The secretary of state has been kidnapped by Islamic extremists and his only hope for survival is a reconstituted Presidential Agent team in this revival of W. E. B. Griffin's New York Times bestselling series.
Secretary of State Frank Malone has been kidnapped from his Cairo hotel—his security detail wiped out. President Natalie Cohen is left with several unacceptable options. It's time to think outside the box, and that can only mean one thing: the revival of the Presidential Agent program.
Cohen calls for Charley Castillo to come out of retirement to direct a new Presidential Agent, one Captain P. K. "Pick" McCoy, USMC. Charley may be too old to kick down doors and take names, but Killer McCoy is just the man to get the job done.
Together, they will track the kidnapped secretary from Cairo to sub-Saharan Africa. The only problem is that one man can't hope to win against an army of terrorists...good thing there are two of them.
Fans of bestseller W.E.B. Griffin (1929 2019) will welcome the return of Griffin's hero C.G. "Charley" Castillo last seen in 2013's Hazardous Duty, when he was an Army colonel in the capable ninth Presidential Agent novel by Andrews and Wilson (coauthors of the Tier One series). When secretary of state Frank Malone is kidnapped while attending a Middle East summit in Cairo, President Natalie Cohen responds by reactivating the Presidential Agent program. She calls Castillo, the original Presidential Agent, out of retirement and asks him to take charge of the mission to rescue Malone. The hitch is he'll be helped by U.S. Marine Corps Capt. P.K. "Pick" McCoy Jr., who's slated to become the next Presidential Agent. Bored with sitting on his front porch, Charley accepts the mission, but he's less than enthusiastic about his role as trainer to the man who'll be taking his job. If the main plot follows predictable lines, Andrews and Wilson supply plenty of credible action in the Griffin mold, while the mentoring subplot provides extra interest. Readers will look forward to how the succession angle is handled in the sequel. Agent: Mel Berger, WME.
W.E.B fan since the early 80’s
I am still a huge fan of Mr Griffin, that said these authors did a good job of continuing the story. The style is different but it still made read this in less than 24 hours. I wish that they would’ve aged Charlie a few years younger and I hope that they didn’t get rid of Svet who he was getting to ready to marry in the last book and was pregnant with his child. All in all a good book