The Hostage

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: W.E.B. Griffin
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Thriller, Action & Adventure
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: January 2006
# of Units: 15 CDs
Length: 17 hours
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Overview

By Order of the President, the first novel in Griffin's crackling new Presidential Agent series, won immediate acclaim from critics and fans alike. "True virtuosity," praised the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Cutting-edge," agreed Publishers Weekly. "The end leaves readers standing on the tarmac waiting for Castillo and his newly minted band of can-do compatriots to touch down and carry them away again on a new adventure."
Charley Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, but more and more is the man to whom the President turns when he needs an investigation done discreetly. And no situation demands discretion more than the one before them now.
An American diplomat's wife is kidnapped in Argentina, and her husband murdered before her eyes. Her children will be next, she is told, if she doesn't tell them where her brother is - a brother, as it turns out, who may know quite a bit about the burgeoning UN/Iraq oil-for-food scandal. There is an awful lot of money flying around, and an awful lot of hands are reaching up to grab it - and some of those hands don't mind shedding as much blood as it takes.
Before the investigation is over . . . It might even be Castillo's blood.

Reviews (4)

The Hostage

Written by John on August 18th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A truly GREAT BOOK, (hard to take break while listening )as are all of W.E.B.Griffin's books!!

tmweaver

Written by Anonymous on September 27th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

great book, well worth the time to "read" it. can't wait for the trird installment of the series

Good book

Written by Ellen from Magnolia, TX on October 21st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. It's very fast paced and was a great sequel. I love WEB Griffin's writing. This is a modern look at the CIA, FBI and armed forces. The reader keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The Hostage

Written by Anonymous on July 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Second in the series, if you liked the first, which I did, this one won't disappoint.

Author Details

Author Details

Griffin, W.E.B.

"William E. Butterworth III (W.E.B. Griffin) was born on November 10, 1929, in Newark, N.J. to William Edmund and Gladys (Schnable) Butterworth. He served in the U.S. Army, 1946-1947, 1951-1953 and as a combat correspondent in Korea. He is married with three grown children and lives in Fairhope, Alabama. He's written under the pseudonyms of W.E.B. Griffin, Alex Baldwin, Webb Beech, Walker E. Blake, James McM. Douglas, Eden Hughes, Edmund O. Scholefield and Patrick J. Williams. Honors: Alabama Library Association, Alabama Author's Award, 1982. He was awarded honorary and/or life memberships in the Special Operations Association, Marine Combat Correspondents, and Marine Raider Association. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Military Fiction by Norwich University and addressed the cadets at West Point. He has been invested into the Order of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and is a member of Gaston-Lee Post #5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars. ""Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me he how much he enjoyed reading my books,"" says Griffin. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946 after schooling at various public and private schools. After basic training, he received counter-intelligence training at Fort Holabird and was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany where he was ultimately assigned to the staff of then Major General I.D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.

During the Korean War, he was recalled to active duty, interrupting his education at Philips University in Marburg an der Lahn in Germany, and again served under General I.D. White, both at Fort Knox and in Korea, earning the Expert Combat Infantry Badge and serving as a combat information officer and as acting X Corps (Group) information officer.

On his release from active duty, he was appointed Chief of the Publications Division of the Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at the Army Aviation Center in Fort Rucker, AL. After successfully publishing three novels, he left his civilian employment with the Army and has since published more than 128 books, including both fiction and non-fiction.

He is the author of the bestselling Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, The Corps and Honor Bound series. He lives in Alabama. He also writes under the pseudonym Alex Baldwin. Soldier Spies was originally published in 1986 under the name of Alex Baldwin - it was republished in 1999 under W.E.B Griffin's name."