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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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    George 01-05-14
    George 01-05-14
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    "Pfffftttt"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 04-09-14
    Dennis 04-09-14 Member Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "Have listened to many Griffin's books BUT...."
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    BUT this one must have been written & narrated by his sixth grade son!!


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

    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!!!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-12-14 Member Since 2003

    My favorite series is the Presidential Agent series (except for the last book) and books like them. I also like vampire/werewolf series.

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    "By far the worst book of the series!!!!!!!!!"
    What would have made Hazardous Duty better?

    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.


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

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Hazardous Duty?

    Butterworth!!! Maybe POTUS, although without him there would be no plot.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Hayfield, MN, United States 01-09-14
    Wayne Hayfield, MN, United States 01-09-14
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    "Very disapointed"
    What would have made Hazardous Duty better?

    Any kind of a story line.


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

    All it did was review past books. I can go back and listen to the original books if I want that.


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

    Dick Hill is a fantastic narrator. I feel bad he lent his name and talents to such a poorly written story.


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

    There was nothing going on.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David TAMPA, FL, United States 01-09-14
    David TAMPA, FL, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2007

    I like espionage books by authors like Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, W.E.B. Griffin and others..

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    "Terrible"
    What would have made Hazardous Duty better?

    Waste of time. All of the other books in this series had a story this had nothing but rehashing of the characters.


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

    Not if it is on the level of this book...


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I cant believe how many times the word redacted was used in this book....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry 01-09-14
    Jerry 01-09-14
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    "When making my Tea this morning"
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    Truly not sure


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

    No way


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

    Pain


    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Make the bad man stop!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I tried, honestly, but this series has degraded so badly that I can't even finish it. Take it out back and shoot it already.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dick Hill is too good for this rubbish.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 01-08-14
    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2009

    If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.

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    "Very Disappointed"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    treeman2 01-08-14
    treeman2 01-08-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A greedy ripoff"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not a thing I can think of


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

    There was little new material at all in the volume


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

    N/A


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

    Dick hill apparently read the volume as it was written


    Any additional comments?

    Audible should have warned it's listeneners that the volume was not a real volume in the series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 01-07-14
    Mark 01-07-14
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    "Not What I would expect..."
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes, I love this series, but not this book.


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

    Changed the entire story line.


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

    None come to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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