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Hazardous Duty (Presidential Agent #8)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,492 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
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’ ...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Dec 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Mr. Griffin, father and son, have disrespected themselves and the faithful fans of the Presidential Agent series with this sham of a book. I feel misled and cheated by this error filled mess. This installment of a once very popular series was such a letdown, it insults the readers who have been waiting forever for the next book. It is a poorly written caricature of what I expected when I wasted my money on it. The so-called authors should be ashamed of this book and be handing out refunds to all ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery

I've read nearly all of WEB Griffin's novels and they typically are hard charging war or police action thrillers. This time WEB and his son take a break and try to turn the Presidential Agent series into MASH, and the humor is actually pretty good. It's just not what I thought I was getting when I bought the book. I guess I'm a hard core Griffin reader, and this one reads like Mitch Rapp encounters the keystone cops. I was actually amazed at the average rating of 4
Jan 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
I have read every single book of every series by this author, and have thoroughly enjoyed them all, with one exception. The exception being this book
It has the weakest, most disjointed plot of any book I have ever read. I finished the book, but only in the faint hope that it would somehow resurrect itself, but unfortunately No.
I understand that the author for some inane reason, wanted to write a somewhat satirical book, but instead of doing a great job of ruining what up til now has been another
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
The picture on the cover is not related to the story! I wish that I had read the afterword first, and I recommend that to you. This is a story using the characters of the series, but it isn't really a story in the series.

Like most Griffin stories it uses the same characters as the rest of the series, they are all independently wealthy, or incredibly well connected, or both. They drink only the finest available liquor, most of the time. They are also incredibly witty, and smarter than anyone in
Mark Polino
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2014
I'm still trying to figure out what happened in this book. The first half of the book is nothing but catchup from the previous 7 book. The catchup is repetitive and tedious. In the second half of the book, nothing happens. There is next to no action. The cover has more action than the rest of the book. I'm not sure there was singe shot fired in the book. If there was, I missed it because I was falling asleep.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
As many other reviewers have stated, this book was a complete letdown. I feel like I want the time that it took to read this so-called novel back, because nothing really happens in it. There's never really any danger to anyone, there is no "hazardous duty" involved for Charley and the rest of the "Merry Outlaws," and the whole thing feels like it was written just to fulfill a contract for "x" number of books in the series.

Seriously, even if you're a die-hard fan of the Presidential Agent series
Robert Ringler
Mar 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Still angry after finishing this book yesterday. What a load of CRAP!
Probably the most blatant disregard for a group of fans of a book series that I've ever seen.
Authors "having a hard time writing" the next book in the series, so they ripped off their fans by writing a farce starring the same characters, and didn't have the INTEGRITY to advertise it up front - they wrote a smarmy afterword explaining their lack of enthusiasm.

I'm going to have to calm down about this rip-off before I buy another
Feb 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Very weak storyline. It's laborious and very easy book to put down and never come back too. Okay... I got a few chuckles, and when I read the afterward, I "got it". Not worth the book price, a used price, or even a trip to the library to waste your time reading it for free :(
Jeff Friedman
Worst of this series

Griffin writes this book as satire, and it is not very funny. It certainly does not measure up to the standards of his earlier works. You could skip this one entirely and not miss anything.

Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
There is some good humorous writing and unfortunately coupled with too much religousness that adds no value. Therefore, 25% of this novel could have and should have been excised. 5 of 10 stars
Martin Pingree
Aug 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
After reading many of his earlier books and thoroughly enjoying them this was a total dud. Instead of action and intrigue i wasted my time with a stupid story. Very disappointed, would not recommend at all.
Brent Williams
Jan 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
By far, this is the weakest WEB Griffin book I've read. I'm extremely glad I got it from the library and didn't spend my own hard-earned cash on it.

The book reads like a first draft from a less experienced author. The first half of the book is poorly written and consists mainly of historical background information on how the characters got to this point. It's more of a data dump than a carefully calibrated amount of background, with just enough history brought in at the right time. A finely poli
Robin Halvorson
Jan 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
If you like W.E.B. Griffin books, especially the Presidential Agent books, do not buy this book. Don't let anyone loan it to you. Don't get it from the library. Pretend it does not exist.

First, and this is true with all of Griffin's books, the first 3 or 4 books of a series are good but after that he spends almost all the book bringing you the background and current status of all the characters in the series and their background even if it has no relevance to the current book. This is the 8th bo
Jun 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Quite simply, this story was terrible and hard to follow! The first 5 stories in the series were good, but they have been falling off. This story reminds me of the second Newhart series, where Bob Newhart wakes up at the end of the final episode in bed with his wife (Suzanne Pleshette) from the original Bob Newhart series, and the whole second series was implied to be a dream. Hazardous Duty was all over the place, with a crazy President and an obviously absent Vice President (Charles W Montvale ...more
Jean Poulos
Jan 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, audio-2014
In the afterward W.E.B. Griffin states he was having trouble writing the current volume of the Presidential agent series. Therefore he decided to write in a humorous way. It is a funny story, the President of the U.S. Joshua Ezekiel Clendennen is erratic to the point of being deranged and everyone knows it. He decides to recall Charles Castillo back to duty to deal with the Somali Pirates and the Mexican Drug Cartels but Castillo and Svetlana are in the process of getting married. The result is ...more
Scott D
Feb 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
I have read pretty much every book Griffin has written. I waited patiently for the next book in each series to come out.

This was by far the worst book he has written. There is no story, there is no "Hazardous Duty". Nothing!! Just rich people flying all over the place for no apparent reason.

This book was for the most part (three quarters at least), a summary of all the other books in the series. The rest was just gibberish.

I have serious doubts about Griffins ability to write a story anymore. Hi
Daniel Mcdonald
Jan 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Until this book I have enjoyed all of his books that I have read but this one plain out right stunk inaccurate histories and as the one person said quoting author their mash novel. They have a responsibility to their readership to write good novels not this piece of crap. I do not recommend this book to any other loyal readers do not waste your money
Tom Tischler
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is not written in the usual W.E.B. Griffin style
and if you make it to the final 2 pages he explains why.
I hope that he got this out of his system and goes back to his
normal stories. They are much better.
Kerry Cunningham
Jan 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
After reading half of the book and gave up on it, I felt like I had bought a $20 ticket to the "Royal Nonesuch."
Larry Cowan
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a twisted farce that few presidential agent fans will enjoy

While I now understand the humorous approach that the author has used in this book, it should be understood that most of these characters in the past several books have been portrayed as highly intelligent people. To turn things around in the eighth book seems wrong.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Mostly a rehash of past 7 books in the series, and the scant plot absurdly faded without event. Author stole money from everyone with this one, although that was certainly the trend of the series after book 2 or 3.
Jack Stubblefield
This is the 2nd book that I have read by the authors. I don't know if I'm picking the wrong books or what, because neither one did anything for me.
J F Iungerman
A comedy of errors

Ridiculous and improbable, errors left and right, unbelievably a mistake and demeaning of many good characters. The "president" should have been shot.
Frank Antonio
This book felt like a review of all the previous 7 books in Presidential Agent series and then a bad ending. Not an enjoyable read.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a typical Griffin. Almost regret spending the time to read it!
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I have been a fan of W.E.B. Griffin's work for a number of years. His tales tend to have a continuity of events that pass through a number of works and flows well mixing historical fact with interesting characters who do interesting things. The Presidential Agent series has been prior to this and to a lesser extent book #7 of the series a solid series of modern thrillers set in the present day with a decent amount of action, good and occasionally amusing dialog with a relatively believable setti ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intended to be funny

And it succeeds. Presumably the last in a series that is becoming duller with each new novel, with out the fun, this one would have been a snooze.
Alan Schwanitz
Feb 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Disappointing, is the first thing that pops into my mind about this book. I have read most of W.E.B Griffin's books and enjoyed them. They are not great literature, but they have always been enjoyable reads. One of the great pleasures I found in them was they were predictable.
I read a Griffin novel when I am swamped in my day to day world. I like them because they are simple, direct, and predictable. The good guy will win, the bad guy will lose, and in between will be a fun, exciting story.
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I've been a long-time reader of Griffin but in the past few years the quality of his novels is decreasing. He seems almost as tired of writing them as I am of reading them at this point and this will probably be my last book of his to read.

His novels have always been heavy on detail and light on action but Hazardous Duty takes this to new levels of tedium. The vast majority of this book is telling and retelling the backstory to the numerous characters. It's the 8th book in the series; if we don'
Lee Boyland
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Comedy, not action or adventure

My first criticism is not identifying the book as a parody (e.g., Hazardous Duty [A Presidential Agent Parody]).

Most authors write best in a specific time period. William Butterworth III’s period is WWII and Korea. His novels shine and I have loved them all. Tom Clancy’s period was the Cold War and I read and loved all of them too. Mine, while admittedly not a giant like Butterworth and Clancy, is nuclear terrorism and the modern era. Authors write best about what
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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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Other Books in the Series

Presidential Agent (8 books)
  • By Order of the President (Presidential Agent, #1)
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