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Book Note: W.E.B. Griffin, By Order of the President

I read this book about 17-Jan-2006. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2004. This note was last modified Saturday, 03-May-2014 21:05:03 PDT.

This is book 1 of the "Presidential Agent" series.

This note contains spoilers for the book.


"A presidential agent novel." Start of a new series—and I even managed to wait for the paperback. Haven't found any of the blatant inconsistencies so far, I guess he's not bored with this yet.

Despite the series title, it's mostly about special-forces troops, though one of the main characters is on TDY as administrative assitant to the secretary of homeland security.

I nearly got confused, but checking back, noticed that he has flashbacks that are flagged largely with the dates in the chapter headings—which I'm used to skipping.

This one involves thwarting a hijacking and plane-as-bomb scenario against an unexpected and unlikely target—the Liberty Bell. Turns out there's a Philadelphia connection.

He brings together all but one of his common themes—he's got a couple of rich guys, the military of course (especially Special Forces), planes and their pilots, German heritage, Philadelphia and their police force. The only obvious thing he missed was Argentina. As with his two views of the Korean war, I find it startling to see the same location, action, or organization with different people occupying the key positions.

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