I started following this series three years ago and fairly enjoyed it - but the series has become ... boring and the characters so corny for an espionage novel. I regret purchasing this and I could not get through the first downloaded section (it is broken into three 6 hrs downloaded sections). If you like espionage, there are many better books out there – avoid this one.
I had high hopes for this first book I've read by author Mr. Webb but come away with great disappointment. It was long-winded and frankly, a boring dialogue lacking in a plot that was never developed. It seemed as if there was a lot of "filler" to make the book much longer than necessary. The reader is excellent and can deal with foreign names with ease. I have listened to other books by this same reader and all have been delightful.
I've read all of the books in this series. As well as other series by the same author. This one was awful. It felt like it was written by a teenager. The opening was good and then it went downhill fast. The story didn't do anything. It was mostly dialogue. And the dialogue was that of a couple of teenage boys. Just awful.
The title is deceiving. I kept waiting for something to happen that never did. For real action, see Vince Flynn's "Mitch Rapp".
I read this book at of loyalty to the series and with the hope the author would regain the story telling skills of his earlier series. This books reminds me of something I would have written in junior high after the summer I spent reading James Bond. There is no character development. The dialogue, especially between the men and women is juvenile. The sex scenes are like something a teenager would dream up. Could the author try developing a relationship between the characters, instead of have Charley magically fall in love, and vice versa with every woman he meets.
Final, why does super intel officer Charley Castillo find it nessacary to tell everyone he meets about the top secrete presidential Office of Organizational Analysis?
DO NOT start with this book. W.E.B. tries to catch you up, but there are too many characters to do it justice. If it feels like you were dropped into the middle of a story...well you were. But I can tell you that unlike many of the other Presidential Agent novels, this one has an ending. Let me restate, if read in succession, this is a good book.
Griffin does a masterful job in this installment of the series with Charlie Castillo.
The story was very detailed and had a few twists which were good.
As always, the ending is too short because you find yourself being more vindictive than the Hero.
Its a good listen.
I have read every book that Griffin has wrote, more than once. This book captures every essence of drama and intrigue. I found myself just sitting in my car listing and waiting to see what was coming next. If you like Griffin's novels you will love this, if you never have read Griffin's novels you will want to read everything he has wrote.
This is the first time that I have listen to Dick Hill's readings and his ability to give life to a character was great. I will look for other books that he has done.
I liked the way this started, and was sorta hooked. But by the second download part was starting to lose interest in the characters. By the third part, I could care less what happens. The dialogue is often childish. The romance between "Carlos" and "Svetlana" comes across as adolescent. The author seems to feel it's necessary to rehash the whole story that has unfolded so far on a number of occasions, under the pretext of filling in a new character as to what's going on. That gets REAL old. Far, far too much about the dogs, the romance, the children. And all the good old boys conversation between Charlie / Carlos and his compatriots gets worn out too. The author likes to showcase what (I guess) is his arcane knowledge about guns and spy process ... details about which also wear on you. It's an ok story that goes on WAY too long and is just not worth it. I have no idea why this gets such good reviews. If you like a good spy tale, there are certainly lots better available to download and spend time with.
I loved the series and the characters. I am a big fan of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor and this series is every bit as good. The main character is both intelligent and humble which is a rare trait. The author is a master of discription. This is an absolute must read for anyone who is a fan of the "black Ops" genere.