The Shooters (Presidential Agent Series #4)

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A key DEA agent has been kidnapped by drugrunners. As much as the news angers Presidential Agent Castillo, he thinks there’s no way he could get permission to rescue the man. But Castillo’s wrong—the President himself orders Castillo to do anything it takes to bring back the agent...anything except get caught.

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Overview

A key DEA agent has been kidnapped by drugrunners. As much as the news angers Presidential Agent Castillo, he thinks there’s no way he could get permission to rescue the man. But Castillo’s wrong—the President himself orders Castillo to do anything it takes to bring back the agent...anything except get caught.

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For Delta Force officer Charley Castillo, there never seems to be rest. The hero of By Order of the President, The Hostage, and The Hunters is back with another fast-breaking, pulse-raising adventure. While attempting to ease the U.N. oil-for-food scandal to closure, poor Castillo is introduced to new complications in the person of a pleading young American lieutenant. As readers of W.E.B. Griffin's Presidential Agent series have learned again and again, Charley never shrinks from a dangerous assignment.
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When DEA Special Agent Byron J. Timmons is kidnapped in Asunción, Paraguay, at the start of bestseller Griffin's rousing fourth presidential agent novel (after The Hunters), Timmons's grandfather asks his friend, the mayor of Chicago, for help. The mayor passes the request on to the U.S. president, who assigns his personal in-house expert, Lt. Col. C.G. Castillo, to rescue agent Timmons. Castillo is familiar with the territory, having sorted out various terrorist and drug dealer threats in South America in earlier books in the series. Castillo spends a lot of time in meetings and flying around the globe in the course of setting up the big shoot-out. After the brief, long-awaited climax, everyone pats each other on the back and gets ready for the next adventure, which is sure to pick up the loose threads left untied from the just-completed mission. In less accomplished hands, this would be a recipe for boredom, but Griffin pulls it off, leaving satisfied thriller readers hankering for more. (Jan.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515145700
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Series: Presidential Agent Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 159,937
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin

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

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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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    Still keeping my interest

    The series is good, fast paced and interesting. I question the 2 -3 pages dedicated to the girlfriend and hope that is remedied in the next book. I shall, for the time being, only purchase used books as the publishers have set on the path of greed with e-books priced higher that hardbacks. "Way to stick it to the loyal base!" We are not stupid and realize the cost of an ebook is no where near the cost of a hardback, or for that matter a paperback version. So hold off buying until you see e-books back in the $4 - $5 range. We can make a difference.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    Extremely Disappointed

    I have read WEB Griffin for years. With each passing series the books are duller and duller. His orginal series were fantasic. I like the characters and their inter-action. But this book drags and drags.

    It is not the writing that I first loved to get my hands on. If WEB is not doing the writing himself, he should be. Or he should be paying more attention to what his ghost writers are putting out.

    If this is the best that the brand can come up with, then it is time to retire and never write again.

    Alfredo

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Excellent book in the series

    This was a great continuation to the series. I appreciate the way Griffin's books are able to stand alone without having to remember every detail of the previous ones. But reading the prior ones in the series do make for a richer read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Four Books

    In the last month I have read 4 of Mr. Griffin's books. When I saw The Shooters I was a bit relieved to see that it wasn't as thick as the others. But darn if it wasn't still filled with so much needless detail that I was able to skip over many pages. But there's a reason I read these books, and will probably read more. Griffin can tell a good story when he gets down to it, and when he gets into some of the poltical and military intrigue it can be pretty fascinating. But to set a scene I don't need to know, for example, where every person in the room was standing. The many tidbits of historical trivia just go on and on, and boy did I want to shoot that dog.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Not very good

    I tried reading this twice and made myself finish it the second time. It was a waste! I liked earlier books from Griffen but this was a bad attempt at writing a book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

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    Sorry

    I quit reading after about a quarter of the way thru. Too wordy...too much unimportant dialogue...found myself jumping ahead, and finally quit. Not up to his usual.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Don't waste Your Money

    This was one of the worst books I've read in a while. WEB Griffin seems to have lost his touch. The book was formulaic and dull. It was pretty much a waste of time and money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2009

    The most boring book I have ever read

    The cover states the book is thrilling, action packed. The only action in this book was when the dog jumped on people. If you want an instruction manual that details how to out-brag other military personnel with snappy dialogue, or how to verbally intimidate foreign country officials, or how to eat a steak and drink whiskey, or sneak a dog into a hospital, then maybe this book is for you. The DEA agent to be rescued was only actually in the book for the first 14 pages and on page 724, which makes it pretty hard to develop any sympathy for him. Furthermore, about 90% of the book is centered in the USA flying around between bases before the characters even get to South America for the rescue. And the shooters??? Barely there. This book could easily have been 200 pages long, and still have been dull. I think War and Peace is probably more exciting.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

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    Extremely disappointing.

    This is the second Griffin book which I feel has duped the reader! He's into "repeating" previous books ad nauseum, with VERY little fresh, original action/ Example: This book is 737 pages long. I am at page 620, and NOTHING of any consequence has occurred.
    Sad, really...he, at one time, was number one with me!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2008

    Great Despite One Fault

    Good as they come with one problem. There are so many characters, many with multiple names, that a list of characters is needed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2008

    No Significant Changes

    I've read almost everything Griffin has published. Unfortunately, although he has been trying to make his work a bit more current in the Presidential Agent series, there is one consistent theme within his writing: the rich are apparently the ones who make the really important contributions in the effort to combat the enemy, whoever that may be. Even in his Corps series, McCoy has more than enough money to do whatever he desires without having to rely upon his pay. How about the rest of the military or police who aren't independently weaalthy? Is the implication that only the rich make significant contributions? As a military veteran of over 36 years, starting at the lowest enlisted rank and working my way up, I find his writing, while entertaining, skewed toward wealth as the manner in which things are accomplished. I never went into the military to get rich 'and didn't, though I'm quite satisfied with my lifestyle' and rather resent the implication that you have to be ridiculously wealthy in order to be successful as a patriot. Perhaps his next series will be more in line with real life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2008

    Special Ops Vet

    After spending 26 years in the military I have read and enjoyed all of Griffin's books. Each has been different, Some of the plot lines were predictible in the Phildelphia series. This new Presidential Agent series is in a more current venue. Some of the technology in Argentina is not as up to date as it is in today's Armed Forces. I would imagine that has an impact on his description of weapons used. Eah story does depict military life as it was in different eras imaginative plots mingled with accurate descriptions of the different military units and our foes in battle. Thanks for thirty plus years of great reading. In each series there were special themes of interest. I too was commissioned after bringing all the wounded back from a mission in Cambodia. blood and honor has a theme of righting the wrongs done in Argentina. I have also read all of Clancy and Cussler's books. Keep them coming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    A reviewer

    Again, more overt dramatic prose that leads to no-where. If you have kept up with this series it had a putrid first novel. Griffin tried to help the storyline along with the next 2 installations, but failed to get things really moving. People give Griffin way too much credit for painting 'realism' in his writing, as it is supposed to pertain to the MODERN fight on terrorism. Griffin credits himself, on the inner jackets of his book, in being a member of some US Special Forces Association. You would think that with that type of membership he could have tapped into some current 'intel' on weapons and SOP. His portrayal of clandestine SOP and OPSEC is laughable. The weapons that he talks about are completely antiquated - I mean he discusses the 'Madsen machine gun' as a primary weapon in use by everyone good guys and bad. This gun, just by ballistics, is considered a relic - its OVER-usage by everyone in this entire series is completely implausible! Planes, helicopters, and overall technology listed in the story all sound like they belong in an episode of the 'A-Team'. That is the technical gist of the series. Griffin writes his story with a great amount of effort placed on events and scenery. I will give him credit on the imagery that he concocts, through his vast knowledge of places like Argentina, Germany, and a few of the Eastern bloc countries. However, 'events' are referenced, re-referenced, and then cross referenced by the main characters, supporting characters, and even himself. It becomes a trivial sport of keeping up with data that you have just read, then re-read, and then were made to re-remember a few pages down the line. I honestly had hoped that Griffin would have cleaned this all up by now. But this advanced copy is just more of the same - it is his 'status quo' for the series, and he seems to relish in his presentation of this series. If you must, pick up the audio books and just cruise. Don't bother sitting with it and reading - any avid reader will end up realizing the predictability of the plot. That is if one has read his previous works on this series. If you haven't, do the audio books, and start with the 2nd novel first then go back to the first, then the third, finishing with this. But again, a warning to people looking for 'fun' the Tom Clancy, 'Jack Bauer', etc. characters/story bring to the table. This story, just like its predecessors, drops another WEB Griffin dummy-bomb!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    It starts out slow, remains slow through about 80% of the book b

    It starts out slow, remains slow through about 80% of the book basically talking about his dog and other characters. I don't plan on getting more of his books. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Rainpaw

    Crouches in a dark corner on dead leaves for bedding. She looks around sadly at the other apprentices and buries her head under her paws, sobbing. When no other cat was watching she slipped through the drooping branches of the willow tree, out of the den and far away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Dapplepaw

    Makes a nest here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Wildpaw

    I pad in, looking around.+Wildpas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Silverflow

    Gasps for air.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    The Apprentice's Den

    A scraggly tree with wide, sweeping branches houses many nests. This is the perfect place for apprentices to rest after long days of training. ~Informing Whitestar

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    I recommend the entire series

    After reading the entire series in hardcopy books, I decided to add them to an old favorites shelf on my Nook. I reread all of them periodically in sequence.k The development of the characters and ongoing legends of each is very injoyable.

    This series parallels the similar series involving the Philadelphia police department officers and detectives. I highly recommend them, as well.

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