Two armed men board a 727 all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola. Hijacking the jet, they then slit the throat of the lone crew and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, and other agencies race to find out what happened, in the process elbowing one another in the sides a little too vigorously.
Fed up, the president of the United States turns to an outside investigator to determine the truth, an Army intelligence officer serving as special assistant to the secretary of homeland security. Delta Force major Carlos Guillermo Castillo, known as Charley, is the son of a German mother and a Tex-Mex father who was killed in the Vietnam War and awarded a Medal of Honor. A West Point graduate, a pilot, and a veteran of Desert Storm, Castillo has a sharp eye for the facts - and the reality behind them. 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 indeed, not only for Castillo . . . but for all of America.
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.
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1 . Standard WEB Griffin Stock
Posted January 29, 2011 by Ol'Soldier , Garland, TXAlthough still reading this book, I have read numerous books by the author to include his various military series and his police series. I have always enjoyed his books as pure fictional reading. As retired military who was involved in law enforcement then and now, I can assure you that all military and all law enforcement officers wished they came from wealthy families whose fortunes could support them in their hobby of employment in either the military or law enforcement. I spent many years in the military with wages at or below the poverty level, wondering if I could feed my family until the next monthly pay check. That wasn't fantasy or fiction, but reality. His fictional characters wealth is just that, fiction. Reality is enjoying the work in spite of the hours, the separation from family, the constant bills to pay, and a lack of funds with which to provide for one's loved ones.
2 . Awesome read
Posted November 01, 2010 by gdj , CharlotteThere were so many players that it was hard to keep them all straight. However, it was very hard to put down. Well written, fast paced and captivating.
December 26, 2005
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