By Order of the President

  • by W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
  • 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Over the years, W.E.B. Griffin's stories of the military and police, told with crackling realism and rich characters, have won him millions of fans and acclaim as "the dean of the American war adventure" (Publishers Weekly). Now he vaults into the present day with a series as exciting as anything he has ever written. At an airfield in Angola, two men board a leased Boeing 727; then, once it is in the air, slit the pilot's throat and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, FAA, and other agencies race to find out what has happened, in the process elbowing each other in the sides a little too vigorously. Fed up, the President of the United States turns to an outside investigator, an Army intelligence officer serving as special assistant to the Director of Homeland Security, to determine the truth. Major Carlos Guillermo Castillo, known as Charley, is the son of a German mother and a Tex-Mex father, a Medal of Honor winner who died in Vietnam. A pilot, West Point graduate, and veteran of Desert Storm and the Special Forces, Castillo has a sharp eye for the facts and the reality behind the facts. Traveling undercover, he flies to Africa, and there, helped and hindered by unexpected allies and determined enemies, begins to untangle a story of frightening dimensions, a story that, unless he can do something about it, will end very, very badly.

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What the Critics Say

"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." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great Griffin!!

I have always liked W.E.B. Griffin's books. I am happy to see them in audible. Would like to see the unabridged editions. Once you get a handle on the characters the books become more fun. His detail and military knowledge are a compelling part of the books. Although the characters are somewhat "super hero", why not? This is what makes the books fun to read. I think this kind of support for our military is just what public the needs to characterize the men and women who fight and die for this country. I hope this is the beginning of a long series of books with these characters.
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- Meyer

Finally Giffin

I wait restlessly for each new Griffin book, wishing that he would write more than one a year. I just wish Audible would get the unabridged versions of his 9 books each in his Army and Marine Corps series, and 7 in his two series about the OSS. They are all worth re-reading each time a new book comes out in the series. This is the only author whose books I re-read on a regular basis and would enjoy listening to over and over again.
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- Kaye

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio