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)
Author(a) admit an attempt to humorously show US politics and current ops. It's subtle, and there for all to see...from the dumb-ass president to the bureaucratic stonewalling. Last book in the series, it ends like.escaping gas from a balloon....pssssst.
If the authors went back reread the first six, adjusted the seventh and completely rewrote this one.
Inconsistent writing style and the apparent disregard of the long time reader's expectations.
Actually surprised he agreed to do this performance, it really highlights his professionalism as a performer.
The cover art, to bad that scene isn't in the book.
I have purchased every title of W.E.B Griffin. Most of the purchases being hardcover versions with many duplicate paperback purchases for myself or as gifts to friends. Since 2011 I've also purchased many his titles through audible.com. I have never been so disappointed, although if I'm totally honest with myself we saw this coming after the last attempt left us unsatisfied.
With 232 audible.com books in my library, I'm seriously considering returning this book on principle (it would be my first returned book ever paper or digital).
This my be overly dramatic but I feel as if we've lost three of our favorite authors this year.
My favorite series is the Presidential Agent series (except for the last book) and books like them. I also like vampire/werewolf series.
A little bit of action would help. Much, much less rehash of previous books would also help a lot. Much less LTC Naylor and more GEN Naylor. Less snide comments by POTUS; we get what a jerk he is early on!!!! The book was boring - I could hardly wait until it was finished and I could submit a review. I would have given negative stars if I could have.
It seems that Butterworth wrote the book with barely any guidance from his dad. I wish that authors who put their names on books would actually write them: James Patterson is an example (if not the best example) of an "author" "writing" 5-10 books a year with the help of a "co-author": Put more Pezner in and stop using terms like "my precious" over and over again.
I think he did the best he could, given the material he had to work with. The russian accents weren't as distinctive as in previous books.
Butterworth!!! Maybe POTUS, although without him there would be no plot.
I waited a year for this book and this is what I got. As a previous Intelligence Officer in the army, as well as a lifelong Texan from San Antonio with a German grandfather, I identified with Carlos/Charlie a lot. My final reaction: That was the book????? Really????? The epilog gave us a hint as to what son and dad may have been trying to do; it sounded like a book written by National Lampoon. Under no circumstances should you buy/listen to this book! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. I will attempt to get my book credit back from Audible.
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
BUT this one must have been written & narrated by his sixth grade son!!
The "narration" did not sound @ all like DICK HILL.... The Story resembled "a hunt for a theme" ---- that was never found ----- at least as far as I listened ----- I DID NOT FINISH!!!!!
Any kind of a story line.
All it did was review past books. I can go back and listen to the original books if I want that.
Dick Hill is a fantastic narrator. I feel bad he lent his name and talents to such a poorly written story.
There was nothing going on.
Griffin has taken what was an awesome character in Castillo and now does nothing with him. This whole book was about trashing to office of president and going back to the past to review previous adventures. All through the book I was hoping something would start to happen, then comes the feeble idea and comparison to MASH. There was not an original idea in the whole book. I definitely have gone from can't wait for the next episode to a confirmed "I will never waste my time reading another of his novels. Don't waste your time or money on this book.
I like espionage books by authors like Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, W.E.B. Griffin and others..
Waste of time. All of the other books in this series had a story this had nothing but rehashing of the characters.
Not if it is on the level of this book...
I cant believe how many times the word redacted was used in this book....
Truly not sure
I have read EVERY book in the series and WAS excited to see another installment. I had read reviews from others speaking to the rehash of what happened before the current read but it was present but I was willing to work past it. This morning when making my tea, specifically when squeezing in the lemon. It hit me that I would like lemons with fewer pips and for this series to cut the retrospective. At two plus chapters and almost two and a half hours of retrospective I have hit my limit.
PS Dick Hill YOU were the only saving grace here...Thanks and keep up the good work
If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.
I feel the author decided to waste our time and money with this book in the series. He mocks the president, uses at least half the book to tell us what happened in the previous books in the series,
then proceeds to write some sort of comedy in very bad taste.
Not a thing I can think of
There was little new material at all in the volume
Dick hill apparently read the volume as it was written
Audible should have warned it's listeneners that the volume was not a real volume in the series
Yes, I love this series, but not this book.
Changed the entire story line.
None come to mind.
I understand what WEB was wanting to do with this book, he states it at the end, but it just don't work... for me!
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