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Covert Warriors: Presidential Agent Series, Book 7 | [W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth]

Covert Warriors: Presidential Agent Series, Book 7

At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts.
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Publisher's Summary

At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.

But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts. Fresh from having enraged the Kremlin by staging a covert raid in Venezuela that nabbed not only high-value Russian agents but also a highly prized secret Russian aircraft, they start connecting the dots. They believe that it’s a diversion. That the murders and kidnapping were ordered by none other than Vladimir Putin himself to lure Castillo and company to their deaths. And the thing of it is, even knowing that may not save them. Powerful forces in the U.S. government are arrayed against them as well, and if one side doesn’t get them... the other side will.

Filled with Griffin’s trademark rich characters and cutting-edge drama, this is another exceptional novel in an exceptional series.

Prolong the suspense: listen to another Presidential Agent thriller.

©2011 W.E.B. Griffin, William Butterworth IV (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Richard Tabisz Tulsa, OK 01-10-12
    Richard Tabisz Tulsa, OK 01-10-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Disappointing"
    What did you like best about Covert Warriors? What did you like least?

    I've followed the Charlie Castillo series since its inception. This novel seemed to have a


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    One of Griffin's strengths is character development. Where that was present in this book, it was cut and pasted from previous volumes.
    Second, the language was over the top - or more accurately- in the sewer. It was so difficult to listen to, I had to turn it off a few times just to take a break. (Some is expected, but this? Come on.) Much of the foul language had nothing to do with the story. It was petty and not in keeping with the consistency of the other books in the series.
    It was no longer fun: it became a chore. I don't read fiction for the intellectual challenge, but if I need chores, I'll check the honey-do list.


    Do you think Covert Warriors needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The Castillo series should continue, but I would encourage that Griffin returns to his original principles and style.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the next one isn't as flat. It's unlikely that I'll invest in another book by this author.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Babarovich 01-01-12

    Avid audiobook listener... primarily suspense/thrillers. Escapism at it's finest.

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    "Disappointed"

    As an avid Charlie Castillo fan, I couldn't wait to get my hands (ears?) on this new book. Another reviewer called it ragged and I have to agree. The authors' styles didn't mesh very well... and whoever was in charge of crafting the ending-- well, I hope he does a better job on the next one. Even with a sequel in mind, too many loose ends stayed unravelled to call this book enjoyable. Sure, it left me wanting more- but not in a good way... much like dropping the last, best bite of your jelly donut on the floor. The good news: narrator-extraordinaire, Dick Hill NEVER disappoints.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nolan Howe Lathrop, CA United States 02-05-12
    Nolan Howe Lathrop, CA United States 02-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Barely made it to the end"
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    I've been a huge fan of W.E.B. Griffin for more than 20 years and I'm sad to say that since he's started writing with his son the books have become much less enjoyable. The Presidential Agents series started off as enjoyable, though not up to his earlier series, but as each book in this series has come out it has gotten steadily more rote and repetitive. It seems unlikely that I will continue to read this series.


    Has Covert Warriors turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love the genre and I love Griffin's earlier works. I'll likely just go back and revisit those wonderful books.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The acting of the book was fine for what it was. It was easy to follow who was speaking as the reader had distinctive voices for everyone. I will say that weather he was written that way or it was the readers interpretation, the President was such an SOB that I found myself not being able to wait until the chapter was over every time the story switched to the Presidential POV.


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

    No, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I think followers of W.E.B. Griffin know that usually his books are all about the interactions between the characters and not necessarily about the action. That being said, all of the interaction in this book are boring and repetitive. They basically sit around for the whole book talking about the same things over and over and then resolve the major plot point in a couple of paragraphs. I came away with the impression that the authors are working to turn out as many books as possible with not a lot of thought to the quality and the enjoyment of fans.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Maddox 01-17-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Makes my brain bleed."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    All the voices seem strident and overbearing. Sometimes it's like iistening to Foghorn Leghorn argue with himself. I think DIck Hill could tone it down a bit, but the story itself plows SO much of the same ground over and over, and he has to read what's written.


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

    How many times does a plot development have to be repeated to each character almost verbatim? I had to take breaks to rest before listening to more.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill???s performance?

    Strident, loud, and combative.


    What character would you cut from Covert Warriors?

    I wouldn't cut a character, but I might try to give each character's personality more nuance. Many of the conversations sound like old cops telling war stories after one too many drinks....war stories they've repeated a thousand times...and being a bit too coarse in the presence of other characters who should be treated with more respect...like Abuela.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I'm done with this series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    anghared 12-30-11
    anghared 12-30-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Ragged, not up to standards"
    What did you like best about Covert Warriors? What did you like least?

    I liked hearing about the characters in a new plot.


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

    but there were dropped threads and shoddy attention to detail. The duo need to hone their partnership style.


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

    Charlie


    Was Covert Warriors worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The style should improve. The first Dick Francis/Felix Francis novel was not as good as usual too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Hickory, NC, United States 03-23-12
    Tim Hickory, NC, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    What disappointed you about Covert Warriors?

    The story was disconnected and the ending was terrible. Just mad no sense. what is going on? The quality of the last 2 books has really fallen.....


    Has Covert Warriors turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    Dick Hill is a master and is the only positive part of this audio book.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    W. E. B. Griffin is letting his fans down....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 03-16-12
    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2010

    I am a voice over artist with work in tv, film, radio and commercials all over the world.

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    "The contrast from Great to Awful with this series."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is an absolute joke. After investing in a continually exciting series, I had higher expectations. The story certainly builds to a great picture of an emotionally wrecked and president who is portrayed by the narrator as truly out of his mind. But that is about all you will get from this book. Plot lines that never really wrap up and so much


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will, from now on, avoid ALL books with Author or Co-Author William E. Butterworth IV. He should stick to pancake syrup.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In the other books, the narrator did a great job. His portrayal of a bizarre and paranoid president was so extreme that as a listener, you can't wait to find out how his world finally get unraveled or fixed. But in the end, the narrator, producer, etc. All made the big character build for nothing.


    What character would you cut from Covert Warriors?

    Not a character, I would certainly fire William E. Butterworth IV and send him back to the mail room. Clearly his involvement in this series is a true mistake.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money. This book is not even in the same league as the others. Just pretend this on doesn't exist.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L. P. Stephens Texas 01-31-12
    L. P. Stephens Texas 01-31-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not worth it"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a waste. Poor story and poor performance. Come on. If this was the first book there wouldn't be a second.
    I wasted a credit here. This is not up to Griffin's standards. And Dick hill has done a better job before as well.
    Don't waste your time and money.


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

    Incomplete story with out much input from the main characters.


    What didn???t you like about Dick Hill???s performance?

    To over the top. Need to go easy on those accents.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Covert Warriors?

    I would send it back and ask for a rewite.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to sample the next one before I buy it. I enjoyed the series till now.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 12-28-12
    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    Well, I was glad to hear that Mr. Hill was back on board with this novel, however I'm afraid even his talents couldn't save it. Yes, I still liked the characters and the banter, however the story line was weak and didn't draw me in like the first books did. This one seemed like an afterthought and didn't bring much to a conclusion. In addition, the events in this book seemed unplausable, yes I know it is fiction, but normally Mr. Griffin weaves a lot more detail that is based in fact to the story. This book, especially the quick departure of the ex-president and the lunacy of the new president did not make for a believable story in my eyes, fiction or not.

    Hope there is another book, take a little more time Mr. Griffin and weave a better tale that closes out the story lines on all the characters, this one didn't do it for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 04-18-12
    Dennis 04-18-12 Member Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "Boring!"

    I have listened to many of Mr. Griffin' books & enjoyed about 95% of them...! However I found this dull & wearisome!
    Mostly the conversations that the reader (I think) had trouble with remembering the voices of the characters!
    Well any way I will still look forward to W.E.B.'s adventures ... but a bit more causes in my selection


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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