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The Outlaws (Presidential Agent Series #6)

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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,...

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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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594547495
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • 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)

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin

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

William E. Butterworth IV has worked closely with his father for a decade, and is the coauthor of several previous books with him, most recently Covert Warriors and The Spymasters.

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

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Charlie and the virus factory...

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    Lacking any depth, intrigue...NOT a "Can't put it down" Book :(

    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 :(

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    Half and Half

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2011

    Recommended for Griffin fans

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

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    Price

    Why does the Ebook cost more than the hard cover? This is just not right!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2011

    Another hit

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Boring

    Had to put the book up after reading over 150 pages and still no story, just re-hash of previous books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    awesome

    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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    Posted November 24, 2012

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    Velvetstar, go to 'horsemen' all results, that is were HorseClan's new camp can be.- Anonymous

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    Posted November 24, 2012

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    We are moving camps soon Wolfsun, me and Bravheart and looking for a good one. -Velvetstar-

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    Posted October 27, 2012

    Moon

    Thank you Greenleaf. They are due any day now. She purrs and licks her swollen belly.

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    Posted October 25, 2012

    Windwing

    He purred. "It dpends. Hunting or fighting?"

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    Posted October 24, 2012

    Servalkit

    May I join? I am six moons old. I am a small, underfed cat of noble descent as my mum and my dod were Kyanleap and I forgot my dod's name cuz I never knew them. I was once named Songkit but I was left alone in the wild. I am a bronze and gold and have spots and big ears. Even though I am not a serval I am called Servalkit cuz I look like one. I often speak with a British accent as the cat who raised me was British. I also use British spelling such as colour and metre and litre and centre. Sorry for any inconveniance but please acnowlegde my post. Cheerio!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    Spotpaw

    Looked up, her eyes wide with a quiet amazement

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Rainpaw

    Sits on a high branch in a tree, sulking and glaring at the cats below. She stalked away, thinking: "I guess I'm not part of this clan anymore. I hate myself, I hate my life. I hate this!!!" She cast one last sullen look at her former clanmates and friends before dissapearing into the leaves of the tree. "Why did this have to happen to me?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    Skytep

    She purred happily. -Skystep

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    Posted October 13, 2012

    Birdstrike to whitestar

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    Posted October 8, 2012

    Tearpaw

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