Hazardous Duty (Presidential Agent Series #8)

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Overview

The Presidential Agent adventures return in the most harrowing novel yet in the #1 New York Times–bestselling series.

M exican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President is fed up and has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea—to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and put them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President ...

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Overview

The Presidential Agent adventures return in the most harrowing novel yet in the #1 New York Times–bestselling series.

M exican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President is fed up and has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea—to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and put them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, 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: It will be hazardous duty.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Mexican cartels and Somali pirates are running rampant, and the president decides that Col. Charley Castillo is the only man who can handle the mess. Alas, he has just forced Castillo to retire. More in the "Presidential Agent" saga.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-21
Griffin (Covert Warriors, 2011, etc.) takes a shot at humor in his eighth Presidential Agent adventure. Lt. Col. Charley Castillo has retired from black ops. Castillo left the service after new president Joshua Ezekiel Clendennen made a bad decision. Castillo went rogue, saved the day and left the president with egg on his face. Now, needing good PR for a re-election campaign, Clendennen, regarded by Washington insiders as "absolutely bonkers," orders Castillo recalled. Clendennen wants Castillo to gut Mexican drug cartels and sweep the seas free of Somali pirates. In the meantime, the president's intent on renaming special-ops forces "Clendennen's Commandos" and trading green berets for clan kilts. Griffin attempts a sendup of politicians, spotlight-hungry reporters, fumbling dictators and bumbling ex-KGB ghouls. Griffin's heroes are Delta Force, SEAL, Special Forces, Marines, "dinosaur" CIA agents, and former KGB and Spetsnaz tough guys and gals who've seen the light. Allied with the secretary of state, director of Central Intelligence, and other movers and shakers, Castillo's intent on preventing unnecessary bloodshed while humoring the deluded Clendennen, whose more pressing worries include coping with his wife, Belinda-Sue, who wants to be nominated vice president, an ambition complicated by her mother's escape from the Ocean Springs Baptist Assisted Living Facility in search of "Mason jars full of Mississippi's finest 140-proof white lightning." Characters are interchangeable, like patriotic moneymen who secretly finance covert operations, Secret Service agents studying The Godfather trilogy for leadership tips, aristocratic and well-placed foreigners, and Vladimir Putin–pursued Russian émigrés who own Argentinian estates and Cozumel-based cruise ships. This SNL-meets–Spy vs. Spy story isn't Carl Hiaasen laugh-out-loud funny, but Griffin draws what humor he can from once-upon-a-time deeds of derring-do, complex plans to divert a president's lunacies, Gulfstream V continent-hopping and zero action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480535756
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 12/28/2013
  • Series: Presidential Agent Series , #8
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin
W. E. B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, and Presidential Agent. He has been invested into the orders of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and St. Michael of the Army Aviation Association of America, and is a life member of the U.S. Special Operations Association; Gaston-Lee Post 5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars; the American Legion, China Post #1 in Exile; the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and the State of Delaware; the National Rifle Association; the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society; and the Flat Earth Society (Pensacola, Florida, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, chapters). He is an honorary life member of the U.S. Army Otter-Caribou Association, the U.S. Army Special Forces Association, the U.S. Marine Raider Association, and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association. Griffin lives in Alabama and Argentina.

William E. Butterworth IV has been an editor and writer for more than twenty-five years, and has worked closely with his father for a decade on the editing and writing of the Griffin books. He is coauthor of the bestselling novels The Saboteurs, The Double Agents, Death and Honor, The Traffickers, The Honor of Spies, The Vigilantes, The Outlaws, Victory and Honor, Covert Warriors, The Spymasters, Empire and Honor, and The Last Witness. He is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, China Post #1 in Exile, and of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society, and a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Texas Rifle Association. He lives in Texas.

Biography

With more than 40 million books in print in more than 10 languages, bestselling novelist W.E.B. Griffin enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a master of the military thriller.

Griffin began his career not as a writer but as a military man like the type he would eventually make millions writing about. After growing up in both New York City and the Philadelphia suburb of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Griffin took the step in 1946 that -- little did he know at the time -- would set the course for his literary life: He enlisted in the United States Army. After finishing basic training, he went through counterintelligence instruction at Fort Holabird, New Jersey, and was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany under Major General I. D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.

In 1951, while attending Philips University, in Marburg an der Lahn, in Germany, Griffin was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He again served under General White, both at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in Korea, where he earned the Expert Combat Infantry Badge and served as a combat correspondent and as acting X Corps (Group) information officer. Upon his release from active duty in 1953, Griffin was appointed chief of the Publications Division of the Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at the Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Although he first wrote under various pen names, Griffin didn't begin writing his bestselling string of military novels until he was well into his 50s. His first Brotherhood of War novel, The Lieutenants, was published in 1982 and touched off Griffin's well-known reputation for writing with historical accuracy and fascinating detail. Publishers Weekly noted that this first novel "captures the rhythms of WW II army life... in an absorbing account of life among military men." Griffin would go on to pen additional books in the Brotherhood of War sequence and to launch other bestselling series -- including The Corps, Badge of Honor, Honor Bound, and Men at War, among others.

While Griffin's public persona is a bit of an enigma -- he's not one to make the talk show rounds -- it's clear that he both knows and appreciates his readers, especially his fellow military men. On his official web site, Griffin reflects, "Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me how much he enjoys reading my books."

Good To Know

Griffin was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Military Fiction from Norwich University.

He was vested in the Order of St. George by the U.S. Armor Association.

Griffin addressed the Corps of Cadets for the United States Military Academy.

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Edmund Butterworth III (real name); Alex Baldwin, Webb Beech, Walter E. Blake, Jack Dugan, John Kevin Dugan, Eden Hughes, James McDouglas, Allison Mitchell, Edmund O. Scholefield, Blakely St.
      W.E.B. Griffin
    2. Hometown:
      Coppell, Texas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 10, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newark, New Jersey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Severly Dissapointed like the last book in his two other series

    Severly Dissapointed like the last book in his two other series there is no plot no storyline, he or probably his son who is doing the writing just
    rehashes everything that happened in the last book and then they leave you hanging wondering why you bought the book in the first place sorry w.e.b. but all good intentions aside your son is not you. i will not be buying anymore of your pointless stories.

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    I've been a huge WEB Griffin fan for many, many years, and have

    I've been a huge WEB Griffin fan for many, many years, and have all of his novels in hard cover editions.
    More to the point, I've read each one of them several times.

    This book was deeply disappointing for several reasons. First, there was even more telling of the back story than usual. Mr. Griffin has always pushed the limits in terms of spending too much time bringing new readers up -to-date, and in this book, he went overboard. Second, he has serious continuity problems in this book. For one thing, Delta's 'Gray Fox' operators are mistakenly referred to as 'Black Fox' early in the book. Later, when someone uses the term 'Black Fox', they are corrected. The documents in Jean-Paul Lorimer's safe were NOT Bearer Bonds, they were some sort of instrument indicating that Lorimer had loaned money to a bank, and required a signature, hence the need to forge his name. Bearer bonds are exactly what the name implies. Finally, the book, as are most books these days, was poorly edited. As for the humor, it mostly worked. I read all of the M*A*S*H books back when they originally came out, and a few years later learned of Mr. Griffin's authorship, so I wasn't surprised to read the Afterword.
    All of the above considered, this book was a huge disappointment.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Did the authors check any of the previous books.There are so man

    Did the authors check any of the previous books.There are so many errors and so many story lines changed,that it's hard to believe this book was written by the same authors.This book is disappointing on so many levels, and leaves many story lines no further than the last book.Read the first six,which are very good and skip the last two.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    A miserable piece of throw-away prose that should have never mad

    A miserable piece of throw-away prose that should have never made it past the editor regardless of the author.  Dialog recycled from previous books, no plot, a total farce without redeeming social value.  I was expecting WEB Griffin, instead I got Bozo the Clowns joke writers.  

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Terrible

    Big expectations, small returns yuck

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Unbelieveably poor! Without a doubt the poorest book to be publ

    Unbelieveably poor! Without a doubt the poorest book to be published under the W.E.B. Griffin name. Over half of the book was cut and pasted, or summarized from the preceeding Presidental Series books, the remainder had no plot or story line. I agree with the previous commenter that probably someone else wrote the book and it was issued under the Griffin name. This book is an insult to the Griffin line and should not have been published. As a serious reader of W.E.B. Griffin books, who owns all of his series books, this book did damage to W.E.B. Griffins reputation. I would reccomment that no one buy this book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    A rehash of previous books. Do Not Buy

    Totally disappointed his worst effort ever. Almost every page was copied from the other seven in the seried

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    How can I get my money back and the wasted 3 nights spent readin

    How can I get my money back and the wasted 3 nights spent reading this. This was a combination of the previous books. Nothing new
    was written. The ending chapter really made be mad. A comedy was written, well I didn't want to buy a comedic book. Highly disappointed as this is my favorite series in this Mr. Griffin has written. I HOPE the next book is so good it makes me forget this waste of time and money.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

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    How can this be?  My favorite author of all time has written a p

    How can this be?  My favorite author of all time has written a piece of drivel.  I have read every book he's ever written at least twice and this one was, well just awful.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Owning all of Mr. Griffin's military books, I eagerly awaited th

    Owning all of Mr. Griffin's military books, I eagerly awaited the delivery of the pre-order and the continued story of Charlie and his band of Merry Outlaws.  I must confess I'm extremely disappointed and regret buying the book.
    Unlike his previous efforts, this book is simple farce with one-dimensional characters, many of whom are simple buffoons.  In his afterword, the author explains why he choose this style, but frankly he should have written a fresh book rather than spoil the developing storyline of the Presidential Agent series.  I plan on doing some "in store reading" of any future books before I buy again.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    This is the worst book I have ever read. Truly. I feel cheated. 

    This is the worst book I have ever read. Truly. I feel cheated. 

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    THIS WAS HORRIBLE I have read all of W E B Griffins books.

    THIS WAS HORRIBLE


    I have read all of W E B Griffins books. When they come out I automatically purchase them site unseen. In this case it was a huge mistake. I assumed (we all know what happens when one assumes) that this would be a continuation of his excellent series. WRONG. This was a really poor attempt at humor. Apparently he wanted to take this excellent series and turn it into a MASH like comedy of bumbling Presidents and other politicos. Even if I was in the mood for political humor this book would still have been horrible. About half way through this waste of money I figured this was supposed to be funny. It was neither funny nor entertaining. As another reviewer penned "...he should have kept doing what he does best!" Do not waste your money on this poor attempt at humor.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Can I have my money back?!?

    As a long time fan of the author, I was looking forward to this book, expecting a book that spent a lot of time explaining the back story before getting into the meat of the book.

    However, all I got was a lot of back story and nothing else. The real big problem with this is that the back story was from the back end of a large animal with loose bowels!

    The additional characters are totally unbelievable, the dialog is juvenile, and the premise is even less believable than before.

    In my opinion, the author should be either suing the person who wrote this for defamation and libel, or he should be paying us to read this!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Half-way through the book, I did not read anything new. 90% of t

    Half-way through the book, I did not read anything new. 90% of this book was a re-telling of the events and background of the previous 7 books. I find the Mr Griffin's style of re-telling previous events and background very tedious reading, being repetitious to the point of annoying. After reading this book, I found zero action and the story of Castillo and his Merry Outlaws had not moved forward at all. I thought there would be some action involving the taking down of the Mexican drug lords and Somalian pirates...BIG disappointment here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    not worth the money and time wasted reading this drivel not at a

    not worth the money and time wasted reading this drivel
    not at all of the expected caliber of Griffin- I have purchased every previous work and the last two have been sorely disappointing

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Total Waste of Money

    This was a rehash of old stories with nothing new. The writing was horrid and his "explanation" in the epilogue insulting to my intelligence. I doubt Griffin wrote this at all-it is just someone cashing in on his popularity.

    I would rate it zero stars if that were possible.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    This was not a WEB GRIFFIN novel. If I didn't know better I wou

    This was not a WEB GRIFFIN novel. If I didn't know better I would think that Butterworth IV had teamed up with RIchad Hooker and wrote Carlos goes to Washington (remember the "MASH goes to" books of the 70's). I would have liked the book if I had purchased it as a comedy, but I didn't. You have a bonkers president, stupid advisors, inept russian spys and cubans, no action and no plot. I have purchased and read everything Griffin has done and enjoyed them. If this is the future of his new works, I'm done.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    This is now in my top ten worst books I have ever read. Complete

    This is now in my top ten worst books I have ever read. Complete waste of your time and since I bought it on my nook can't even use it for firewood. In the past I have been a huge fan of his writing and all I can say is the son is completely unqualified to follow in daddy's footsteps. In the future I will never preorder a WEB Griffin Book and will wait at least a month after the release to check online for reviews before even considering buying one of his books again. 50% of the book was basically copied from previous books and simply retold the background of the characters. The rest was complete drivel. I wasted about three days hoping this book would improve and when I got to the end I felt truly ripped off. I know that the publisher realized this right from the start because the description provided of the story line did not even come close to describing this ridiculous book. Mr Griffin should contact every single buyer and refund their money, no wonder he lives in Argentina that way he can hide from his fans he has truly lost all of my respect and if he is the real writer of this book I would seriously consider getting checked for Alzheimer's disease.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Save your money. This book is 269 pages of the author going over

    Save your money. This book is 269 pages of the author going over incidents that happened in previous books. Hardly any new material. I strongly agree with the other reviews.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    I have been reading Griffin's books since The Lieutenants came o

    I have been reading Griffin's books since The Lieutenants came out in the 1980s. This will be the last book I purchase from this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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