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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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    joan laporte, MN, United States 01-24-14
    joan laporte, MN, United States 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.

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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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    MIKE 01-19-14
    MIKE 01-19-14
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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.


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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.

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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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