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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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    Danny Sussex, NJ, United States 01-07-14
    Danny Sussex, NJ, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Waste of time."
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    I listened to 6 hours of retelling the story of the first 7 books i can't continue any more. I no longer care what happens next. This is the end of the series for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 01-05-14
    Mark 01-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "ha ha, now the real one please"
    What would have made Hazardous Duty better?

    If the authors went back reread the first six, adjusted the seventh and completely rewrote this one.


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

    Inconsistent writing style and the apparent disregard of the long time reader's expectations.


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Actually surprised he agreed to do this performance, it really highlights his professionalism as a performer.


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

    The cover art, to bad that scene isn't in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    stephen 01-05-14
    stephen 01-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "This series started so well"

    This series started so well. It is sad to see this book and the last one where nothing at all happens. Refund please!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    greg 01-05-14
    greg 01-05-14
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    "Waste of money"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Putting some effort into it.


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

    Probably through the library.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He was good as always.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of the series...own all of them. This was awful, can I get my money back? Plenty of the other books taking up pages, they r still not married, really sick of the president for what now 3 books. Don't waste any money on getting it. Hopefully It will get back on track. Did I mention I want my money back!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Bend, OR, United States 01-04-14
    Michael Bend, OR, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Hazardous Reading!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More sophisticated story line, as written it is almost on a comical level.


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

    I have been a W.E.B. Griffin fan since his first book, "The Lieutenants", however, the quality of his stories has declined significantly over the last 5-10 years. I would probably not buy one of his stories again.


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

    No way, Mr. Hill would be better served by reading for animated cartoons!


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

    Unfortunately it is in need of a total rewrite. As written it is is too sophomoric to be taken as a serious read!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    neurosis99 01-04-14
    neurosis99 01-04-14
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    "Half of book is review of series"
    What did you like best about Hazardous Duty? What did you like least?

    I really love reading WEB Griffin. I usually listen to the last book in a series before a new book. This book takes the first 1/2 and does that for me.


    If you’ve listened to books by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth before, how does this one compare?

    WEB Griffin is a great story teller, this book seemed long since it had a lot of review of other books.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Dick Hill is a voice.


    Any additional comments?

    In WEB Griffin earlier books he assumed we knew what we are reading a series and know the people in the book, with some review of the previous books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly United States 01-03-14
    Beverly United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappointing!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I expected so much more. For those looking for a disconnected comedy, this is for you.


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

    I had hoped for a thrilling ending to the series.


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

    Definitely. Can only do so much with what was written.


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

    I look forward to W. E. B. Griffin books. What an utter disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Best part is Griffin's comments at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim LeGros Mariposa, CA, United States 01-03-14
    Jim LeGros Mariposa, CA, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "DOUBLE WOW DISAPPOINTMENT!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


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

    Too much rehash of previous stories. Most people reading this have read all of the past presidential series.


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

    Dick Hill is always great.


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

    Not too many.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Mr. Griffin will take note of all the negative comments before he writes again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles United States 01-02-14
    Charles United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Hazardous Duty? More like Moonraker Redux"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A story, and a few likable characterizations. What a pathetic effort from the authors. Let's hope Mr. Griffin himself is not responsible for this worthless burlesque. After a number of great series by this author, I hope that he has not lost his mojo. This book was not worth the time. An embarrassment for him.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Sycamore Row up next.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Poor Dick Hill. I can only hope that he was contractually required to read this book. There were so many ridiculous story lines in this book, and so many worn out characterizations of Russians and Mexicans, that Mr. Hill had them all sounding alike.


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

    Disappointment. I have no military or clandestine services background, so I cannot comment on veracity of the story, but all, and I mean all, of the characters were ridiculous parodies of who they once were.


    Any additional comments?

    If anyone thinks that they will be missing out on a continuing story line if they skip this book, don't worry about that. Skip it! Listening to this book will only be disappointing to you. Wait for the next book in the series, and l hope that Mr. Griffin is still writing for the love of writing, and not just because he wants to put out another book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 05-17-15
    David 05-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "hard to listen to"

    I have noticed there was one book like this in each series written around the same time that just rehashes even more than normal. Its a hard listen but i wouldn't skip it just be prepared to be aggravated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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