Title:                      The Shooters

Author:                 W. E. B. Griffin

Griffin, W. E. B. (2008). The Shooters. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

LCCN:    2007038587

PS3557.R489137 S47 2008


Date Updated:  August 12, 2015

W. E. B. Griffin is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve read several of his books (in fact I am reading one right now.) The Shooters is one in a series PRESIDENTIAL AGENT that include By Order of the President, The Hostage, The Hunters, The Shooters, and Black Ops.

Griffin’s book is a great story but it is also revealing of how declared agents and illegals operate for spying. Illegals are professional intelligence personnel who are deployed in another country under some kind of cover. They may be assigned as military attaches, but actually function as spies.  Griffin’s story illustrates how illegals may operate in the interest of their country within another country. If they aree caught out they have no protection whatsoever.

In this book a DEA agent is reported captured by drug dealers in Argentina. A young lieutenant in the U.S. Army, stationed at the U.S. Embassy learns of the kidnapping and wants to help his friend. He is also aware of “black ops” carried out by Delta Force officer Charley Castillo and endeavors to contact hm.

Castillo wants to help but recognizes that he could never get clearance from the State Department to carry out a rescue in a South American country. He does find, however, that the DEA agent has powerful political connections in Chicago, and the President himself authorizes Castillo to do whate4ver it takes to bring back the agent.

This book certainly gives a valid picture of Illegals vs. declared operatives; black ops vs. cooperation; intelligence work in general, and the conflict between intelligence agents and policy makers.

Griffin, W. E. B. (2008). The Shooters. New York: Jove Books. ISBN 978-0515145700


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