At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.
But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts. Fresh from having enraged the Kremlin by staging a covert raid in Venezuela that nabbed not only high-value Russian agents but also a highly prized secret Russian aircraft, they start connecting the dots. They believe that it’s a diversion. That the murders and kidnapping were ordered by none other than Vladimir Putin himself to lure Castillo and company to their deaths. And the thing of it is, even knowing that may not save them. Powerful forces in the U.S. government are arrayed against them as well, and if one side doesn’t get them... the other side will.
Filled with Griffin’s trademark rich characters and cutting-edge drama, this is another exceptional novel in an exceptional series.
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I've followed the Charlie Castillo series since its inception. This novel seemed to have a
One of Griffin's strengths is character development. Where that was present in this book, it was cut and pasted from previous volumes.
Second, the language was over the top - or more accurately- in the sewer. It was so difficult to listen to, I had to turn it off a few times just to take a break. (Some is expected, but this? Come on.) Much of the foul language had nothing to do with the story. It was petty and not in keeping with the consistency of the other books in the series.
It was no longer fun: it became a chore. I don't read fiction for the intellectual challenge, but if I need chores, I'll check the honey-do list.
The Castillo series should continue, but I would encourage that Griffin returns to his original principles and style.
I hope the next one isn't as flat. It's unlikely that I'll invest in another book by this author.
Barely made it to the end
I've been a huge fan of W.E.B. Griffin for more than 20 years and I'm sad to say that since he's started writing with his son the books have become much less enjoyable. The Presidential Agents series started off as enjoyable, though not up to his earlier series, but as each book in this series has come out it has gotten steadily more rote and repetitive. It seems unlikely that I will continue to read this series.
I love the genre and I love Griffin's earlier works. I'll likely just go back and revisit those wonderful books.
The acting of the book was fine for what it was. It was easy to follow who was speaking as the reader had distinctive voices for everyone. I will say that weather he was written that way or it was the readers interpretation, the President was such an SOB that I found myself not being able to wait until the chapter was over every time the story switched to the Presidential POV.
No, not really.
I think followers of W.E.B. Griffin know that usually his books are all about the interactions between the characters and not necessarily about the action. That being said, all of the interaction in this book are boring and repetitive. They basically sit around for the whole book talking about the same things over and over and then resolve the major plot point in a couple of paragraphs. I came away with the impression that the authors are working to turn out as many books as possible with not a lot of thought to the quality and the enjoyment of fans.
- Nolan Howe