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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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    Paul Fountain Valley, CA, United States 02-05-14
    Paul Fountain Valley, CA, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2002
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    "You have GOT to be kidding me"
    What would have made Hazardous Duty better?

    A good story with less talk about NOTHING. The story was NOT advanced much AT ALL.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth again?

    Debatable...if he treats his other books like THIS one...he just "mailed it in".


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Okay...sincere...Forgiving


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

    I would have made the Author go back and WRITE a story...not just cut and paste parts from other books.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so disappointed with this installment. The Presidential Agent series is a good one...I would have said very good but "This was TERRIBLE", I purchased this because I just KNEW W.E.B. Griffin would not just "Mail in" an installment. This was real money used.

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    Kindle Customer Discovery Bay, CA, United States 02-04-14
    Kindle Customer Discovery Bay, CA, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely awful"
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    Not until I read some other reviews......I agree with everything they said on this one!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something with more action.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Not soon. He sometimes overacts the parts. His Russian dialects are regrettably bad.


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

    Not so far. I probably won't finish it after 3 hours of despair. Too many other good books out there.


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    David A Nugent Wilmington, NC United States 02-04-14
    David A Nugent Wilmington, NC United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Worst W.E.B. Griffin Ever"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has never read W.E.B. Griffin would find the book entertaining.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth again?

    Yes, I have read almost every book he has written.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    The performance was adequete. It is a bit hard to judge a performance when the material had a minimal thread of a story much less an actual plot.


    What character would you cut from Hazardous Duty?

    W.E.B. Griffin.


    Any additional comments?

    This book read like a history and summary of all previous W.E.B. Griffin books of this series. I have been unable to complete it out of boredom and confusion.

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    Gary kalama, WA, United States 02-03-14
    Gary kalama, WA, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Sad and Bad"
    What disappointed you about Hazardous Duty?

    Nothing but copy and paste from old stories and the rest was a waste of my time. I could have been doing something less painful like a root canal.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth again?

    Not without a money back guarantee and a time machine.


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    dave east wenatchee, WA, United States 02-02-14
    dave east wenatchee, WA, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "sorry excuse for a book"
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    I have read and listened to many if not most of W.E.B. Griffin's books and and have enjoyed most of them but this is one sorry excuse for a book. The first half of the book I kept wondering if I hadn't read it before because he repeated the last two books in the series. I persevered to finish the book to see if there wasn't some redeeming quality but I found none. What a silly waste of paper and electrons.


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    Gary Lake Jackson, TX, United States 01-31-14
    Gary Lake Jackson, TX, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2017
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    "My Last W.E.B. Griffin Book"
    What would have made Hazardous Duty better?

    Griffin should stick to the legacy of the Presidential Agent series and base the story on action and events.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything other than W.E.B. Griffin - this was the worst book that I have actually finished. I stayed with it because Griffin's previous books have had a purpose. I was 75% through it assuming that something resembling a story would ultimately develop. Probably continue with the C.J. Box series on Joe Pickett.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Dick Hill has done fine before. Orsen Wells couldn't have saved this one.


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

    No, absolutely no redeeming qualities.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a total waste of my time and money. I feel like robbery has taken place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States 01-31-14
    Jeff South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointed waste of time and money"
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    Thin and poorly conceived plot. Making the President of the USA look stupid.


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

    No content or major plot


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

    Can't blame a poorly written book on the narrator.


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

    No redeeming qualities, waste of time.


    Any additional comments?

    If I could get a refund it still would not improve the outcome.

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    Michael Snohomish, WA, United States 01-30-14
    Michael Snohomish, WA, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Incredibly Bad"

    The rating system does not go low enough for this one. Need to have negative stars. Poor story, bad bad narration. While I liked the other books in this series, I wasted my money on this one. Too bad I can't get a refund.

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    Robin San Antonio, Texas, United States 01-26-14
    Robin San Antonio, Texas, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2001

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    "Extremely Disappointing!"

    If you like W.E.B. Griffin books, especially the Presidential Agent books, do not buy this book. Don't let anyone loan it to you. Don't get it from the library. Pretend it does not exist.

    First, and this is true with all of Griffin's books, the first 3 or 4 books of a series are good but after that he spends almost all the book bringing you the background and current status of all the characters in the series and their background even if it has no relevance to the current book. This is the 8th book in the series so there is a lot of background and a lot of characters to catch up on.

    Second, until this book I thought the worst book Griffin wrote was the Generals and the worst decision he made was to transport the Badge of Honor series forward in time 30 years. At the end of one book we are in the early 70s and at the beginning of the next we seem to be in the early 2000s with characters still the same age as they were 30 years ago.

    Well this book tops both as worst book and dumbest decision. When you finish there is a note by the author to the effect that he found it hard to get into this book so he decided to dump this trash on us. I listened to this book on Audible and I am giving very serious thought to getting my credit back.

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    Catherine 01-25-14
    Catherine 01-25-14
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    "Not worth the time!"

    I'd have said it wasn't worth the money, but my time is a lot more valuable to me than my money.

    This is the eighth book in Griffin's Presidential Agent series. In each book, Griffin devotes some space to filling in the reader on what has happened previously in the series. That usually serves a purpose that explains how characters are connected and how their relationships formed.

    In this book, the long-winded retelling of past exploits uses up more than the first half of the book. There is NO NEW story introduced in the first 6 hours of the book! I know, because Audible cuts the book in half for easier download. I was still listening to the "history lesson" explaining the "state within the state" when the recording moved to the second section!

    As a postscript, WEB Griffin says he wrote this book to be humor-in the style of M*A*S*H by Dr. H. Richard Hornberger. That is an insult to Dr. Hornberger. This book is 13 hours long, and it took at least 10 hours of long-winded retelling of the first seven books in this series to get to the first inkling of a chuckle.

    Once he had used 12 and a half hours to set up the gag, it was a total belly flop. Twelve hours to get all of the characters to the same place at the same time, and the punch line was about two paragraphs long. There was no action (not even any Keystone Cops slapstick) to justify my loyalty to Charley Castillo.

    The only reason I kept listening to it was to be fully informed when I wrote this review.

    Cousin Fernando only appears in one scene with two lines, Dick Miller does not speak but two or three times, Uncle Remus barely walks through the room, and we hear no words out of the mouth of Corp. Lester Bradley. Many wonderful characters that fans care about deeply - completely tossed out with the bathwater.

    And then he devoted time to a drunken Presidential Mother-in-law and an annoying White House Press Secretary -- assuming that the invention of absurd, clown-like characters will, in and of themselves, add comic relief. A total misfire.

    This book was a real waste of time.

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