Covert Warriors (Presidential Agent Series #7)

Covert Warriors (Presidential Agent Series #7)

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by W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV, Dick Hill

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There's an uneasy and unholy alliance building across the Caribbean. Few in the U.S. government want to believe that a Third World country and its chest-thumping leader could pose a credible threat-but then why are the Chinese helping to train its special forces? Why are the Russians helping to build a nuclear power plant?

Charley Castillo and his men go in to


There's an uneasy and unholy alliance building across the Caribbean. Few in the U.S. government want to believe that a Third World country and its chest-thumping leader could pose a credible threat-but then why are the Chinese helping to train its special forces? Why are the Russians helping to build a nuclear power plant?

Charley Castillo and his men go in to investigate, but they have no idea what they have just gotten themselves into. By the time they finish connecting the dots, they will be on the hit lists of the Kremlin, the Cubans, the Venezuelans, and the drug cartels-and totally out on their own. Whatever happens next, they'll have to do it by themselves.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The leisurely seventh presidential agent thriller starring Lt. Col. Charley Castillo from Griffin and Butterworth (after 2010’s The Outlaws) opens with a bang. Mexican federales stop two U.S. Special Forces officers and two DEA agents at a roadblock near Acapulco, order them out of their SUV despite their diplomatic license plates, and shoot three of them dead, taking Lt. Col. James Ferris prisoner. It appears the drug cartels have Ferris, but Charley figures out that his arch enemy, Vladimir Putin—yes, that Vladimir Putin—is behind the attack. Charley’s other enemy, U.S. president Zeke Clendennen, decides to rescue Ferris in an operation that’s sure to get the man killed. Charley must snatch Ferris before the president can screw everything up. As usual, the authors exhaustively outline what’s happened in earlier books, then lay out a plan that’s swiftly implemented at the very end. Even loyal series fans may be weary of this formula by now. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
The latest military thriller from Griffin. At a Mexican roadblock, an American Embassy SUV is stopped and its occupants murdered except for Colonel Ferris, who is kidnapped. A drug cartel wants one of its own released from the Florence, Colo., supermax prison, and President Clennenden secretly wants to exchange the convict for Ferris. Meanwhile, Clennenden fears a coup by the vice president. Is this paranoia or genuine treason? POTUS misses no opportunity to earn the same contempt he lavishes on his subordinates, and he is accurately seen by some as a nut job. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you, so maybe there is something to his worries. The big issue, though, is whether it's OK to trade a vicious murderer, who would surely kill again, for a hostage. It's a good plot point, although the unrelenting nastiness of POTUS makes him look one-dimensional. And it's irritating when half the characters are introduced by their height and weight, or when a character jokes, "If I tell you, I'll have to kill you," time and time again. Worse is the action-stopping background information provided every time a new character appears. Moreover, listing the precise model number of every weapon and aircraft feels unnecessary. More explosions and tighter writing would have helped.

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Presidential Agent Series , #7
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5.06(w) x 5.62(h) x 0.28(d)

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“A storyteller in the grand tradition.”—Tom Clancy

“A writer of true virtuosity and talent.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Griffin…understands the psychology and motivations of military and clandestine service officers.”—Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

William E. Butterworth IV has been a writer and editor for major newspapers and magazines for twenty-five years, and has worked closely with his father for several years on the editing of the Griffin books. He lives in Texas.

Brief Biography

Coppell, Texas
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1929
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey

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Covert Warriors 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 173 reviews.
HotCarNut More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite series that W.E.B. Griffin has written, but this book feels like he's mailing it in. The intricate detail of previous books, especially in the military planning and tactics portions, is notably absent from this book. In fact, it feels like the entire ending of the book is missing and was glossed over. The last 5 pages should have been about 250 more pages given the amount of information left out, glossed over, or just flat ignored. This is by far the worst effort in the series and only my love of the characters and their continued development in the first 300 pages makes this book worth a "3 star" rating. Quit mailing it in Mr. Griffin. Readers can tell, and Tom Clancy is being nailed for it too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Out of all the Griffin books written, this is the worst. The ending was horrible, too maany issues left unresolved. I can't believe that I waited a year for this book. It appears W.E.B Griffin or his son, whoever wrote it is just mailing in the story.Bring back Ken McCoy
ReaderCT More than 1 year ago
While I love most of the characters in this series, this time they seem almost caricatures of themselves. The authoring team approach seems to be having a negative effect on character development and credibility. I am disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Butterworth killed this series. 25% of this book is going back to the previous books to tell us why they call someone something or how we got here. There are too many jumps in the story especially at the end where the jump is extreme and it feels like he just wanted to finish the book. Very disappointed
none0 More than 1 year ago
I really like this series, and have done so from the beginning, but I was worried when I learned that this book would be co-authored with Griffin's son. The son doesn't have his father's skills, and it shows. This book works for me, barely, and the several unresolved plotlines leave plenty of room for another book in the series. As usual with Griffin, far too many pages were wasted telling the backstory. Fans don't need that, and find it annoying. I especially didn't like the way the two traitor's around the President were written out of the story with the President learning of the problem.
Elswyth45 More than 1 year ago
This starts out great - but it seems that the two authors just gave up on page 318 !! Nothing is resolved - it almost reads like this is the first of two books. They close it out in 5 pages - with many many plotlines left dangling. I was very disappointed, as I own every book and series written by Mr. Griffin and have always enjoyed his writing. If Mr. Butterworth is going to take over this series, for heavens sake - and the sake of all fans of Mr. Griffin, please complete the books !! I feel robbed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just OK. Not up to usual standards.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow in action and the ending was weak. Seems like he has run out of story lines for this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is Castillo a senior citizen now? Very little action. Kind of bogus plot. Hard to follow. The new thing with italicizing a characters thoughts like a text balloon is cumbersome. Not at all up to par with the prior Presidential Agent series. What happened?
Anonymous 8 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little weak on plot.
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ColoradoBookWorm More than 1 year ago
Terrible book. I love all the earlier ones, though each one had more and more re-hash of the previous books. In this book the % of cut/paste of old books, or repeating the same stories goes too far. The only reason this books shows an average of 3.5 stars is that someone went in and put in dozens of reviews with 5 stars, but no comments at all (some have no words, some say HI, for example). One of the reviewers used the phrase "mailing it in" and thats exactly what this book reads like. I am positive that given a 1 paragraph plot idea, and access to the previous books, that I could have created a book that is no worse that this. That is sad, and all I can say is that I am glad I got the book form the library and did not pay for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much repeating from the previous books and what's happening to Charley? He's hardly recognisable as the same character, so much self doubt. The story also just stops, it doesn't end just stops. I'll try another book in this series because I've really enjoyed it up to now, but I'll be crossing my fingers that I won't regret the decision.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to warriors res 1. Then go from there.
dvorders More than 1 year ago
The series is losing steam! I thoroughly enjoy the style of writing and the previous books in the series had the entertainment value which kept me yearning for more.  I must say, I was disappointed with this book as a whole.  The buildup was there, but too much space was spent on telling the same backstory and reviewing the previous books in the series.  The overall substance of the book was not satisfying.  With that said, the story was compelling and had intrigue, but the ending was a total of 4 pages that wrapped everything up!  It sets itself up for another book, which I will read because I want to see what happens next, but I wouldn't shell out $25 to buy the hardcover and I have resigned to not even seeing $10 for the paperback of justifiable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok I have a bunch of ?s about this clan and mates and that stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great series, but I thought the last book in the series left too many unanswered questions. Hopefully, Mr. Griffin/Butterworth will come out with a final book that will explain everything. Thanks
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