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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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    Lawrence M Sansevere Brick, NJ USA 04-18-14
    Lawrence M Sansevere Brick, NJ USA 04-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not up to standards..."
    What disappointed you about Hazardous Duty?

    The apology at the end notwithstanding...this was by far the worst W.E.B. Griffin book I have ever read. The attempts at humor were less than childish and stupidity of the characters were a great disappointment.


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

    The story was not well told. The characters were not believable. It was like reading 4 or 5 related but not linked short stories.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was pure Dick Hill and he did the best he could with this choppy disconnected piece.


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

    Scrap the whole thing...start over.


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    Ila LAUDERHILL, FL, United States 04-16-14
    Ila LAUDERHILL, FL, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Charlie Castillo, Disappointed in this Book"

    I love the characters of the Presidential Agent Series. I think the dialogue is well done, and extremely funny. This story however was not. It was slow, non-interactive, and non-compelling. I was so excited to see that it was coming out, and so disappointed in it when it was over.

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    anghared 04-11-14
    anghared 04-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Never again - worst Griffin novel ever"
    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    Dick Hill, Yes! Griffin and/or Butterworth never again. They must have used cut and paste from previous novels to write most of the book. What remained of the plot was disorganized and uninteresting. This book was probably written in a weekend and that was a waste of time.


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

    The lack of cohesion.


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

    It was ok. Dick Hill is used for procedurals because he sounds like reading an after action report. He was probably bored to tears by the book just like the rest of us.


    What character would you cut from Hazardous Duty?

    The authors.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be the last of the series for the authors. It was the last of a series for me as a reader. I am going to call my library and warn them if they haven't ordered it, don't waster their money.

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    Glenn Doylestown, PA, United States 04-03-14
    Glenn Doylestown, PA, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "as a big fan of the "By Presidental Order" series"

    I beg to all that this end now!
    90% of this story was rehashing everyones storyline and character profile...no one cares about the bishop, cardinal or the mob ties to Russia. The story line is dead.

    Either come up with NEW material or scoop up one more shovel full of dirt and finally put this idea to rest.

    Sorry Charlie...but that whining Russian bitch has got to go as well.

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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

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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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