Charley Castillo and the former members of Presidential Agent’s Office of Organizational Analysis are officially “retired.” But that doesn’t mean they’re out of action…
At a Mexican roadblock, a US Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from US federal prison. But when word gets to Castillo and his group of retired spies and special operators, they have their doubts.
They believe that it's a diversion—that the murders and kidnapping were ordered by someone to lure Castillo & Company to their deaths. But even knowing that may not save them. Powerful forces in the US government are arrayed against them as well, and if one side doesn't get them...the other side will.
The leisurely seventh presidential agent thriller starring Lt. Col. Charley Castillo from Griffin and Butterworth (after 2010's The Outlaws) opens with a bang. Mexican federales stop two U.S. Special Forces officers and two DEA agents at a roadblock near Acapulco, order them out of their SUV despite their diplomatic license plates, and shoot three of them dead, taking Lt. Col. James Ferris prisoner. It appears the drug cartels have Ferris, but Charley figures out that his arch enemy, Vladimir Putin yes, that Vladimir Putin is behind the attack. Charley's other enemy, U.S. president Zeke Clendennen, decides to rescue Ferris in an operation that's sure to get the man killed. Charley must snatch Ferris before the president can screw everything up. As usual, the authors exhaustively outline what's happened in earlier books, then lay out a plan that's swiftly implemented at the very end. Even loyal series fans may be weary of this formula by now.
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Less and less detail and more and more far fetched
Its always fun following the adventures of Charlie Castillo and his band of Outlaws. This one was more enjoyable than I expected, especially considering some of the reviews. The ending was a little abrupt, but I still enjoyed it.
Another outstanding book by Mr. Griffin/Butterworth, can't wait for the next novel to come out!