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Product Details

  • Series: A Presidential Agent Novel (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; 1st Printing edition (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399160671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399160677
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,439 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

In Griffin’s latest Presidential Agent novel, President Clendennen is having major problems fighting his much-ballyhooed wars on drugs and piracy. Casting about for a sure-fire way to score some big points in the press, Clendennen comes up with a plan that startles everyone around him. He wants to bring back agent Charley Castillo, long on the outs with the president, return him to active duty, and task him with bringing down the Mexican drug cartels and, at the same time, having a go at those pesky Somali pirates. So far it all sounds like pretty standard thriller fare, but throw this into the mix: there is a very real chance that President Clendennen is mentally unbalanced. This has been hinted at in previous novels in the series, but this time it’s a major plot thread. Has the president lost his mind? And, if so, how will his insanity affect the future of the country? The action is solid, and Charley is always an interesting guy to hang around with, but it’s that other story line, the one involving the president’s mental stability, that really captures our interest. --David Pitt

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Praise for HAZARDOUS DUTY
 
“The action is solid, and Charley is always an interesting guy to hang around with, but it’s [the storyline] that really captures our interest.”—Booklist
 
Praise for the Presidential Agent series

 “Tough-fisted…hard-edged…Griffin’s formula is straightforward: set up a bunch of obstacles, and let us watch Charlie knock ‘em down one at a time. His novels promise action, suspense, and rousing entertainment, and they never fail to deliver.”—Booklist
 
“Punchy prose that connects like a right hook. Griffin should offer Castillo’s services to Washington!”—Chicago Tribune

More About the Author

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of more than thirty epic novels in five series, all of which have been listed on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and other best-seller lists. More than forty million of his books are in print in more than ten languages, including Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, and Hungarian. Mr. Griffin grew up in the suburbs of New York City and Philadelphia. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. After basic training, he received counter-intelligence training at Fort Holabird, Maryland. He was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany, and ultimately to the staff of then-Major General I.D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary. In 1951, Mr. Griffin was recalled to active duty for the Korean War, interrupting his education at Phillips University, Marburg an der Lahn, Germany. In Korea he earned the Combat Infantry Badge as a combat correspondent and later served as acting X Corps (Group) information officer under Lieutenant General White. On his release from active duty in 1953, Mr. Griffin was appointed Chief of the Publications Division of the U.S. Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Mr. Griffin is a member of the Special Operations Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Army Aviation Association, and the Armor Association. He was the 1991 recipient of the Brigadier General Robert L. Dening Memorial Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association, and the August 1999 recipient of the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award, presented at the 100th National Convention in Kansas City. He has been vested into the Order of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association, and the Order of St. Andrew of the U.S. Army Aviation Association, and been awarded Honorary Doctoral degrees by Norwich University, the nation's first and oldest private military college, and by Troy State University (Ala.). He was the graduation dinner speaker for the class of 1988 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has been awarded honorary membership in the Special Forces Association; the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association; the Marine Raiders Association; and the U.S. Army Otter & Caribou Association. He is the co-founder, with historian Colonel Carlo D'Este, of the William E. Colby Seminar on Intelligence, Military, and Diplomatic Affairs. Mr. Griffin's novels, known for their historical accuracy, have been praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for their "fierce, stop-for-nothing scenes." "Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me he enjoys reading my books," Mr. Griffin says. Mr. Griffin divides his time between the Gulf Coast and Buenos Aires.

Customer Reviews

This story depended too much on previous books written by Griffin.
ok book, have read better
I'm so disappointed, I feel like the author had to know how bad this book was.
Tucker Muse
This is the worst WEB Griffin book ever written and I've read them all.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

178 of 180 people found the following review helpful By W.E.B Fan on January 1, 2014
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I have been a fan of all of W.E.B Griffins military and spy themed novels but this one falls well short of everything I have read before. Gone are the intrigue, mystery, and action of previous books, this book is confusing and pointless, nothing happens, nothing is resolved and the story lines just end with no real reason. In the end of the book Griffin puts an afterword that he was having a hard time writing this novel so he tried to make it funny like MASH, he failed in my eyes, this book was a waste of time and I wish I had not pre-ordered it.
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124 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Paul Christian on December 31, 2013
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I received the book on Kindle at midnight, finished it at about 4pm (with a couple of breaks in there for naps.) I love the author's books (and let me clarify here, I've read most of them, starting with Brotherhood of War in the late 80s,) but was extremely let down by this one. And yes, I read the 'afterward' and the author's explanation. I'm sorry, I just can't get behind the reasoning to turn out a shoddy book like this.

Sadly disappointed. I'll be extremely wary of the next book.
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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Richard B on January 2, 2014
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First let me say I have been a huge WEB Griffin fan for many years. I own virtually every series and every book! Sadly this will be the last one I every buy! Since he has taken on "Co-Writers" the quality has diminished greatly. This last book, Hazardous Duty, was the last straw for me. It was the poorest excuse for a book and were I WEB Griffin, I wouldn't want my name associated with it!
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2013
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Glad I purchased the kindle version, otherwise it would have been a waste of paper. This is the first negative review I have posted, the book is poorly written has very little new material and issues with typos no action at all. I really wish I could request a refund.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Erkman on January 3, 2014
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Anyone who has enjoyed the many wonderful and well plotted books by Mr. Griffin should avoid reading this. It is basically a re cap of the previous Presidential Agent Novels with a very weak and confusing story line attached. Even Mr. Griffin 's explanation at the end of the story of why he wrote this so poorly doesn't make sense. A big disappointment and I feel like I've been swindled out of money and time. As a huge fan of W.E.B. Griffin, I automatically purchase anything that he writes, I'll never make that mistake again.
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2013
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I have to say first that Charlie & Sweaty have become my favorite characters from Mr Griffin over time,
especially MAX--
I am really disgruntled to read this book & find out the further U read--
the more it resembles a movie script for Charley Chaplin / Laurel & Hardy to play in ""KeyStone Cops
join F-Troop""

Mr Griffin writes a excerpt to explain why the book is written as a comedy of errors--
why couldn't he have wrote a stand alone book with new characters if he wanted
to try his hand writing a Janet Evanovich / Stephanie Plum novel--
at least when I read a Stephanie Plum novel--I know she & Lulu will get into some action
before Ranger comes in to save their butts

Charlie & Sweaty should have faded into the history books like Killer McCoy
if Mr Griffin was tired of writing the story line
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By S. Gibbs on January 1, 2014
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Sorry I bought it. Sorry to give it two stars for the humor before it turned to absurdity. I've been a fan of his books for years. I swallowed his time shift in the Badge of Honor series. I swallowed his re telling of the back story for the first 20% of every book. But I held off buying his last novel until I was able to thumb through it at a bookstore-and decided not to buy it at all. Wish I'd done that with this one. I understand his expressed disappointment in the postscript. But I feel he should have ditched the project until he could have come to terms with the failures of officers such as a former General, former DCI. I will buy no more of his books before checking them out nor can I recommend them to others. Ignore the cover, nothing that exciting happens in this book.
Just to add a postscript...wish I'd given this book just ONE star. And in a couple of months Griffin is bringing out another book starting another series. I. Will. Not. Buy. It. I may/may not read a library copy, but WEB Griffin and son will not see another penny of mine.
Apparently I lied to myself since I bought Top Secret. I still hate this book. I still feel betrayed. I still feel that Griffin & Company ripped me off on this book.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Smith on January 2, 2014
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As other reviewers have mentioned, I have read (and re-read) every one of of every series of Griffin's books and enjoyed them. Yes the quality can be uneven and there is a distinct lack of proofreading and editing, but in general they are a good read.

This, however, was horrible. Messrs. Griffin and Butterworth IV should be ashamed of themselves for foisting this book on their loyal readers.

To write a parody novel as part of an ongoing series of action/spy novels itself shows a lack of judgment and respect for their readers. That the parody was so poor merely compounds the disaster that is this novel. Unfortunately the best part of the parody was their overuse of flashback sequences, which is a perennial problem in their regular books. Feeling the urge to write a parody novel, they should have done so as a one-off and not as part of one of their series.

If it were possible to give negative stars to a review, I would do so. I am certainly going to be reluctant to purchase another book in any series by them without carefully perusing it to ensure that they have not perpetrated another fail such as this one.

For shame gentlemen.
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