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Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8 | [W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth]

Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

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.
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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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    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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    MIKE 01-19-14
    MIKE 01-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A new story line that would have stood on its own. Repeating the entire series was not what I expected.


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

    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.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I love everything about Dick Hills performance, he is the best.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gregory Escondido, CA, United States 01-19-14
    gregory Escondido, CA, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Where was the storyline?"
    What did you like best about Hazardous Duty? What did you like least?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    They all were very well done.


    Did Hazardous Duty inspire you to do anything?

    Maybe to hesitate at reading the next W.E.B. Griffin book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    STEVE Red Bank, NJ, United States 01-17-14
    STEVE Red Bank, NJ, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolute dribble"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    nothing


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    ???


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    very good


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hazardous Duty?

    entire book


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 01-17-14
    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Not a good fit"

    This book really wasn't up to par with the first 7 books. To me the story line was empty it just didn't go anywhere. I suspect all this book did was remind everyone that Charlie was still alive and kicking. My wife dislike W.E.B.'s book almost as much as she dislikes Clancy's works. She thinks Clancy is wordy and redundant. To her in this kind of book someone ask the time and then W.E.B. not only tells them how to build the watch before he tells the time he also tells you where to dig the ore to manufacture the metal to make the watch. Don't waste your money on this book. read or listen to the previous book and then wait till number 9 comes out. Maybe he will tell us why he spent so much time with the Russian Priest. I just didn't get it.

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    Steven 01-16-14
    Steven 01-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Worst book of the Presidential Agent Series"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Fans of kitschy corny spy fiction might enjoy this... as might those with an IQ under 100


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

    The authors wait until the afterword to explain that they were bored and wanted to write this book like an episode of MASH - because well Griffin hadn't written in that style in many years. The plot was unbelievable, the resolution happened in a ridiculous fashion in the last chapter of the book, waste of time and money... I honestly felt like it was a sitcom from a bygone era where enemies magically become friends, intelligent folks are oblivious, and the antagonist is foiled again...


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill does what he always does - delivers a consistent spoken performance. Unfortunately he is limited to reading the words from the page.


    What character would you cut from Hazardous Duty?

    The mentally deranged president, the goofy press secretary Hoboken


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Weston, FL, United States 01-15-14
    Alan Weston, FL, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2008

    66 Years of age: Air Force 66-70, Former pilot and ATC Operater..Married over 40 years, three kids, seven grandkids. Christian. 5K runner.

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    "The Worst Has Come"
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    I would have to read the reviews first. I simply could not finish this book. I have read at least twenty of the author's books and have loved the rich dialog and stories that are interesting and realistic...However, this book had none of the above. It seemed to me like an effort to put out a book to achieve a deadline rather than a piece of art. Mass production of stories at its worst. The reader was very poor with accents and dramatic interpretation. I have requested a refund...With over 100 purchased Audible Books, this is only the second time I have requested a refund...need I say more?


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

    They could have cut the "rehash" of previous stories by 90% and spent some time developing a new story for Charlie and his band of Merry Men or simply started over or scrubbed the project..It was That Poor!/


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Poor Mr Hill did not have much of a story to tell, but it sounded like his dentures were loose. His poorest performance ever, in my opinion...Sophomoric reading style, but content was just as sophomoric....sorry Mr. Hill.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hazardous Duty?

    I would have cut the Rehash of previous books....Oops I am guilty of rehash myself. Sorry


    Any additional comments?

    Very unsatisfied with the book. Mr Butterworth simply Mailed-it-in..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Waverly, NY, United States 01-14-14
    Linda Waverly, NY, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Dissapointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    some one new to the series


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

    no


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Very good


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hazardous Duty?

    95% of the book


    Any additional comments?

    This last book is 95 % recap of the previous books with about 30 minutes of new material.
    It seems that the book was written only to full fill a specific contract for the number of words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Boone College Station, TX, United States 01-14-14
    Boone College Station, TX, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm a big WEB Griffin fan, but this....."

    I've probably read 30 WEB Griffin novels over the last 25 years. Most are very good. This series has been very good--however, Hazardous Duty leaves much to be desired. Charlie Castillo & Co. are still written fairly well, though I would be less than impressed if I hadn't read the previous novels. What is so disappointing are the antagonists. They are all written as bumbling idiots. At one point the President of the US meets a PhD and is introduced to "Dr. Jones". "He can't be a doctor. He doesn't have one of those doohickeys around his neck that EVERY doctor I've ever seen has around his neck". "You're right, Mr. President" says the Press secretary, "He can't be a doctor". Really? The leader of the free world has NO concept of a PhD, or the concept that a stethoscope not being surgically grafted to physicians neck means he must be an imposter. And the other adults in the room agree? It's not just the President written this way. The Russians, Cubans are all fairly dense as well as virtually all of the members of the press in the novel. All of the antagonists are at the peaks of their respective professions, yet are written as sitcom simpletons.

    I'll finish the book. And I'll probably read the next. But if this is the direction the novels are taking, I may have to cherish the memory of his older novels and leave the new ones alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    V. Short 01-13-14
    V. Short 01-13-14

    okshort

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    "Essentially Let Me Tell You What I Wrote Before"
    What would have made Hazardous Duty better?

    This book needed a plot. All it is a recounting of prior books. None of the story lines come together and the author's Afterword is pathetic. If he was having trouble with writing it, better not to have done it at all. We were Charlie Castillo fans and I think Charlie would have taken action against the writer.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth again?

    Reviews first and if the reviews pan out, then perhaps


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hazardous Duty?

    The whole thing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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