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My favorite series is the Presidential Agent series (except for the last book) and books like them. I also like vampire/werewolf series.

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  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (303)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "By far the worst book of the series!!!!!!!!!"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Hazardous Duty better?

    A little bit of action would help. Much, much less rehash of previous books would also help a lot. Much less LTC Naylor and more GEN Naylor. Less snide comments by POTUS; we get what a jerk he is early on!!!! The book was boring - I could hardly wait until it was finished and I could submit a review. I would have given negative stars if I could have.


    What could W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It seems that Butterworth wrote the book with barely any guidance from his dad. I wish that authors who put their names on books would actually write them: James Patterson is an example (if not the best example) of an "author" "writing" 5-10 books a year with the help of a "co-author": Put more Pezner in and stop using terms like "my precious" over and over again.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    I think he did the best he could, given the material he had to work with. The russian accents weren't as distinctive as in previous books.


    What character would you cut from Hazardous Duty?

    Butterworth!!! Maybe POTUS, although without him there would be no plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I waited a year for this book and this is what I got. As a previous Intelligence Officer in the army, as well as a lifelong Texan from San Antonio with a German grandfather, I identified with Carlos/Charlie a lot. My final reaction: That was the book????? Really????? The epilog gave us a hint as to what son and dad may have been trying to do; it sounded like a book written by National Lampoon. Under no circumstances should you buy/listen to this book! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. I will attempt to get my book credit back from Audible.

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