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The Hostage

by W.E.B. Griffin

The Hostage
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2006
    480 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Charley Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, but more and more he 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 warned, 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 reaching out to grab it - and some of those hands don't mind shedding as much blood as it takes.

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"Is Griffin our Homer or Tacitus? Those military experts wrote about real soldiers - and what the world needs now is a real-life Charley Castillo." - Publishers Weekly.

"Griffin just keeps on getting better with a formula that, while predictable and sometimes implausible, is exciting and great fun." - Library Journal.

"Although some of the dialogue is hackneyed, fans of the genre and author won't care. The important thing is the fast pacing and the relevance of the story to today's events and headlines." - Booklist.

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W.E.B. Griffin Author Biography

W.E.B. Griffin (William E. Butterworth III) is the author of thirty-six epic novels in six series, all of which have been listed on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and other best-seller lists. More than forty million of his books are in print in more than ten languages, including Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, and Hungarian.

Mr. Griffin grew up in the suburbs of New York City and Philadelphia. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. After basic training, he received counterintelligence training at Fort Holabird, Maryland and was assigned ultimately to the staff of then-Major General I.D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.

In 1951, Mr. Griffin was recalled to active duty for the Korean War, interrupting his education at ...

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