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Hazardous Duty Audiobook

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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    William Broadus Where ever I am 03-07-14
    William Broadus Where ever I am 03-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Unbelievably bad. Total disaster."
    What disappointed you about Hazardous Duty?

    It was hazardous duty to have to listen to this. I'm a big fan of Griffin but this was almost unbearable. The book is mostly regurgitated slugs from the past 7 books mixed with really bad slapstick banter. This book basically destroyed 7 good books.

    By book 8 of a series why do you need to hear what happened in the previous books? Does anyone start reading a series with the last book? The new storyline in this book would not make a short story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by Griffin for awhile. Judging by this book he has decided to stop writing novels. Maybe TV sitcom garbage is next will be his new job.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Dick Hill did a good job. Glad he was back for this book. I would have deleted it half way through if not for him.


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

    None!


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    James Weber Verona, Wi, US 03-03-14
    James Weber Verona, Wi, US 03-03-14 Member Since 2007

    I am a fan of mysteries and thrillers mostly espionage. I am 61 yrs young and an auto tech. I like motorcycle riding and listen to many books while riding.

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    "web griffins presidential series"
    Do you think Hazardous Duty needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    this series was excellent until the last two books. after clandenen became president the books took a serious nose dive. would try one more in the series, but if like the last two I will be done with them.


    Any additional comments?

    first five books in the series were hard to put down.

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    Charles Beaufort, SC, United States 02-28-14
    Charles Beaufort, SC, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Sadly written book, Dick Hill did what he could"

    Poorly written, all over the place book. I have listened to every book in this series, but this was just bad. Went nowhere, and when it would get going, the brakes would be slammed on to stop any progress.

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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


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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.

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    publius 02-22-14
    publius 02-22-14

    publius

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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?

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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.

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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.


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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

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    Frederick Naperville, IL, USA 02-11-14
    Frederick Naperville, IL, USA 02-11-14 Member Since 2015
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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.


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