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Hazardous Duty Audiobook

Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

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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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    Mario United States 03-27-14
    Mario United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't Waste a Credit on This Book!!!!"

    This book recaps the first 7 books in painful detail; such a awful story. Best part of this book is Dick Hill narration. Felt bad he had to actually read this thud.

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    Guy from Michigan 03-25-14
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    "Not one of his best."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Could not recommend to anyone.


    Has Hazardous Duty turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I have read most of the Presidental Series, but will think twice before buying another.


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

    None of them.


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

    Was disappointed in the story.


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    Stephen 03-18-14
    Stephen 03-18-14
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    "Please Jr. or 4th whichever READ YOUR DAD's books"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator as always delivered, it was the only reason I was able to finish the book


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

    I appears that Jr. never read any of the previous books, even including Covert warriors that he helped write, it is the only way to explain how he completely changed major points of the story line, for example how Murov went from weeping in Castillo's hands, to back now in charge of the SVR, and lets not forget that he Killed Jack Davidson in book 3 rather than Krantz.


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

    As always first rate


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

    All of it, the idea was sound, but this could have been a first book, as none of the back ground seems to fit, and really a Porn star where did that come from.


    Any additional comments?

    Only reason I bought this was to complete a series.

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    Ron carmel, NY, United States 03-17-14
    Ron carmel, NY, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "sucked"

    Terrible I want my money back and they should do the same for everyone who bought it!

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    Dan 03-17-14
    Dan 03-17-14
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    "Worst W.E.B. Griffin novel ever!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    The best part about this book is Audible's return/exchange policy.

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    Farmer 03-11-14
    Farmer 03-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Slapstick Comedy?"

    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?

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    N. Casella fl 03-09-14
    N. Casella fl 03-09-14 Member Since 2011

    bookie

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    "not even catch 22"
    What disappointed you about Hazardous Duty?

    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


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

    Actually written a decent book


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    excellent


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

    none


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    dlmc Lusby, MD, United States 03-08-14
    dlmc Lusby, MD, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT !!"

    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."

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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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