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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Listen to it NOW!

Would you recommend Hazardous Duty to your friends? Why or why not?

The story of the president is in fact what we have now!

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

Joshua Ezekiel Clendennen, he is SOO like what we have now.

Was Hazardous Duty worth the listening time?

Two years ago I would not cared for this book. I have read (or listened to) many of Griffin's books including all of this series and yes the story line is weak, But this book is so prophetic that I was amazed and laughed thru the whole thing.

Any additional comments?

If only someone in the white house would speak to POTUS as Clendennen's mother in law did maybe we might have a chance!

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Disappointed

This series was pretty good until this book. Mr. Griffin jumped the shark. The afterword explains the book, but it would have been better to write it as a stand alone book instead of part of this series.

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Nice. Shot

I. Get the feeling that tho was written tongue in cheek. But also half in fun and wholly in earnest with the then admn in mind.

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Very disappointed!!! Recap of previous books and no real mission. Just a money grab...don't waste your money!

Very disappointed!!! Recap of previous books and no real mission. Just a money grab...don't waste your money!

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Repeat and rehash

If you removed the retelling of the past books the would be short story instead of a book.

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Should have believed the bad reviews

A forced attempt at military humor over padded with re-hashes of previous plot lines. The uncanny resemblance to current situations with Trump and Putin is interesting to be fair; however, I can't recommend this be added to anyone's library

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A serious let down

What would have made Hazardous Duty better?

I've been a fan of the "Presidential Agent" series since wandering upon it in the library almost a decade ago. This book just let me down in so many ways, it's hard to limit myself to the big stuff:* Over top unbelievable -- What president does't know what "redacted" means?* Not enough new content -- The first half of the story is filled with character bios and inside jokes. * Castillo never even got his hands dirty* Sweaty decides what Carlos should and shouldn't do/ who should/shouldn't talk to him* None of the bad buys ever come close to harming a hair on Castillo's head* Way too many characters packed into one story; New characters are introduced far too often* The Senior Citizens home for retired spooks? Really? I can't suspend my disbelief that much!* Really-- I get an entire article where the word "redacted" is included. Couldn't we get through say a paragraph and then the character says "I get the point" and we move on?

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

Give me a better plot than what we've been given. Put the hero in real danger. Kill a beloved character. Kidnap Sweaty and hold her for ransom. Someone needs to be in mortal peril!

Which scene was your favorite?

President Clendennon trying to figure out what redacted means. Robin Hackensack, instead of Robin Hoboken.

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

It was a funny listen.

Any additional comments?

This book needs a prologue. Is this part of the series or a one-off? Because it doesn't seem to fit with the long running theme. I would like to know what I'm getting into up front.

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  • 05-06-17

Just wasn't a good book

Would you try another book from W. E. B. Griffin and/or Dick Hill?

Yes,

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

Storyline was boring. I do not like the russian woman. And the humor went away after the third book. If I were his Abuela, I could not be happy with her inclusion into the Family. She brought no joy into the series.

What character would you cut from Hazardous Duty?

The 'new' love interest!! All humor went away with her and her brother's introduction into the story line.

Any additional comments?

WHISH I HAD NOT PURCHASHED THE LAsT THREE BOOKS!!

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meh.

I enjoyed the rest of the series, but this one was disappointing. I'm used to his tendency to over-explain things that happened before, not only in previous books in the series for any folks who didn't read then through, but even things from earlier in the same book, but I really took that annoyance to a new level in this one... seemed like that was practically all the book was - reiterating what happened before and talking about how they were going to fool the president into thinking they were doing what he ordered, while never satisfactorily explaining why they didn't just actually do it other than he's a little unhinged and wanted to send Castillo et al to Russia - a good reason not to go visit, and one of many good reasons to have him removed from office, but the order to observe and make recommendations on the problems of drug cartels and Somali pirates seemed reasonable enough in and of itself. Why not actually try to do something about one of those issues, rather than devote so much effort to pretending? honestly I zoned out at the end so I don't remember if/how the situation with the president was resolved, but considering there was no plot to speak of, I'm sure that wasn't particularly satisfying either. I would almost rate the story a single star except for how precient the nuttery of Clandenon is in light of the current occupant of the White House. the reader seemed to forget how to pronounce everything since the last book, so that was a constant small annoyance too.

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good


it was ok
thank you for your time and money kind of thing youknow