The Hostage

The Hostage

Book - 2006
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By Order of the President, the first novel in W.E.B. Griffin's crackling new Presidential Agent series, won immediate acclaim from critics and fans alike.
Charley Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, but more and more he is the man to whom the president turns when he needs an investigation done discreetly. And no situation demands discretion more than the one before them now.
An American diplomat's wife is kidnapped in Argentina, and her husband murdered before her eyes. Her children will be next, she is warned, if she doesn't tell them where her brother is-a brother, as it turns out, who may know quite a bit about the burgeoning UN/Iraq oil-for-food scandal. There is an awful lot of money flying around, and an awful lot of hands reaching out to grab it-and some of those hands don't mind shedding as much blood as it takes.
Brimming with rich characters, strong action, and cutting-edge drama, this is Griffin writing at the height of his powers.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2006.
ISBN: 9780399153143
0399153144
Characteristics: 465 p. ; 24 cm.

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tedrich2921
Nov 16, 2006

This book was bit of a paradox. It kept me interested despite that it seemed to go into worthless details that should have been edited down. The whole concept of the book was not very believable, but it kept my interest anyway. It's a great book to read on the plane or a bus -- you don't get bored despite the desperate need for a good editor. All in all, it keeps your interest and is a good page-turner. One more thing, the author feels he actually has to explain who Hitler was and thinks he needs to explain the term "brain storm." That's kind of sad.

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