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The Outlaws (Presidential Agent Series #6)

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

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The #1 New York Times-bestselling series returns-and the stakes have never been higher.

Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded-but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully shown him, there are many things the intelligence community can't do, won't do, or doesn't do well, and he has the men and assets to help

Overview

The #1 New York Times-bestselling series returns-and the stakes have never been higher.

Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded-but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully shown him, there are many things the intelligence community can't do, won't do, or doesn't do well, and he has the men and assets to help set things straight.

But the first opportunity, when it comes, is shocking: A FedEx package arrives, bearing photos of barrels containing some of the most dangerous biohazard materials on earth, all of which were supposed to have been destroyed during a raid on a secret Russian factory in the Congo. Who has them, and what do they want? Castillo has a feeling he's not going to like the answers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Griffin and Butterworth's long and exceedingly detailed sixth presidential agent thriller (after Black Ops), the U.S. president has ordered Lt. Col. Carlos "Charley" Castillo to disband his secret organization, the Office of Organizational Analysis, and to "fall off the face of the earth." When the president dies of a ruptured aorta, Charley elects instead to reorganize his outfit. He soon becomes entangled in intrigue involving several barrels of virulent biological weaponry and a demand from Vladimir Putin to return the two Russian spies who defected in Black Ops. The new U.S. president, who hates Charley's guts, wants to turn him over to Putin along with the two defectors. Charley and his intrepid gang engage in meticulous planning, fill in the backstory, banter among themselves, and fly around in exotic planes. Series fans who love these characters will find the novel fulfilling; newcomers and those expecting a big payoff will be disappointed. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Charley Castillo is no longer employed by the government, but neither he nor his pals are out of work. The super antiterrorist expert, last seen in Black Ops, has formed his own privately funded unit of experts. This time they have to find a deadly biological weapon they'd all thought had been destroyed. To make matters worse, Charley's enemies and rivals from years and novels past are coming out of the woodwork, thanks, in part, to an inept new president who is furious that secrets had been kept from him. He wants Charley crushed even though this places the country in jeopardy.Verdict As always with the recent thrillers by Griffin and his son, so much is spent on reprising and explaining old characters that much of the action, such as it is, is lost. The authors' fans will find this latest installment of the "Presidential Agent" series comfortable and enjoyable, while potential newer readers are likely to be turned off by the slow-moving, tedious, and complex tale. Outlaws is a thriller without thrills or action. Purchase where there is demand.—Robert Conroy, Warren, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399156830
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Series:
Presidential Agent Series, #6
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

W.E.B Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.

William E. Butterworth IV has worked closely with his father for nearly a decade, and is the coauthor of six previous books with him, most recently The Honor of Spies and The Vigilantes.

Brief Biography

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

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The Outlaws (Presidential Agent Series #6) 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 294 reviews.
3rdGenerationTexasAggie More than 1 year ago
I am a huge WEB Griffin fan, and this book met all my expectations. Laughed out loud in places, and my only regret is always when the book is over. All forces turn again Charlie and his Merry Band, and once again we and he are never sure who is friend and who is enemy. No spoilers, but just a suggestion if you are a first time reader, the Griffin books are ALL better when you read the series in order. Characters will live with you day by day till the next book is published. Not sure how they read for a new arrival to the author.
BCG1 More than 1 year ago
Let me begin by saying that I have read them all. I started with the first Brotherhood of War book back in the early eighties. I love Griffin's style. He paints a brilliant picture. Griffin conjures some fantastic characters. Charlie Castillo may be my favorite so I awaited this book eagerly. After reading the first half of this book I began to wonder if Griffin had gotten lazy and had used the rehash of the other books in this series merely to fill pages since very little new plot took place in the first 200 pages. very dissapointing to have to have to read through so much review to get to some new action. I know it's there in all of his series but it seemed to me that this book was just way over the top in telling the backstory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read for Griffin fans but like most of his books, he goes into to much detail for the same thing to many times.
Lelise64 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE WEB Griffin...and I have LOVED this series; especially Charley, BUT...the last 2 books have really seemed to be lacking. They could have been combined into 1 book and it would have been worthwhile. There was soooo much backgound -- you could not get through a chapter w/o tons of "what happened in book 2,3,4, etc..." It wasn't laborious -- it was plain BORING. If one were writing this book for those who've never read any of his series, all that background stuff still would have been unnecessary. For me, it was just redundant. Charley & Svetlana -- this pair just doesn't have much chemistry in my option. To think of Charley saying something sort of religious, "taking God's name in vain", is just NOT in character. And I'll admit maybe Griffin is trying to get Charley to change -- but I just don't BUY IT. I really don't even like Sweaty & Dimitri... maybe time to move them on... I didn't really care for the new PRES (Clendennen). TO me, this story just lacked any intrigue. I strolled through the end of the book -- there was NO RUSH to get to the end; and the end was so anticlimactic. I can't say this was a good read. The next book I get in this series, I definitely won't pay hardcover price :(
MCDDJ More than 1 year ago
Why does the Ebook cost more than the hard cover? This is just not right!
Ed Collins More than 1 year ago
For those that love Griffin's style, this is typical Griffin. A lot in previous books is explained in greater detail here. Castiillo is not a typical Army officer, but he is not meant to be. There are times where our wonderful men and women in the military wish they ciuld do more to make a difference. At least a reader can get lost in the feeling while reading this novel. well eorth the money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to put the book up after reading over 150 pages and still no story, just re-hash of previous books.
jimsnips More than 1 year ago
This was the latest in the series and it built on the previous five novels. To get the full benefit, you must read the series in order, since each novel builds on the previous ones. There was a little more background given in this one which would help new readers to the series, but there seemed to be a gap between the ending of the previous book and the start of this one.
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I was glad to see this book available from the author (been a big fan of his since reading the series, 'The Corp.') and look forward to seeing another. (there's an opening where there could be one I hope) WEB Griffin writes very well & the reader can believe that one is actually there viewing the characters.
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