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Hazardous Duty Audiobook

Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jeff South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States 01-31-14
    Jeff South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointed waste of time and money"
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    Thin and poorly conceived plot. Making the President of the USA look stupid.


    What was most disappointing about W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth ’s story?

    No content or major plot


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

    Can't blame a poorly written book on the narrator.


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

    No redeeming qualities, waste of time.


    Any additional comments?

    If I could get a refund it still would not improve the outcome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Snohomish, WA, United States 01-30-14
    Michael Snohomish, WA, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Incredibly Bad"

    The rating system does not go low enough for this one. Need to have negative stars. Poor story, bad bad narration. While I liked the other books in this series, I wasted my money on this one. Too bad I can't get a refund.

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    Robin San Antonio, Texas, United States 01-26-14
    Robin San Antonio, Texas, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2001

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    "Extremely Disappointing!"

    If you like W.E.B. Griffin books, especially the Presidential Agent books, do not buy this book. Don't let anyone loan it to you. Don't get it from the library. Pretend it does not exist.

    First, and this is true with all of Griffin's books, the first 3 or 4 books of a series are good but after that he spends almost all the book bringing you the background and current status of all the characters in the series and their background even if it has no relevance to the current book. This is the 8th book in the series so there is a lot of background and a lot of characters to catch up on.

    Second, until this book I thought the worst book Griffin wrote was the Generals and the worst decision he made was to transport the Badge of Honor series forward in time 30 years. At the end of one book we are in the early 70s and at the beginning of the next we seem to be in the early 2000s with characters still the same age as they were 30 years ago.

    Well this book tops both as worst book and dumbest decision. When you finish there is a note by the author to the effect that he found it hard to get into this book so he decided to dump this trash on us. I listened to this book on Audible and I am giving very serious thought to getting my credit back.

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    Catherine 01-25-14
    Catherine 01-25-14
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    "Not worth the time!"

    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.

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    joan molash 01-24-14
    joan molash 01-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining"

    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.

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    Paul Fort Worth, TX, United States 01-22-14
    Paul Fort Worth, TX, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Major disappointment by both Author & Publisher"
    What would have made Hazardous Duty better?

    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.


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    Curtis 01-22-14
    Curtis 01-22-14
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    "Do not waste your money or credit"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-22-14
    Michael Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Very disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Has Hazardous Duty turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I think Dick did a wonderful job as usual.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way.


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    kim 01-22-14
    kim 01-22-14
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    "M*A*S*H Goes to the Whitehouse"
    Did Hazardous Duty inspire you to do anything?

    Yes - return it and get my credit back


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kennard 01-20-14
    Kennard 01-20-14

    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.

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    "Great history lesson,"

    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.

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