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The Shooters (Presidential Agent Series #4)

The Shooters (Presidential Agent Series #4)

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by W. E. B. Griffin

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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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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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Editorial Reviews

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.
Publishers Weekly

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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Penguin Publishing Group
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Presidential Agent Series , #4
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18 Years

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Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin is the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and now Clandestine Operations. He lives in Fairhope, Alabama, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

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Brief Biography

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

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The Shooters (Presidential Agent Series #4) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
Stui2 More than 1 year ago
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.
Alfredo More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Actioonandy More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good as they come with one problem. There are so many characters, many with multiple names, that a list of characters is needed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Very enjoyable read.
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kitty-kitty More than 1 year ago
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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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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I pad in, looking around.+Wildpas
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Gasps for air.