First time reading W.E.B. Griffin. Interesting plot, well-developed characters but way too much "f..ing" in language and Castillo's desire ..Show More »to take every woman to bed gets tiresome. Too bad as without that it's a good book.
Griffin's books have repetitive dialog, predictable plots, stereotypical characters...and yet they remain utterly irresistible. The Presidential Agen..Show More »t series follows the pattern of his other four great series. W.E.B. Griffin books have everything you would want from a guilty pleasure. Dick Hill has narrated several books from the various series and he gives a terrific performance here. If you like cliched covert/military action, well described international settings, and self-deprecating yet capable heroes who have their own wealth to rely on, then this latest series will not disappoint.
Joseph, get a clue. Each of the "Presidential Agent" books builds on the previous one. Despite the recapitulation with which it starts, th..Show More »is book really depends on the previous ones. I found it absorbing and satisfying, except for some minor points. It's "algorithm," not "logarithm." There were some other bloopers but I didn't take notes. Castillo is tiresomely consumed by self-doubt. His difficulty with keeping his cell phone charged is a bit bizarre.
That said, the locales are exquisitely detailed and the bureaucratic procedure and politics are illuminating. This series of books is for readers who appreciate detail and in-depth portrayal of the missions.
This book should have been titled The Talkers. There is no real action to speak of. WEB was very lazy a spent a large portion of the book recounting..Show More » the plots of previous books in the series. Then we are reintroduced to characters that have no real role in the current plot. Finally, we have a whole predictable plot that is simplistic and unrealistic at the same time. I only finished the book because after dedicating 20 hours to some of the most contrived dialog ever written, I thought I would be rewarded with a decent action sequence…but it was not to be.
If you have not read the previous books in the series, you may find this mildly interesting. If you are looking for an action/thriller, you will feel cheated. I am a big WEB fan and I feel he cheated me. I am unlikely to purchase any more books in this series.
This is by far the best of the Presidential Agent series. Since Griffin's writing style is to repeat the important events of this series over and over..Show More » again, new readers of the Presidential Agent series can skip earlier book of this series and start the adventures of Charlie Castillo with the Black Ops. The narrator is Dick Hill for the first 5 books who does a great job of bring the characters to life. The most recent book of this series is the Outlaws, which continues the story of Charlie Castillo and his new friends, two former Russian SVR spies. I recommend listening to that book after the Black Ops. The narrator of Outlaws is Jonathan Davis, who does a great job as well. Some reviewers have been critical of Jonathan Davis compared to Dick Hill, but I believe he does an equally great job with the characters as Dick Hill did in the earlier books of this series.
I don't know if it was the change in narrators or the addition of WEB IV as co-author, but there is big personality shift in the character of Ambassador Montvale the Director of National Intelligence, who is an arrogant *** in the Black Ops and a good guy in the Outlaws.
I have listened to all of the books in the Presidental Agent series several times and recommend the entire series as well as the Honor Bound series. Both of these series use Argentina as the site for much of the activities, since the author (WEB III) lives there for part of the year.
I have been waiting months for the next book in this series. As a rule I never get the abridged version because I want more story for my money, but t..Show More »his book would have been the perfect abridged version. The new aspects of the story would have fit nicely in a shorter format and the hours of inaccurate rehash could have been sent to the edit room recycle bin. I am not sure if Dick Hill read the story and refused to narrate it but I could not blame him. This one just did not do justice to the earlier books of the series.