy in Korea. And I will spend many days and nights with Castillo.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2007

    The details will put you to sleep.

    I found this book a terrible read and truly had to fight to get through it. I feel bad for any non-military readers who try to get through it as the titles and abbreviations are going to make your head spin, and if that doesn't then all the flashbacks and jumping around that Griffin throws in certainly will.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2007

    BORING

    It looks like this book has had pretty good reviews. The only thing I can guess is the people rating this book highly are military or ex-military. I can understand someone appreciating an author because that person gets his or her facts straight, however knowing your facts doesn't mean you can write well. I found little things that bothered me right away such as the time line being off. The terrorists kill the pilot at one time and then there is a point in the book where they are referring to it and that discussion is occurring at an earlier time. Kind of hard to be talking about something that happened when it hasn't happened yet. The more significant aspects of the book that got to me were the LONG flash backs. They just aren't needed to that degree to develop a character. It threw the flow of the book way off. I bought the other books in this series at the same time I bought this book, but this book was so boring that I wont bother reading the others. My bad for buying multiple books by an author I haven't ever read before. Granted, there are authors who write excellent books and then other titles they write are just dogs, but when the first book that I read was this bad I just don't think I want to bother again with this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    Action Packed....another great read by Griffin

    It's been a long time since I've read a series by W.E.B. Griffin, and I ask myself, "Why?" These books (Series of any title) by Griffin give me the action and drama I look forward to reading in my down-time. They are well-written, seemingly accurate, and adventurous. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.

    Thanks W.E.B. Griffin!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Recommended

    Great read! The Presidents Series is fun, and filled with some serious action!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    Not Vince Flynn

    I love mystery thrillers, especially Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Ted Bell, Tom Clancy...etc. I was hoping W.E.B. Griffin would be along those lines, but he's not, not anywhere close. Unfortunately.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2010

    Loved IT

    I thought this was a great book,unfortunatly I read the seires out of sequence starting with The Shooters then Black Ops.I personaly think this series is much better than Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.I'm looking forward to reading some of Griffin's other series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Very entertaining; however there are so many characters, one has to read slow enough to absorb them, less you have to re-read.

    Griffin does a wonderful job in this series; keeps you wondering what's going to happen next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Couldn't turn the pages fast enough!

    Its been awhile since I've read a book by Mr. Griffin and that is my loss. I try not to get too much into "serial" novels but this one, if the first book, is any example seems to hold a lot in store for me. The president in this book appears to be very presidential, something this country now sorely lacks, and gives Major (Agent) Castillo a tasking and then stands behind his man and makes things happen. I hope we'll see a lot of these characters in the follow on books (three of which I went out and purchased today!).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    'The Corps' in the 21st century

    As he did in his series on the Marine Corps, WEB Griffin again gives us a fable of the fabulously wealthy in the service of their country. Instead of the Pickerings, we have the Old Texas Money Castillos, and instead of the Japanese we have Islamic radicals, but the formula is pretty much the same except, of course, we don't yet know who wins this war. Could that be why Griffin skipped the end of WWII and went straight to Korea in his novels of the Corps?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2005

    A writer for all seasons

    Having read all the Police Honor series, I started in on By Order of the President and didn't stop till I finished it. It took a weekend. It's a'Great Read', that's the adjective that best describes the novel. No matter the subject matter, Mr. Griffin holds one in the grip of a plot, with a page turner that keeps the adrenaline flowing. One is captivated by the characters and subplots. I can see a follow-up novel with many of the characters. Go for it Mr. Griffin...I'm waiting with baited breath.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

    I have read every one of Griffin's series with the exception of

    I have read every one of Griffin's series with the exception of the badge of Honor, and while I can see where some might be put off by his attention to detail, that same attention to detail is what attracts many of us to his books. His characters grow from one book to the next, and while I will admit the flashbacks may be long winded, they are necessary to understand where Castillo came from. I have read the entire Presidential Agent Series three times now and I still pick up little nuances every time I read them. Charlie is one of my favorite Griffin characters, right next to Ken McCoy!! I could not put this book down..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Good story

    I had read the second through fifth books of the series and found this to be consistant providing some informative background for the story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Dapplesong

    Dapplesong walked in. She had some feathers and started pile. 'There!' She thought 'now our nests will be soft'. She grabbed some and put it on her nest. "I will go hunting" she thought aloud. The calico warrior left the den. •~•Dapplesong•~•

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Skystep

    She snapped her head in the direction of the argument. -Skystep

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Birdstrike to servaljump

    Good night. Try to get a little sleep

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Servaljump

    She shut her eyes tightly, unsure if she could take any more

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Windwing

    He briskly padded out, wonderng why she was upset with him.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Silverflow

    Losses concience. (Is there)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Skyleaf

    She yawned, and glad for the warmth in her nest, fell asleep. Skyleaf

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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