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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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    Thomas Roy, UT, United States 02-27-14
    Thomas Roy, UT, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "it was the worst book he wrote it went no were"
    What disappointed you about Hazardous Duty?

    it just rehashed old books


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

    no action


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    narrator is good


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

    the hole thing. it was a waste of time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 02-24-14
    Jonathan 02-24-14
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    "Can this book be [Redacted] from the series?"
    What disappointed you about Hazardous Duty?

    Seriously? The previous book, Covert Warriors, was bad. But this is absolutely awful. Even I could vomit up the old story line the way it was represented in this book. Over half of the book is a rehash of the series, and to just throw a convoluted plot into the middle and expect it to be good? No thank you.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

    Yes, I like Dick’s presentation. Some people don’t. At times his accents get mixed up, but with a book written this way, how could you not.


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

    I would cut most of the first half, and send it back to the author for some true plot development.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid this book. It’s not worth the money (credit). I can’t believe I pre-ordered this. The rest of the series is not bad. In my opinion, the author got lazy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    publius 02-22-14
    publius 02-22-14

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    "NEVERMORE"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a new story..not a rehash of entire series


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

    W.E.B. yes,yes,yes.. with son NO!!


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

    intensity


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

    Incredulously…cretin..


    Any additional comments?

    i will rush to listen to the CORPS series to erase the memory of this book. WEB writes a GREAT story. I suspect Butterworth( JUNIOR) is copying and rehashing with little or no supervision from Father. Did anyone struggle through the entire book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T.H. Orem, UT, United States 02-20-14
    T.H. Orem, UT, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Awful! Just absolutely awful!"

    I am actually having trouble believing that the mind that created the Men at War, The Corps, and the Badge of Honor series had ANYTHING to do with this complete piece of [REDACTED].

    I strongly suspect that I have a streak of masochism in me after I realized I had somehow made it through this "book".

    Mr. Griffin.... What happened? Seriously!

    Also, I love narrator Dick Hill in the Jack Reacher series but he should have walked away from this one. Not his best work by a long shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RC Westerville, Ohio, US 02-16-14
    RC Westerville, Ohio, US 02-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Horrible, worst WEB Griffin ever"
    What disappointed you about Hazardous Duty?

    1/2 of the book is a recap of other books in the series. Storyline is bad, characters poorly developed. Just horrible. I have listened to all of WEB Griffin's books. This is by far the worse. This is series is ruined.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SheriO 02-12-14
    SheriO 02-12-14
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    "This was pretty bad even if it was tongue in cheek"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    no there is no chance it would pass for real humor


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

    Saved the comedy for a different series


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voices aren't that good and I really don't see what so many reviewers like about him.


    What character would you cut from Hazardous Duty?

    most of them


    Any additional comments?

    Not really

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Naperville, IL, USA 02-11-14
    Frederick Naperville, IL, USA 02-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Bait and Switch"
    What was most disappointing about W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth ’s story?

    The book is a farce. W.E.B. Griffin admits it at the end of the book. Should have said so at the beginning of the book. The first 40 to 50% of the book is a regurgitation of the previous 7 books in the Presidential Agenct Series,,,,soooooo boring.
    The cover picture of the book is totally misleading, There is zero action in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Rice, VA, United States 02-10-14
    Robin Rice, VA, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Sadly disappointed."
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes just not this dribble. I'm suprised Dick Hill would even narrate a book like this.


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

    Actually write a story that carried forward the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Rohtbart 02-10-14 Member Since 2012

    Skyking

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    "Very Disapointing"
    What would have made Hazardous Duty better?

    A more realistic story line.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Alex Berenson's new book


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

    Maybe,


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

    The insane President being allowed to get that far.


    Any additional comments?

    It seems the author has a personal vendetta against many individuals. He portrays as pure evil many people who if humanized he could have created a believable picture of the bad things they have done. As a student of history and a person who closely follows world events. The author seems delusional. This is one of the worst books I ever read. Being a huge Griffin fan i read it until the end. I hope this is an anomaly. It would be disappointing to have to discontinue reading him.

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    Obie Longview, TX, United States 02-08-14
    Obie Longview, TX, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "More fiction suspense to bad comedy!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really enjoyed the previous books but this one was a real mistake and a waste of money. Wish I would have never bought this one.


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

    It was like drinking a pepsi when you thought it was a coke. Did'nt do it for me and I will be very cautious about getting another one of his books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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