The Hostage (Presidential Agent Series #2)

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The second novel in W.E.B. Griffin's new bestselling series finds Presidential Agent Charley Castillo investigating the death of an American diplomat in Argentina, the kidnapping of the diplomat's wife, and a scandal tying the United Nations to Iraq.

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Overview

The second novel in W.E.B. Griffin's new bestselling series finds Presidential Agent Charley Castillo investigating the death of an American diplomat in Argentina, the kidnapping of the diplomat's wife, and a scandal tying the United Nations to Iraq.

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Editorial Reviews

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. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 7). (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This is the latest in Griffin's exciting new "Presidential Agent" series, and his many fans will be delighted that the cast from the first, By Order of the President, have all returned. An army major turned special presidential agent, Charley Castillo is rich, brash, well connected, and very good at what he does. Tons of money have gone missing in a UN oil-for-food scandal, an American diplomat has been murdered in Argentina, his wife has been kidnapped, and others have been killed in the hunt for the money. It's up to Charley and his cohorts to solve the murders by finding the widow's missing brother, who is knee-deep in the scandal. Many important people in a number of nations want to put a lid on the story and don't care how much blood is spilled in the process. Griffin just keeps on getting better with a formula that, while predictable and sometimes implausible, is exciting and great fun. Recommended for most popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/05.]-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The adventures of presidential go-to guy Charley Castillo continue in the latest from Griffin (By Order of the President, 2005, etc.), who has more series under his belt than the entire Stratemeyer Syndicate. Somebody has kidnapped attractive, rich, African-American embassy wife Betsy Masterson from the parking lot of the posh Buenos Aires restaurant where she had been stood up by her handsome, athletic, ambitious husband. Recovery of Mrs. Masterson is entrusted by America's no-guff president to Army Major C. G. "Charley" Castillo, polylingual heir to huge fortunes in Texas and Germany, handsome helicopter pilot and endlessly resourceful assistant to the Secretary of Homeland Security, yet another no-guff guy. Armed with total authority over everything and everybody in sight, Charley checks into the Buenos Aires Four Seasons under one of his several aliases and immediately ingratiates himself with the manly good-guys, whose number include the ambassador, at the embassy. What none of these right-thinking, Scotch-swilling men of action know, but what is revealed early on to the reader, is that Betsy Masterson has not been snatched by your everyday terrorist. Her taking is somehow involved with the Iraqi oil-for-food scheme in which her no-good brother, a U.N. bureaucrat, is somehow involved. The bad situation turns worse when Betsy's husband is murdered, having been summoned by the kidnappers, who release their badly traumatized victim. As Charley begins to sort things out, he finds that he needs help from home. Betty Schneider, the sexy, straight-shooting, ex-Philadelphia policewoman turned Secret Service agent on whom he has a serious crush, offers assistance. The well-toned couple hasbut one night between the smooth Four Seasons sheets before assassins nearly succeed in killing Betty, sending Charley into high gear and a lot of intercontinental travel until there is a climax in nearby Uruguay. The prolific, mega-selling Griffin is well on his way to a credible American James Bond franchise. It's slick as hell, but the big heart of the Marine series is not there, and that's too bad.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786282357
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Presidential Agent Series , #2
  • Edition description: REV Large Print
  • Pages: 945
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.70 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Good story line

    I like the story very much. I have read a bunch of Griffin books and this story is similar to.others. But the story is my kind of read. My biggest issue is this ebook is riddled with errors and paying 9.99 for this poor quality makes me a bit upset. Paying 3.99 would be a little less painful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Excellent

    Quite an interesting story with insight into the covert world most of us can only fantasize. More insight into government & global government consequences. I had to continue the series, need more of the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Good Read

    I'm biased, since I'm addicted to the characters in most of Griffin's books. In fact, all his books have the same basic set of characters...

    Having said that, I always enjoy reading them. They're light, trashy reading that offer escape on an airplane, beach or in my hotel (yes, I travel ALOT).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    A real page turner

    It's second book in W.E.B. Griffin's Presidential Agent series is even better than his first book. I found myself trying to read it whenever I had a spare moment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Spiritwhisper

    The gray she cat runs in helping elders out to safety. Her fur was black with soot and ash. As embers stung her eyes she felt a flame scorch her tail and she quickly put it out, tjough her skin there was burned and stinging.~Spiritwhisper

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Ghostpelt

    Sleeps

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Silverflow

    Camps on fire! She yowled. Pain went through her whole body. She felt her cracked ribs feel like fire. She slid on to the elderlys den.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Darkshaft

    The short legged elder curled up and fell asleep.

    Darkshaft

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    The Elder's Den

    A sweet-smelling honeysuckle bush provides protectio for the wisest members of Horseclan: the elders. Their courage and bravery throughout their days makes sure they remain honored and respected. ~Informing Whitestar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    For fans of W E B Griffin

    I am enjoying this series. The characters are so real. As a reader, I can picture the scenes. Ireccommend this book and highly reccommend the series.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    Highly recommend

    My kind of action book, believiable and possible.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    bad ,bad, bad

    They are the worst store to deal with and return wrong items to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Highly Recommended!

    Great Read!

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    W.E.B. Griffin fan

    This book was actually a gift for my father who enjoys this author. He read the book immediately and did enjoy it.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Charley Castillo continued adventures

    First off, this is a thick book - but don't let that stop you. I'm not a fast reader, but made it through this relatively quickly. I would not recommend reading this without reading the first book in the series.

    I like that this picks up right where "By Order Of The President" left off, and that there isn't too much repeated from the first book. We get more insight into the characters established in the first book, and Griffin's style (which some much consider verbose) paints a picture of these characters leaving them feeling like people I have met in real life. The end of the book wraps up rather quickly, which I was a little disappointed with....but it picks up again in the next book :)

    Probably a good read on it's own, a great read after the first book!

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

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    Griffin scores again!!!

    Once again Griffin and his merry band of characters score a direct hit. I love his work. He does his homework on what is going on and current in the world about which he writes. His Presidential Agent is just the kind of character I wish I could have been---cool under fire--caring yet hard when required. He has a good way of making his good guys bad and his bad guys good.

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

    Terrible

    I read the book in about twenty days thinking that something dramatic or exiting would finally happen. I was wrong!!!!<BR/><BR/>How anybody could compare this LIMP excuse of an adventure novel to Clancy or Vince Flynn is well beyond me.<BR/><BR/>The plot dragged on. The verbage spewed to the point of boredom.<BR/>The ending could not have been weaker unless you were smart enough not to get to it at all.<BR/><BR/>Last one I read!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    Good...but a little slow

    I've read several Griffin books including the first Presidential Agent book "By Order of the President." Griffin shows great knowledge of the military and law enforcement but I feel he sometimes gets a little too caught-up in the details. Due to this the story tends to drag on a little. Overall I feel this was a good book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    'Old boy's club'

    I have really enjoyed the first 2 books of this series. I think WEB Griffin writes a great fictional story entwined with non-fiction. I have learned a lot about history throguh his books. I don't think the below reviewers get the correct perspective when they begin a series with the 2nd book. I have read the The Corps series, Brotherhood of War series, Honor Bound, and will read all Griffins other series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    Griffin starts his chapters and sub-chapters with a lengthy decription of the place, time and date. Unfortunately, in this book and others, the time line gets screwed up and a chapter is given a time that preceeds the events described therein. Example: Chapter V (ONE) 0640 23 July 2005, (TWO) 0635 23 July 2005. Impossible.

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