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Covert Warriors (Presidential Agent #7)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  2,220 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
The thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times- bestselling series.

here'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 n

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 22nd 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a lot good about this book. It seems the later stories in the series are definitely of the same caliber as the early ones. The only I got from this story was a feeling of how it must feel to be part of the cabinet of the current administration -- the POTUS yelling at the top of his lungs for any little thing. The saving grace -- Dick Hill as narrator on the audio CD version! 3 out of 10.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jim A
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Kurt Young
Feb 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.

Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Larry Cowan
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good military action book.

This book has a wealth of twists and turns as the plot weaves you in and out of the action. I have read this series from the beginning through this book and I am planning to read book number eight very soon.
Karl T. Fetscher Jr.
Great book.

Another winning book by a great Arthur. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the plot. Thank you for a very good read.
H. Brandon
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great episode in the Presidential Agent series. Like all W.E.B. Griffin novels, these are entertaining easy readers. Can't wait to start the next in the series!
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Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
May 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
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
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I have to say that this book was significantly better than the last one in the series. Many strings were being pulled by people but all of the characters had the same objective to rescue Colonol Ferris. It was a lot of the same format to these stories with a lot of recap of past events.
I appreciated the cloak and dagger stuff with trying to make the president look crazy and making him think people were disloyal to him. I liked the character change for him in this book. They made him authoritativ
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mike Grady
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: current-year
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
James Buzzell
Familiar characters with some weak writing...

I am a huge fan of Mr Griffin and have been reading him for about 15 years. This book continues with Charley Castillo and his cohorts many geo-political/clandestine military adventures.

I have to say the redundant story telling in the last few chapters gets old and some of the dialogue and narrative gets tired at times but you can easily skip the retelling by skipping to the next sitrep.

Unless you are a die-hard fan and will read it "no matter what" (
Greg Rumpel
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm conflicted with this one...I'm really into the characters created in this series but this book never really engaged them to the extent where action was involved. Seemed to re-harsh story lines from previous novels, which took up a lot of the book. The story had promise but never really came through with the action or suspense that would ratchet up my interest. To be quite honest I thought the ending to this book was lame, actually it was disappointing, I was expecting a action filled rescue/ ...more
Bill Currie
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: military-war
The trouble with reading Griffin is 1/5 of the book is a recap of previous stories to give a new reader a historical and informational background which is tiresome to one who has all the books. However having said that I still enjoy the storyline and premise behind the action.

Wonderboy Castillo probably needs to be brought down a little as his arrogance is beginning to rub me. Just an opinion. And this story lost track at the end with no real connection or believable set of facts to tie the "su
Fredrick Danysh
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
An American army officer on loan to the Mexican government to train anti-drug troops is kidnapped and his three companions murdered. A clandestine American group looks at how it can recover him alive while the president appears to be cracking up. Is a coup in the works. I enjoyed this work of Griffin almost as much as I did his Corps series. My problems were the predominence of difficult foriegn names and his tendency to prefer the officer ranks of the military and barely mentioned the enlisted ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think this is the best Presidential Agent book since the first one by WEB Griffin alone. Abrupt ending aside, which I hope will be picked up in the next book, III and IV present a page-turning story of a pariahed agent (Castillo) working behind the scenes and against the wishes of an ever-increasing insane president to rescue an old friend kidnapped in Mexico. Castillo also has to deal with the fact that the kidnapping is related to those in the world who, quite simply, want him dead. This is ...more
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W.E.B. Griffin is one of several pseudonyms for William E. Butterworth III.

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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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