The Presidential Agent adventures return, in the most surprising novel yet in the #1 Wall Street Journal – and New York Times–bestselling series.
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. There are also whispers that the President himself is unstable — the word “nutcake” has been mentioned.
How will it all play out? No one knows for sure, but for Castillo and company, only one thing is definite: This is going to be hazardous duty.
©2013 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
"Tough-fisted . . . hard-edged . . . Griffin’s formula is straightforward: Set up a bunch of obstacles, and let us watch Charley Castillo knock them down one at a time. His novels promise action, suspense, and rousing entertainment, and they never fail to deliver." (Booklist)
I'd have said it wasn't worth the money, but my time is a lot more valuable to me than my money.
This is the eighth book in Griffin's Presidential Agent series. In each book, Griffin devotes some space to filling in the reader on what has happened previously in the series. That usually serves a purpose that explains how characters are connected and how their relationships formed.
In this book, the long-winded retelling of past exploits uses up more than the first half of the book. There is NO NEW story introduced in the first 6 hours of the book! I know, because Audible cuts the book in half for easier download. I was still listening to the "history lesson" explaining the "state within the state" when the recording moved to the second section!
As a postscript, WEB Griffin says he wrote this book to be humor-in the style of M*A*S*H by Dr. H. Richard Hornberger. That is an insult to Dr. Hornberger. This book is 13 hours long, and it took at least 10 hours of long-winded retelling of the first seven books in this series to get to the first inkling of a chuckle.
Once he had used 12 and a half hours to set up the gag, it was a total belly flop. Twelve hours to get all of the characters to the same place at the same time, and the punch line was about two paragraphs long. There was no action (not even any Keystone Cops slapstick) to justify my loyalty to Charley Castillo.
The only reason I kept listening to it was to be fully informed when I wrote this review.
Cousin Fernando only appears in one scene with two lines, Dick Miller does not speak but two or three times, Uncle Remus barely walks through the room, and we hear no words out of the mouth of Corp. Lester Bradley. Many wonderful characters that fans care about deeply - completely tossed out with the bathwater.
And then he devoted time to a drunken Presidential Mother-in-law and an annoying White House Press Secretary -- assuming that the invention of absurd, clown-like characters will, in and of themselves, add comic relief. A total misfire.
This book was a real waste of time.
I have purchased almost all of Griffins books that are narrated by Dick Hill ( he is my favorite male narrator) and found them to be addicting. The Presidential series was the beginning of my adventure with his books and I looked forward to this one.
What a hoot!!! I truly did not expect it to be a comedy but found myself laughing out loud to the amusement of my spouse and children.
Outside of his use of a few words that I know my mom would not approve of most anyone would enjoy this book. Two thumbs up.
If I had gotten my money back. This "was" one of my favorite series. Now I'll be hesitant to buy/listen to any thing from this author.
I not do think anyone who has read Griffin will find this book enjoyable. It is uninspired. I believe they decided it was time to write another Presidential Agent book but had no creative ideas. This was 2/3 rehash of the previous books in the series and 1/3 uninspired dialog with no action or plot advancement.
Griffin/Butterworth could have not written this book and improved it. They collected a paycheck and I wasted my money.They write great books. I enjoy all their series but this book was a big miss.
I didn't rate Mr Hill's performance highly because of the content he had to work with. He did his usual fine job and enjoy his performances.
The Butterworth's mailed in their performance on this book. I hope, if they continue this series, they give us a work worthy of their skill and reputation.
I loved the previous presidential agent books, but this was very disappointing. I've never had an author repeat the same back story over and over and over. Nothing really ever happens in this book. It could have a been a 2 hour audio book.
I think Dick did a wonderful job as usual.
Yes - return it and get my credit back
In the author's own words in the afterword, this is "M*A*S*H Goes to the Whitehouse" and not really a continuation of the genre of the rest of the books in the series. Save your credit. It doesn't work as drama or humor.
Just an old retired guy, eyesight not as good as it was, so really enjoy listening to these books. Been listening for about 6 years.
Was a great history lesson, but the history was so boring I never got to the story (if there was one). I have listened to other Griffin books, but this one just kept on and on, so if there was any story in there I never got to it. I should return the book, but t t t t.
A new story line that would have stood on its own. Repeating the entire series was not what I expected.
Most of this book is nothing more that a recap of past books. There was very little in the way of a new story line and it came way too late in the book with disappointing results.
I love everything about Dick Hills performance, he is the best.
This series has been one of my all time favorites. I have never before been so disappointed in a book, let alone one from W.E.B Griffin. This is the first time I feel like I wasted my time and a credit.
The performance by Dick Hill was outstanding as expected from Dick.
But the storyline was missing. No beginning and no end. The first half of the book was reviewing the charters from the previous book. This took too long. And then several minor plots were never finished. Did they get rid of the President? Did anyone get married? What happened to the SEALs? The whole book seemed to be a running narrative of a short period of time with no real plot. This was not what I expected from a Griffin book based on the many previous books I have read. Very disappointing.
They all were very well done.
Maybe to hesitate at reading the next W.E.B. Griffin book.
I am a big fan of WEB GRIFFINS work but this is awful. The first half was a recap of his last two books and the rest was 'dribble'. The main character was just not there , sort of a cameo role. Very very disappointed.
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