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By Order of the President by W.E.B. Griffin
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Jul 26, 2009

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This book begins and ends with moments of action. Everything in between those moments is intrigue and dialog with a hint that more action is on the way.

The government is slow to react when terrorists hijack a refurbished airplane, killing an American, until one clear-thinking, low-level infers that it may be associated with a terrorist attack.

Enter Charley Castillo, special forces commando extraordiare. Charley is interesting. He is the product of a tryst between the daughter of a wealthy German publisher and a wealthy Tejicano soldier--both of whom died young.

So you have a rich and powerful American special forces operative chasing down dangerous terrorists in Africa. The chemistry is right. The writing is clear and well-informed.

But in this case, the book really is about "chasing down." Aside from the murder of the pilot in the beginning and the shootout at the end, all the other clashes in this book are of the social/inside politics kind.

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