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)
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!
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.
Putting some effort into it.
Probably through the library.
He was good as always.
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!
More sophisticated story line, as written it is almost on a comical level.
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.
No way, Mr. Hill would be better served by reading for animated cartoons!
Unfortunately it is in need of a total rewrite. As written it is is too sophomoric to be taken as a serious read!
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.
WEB Griffin is a great story teller, this book seemed long since it had a lot of review of other books.
Dick Hill is a voice.
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.
I expected so much more. For those looking for a disconnected comedy, this is for you.
I had hoped for a thrilling ending to the series.
Definitely. Can only do so much with what was written.
I look forward to W. E. B. Griffin books. What an utter disappointment.
Best part is Griffin's comments at the end.
Too much rehash of previous stories. Most people reading this have read all of the past presidential series.
Dick Hill is always great.
Not too many.
I hope Mr. Griffin will take note of all the negative comments before he writes again.
Say something about yourself!
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.
Sycamore Row up next.
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.
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.
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.
W E B explains at the end why this book is so different and his explanation makes sense of it all. That being said, this book is very difficult to get through. Dick Hills does his superb job of reading, but the storyline is extremely sarcastic and over the top unbelievable. It is a satirical storyline, not a covert mission book. I love Griffins books because they do contain humor and satire, but this book is cover to cover satire and comedy with very little covertness. Two things that really stood out though that almost made me stop listening, were all the recaps of previous events and the complete change of storyline about how Charlie got Max. Griffin tends to recap and/or retell stories often in his sequel books, but at times I thought this book was a cliff note book of all the others in this series. Then he tells a completely different story about how Max came to be a constant companion to Charlie. I love the idea of have a book by Griffin to show the current lunacy in Washington, but I would have rather had a new series with new characters than insert this storyline into this series.
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