For those not keeping up with the series or those of you who have possibly lost track for whatever reason, this is number six in the series. Yes, I have read them all and yes, I have also enjoyed them all. Did I enjoy this one as much as the others? No not as much, but I am a fan of the character and W.E.B. Griffin. Here is what Charlie has against him this time:
“Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded-but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully shown him, there are many things the intelligence community can't do, won't do, or doesn't do well, and he has the men and assets to help set things straight.
But the first opportunity, when it comes, is shocking: A FedEx package arrives, bearing photos of barrels containing some of the most dangerous biohazard materials on earth, all of which were supposed to have been destroyed during a raid on a secret Russian factory in the Congo. Who has them, and what do they want? Castillo has a feeling he's not going to like the answers. “
Reading this first if you haven’t read the other five isn’t going to cause any big issues. The beginning of the novel is a nice walk down memory lane through the eyes of someone outside Charlie’s immediate circle and from there the fun begins. The novel is full of the usual action, the usual plot twists and turns, the usual fun, tongue in cheek type stuff that makes Charlie Castillo & company, Charlie Castillo and company. I enjoy the characters, their repartee, action, and world- wide scenery that W.E.B. Griffin brings to his novels. On the flip side of that, no new ground as far as style and substance is broken from any previous novels. The same pacing, timing, and expectations can expect to be met from the previous five novels.
Personally I like that to a certain degree, the W.E.B. Griffin style. That is why I pick up his novels and enjoy the reads; I like what he brings to the table. There is a consistency that I am familiar with, a certain fondness for his writing ability; he never seems to let me down. New ground broken, no, but expectations met and fun had. If you are a follower of Charlie Castillo there is a new butt kicking novel to read, sit back, relax, enjoy, and set the speed to cruise control.
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