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 have read and listened to many if not most of W.E.B. Griffin's books and and have enjoyed most of them but this is one sorry excuse for a book. The first half of the book I kept wondering if I hadn't read it before because he repeated the last two books in the series. I persevered to finish the book to see if there wasn't some redeeming quality but I found none. What a silly waste of paper and electrons.
Griffin should stick to the legacy of the Presidential Agent series and base the story on action and events.
Anything other than W.E.B. Griffin - this was the worst book that I have actually finished. I stayed with it because Griffin's previous books have had a purpose. I was 75% through it assuming that something resembling a story would ultimately develop. Probably continue with the C.J. Box series on Joe Pickett.
Dick Hill has done fine before. Orsen Wells couldn't have saved this one.
No, absolutely no redeeming qualities.
This book was a total waste of my time and money. I feel like robbery has taken place.
Thin and poorly conceived plot. Making the President of the USA look stupid.
No content or major plot
Can't blame a poorly written book on the narrator.
No redeeming qualities, waste of time.
If I could get a refund it still would not improve the outcome.
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.
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.
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.
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