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The Hostage (Presidential Agent Series #2)

The Hostage (Presidential Agent Series #2)

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by W. E. B. Griffin, Dick Hill
     
 

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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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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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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.
From the Publisher
The poet laureate of the American military. (Los Angeles Daily News)

Told in Griffin's trademark clean and compelling prose, studded with convincing insider details. (Publishers Weekly)

Exciting and great fun. (Library Journal)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597371216
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
01/03/2006
Series:
Presidential Agent Series, #2
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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From the Publisher
The poet laureate of the American military. (Los Angeles Daily News)

Told in Griffin's trademark clean and compelling prose, studded with convincing insider details. (Publishers Weekly)

Exciting and great fun. (Library Journal)

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin is the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and now Clandestine Operations. He lives in Fairhope, Alabama, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
 

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Coppell, Texas
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1929
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey

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