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Covert Warriors (The Presidential Agent #7)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,694 ratings  ·  122 reviews
The thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times- bestselling series. There's an uneasy and unholy alliance building across the Caribbean. Few in the U.S. government want to believe that a Third World country and its chest-thumping leader could pose a credible threat-but then why are the Chinese helping to train its special forces? Why are the Russians helping to build a ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 22nd 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published December 1st 2011)
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NOTHING HAPPENED in this book after the first 2 pages until the last 5 pages. I am convinced W. E. B. Griffin did not write this book. His son, who clearly cannot write, must have done so. Griffin was pretty good at the descriptions that helped to put background into the almost neverending action. This book has neither of those things. Only endless dialogue that is extremely repetitive. The only reason this book got published is because his name is on it. It's a nice gig being a ghost writer, so ...more
Jim A
First: The description of this book given above is not even close to the plot of the actual book. The story revolves around the kidnapping of a military attache assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. The main plot revolves around whether the kidnapping was done by a drug cartel or by the SVR. (WEB III did a kidnapping in the second book of this series. I don't think another enhanced the series at all.)

Second: The sub plot involves the president and his ignorance of how things work in both
My father got me reading WEB Griffin years ago, since then I haven't been able to stop. That said, it has become abundantly clear to me that WEB IV is not up to the challenge of continuing III's works. I purchased this book because I collect all of Griffins books, but also because the teaser was very well done.
This book has exactly 3 pages of action in it. 5 pages before the book ends, Castillo actually takes action and things are 'resolved'. Unfortunately for the reader the promising buildup o
Kurt Young
Really disappointing. Clearly there is something to the notion that W.E.B. is no longer writing at all, and his son and co-author is not up to the challenge of continuing Griffin's works.

This is a lousy book, to be attempted only by the most ardent fans who feel the need to devour every word about our favorite characters.

The plot lurches from silly point to silly point; outstanding questions from the past book are cleared up and forgotten in the course of 3 pages.

This, the newest entry in the presidential agent series, was a decent read, but far from Griffin's best.

Charley Castillo and his merry band identify a problem, confront same, and take care of it with their usual dispatch.

Long time Griffin fans will feel a bit of a letdown.

There were a few loose ends, which one presumes will be resolved in the next book in this series. As always with Griffin, too much of the reader's time was wasted on backstory.
Dan Preacherman
The many years I worked at a book store I passed by these books daily. Finally a few weeks ago I was looking for a book on black ops in the military I saw this author listed. I wish I'd have walked by him again.

How he became a million seller is beyond me. Charlie (the main guy) is infectious (that might be it) and I can't quit reading the series. One more book to read. But this style of writing is more Juvie then adult. It makes you so mad to have to wade through the thick load of filler to get
Kept waiting it to go somewhere. The main problem in the book was resolved in about 1 1/2 pages st the very end. If you really want to read it, borrow it from the library. Save your money. Waste of time!
Faye Bierbower
Too many characters, too much re-hashing of former books in the series (as well as of the current plots), and not enough action. I slumbered through this one, I fear.
I'd had save money and time if I had read the reviews before buying this book.
It's nothing than a summary of the preceding book in this series.
I hate to read series novels out of sequence, but the library does not always buy books or receive donations in accordance with my priorities. I apparently missed at least one and maybe two books ahead of this one in The Presidential Agent series, but it’s a minor pain, as Griffin always goes out of his way to tell you what’s already happened. Charley Castillo is now out of the service, having been forcibly retired when he did such a good job in the preceding book (which I got at the library whe ...more
Lizabeth Tucker
Presidential Agent 7.

Lieutenant Colonel James D. Ferris, assistant military attaché to Mexico, is kidnapped while his three associates are killed. Publicly it is stated to be drug cartel violence. Charley Castillo and his friends and allies wonder if it might be Putin enacting an elaborate revenge plot. The President is becoming increasingly erratic and paranoid, certain everyone is plotting against him. But as they say, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean no one is after you. Various plan
Rick Krane
At a Mexican roadblock, a US Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from US federal prison.

But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of "retired" spies and special operators, they have their doubts. Fresh from having enraged the Kremlin by staging a covert raid in Venezuela that nabbed not only hig
This was just for fun. Since I've read several of the other Charlie Castille books, I knew most of these characters. The biggest highlight for me in this book was the caricature of a gasbag, full-of-himself President who was made more delicious by Dick Hill's dramatic interpretation as the reader. The personality clashes here reminded me of some favorite Clint Eastwood movies a la Dirty Harry and the egotistical lieutenants he works for.
Castillo Seven: Russians Conspire Impeachment 3. A traffic stop gone bad in Mexico results in the death and abduction of SPECOPS friends of Charley's and the incompetent US president inserts himself into the recovery insanely. After neutering the Deltas and Scotty McNab, the world is left with Castillo as the only chance to avert and clandestine coup d'etat of the US presidency. Discounting involvement of the cartels, Castillo zeros in on Putin as the culprit and charges ahead to solve the myste ...more
Can an author jump the shark? Do the authors grow tired of their characters yet continue to churn out books for the paycheck? One shouldn't expect too much from these books but I continue to be disappointed when an enjoyable series turns to garbage. Charly and the Merry Pranksters are still on the outs with the current president who is looking more and more unstable. The kidnapping of a US agent helping the Mexican police is the case to solve this time around. Castillo and company think it's a p ...more
Steve Trotter
Based on the jacket blurb , I approached Covert Warriors looking forward to an action-packed read. I struggled through the first quarter of the book hoping for same before I called it a day and returned the book to my local library. I found the read bogged down with too much telling, not enough showing, starting with the characters. I want to discover characters through their actions, not via author descriptions of their physical characteristics, right down to their height and weight. I understa ...more
Vinay Badri
This series seems to be moving to the Matthew Reilly territory. Castillo is becoming his own private government, flipping everyone off and doing as he wishes. Svetlana is slowly becoming more and more irritating and caricaturish. While the whole lunatic president angle is what props up the book, the series is slowly but surely losing steam
Bill Donhiser
Once again some pleasant time with Charlie Castillo and the Gang. This time taking on the Russians who are blaming things on the Drug Cartels. An enjoyable read, but the Griffins are going to need to pump more energy into their next installment or they may loose this reader. I enjoy keeping up with this series but it is getting a little tired.
Not my favorite of the series, but still good. The ending was abrupt and seemed to leave a lot of loose ends. It seems like they are just jumping from country to country causing havoc or solving mysteries, depending on how you see it. I felt like Charlie was less if a main character in this book. It did raise a few questions for me though. 1) what happens if the president really is crazy and out of control? How do you stop him? 2) can you be loyal to your country and still question it or do you ...more
Sherry Wilson
7th entry in the Presidential Agent series. As with the previous books, this book is fast paced and suspenseful. Charlie and the crew of Merry Outlaws are still troubleshooting, just not in their previous incarnation. Now under a new president, they have flying under the radar to avoid him.
I really liked this series when it first started, but now it seems to have slowed down. Most of the book is summarizing what has happened before and there is little to no new action. I don't know if I will continue to read the series, and I can't recommend this book to my friends.
This was my very first W.E.B Griffin book and honestly it was good until the end. I liked how throughout the novel it explained each character in depth and help each character grow. The story was amazing though and truly thought evoking to say the least. I found my self audibly saying "no way" quite a few times.

The only two things I didn't like about the book. First how some of the characters have more than one name that they are being called by different characters. It honestly confused me a f
I really keep trying to like this series. I've read all seven and keep finding stuff I like and don't like, leaving me with mixed feelings. Once more, Griffin spends hundreds of pages building the foundation for a black op and then sums the op up in several pages, including the death of some key characters.

I like the concept and the characters, but after awhile, it is pulpy stuff without too much Science Fiction (not certain how realistic the "Crackberry" phones are... ) but after awhile it is
Love the main character and that's what got me through the book. The story is good, but I am starting to get tired of the repeated insight into the past books and characters. It's starting to feel like filler and adds no value. Hate being negative, but my two cents.
Mark Barrett
I read this last year as a stand alone and only gave it two stars. I just reread it after reading "The Outlaws" and am giving it four stars. The wit and humor is a lot better with some character background. Now I'm going to read the rest of the series in order starting with "By Order Of The President".
Very sophisticated maneuverings in govt. and the movers and shakers who move huge sums of money around to buy what and who they want to control. I'm not sure, but I think the presidential character in this book was "fashioned" after someone we all know.
Mike Grady
Book 7 of the Presidential Agent series. This work was primarily written by WEB Griffin's son, William E. Butterworth IV. The transition of authors is evident in the writing, but it is still a good story and continuation of the characters. The new writing style is not are rich as before and the customary 30 - 40 page recap of the series at the beginning of each book is missing - a pleasant surprise.

Two issues I have with this book are that the character list is now so large that it waters down t
Larry Leeds
Another Costello "Presidential Agent"? book I have been away from these for a while and was just needing something to fill a gap so I grabbed it. I am probably 3 books out of sequence with this one so I missed much in the interim. Easy enough to follow though anyway. I enjoyed it but should probably go back and do them in order.
Dennis Crowe
Loved the complex plot

I really enjoy Bill Butterworth's writing. He is a kindred spirit since we worked at Cairns AAF ( at separate times).

Joan Karter
Another page turner! Just love the characters and the action. Clever writing has me laughing out loud at times. Pure entertainment. Looking forward to the next one.
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W.E.B. Griffin is the #1 best-selling author of more than fifty epic novels in seven series, all of which have made The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and other best-seller lists. More than fifty million of the books are in print in more than ten languages, including Heb
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The Presidential Agent (8 books)
  • By Order of the President (Presidential Agent, #1)
  • The Hostage (Presidential Agent, #2)
  • The Hunters (Presidential Agent, #3)
  • The Shooters (The Presidential Agent, #4)
  • Black Ops (Presidential Agent, #5)
  • The Outlaws
  • Hazardous Duty (Presidential Agent, #8)
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