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Castillo works to free a DEA agent kidnapped in Mexico
on July 11, 2015
A Special Forces colonel doing anti-drug work in Mexico is kidnapped, his companions killed and he’s held hostage. The new president schemes how to turn the officer’s rescue into votes, and meanwhile suspects Castillo and others of plotting against him. Charlie Castillo, handpicked by the last president to look into and act on sensitive matters, is on the outs with the new one, who sees him as a loose cannon. He and his allies, inside and outside the government – General Naylor, CIA Director Lammelle, Secretary of State Natalie Cohen, plus Castillo’s colorful Merry Band of Outlaws, various operators detached or retired from the CIA, Special Forces, FBI and the like – must quietly plot to free the officer. And they need to find out who’s really behind the kidnapping, and they need to do it all while keeping the unstable president from going off his rocker. It’s another fun ride in the Presidential Agent series.
Griffin in this and other series such as "Honor Bound" does a lot of enjoyable development of the back stories of not only Castillo but his many supporting characters, as the Merry Band of Outlaws keeps growing (in part because anyone who stumbles across them knows too much about them to be allowed to return to regular life, and if they have any useful skills at all Castillo takes them aboard and swears them to secrecy.) Griffin seems to take as much pleasure in creating his books' "world" as, say, sci-fi writers do, with the key difference that Griffin is operating in the real world, and back story may concern historical events which are actually true, but with a version you never read in the history books.