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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515150274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515150278
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 4.4 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Griffin and Butterworth's long and exceedingly detailed sixth presidential agent thriller (after Black Ops), the U.S. president has ordered Lt. Col. Carlos "Charley" Castillo to disband his secret organization, the Office of Organizational Analysis, and to "fall off the face of the earth." When the president dies of a ruptured aorta, Charley elects instead to reorganize his outfit. He soon becomes entangled in intrigue involving several barrels of virulent biological weaponry and a demand from Vladimir Putin to return the two Russian spies who defected in Black Ops. The new U.S. president, who hates Charley's guts, wants to turn him over to Putin along with the two defectors. Charley and his intrepid gang engage in meticulous planning, fill in the backstory, banter among themselves, and fly around in exotic planes. Series fans who love these characters will find the novel fulfilling; newcomers and those expecting a big payoff will be disappointed. (Jan.)
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Charlie Castillo is going through a bit of a professional shake-up. His top-secret government unit, the mildly named Office of Organizational Analysis, has been disbanded. Charlie and his team have been expelled from government. And the new president (taking over after the former president dropped dead unexpectedly) is distinctly antagonistic toward Charlie and the work he did for the government (something about all those bodies he left behind). It seems like Charlie is down and out, but when several kilograms of Congo-X—a very nasty, fatal bioweapon that Charlie supposedly destroyed—show up in the U.S., Castillo and his former colleagues race to find out who sent the stuff and what they intend to do with the rest of it. Oh, and the Russians are after Charlie; so is the American government but for (mostly) different reasons. Some action-hungry readers might find the book a bit dialogue-heavy, but fans of Griffin’s military thrillers will be eager to have a go at his latest. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Lathrop Bob on January 4, 2011
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I just have to say wow! I wish who ever wrote this book had taken the time to read the other books in the series and not just cliff notes. I knew right away that I was in for a long read on this one. I bought the audio book. Other than a few minutes of stage setting at the start, it took over 2 hours to get past the initial "here is what happened in the other books of the series". I am used to Griffin books screwing up small details like names or titles. The first screw up was referring to what had been Madsen machineguns in the original books to a Kalashnikov in this one. Then the writer changes the past history of Billy Kochen and Castillo, and Gen. Naylor and Castillo's Mother. Come on, that is not good writing.

If this is the quality of Griffin's boy then the boy needs a real job. The quality of the Griffin line has been declining since Butterworth IV started writing. This book brings in a new low. Any more like it and that will be the end of me reading Griffin books. I have all of the Griffin books from all of his series in paper and audio form. I would rather see no more from him if the quality of the writing is going to be so poor.
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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful By J-Man on January 5, 2011
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I enjoyed the first few books in The Presidential Agent series by W.E.B. Griffin, but The Outlaws was a true disappointment. The 432-page book should have been a 120-page short story. This is not worth your time. Wait another one or two years until the next installment. Hopefully Griffin will then produce a worthy follow-up story.

The good: The plot was enjoyable.

The bad: Too many pages for very little content. The backstory was repeated for way too many pages. The content from this book was repeated numerous times throughout the novel. Very little action. Very little politics.

Also, for $14.99, this is not worth the money. What happened to $9.99 Kindle editions? How can the Kindle, read electronic and therefore no production cost of printing & shipping, be more expensive than the hard cover? Shameful.
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98 of 107 people found the following review helpful By W. West on December 28, 2010
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The latest in the Presidential Agent series continues the downward spiral that has been the last several installments. The author has continued to "tweak" (read: outright change for no discernible reason) the once interesting and unique backstory that he had created for Charley. First it was Eric Kocian magically becoming much more involved with young Karl's life in the last several books. Now, the author has completely ret-conned Charley's transfer to working with McNabb originally, as well as making Naylor out to be first, an ass, and later (actually in flashback) an idiot.

Apparently in the two weeks that separate "Black Ops" and "the Outlaws," the President has died, and the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security have resigned ... Busy two weeks, en? That type of Cabinet level exodus should raise some big questions for the country, but that was not to be ... At least not yet. Needless twists and turns, friends becoming enemies, and enemies becoming friends.... In a more talented author's hands, perhaps, but I'm not sure who is actually writing this series anymore.

If you're a fan of 'ole Charley, then i recommend if for no other reason to see how much of his life has changed, both present and past.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Brian Torsney on January 6, 2011
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It appears that Mr, Butterw0rth is taking over from his father. As I have read the last two W.E.B. Griffin books, I see a substantial decline in both the story telling and the construction than I ever experienced in the many earlier series. "The Corps" will always be my favorite, and The Investigators my least favorite. But even comparing the early "Investigators" with "The Vigilantes" there is a marked negative difference in quality and content. There seems to be more of the emphasis on writing for the old "Saturday Evening Post" Serial. The author now has to relate back to prior events in other books at the drop of a hat. Perhaps the author could give a summary of the past in the first 5 or 6 pages and use a different font, or underline, so that the old and faithful fan an just skip the past. The characters have become wooden rather than likeable or even remotely human. The plot is "The Outlaws" has too many shifts and tides, and there is nothing to tie the whole story together. Even the title is mis-leading, they are not Outlaws, only a former team that has been disbanded. They can no longer be called the Presdiential Agents, their authority is gone. The author apparetnly feels The sex life of Charley is more important than the integrity of the plot. Mr. Butterworth may have been a fine agent, but he ruining the name of W.E.B. Griffin. I am not sure that I look forward to the next W>E.B. Griffin release.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kaiser on January 2, 2011
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I have gotten 40% of the way thru this book and am bored by Griffin's walk thru memory lane on almost every page. This book and its writing style insults those fans of Griffin's books. I have had to push myself to read it up to this point and it has been a painful experience; especially when you look forward to one of his new books. There is nothing new here, nothing that wants you to keep turning the page....yawn...yawn....

I doubt it if I can or will finish this book. Don't know who is writing this, but I doubt if it is WEB Griffin. May be the last Griffin book I ever look at.
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