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Luck8

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  • Black Ops

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (401)

    The first disturbing reports reached Delta Force Lieutenant Colonel Charley Castillo in the form of backchannel messages concerning covert U.S. intelligence assets working for a variety of agencies suddenly gone missing and then, suddenly, inexplicably, found dying. Or dead. One in Budapest, Hungary. One in Kiev, Ukraine. One in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, mere klicks from the Iran border.

    Luck8 says: "Best of Presidential Agent Series"
    "Best of Presidential Agent Series"
    Overall

    This is by far the best of the Presidential Agent series. Since Griffin's writing style is to repeat the important events of this series over and over again, new readers of the Presidential Agent series can skip earlier book of this series and start the adventures of Charlie Castillo with the Black Ops. The narrator is Dick Hill for the first 5 books who does a great job of bring the characters to life. The most recent book of this series is the Outlaws, which continues the story of Charlie Castillo and his new friends, two former Russian SVR spies. I recommend listening to that book after the Black Ops. The narrator of Outlaws is Jonathan Davis, who does a great job as well. Some reviewers have been critical of Jonathan Davis compared to Dick Hill, but I believe he does an equally great job with the characters as Dick Hill did in the earlier books of this series.
    I don't know if it was the change in narrators or the addition of WEB IV as co-author, but there is big personality shift in the character of Ambassador Montvale the Director of National Intelligence, who is an arrogant *** in the Black Ops and a good guy in the Outlaws.
    I have listened to all of the books in the Presidental Agent series several times and recommend the entire series as well as the Honor Bound series. Both of these series use Argentina as the site for much of the activities, since the author (WEB III) lives there for part of the year.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret: Clandestine Operations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: The Soviet Union. The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley's job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can.

    Luck8 says: "Not up to the Hi STD set by the Honor Bound Series"
    "Not up to the Hi STD set by the Honor Bound Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Top Secret better?

    More action would have made the Top Secret plot more interesting.


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

    Repeating the the Honor Bound story line was boring, but typical of most of the W.E.B. Griffin books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Disappointing compared to Dick Hill who performed the Honor Bound and Men at War series.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book carries forward the Honor Bound story line, which I enjoyed.


    Any additional comments?

    The quality of Griffin's books have declined since W.E.B. IV began co-authoring the books. I suspect he writes most the recent W.E.B. Griffin books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaws

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (318)

    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.

    Mondobelly says: "Disappointing re-write of character history"
    "Adventures of the Presidential Agent"
    Overall

    I have read all of W.E.B. Griffin's books, and the other books in this series at least twice. I enjoyed the latest saga, Outlaws, the advertures of Charlie Castillo and his band of outlaws. The narrator, Jonathan Davis, not Dick Hill, did a credible job. But I would have preferred Dick Hill. I suspect this is the final chapter of the Presidential Agent series as the the story is now completed and Charlie with his Sweaty can disappear and never be heard from again as directed by the former President.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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