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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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    Matthew Williamsport, PA, United States 01-13-14
    Matthew Williamsport, PA, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Suckatude!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A real story. This campy rendition took a great series and destroyed it.


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

    Sure.


    What character would you cut from Hazardous Duty?

    Red Ravisher


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Snarke 01-12-14
    R. Snarke 01-12-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Good to Very Bad...."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The first 6 hrs of the book was albout telling the last 7 books, and getting it all wrong, and the last 6 hrs was about filling the pages, this was a great series and than it just went to hell, not happy at all with it......This book left me mad that i paid for it ............


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth 01-11-14
    Elisabeth 01-11-14
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    "EXTREMELY Poor & Tedious"
    What disappointed you about Hazardous Duty?

    Most of the book was long repeats of plots from previous books. Even worse was they did not always correctly relay the right characters involved in the plot being spoken of or even some of the activity details.


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

    If another book is written under "Presidential Series", DEFINITELY not going to consider it


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was ok, not sure of some of the dramatization / voice inflections added to some of the characters


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

    Not really...


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping for the quality of story and characterizations from the 1st four books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luke Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-10-14
    Luke Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-10-14
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    "This is the worst book in this Series!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the original writer had written it!! Continuity is completely trashed, and 3/4 of it is just a recap of the previous books in the series, and really more of a new writer trying to make it to his liking! It's complete crap! And I barely got 1/2 way through it!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Enraged disappointment!


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge fan of Charlie Castillo and his group of men and women that do their best to make the world a better place but the last 3 books in this series to include this one are total crap and a waste of time and money, you cannot change a well established story line, kill living characters and bring back dead ones, nor can you change others places in the story and how they came to be and definitely not this drastically with out loosing fans!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill cockysville, MD, United States 01-10-14
    Bill cockysville, MD, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Why bother listening to the earlier books?!?!"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The first 3 1/2 hours of the book is recounting the earlier books in the series. The last couple books in the series showed evidence of this but this one is the WORST!!! Please stop recounting the plot of every book in the series! If the reader/listener doesn't know the history behind the characters or their past experiences, read the series in order!!! Don't make the rest of us listen through 3 1/2 hours recapping it all. I finally turned it off. I might come back in a year when I don't have all the plots so fresh in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the characters in the series and in general the story, but if you can not come up with a new plot for future books please don't bother! Droning on about previous books and not adding anything new to the book makes this a very disappointing book. I wish I had not purchased the book. Droning on about previous books and not adding anything new to the book makes this a very disappointing book. I wish I had not purchased the book. Droning on about previous books and not adding anything new to the book makes this a very disappointing book. I wish I had not purchased the book.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    christopher 01-10-14
    christopher 01-10-14
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    "Don't waste your time or money on this trash"
    What would have made Hazardous Duty better?

    If it actually had some hazardous duty in the story. The first half of the book is just reviewing the first seven books,,,which for anyone who has read the previous books will find it very tedious and boring. When your finally get to a point were the review is over you realize there is no action and no story. It is just more of the president being a nutcase, I have read most if not all of Griffin;s books and this is by far the least enjoyable. I am still deciding if I am going to return this book for something worthwhile.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    I have always enjoyed Dick Hill as a narrator.


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 01-09-14
    David 01-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Butterworth is not his father..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can not see anyone who is a serious reader of fiction could enjoy this book...


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

    I don't know, Griffin had an ability to make a story very deep and entertaining, his son seems to be extremely shallow, he uses phrases that are not in common use for the time period and way overuse them. Find a thesaurus and please use it!! every person is "wacked" and everyone uses the term, even people from countries other than the US?? come on!!


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Does his typical good job


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

    I would have cut every scene that involves the crazy president.. therefor, the whole book!! it is unbelievable and childish...


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE WEB Griffin and have read every single book he has ever had printed... this was horrible... really bad!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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