Hazardous duty

W. E. B. Griffin

Book - 2013

"The Presidential Agent adventures return in the most harrowing novel yet in the #1 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 is fed up and has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea-to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and put them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo&...#039;s guts, 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: It will be hazardous duty"--

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Series
Presidential agent ; bk. 8
Subjects
Genres
Suspense fiction
Spy stories
Published
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons c2013.
Language
English
Physical Description
406 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780399160677
0399160671
Main Author
W. E. B. Griffin (-)
Other Authors
William E. (William Edmund) Butterworth (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Mexican cartels and Somali pirates are running rampant, and the president decides that Col. Charley Castillo is the only man who can handle the mess. Alas, he has just forced Castillo to retire. More in the "Presidential Agent" saga. [Page 52]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Bestseller Griffin's unusual eighth Presidential Agent novel (after 2011's Covert Warriors), his third with son Butterworth, is sure to catch regular readers off balance. President Joshua Ezekiel Clendennen wants series hero Lt. Col. Carlos "Charley" G. Castillo and his team to resolve the wars against the Mexican drug traffickers and the Somali pirates. Meanwhile, members of the president's cabinet and other top Washington officials, who have long suspected that the president is crazy, agree that this overly ambitious policy decision shows that Clendennen is "absolutely bonkers, as mad as the legendary March hare." Charley, who's about to marry Susanna Barlow (formerly Svetlana "Sweaty" Alekseeva of the Russian secret service), has no inclination to become involved in the president's wild scheme. How he and the other series regulars deal with this thorny problem takes up the rest of the book. If Griffin's many fans wonder what their favorite author is up to with these amusing, sometimes silly, hijinks, he explains all in a short afterword. Agent: Robert Youdelman, Rember & Curtis. (Dec.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When three U.S. tankers are hijacked by Somali pirates at the height of Mexican drug cartel violence in Laredo and El Paso, a vindictive U.S. President raises suspicions about his increasing instability by targeting forcibly retired Colonel Charley Castillo and his former team, many of whom have been forced into hiding. 300,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The Presidential Agent adventures return in the most harrowing novel yet in the #1 New York Times?bestselling series. M exican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President is fed up and has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea?to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and put them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, 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: It will be hazardous duty.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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