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.
The New York Times
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.
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.
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
"Plenty of action, high-level intrigue, interesting characters, flip dialogue, romance, and a whole lot of drinking and other carrying on." (Library Journal)
"Cutting-edge military material." (Publishers Weekly)