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  1. says:

    Not very good The Butterworths often get the titles wrong In about half of this book they refer to someone as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency In fact, the title is Director of Central Intelligence Period And there is no need to spell out Russian titles we can t understand anyway Why not call someone a lieutenant colonel instead of the full Russian title On top of that, there s the incorrect use of German titles this happened in earlier books, too Once you have called so Not very good The Butterworths often get the titles wrong In about half of this book they refer to someone as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency In fact, the title is Director of Central Intelligence Period And there is no need to spell out Russian titles we can t understand anyway Why not call someone a lieutenant colonel instead of the full Russian title On top of that, there s the incorrect use of German titles this happened in earlier books, too Once you have called someone Johann von und zu Brandenburg, you don t have to repeat it all Brandenburg is enough But if you are paid by the word The ever popular Lt Col retired Castillo is back, a petulant, spoiled baby who in real life would have often suffered the indignity of being beaten up by his peers for being a jerk, and with some good coaching might have survived a brief tour in the military Lt Col retired Castillo is the protagonist, while the newly elected President is his nemesis and is one of the many antagonists The President is also a petulant child who in behavior is so similar to Lt Col retired Castillo that you wonder how either of them made it of Middle School alive In general the characters are all like this, of course deferring to Lt Col retired Castillo for some unknown reason Perhaps he has elaborate hissy fits when he is with them and they can t bear to upset him Perhaps they are afraid of exposure on Wolf News yes ladies and gentlemen Wolf News, the fount of wisdom amongst a sea of Liberal news entities Mr Griffin has our characters commit treason, well because they can, they know best One tiny bright light in this, he does not use Muslim Terrorists as the villains, the villains are Spoiler the dreaded Russians Also, does Griffin have some sort of contract with his publisher that he has to provide a summary of the entire book series to date, in each successive book For crying out loud, the first half of the book is a drive down memory lane, summarizing the entire book series to date I suppose the publisher feels that if Griffin does this, each book can sell on its own and won t require a reader to start with the opening book in the series thuscopies of the latest book sell Whatever the reason, it really is quite frustrating This is not a thick book to begin with, and half of the book is a summary of all the other books The actual plot and storyline of this book doesn t even kick in until the mid point I noticed in the previous two books Griffin included A LOT of storyline and character review, and this book takes it to a new level Griffin isn t writing any, Butterworth isand half of his writing is nothingthan the cliff notes version of all the other booksyawn, yawn, yawn.Third, I wanted to comment briefly on character development What is Butterworth doing If you want to take me into a suspended state of disbeliefcoax me in with convincing characters Pevsner is supposed to be some sort of quasi royal, iconic, powerful, ruthless figure Why does everyone on Castillo s team clown him like he s a walking dart board Sure, friends poke at each otherI get that It s part of the machismo camaraderie thing Fine But Butterworth spends so much time mocking Pevsner in this book that the reader loses all respect for the powerful ruthless nature that is supposed to be his persona Instead, he s just another loser with some money who can t stand up for himselfit makes the story much less convincing Sorry


  2. says:

    First time listening to a W.E.B Griffin book and wasn t sure I would like it but I ended up liking it The plot was easy to follow and it took a few turns that kept my interest It was a bit predictable but in the end the good guys win and I like that the majority of the time.


  3. says:

    There should be no doubt that W.E.B Griffin creates an interesting storyline, a deep background for his characters especially Carlos Castillo, the hero of this series and a whole bunch of political manuevering While making for interesting reading, at times the author leaves the reader s head spinning and asking simply huh This time around, the basic plot was one that I had a hard time buying The Russians want their defectors back, but the ploy they use to get what they want is ridiculous There should be no doubt that W.E.B Griffin creates an interesting storyline, a deep background for his characters especially Carlos Castillo, the hero of this series and a whole bunch of political manuevering While making for interesting reading, at times the author leaves the reader s head spinning and asking simply huh This time around, the basic plot was one that I had a hard time buying The Russians want their defectors back, but the ploy they use to get what they want is ridiculous and absurd I d tell you why I think so, but don t really want to offer any real spoilers here.As the novel opens, everyone is looking for Castillo, who was ordered at the end of book 5 to disband his organization and drop off the face of the earth Somehow, Castillo catches wind of the Russian activity and figures out the when and where and then takes action, seeking to embarrass in the intelligence community One thing Griffin does well is to bring new readers up to date on what went on the previous five novels However, just because he does it in an interesting manner doesn t justify the estimated fifty or so pages he spends telling the action of books 1 5.The thing that this novel is lacking is action When Griffin finally gets to the actual action, he wraps it up in a few pages, leaving the reader disappointed that it was so brief I ll defend him a bit by saying that probably is a lot like real life operations. a lot of time planning, setting up the logistics, dealing with political fallout, enlisting assistance, etc followed by a quick 1 2 3 operation, if all goes well But it doesn t necessarily make for the best reading I was glad to see that Griffin only felt the need to employ the dog Max marking his territory on the nose gear to the same great extent that we saw in previous novels He threw it in, but I can only recall it happening twice instead of the dozens of times Griffin also manages to overdo the description of various alcohol products, some rare and a special treat to those imbibing, and others simply beloved by one character or another It is amazing to me that there are no characters who have chosen to abstain. This wouldn t be so bad except Griffin feels he needs to go into details about how some of this alcohol is made, aged, or served At one point he spends nearly a full page describing the serving of a particularly expensive Whiskey and how it is served formally by a waiter on a special tray, etc Amazingly, Castillo has a super charisma about him Even those who hate him are won over to his way of thinking by the end of the novel At times it is patently absurd.Still, this series makes for good reading, even if it is rather pulpy At times, Griffin s writing manages to reveal some of the inner workings of the intelligence community while at others he is obviously making stuff up Castillo and his team are a modern day version of Doc Savage and his friends, each with their own backstory and specialty, with none of them really ever outshining Castillo Castillo is not superhuman unless you count his charismatic charm, but he makes a good leader.The romance between Castillo and Sweaty is the place where Griffin crosses the line between reality and fiction I hope in some future installment we learn that it isn t love between them, but that she, a Russian defector, is only using her charms to stay close to him and glean information, etc The romance is just too convenient and makes no sense to me I ve never been to spy school, but I bet one of the first things that they teach is something about agents not being James Bond and being smart enough not to be baited by sexual attraction into what is often called a honey trap If I find these things so ridiculous why do I keep reading this series Despite its flaws it is page turning, interesting material I find it fairly easy to suspend my disbelief while I am reading the stuff, but cannot sustain that suspension when I have placed the book down I still want to know what happens to the characters, etc even if the plot hasholes that a slice of Swiss Cheese and even if some of the relationships are about as cheesy as that same slice of Swiss Cheese.to sum up. Griffin can write a flawed novel, stuff it with long passages of catch up material, add a cheesy romance, take forever to get to the action, and still make the reader come back forI don t know his secret, but I hope when I finish my first novel it has some of that same magic, because I know my writing will contain some of the same flaws


  4. says:

    Where to begin on review of yet another story that would have been advisable to listen to the abridged version on audio CD Let s begin at the beginning with a change in narrator that was noticable with the first sentence this was definitely NOT Dick Hill, who narrated the first 5 stories in the Presidential Agent series Then Mr Jonathan Davis, who picked up narration duties here, apparently did not validate name pronunciation on the previous stories as there were two names pronounced e Where to begin on review of yet another story that would have been advisable to listen to the abridged version on audio CD Let s begin at the beginning with a change in narrator that was noticable with the first sentence this was definitely NOT Dick Hill, who narrated the first 5 stories in the Presidential Agent series Then Mr Jonathan Davis, who picked up narration duties here, apparently did not validate name pronunciation on the previous stories as there were two names pronounced entirely different, and one character who he couldn t come to a decision on how to pronounce the name, so it came out 3 different ways Enough about the narrator as I looked ahead to story 7 and 8 to see that the author and publisher came to their senses and brought back Mr Dick Hill YEAH On to the story which is Presidential Agent 6 This book was on 15 audio CDs and quite honestly the Presidential Agent aka Charlie Castillo was noticably absent in about 65% of the story I would say the last 3 disks were where Castillo was present all of the time Way too much fluff, with a poor narrator, would normally lead to a 1 out of 5 star rating on the Goodreads scale however, one of the main antagonists in the first 5 stories has a major change in attitude and comes through in the end He knocked another character in this story down a few pegs which was well deserved and brought a smile to my face at the conclusion of this adventure , raising my rating to 3 out of 10 2 out of 5 on Goodreads scale UPDATE Upon further researching this title, there are apparently 2 versions on Audio CD, so if you are interested in listening, be sure to get the Dick Hill version If the story weren t so long, I may listen again to Dick s narration to see if I feel it is better


  5. says:

    This series has been very entertaining I read this book out of order since I inadvertently read or rather listened to the next book in the series and, while listening, realized that there had to have been another book in between it and the last book I d listened to That didn t spoil my enjoyment of either book although it would have been better to have read them in sequence The only thing I found disconcerting is peculiar to audiobooks there was a different reader The reader of this book This series has been very entertaining I read this book out of order since I inadvertently read or rather listened to the next book in the series and, while listening, realized that there had to have been another book in between it and the last book I d listened to That didn t spoil my enjoyment of either book although it would have been better to have read them in sequence The only thing I found disconcerting is peculiar to audiobooks there was a different reader The reader of this book did a good job, but it was a bit strange to hear such different voices for characters I had become familiar with I m not going to go into the plot too much As I ve said in my reviews of other books in this series, the character of Charlie Castillo bears a strong resemblance to Oliver North He and his merry band of outlaws go way out on a limb in this one and drag otherserious minded folks along with them The U.S President, formerly Vice President but now president because of the sudden death of his predecessor, is an argument for choosing vice presidential candidates as carefully as presidential candidates He makes other recent presidents of both parties look really good, which is saying something It is quite a funny book I could do without the loving descriptions of alcoholic drinks and the careful detail of weapons, but I realize this is a series written with men in mind


  6. says:

    I couldn t finish this Just a bunch of people sitting around having conversations that were nothing but recaps of what happened previously in the series.


  7. says:

    Audio book good narration gives the second starUnlike fellow reader Tim Wolf s review, this book just did not deliver The book is advertised to be an action military thriller it s none of that There is the kernel of a good story, left over from the preceding book but it gets lost by the constant retelling of the past.For me it is serial reader, which I am one, exploitation I would recommend this book to someone who wants experience the first five books without reading them because this book Audio book good narration gives the second starUnlike fellow reader Tim Wolf s review, this book just did not deliver The book is advertised to be an action military thriller it s none of that There is the kernel of a good story, left over from the preceding book but it gets lost by the constant retelling of the past.For me it is serial reader, which I am one, exploitation I would recommend this book to someone who wants experience the first five books without reading them because this book did was to sum up the series.Reviews, if properly thought about, begin with what we personally bring to the book and our capacity to analyze I enjoy the reviews of many, Tim s highly included, even though we have different responses Somethings change, but I will always be that person who got his Chem degree with a slide rule That fact that you read this means we have a lot in common, we like to read and are very curious about what s out there Magandang Buhay


  8. says:

    Griffin s Presidential Agent series has been hit or miss with no room in between Unfortunately for The Outlaws, it falls to the bottom of the miss category I felt obligated to read The Outlaws out of respect for a couple of the earlier Agent books that were excellent I now consider that obligation fulfilled and don t plan to continue with any future Agent books The Outlaws should have been a 40 page final chapter to Black Ops instead of a 400 page novel Spread out, I d wager that at least Griffin s Presidential Agent series has been hit or miss with no room in between Unfortunately for The Outlaws, it falls to the bottom of the miss category I felt obligated to read The Outlaws out of respect for a couple of the earlier Agent books that were excellent I now consider that obligation fulfilled and don t plan to continue with any future Agent books The Outlaws should have been a 40 page final chapter to Black Ops instead of a 400 page novel Spread out, I d wager that at least a third of the book is spent retelling past events There is so much spy political maneuvering going on that Outlaws cannot be considered an action thriller any It s been reduced to a le Carre story, but without the mesmerizing prose and plot And when Griffin finally gets to the climax, it s over before it starts The Outlaws should be avoided by all


  9. says:

    Hated it I ve been reading this series in order Each successive book has spent increasinglytime retelling the stories of the previous books in this series With this book, I ve had enough Mr Griffin wastes my time by retelling the past adventures of the characters, in muchdetail than what s needed to tell his new story I doubt that anyone who is reading this book as their first book in this series would find the retelling of these past adventures interesting and informative eith Hated it I ve been reading this series in order Each successive book has spent increasinglytime retelling the stories of the previous books in this series With this book, I ve had enough Mr Griffin wastes my time by retelling the past adventures of the characters, in muchdetail than what s needed to tell his new story I doubt that anyone who is reading this book as their first book in this series would find the retelling of these past adventures interesting and informative either And, Castillo has become such a cheesy protagonist, that I can hardly stand to hear another one of his sophomoric thoughts I m halfway through this book, and I m quitting I simply cannot stand another page of it


  10. says:

    This is a typical W.E.B Griffin novel, fun to read but like a Law Order or Perry Mason episode it has a formula to it and the end is never really in doubt but its a quick easy read.


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