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)
I've read every other Griffin novel and always look forward to new ones. This one, however, is 70% reflections on previous adventures with little new story and no plot. In an afterward, Griffin describes it as a tribute to M*A*S*H but I found no humor or purpose at all. "Hazardous Duty" diverts from previously successful formulas. I'm puzzled as to why Griffin strayed from proven approaches. I almost gave up on it by the third chapter but hoped it would pick up by the end. However, it plodded along until ending abruptly. Perhaps the concept of a mentally compromised President as Clandenine is meant to reflect a potential Joe Biden administration but the overall scenario in this book is preposterous.
The best part about this book is Audible's return/exchange policy.
I have enjoyed other books of this series, but found "Hazardous Duty" to be inane, with little of the vitality in Mr, Griffin's earlier. Too many of the characters, particularly the president, were buffoonish. Was there a plot?
catch 22 as a reason for this disappointing farce is a slap at catch 22 and an insult to readers that expect to get a drama when they buy one. Catch 22 used its own characters and did not marginalize characters from a good series
Actually written a decent book
Do not waste your time and money. Maybe everyone should have been told upfront that this is a (poor attempt at) tongue in cheek humor. This has been one of my favorite series. This author and publisher could not possibly have needed money bad enough to distribute this book/recording. I waited and waited ... all the way thru the first half, and then all the way thru the second half ... for the plot to show itself and the action to start. And then I hear the author start talking about his approach to this book. I pick up my iPod and look at it as if it is suddenly broken; how could that be the end of the book, I think to myself. I'm still waiting for the plot and the action. Totally huge disappointment!!!! DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO THE $ EARNED ON THIS "STORY."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
first five books in the series were hard to put down.
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.
it just rehashed old books
narrator is good
the hole thing. it was a waste of time
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.
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.
I would cut most of the first half, and send it back to the author for some true plot development.
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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