The Shooters

The Shooters

Book - 2008
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Penguin Putnam
The #1 New York Times-bestselling series returns with a story as up-to-date as the headlines.

The novels of W. E. B. Griffin featuring Delta Force officer Charley Castillo and his band of troubleshooters have won wide praise for their realism, action, and "punchy prose that connects like a right hook" (Chicago Tribune).

Now, still in Argentina tying up loose ends from his investigation into the UN oil-for-food scandal, Castillo is startled when a young man is marched into his office at gunpoint, caught trying to sneak through the fence. It turns out he's an American officer, a lieutenant assigned to the embassy in Paraguay. A key agent for the DEA has disappeared while trying to interdict drugs and very little is being done about it, for phony diplomatic reasons. The lieutenant's heard of Castillo, knows what he's done, and wants his help in getting the agent back. More than that, he's got an innovative plan for dealing with the drug lords themselves.

Intrigued, Castillo gets permission to try it, but the President has just one warning for him: Don't get caught. Charley couldn't agree more-but it might turn out to be something easier said than done. . . .

Filled with Griffin's trademark rich characters and cutting-edge drama, this is an exceptional novel by "a writer of true virtuosity and talent" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

Baker & Taylor
Remaining in Argentina to tie up loose ends pertaining to the UN oil-for-food scandal, Delta Force officer Charley Castillo learns about the disappearance of a key DEA agent who has become a casualty of diplomatic complacency and the international drug trade.

Blackwell North Amer
W. E. B. Griffin's novels featuring Delta Force officer Charley Castillo and his band of troubleshooters have won wide praise for their realism, action, and "punchy prose that connects like a right hook" (Chicago Tribune).
Now, still in Argentina tying up loose ends from his investigation into the UN oil-for-food scandal, Castillo is startled when a young man caught trying to sneak through the fence of his safe house turns out to be an American officer, a lieutenant assigned to the embassy in Paraguay. A DEA agent has disappeared while trying to interdict drugs, and very little is being done about it, for diplomatic reasons. The lieutenant has heard of Castillo, knows what he's done, and wants his help in getting the agent back.
Castillo reluctantly agrees with the director of National Intelligence and the secretary of state that he is not qualified to try to free the DEA agent, but this decision is overridden by the president, who thinks Castillo can do just about anything, and who has assured the mayor of Chicago - who bounced the missing DEA agent on his knee as a child - that Castillo will get him back.
Fully aware that he's over his head dealing with the international drug trade, Castillo nevertheless starts to comply with the president's order, and quickly finds out that certain elements of the intelligence and military communities who have been ordered to give him whatever support he thinks he needs not only are not ready to help - but seem to be willing to kill him and his men if that's what's necessary to keep him from exposing what they have been up to. And what have they been up to? He doesn't even want to think about it.

Baker
& Taylor

Remaining in Argentina to tie up loose ends pertaining to the UN food-for-oil scandal, Delta Force officer Charley Castillo learns about the disappearance of a key DEA agent who has become a casualty of diplomatic complacency and the international drug trade. 400,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2008
ISBN: 9780399154409
039915440X
Characteristics: 422 p. ; 24 cm

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best5dogs
May 01, 2017

"The Shooters" fires blanks! Ad nauseam tough-guy military talk to impress the reader how "in" Griffin is with the forces. 422 pages to tell a 70 page story. This book drags out unimaginatively with dull, meaningless efforts at character formation that just keep the reader mired in repetition. There is no action, supposedly the point of the story, till the end and only about four truncated pages lacking detail or energy. So many trees wasted for this.

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Matthew412
Jan 14, 2015

731 pages of talking, flying around here & there, a dog relieving himself every so often on the nosewheel of the plane, more talking, giving each other the finger, more talking ........ and 6 pages of action. Well I will certainly keep away from other books in that series, and maybe even keep away from Griffin entirely.

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rahmmie
May 28, 2011

Entertaining, fast-paced. Nothing original from Griffin but he knows how to write second-hand plots with gusto

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