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Publisher's Summary

At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.
But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts. Fresh from having enraged the Kremlin by staging a covert raid in Venezuela that nabbed not only high-value Russian agents but also a highly prized secret Russian aircraft, they start connecting the dots. They believe that it’s a diversion. That the murders and kidnapping were ordered by none other than Vladimir Putin himself to lure Castillo and company to their deaths. And the thing of it is, even knowing that may not save them. Powerful forces in the U.S. government are arrayed against them as well, and if one side doesn’t get them... the other side will.
Filled with Griffin’s trademark rich characters and cutting-edge drama, this is another exceptional novel in an exceptional series.
Prolong the suspense: listen to another Presidential Agent thriller.
©2011 W.E.B. Griffin, William Butterworth IV (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By RevRick on 01-10-12


What did you like best about Covert Warriors? What did you like least?

I've followed the Charlie Castillo series since its inception. This novel seemed to have a

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

One of Griffin's strengths is character development. Where that was present in this book, it was cut and pasted from previous volumes.
Second, the language was over the top - or more accurately- in the sewer. It was so difficult to listen to, I had to turn it off a few times just to take a break. (Some is expected, but this? Come on.) Much of the foul language had nothing to do with the story. It was petty and not in keeping with the consistency of the other books in the series.
It was no longer fun: it became a chore. I don't read fiction for the intellectual challenge, but if I need chores, I'll check the honey-do list.

Do you think Covert Warriors needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

The Castillo series should continue, but I would encourage that Griffin returns to his original principles and style.

Any additional comments?

I hope the next one isn't as flat. It's unlikely that I'll invest in another book by this author.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Nolan Howe on 02-05-12

Barely made it to the end

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

I've been a huge fan of W.E.B. Griffin for more than 20 years and I'm sad to say that since he's started writing with his son the books have become much less enjoyable. The Presidential Agents series started off as enjoyable, though not up to his earlier series, but as each book in this series has come out it has gotten steadily more rote and repetitive. It seems unlikely that I will continue to read this series.

Has Covert Warriors turned you off from other books in this genre?

I love the genre and I love Griffin's earlier works. I'll likely just go back and revisit those wonderful books.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The acting of the book was fine for what it was. It was easy to follow who was speaking as the reader had distinctive voices for everyone. I will say that weather he was written that way or it was the readers interpretation, the President was such an SOB that I found myself not being able to wait until the chapter was over every time the story switched to the Presidential POV.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, not really.

Any additional comments?

I think followers of W.E.B. Griffin know that usually his books are all about the interactions between the characters and not necessarily about the action. That being said, all of the interaction in this book are boring and repetitive. They basically sit around for the whole book talking about the same things over and over and then resolve the major plot point in a couple of paragraphs. I came away with the impression that the authors are working to turn out as many books as possible with not a lot of thought to the quality and the enjoyment of fans.

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