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2.0 out of 5 stars Continued Disappointment, December 28, 2010
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This review is from: The Outlaws: a Presidential Agent novel (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: Jan 9, 2011 8:35:43 AM PST
B. Croy says:
Very much like an early Bond Movie, Broads and all. Lose the broad and get a little more realistic. But it still beats watching TV.

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 9:13:51 AM PST
First, I am a big fan of Griffin's talents as an author. I believe I have read all his books. But, I have to agree with W. West's comments. There is now too much "rehashing the past" and now enough action coming from Charley and his posse. Apparently Butterworth IV is now writing these novels and they are not just the same as all those I have read in the past.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 11:21:54 AM PST
As an instant fan of'ole Charley this post's comment about Naylor got me to buy the book when the semi-authors were losing me for lack of consistancy in writing and their own narrative. Who ever dreamed Naylor's morhing from a good officer to a political hack should be thrown off the present writing team, as they will not only lose Naylor's lttile remaining honor but futre book sales to fans of 'ole Charlie!!!

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 2:20:24 PM PST
Sadly I must agree; too much repetition. I love the series but this one missed the mark.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 11:52:46 AM PST
Brian Hope says:
I had the feeling I was reading bits from books by someone else. Apart from filling space what was the reason for the appearance of Naylor junior always including his full military rank. Without the fill there wasn't much plot and early in the book I seem to remember 6 barrels but only 5 had been dealt with?.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2011 2:38:44 PM PST
Gary Bartz says:
And it was the wrong rank, to boot. In the 21st century he would be called a Major (Promotable)--or "MAJ(P)".

It means having been selected for a promotion (in his case to LTC) he can be assigned a postion for an LTC level officer.

Griffin got stuck in the 1950s, again, and google must be too hard to use for the 30 seconds it would have taken to get the correct rank.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 3:45:17 PM PST
C. W. Wood says:
There seem to be to many disconnects and a change in readers as well. I hope that we see or should I say hear Scott Brick in the next installment.

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 5:30:35 PM PST
AC500Driver says:
Whether father or son, the airplane, airport, and flying stuff remains mostly inaccurate.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2011 5:31:37 PM PST
AC500Driver says:
No, please not Scott Brick. He's already ruined Nelson DeMille's books.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 7:17:28 PM PST
David Rowan says:
I missed a few of the changes mentioned. Overall, somewhat disappointed in this book. Actually average to boring until the last 20% or so when it finally gets moving. Sweaty needs another name!
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