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The Hostage

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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.


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.

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.

Praise for W. E. B. Griffin and The Hostage "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

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