Hazardous Duty : Presidential Agent

  • by W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • Series: Presidential Agent
  • 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Presidential Agent adventures return, in the most surprising novel yet in the #1 Wall Street Journal – and New York Times–bestselling series.
Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case.
Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and 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: This is going to be hazardous duty.

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What the Critics Say

"Tough-fisted . . . hard-edged . . . Griffin’s formula is straightforward: Set up a bunch of obstacles, and let us watch Charley Castillo knock them down one at a time. His novels promise action, suspense, and rousing entertainment, and they never fail to deliver." (Booklist)

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TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing.

Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

ARE YOU CRAZY??? This is the most horrible editing of any of these books. HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND?? The character went from Seymour Krantz to Jack Kensington? WTF is Jack Kensington? W. E. Butterworth and Jr must of lost their collective memory or the editors drew a paycheck with no work or plot comparison!! Of the first 6 hrs 5.5 of it was recounting all the previous books in perpetuity. IT never ended. Write something new. I FF'ed through entire chapters even though IOS7 doesn't have chapter breaks and never lost the "so-called" plot.


What could W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book was 2hrs of new plot streeeeeeetcccchhhheeddddd into 13 hours of pure agony. As a fan, I am tired of the story of the centuries old Russian history. And the religion. And the half-assed love story. And the dumb-ass aviators talking to the control tower. And the 1950s theory of military history. Write a new plot line. You completely left characters out. And I could give a crap about Russian mob families. No particular impact on the story or plot. I want my money back…..This is almost as bad as the Corps series you have managed to ruin.


What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator is still dry as toast. And he has mixed up the "voices" he has used in the past.It's like rubbing sand paper in my ears. And they keep the same guy. Over and Over and Over.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hazardous Duty?

The entire plot of the priest from Chicago? WtF was that about? WHO CARES?!?!?!Get with the program!! Horrible plot deviations. Please stop with the recounting of every minor characters entire previous chapters of mis-quoted character development. I was really hoping for some new plot. What? ARE you getting paid by the word or letter now?My frustration is expected but you have over-whelmed me with your tripe on this one.


Any additional comments?

FF to the second part. Suffer through if you already own the series. You are keeping WEB rolling in his retirement home in NW Argentina. Maybe one day he can build his own Karin Hall and pay tribute to the "good guy" Nazis. And to think I pre-ordered this on Audible and B&N…..what was I thinking?

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- Michael

Disappointed

What disappointed you about Hazardous Duty?

I have listened to or read the previous presidential series and was very disappointed in this one. I did not get very far into before I decided I did not want to waste any more of my time.


Would you ever listen to anything by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth again?

Not without reading a substantial number of reviews. Audible's reviews were not as bad as Amazon's where it is rated overall as two stars.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

His reading was not something I wanted to hear.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hazardous Duty?

Since I did not get very fare into it, as an editor I probably would have sent it back to the author(s).


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- Joseph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-31-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio