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The Outlaws

(Presidential Agent #6)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,651 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded-but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully shown him, there are many things the intelligence community can't do, won't do, or doesn't do well, and he has the men and assets to help set things straight.

But the first opportunity, when it comes, is shocking: A FedEx package arrives, bearing photos

Hardcover, 432 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
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. ...more
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jo-Ann Fitzgerald
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
This is the 6th book in the series. I would read the series back to back to understand the plot and characters.

If you want to read what the story is about, please read the blurb above the reviews.

This is the follow on from the last book in the series. The hero's group, at the end of the last book, found a highly poisonous substance and destroyed the rest. Or so they thought. Now new batches have appeared and our hero and his group have to figure things out.

However, now our hero also has a girl
Rod Mathewson
Feb 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
I listened to this on CD while commiting. 15 CDs! I only gave it 2 stars because it was too much talk and not enough action. The story, except for about 2 chapters, was mostly told characters describing what happened in previous chapters. Very annoying way to stall the plot, and disappointing because there was a good farfetched story there about the Russians using a secret bioweapon to blackmail the U.S. into returning a pair of Russian spies/defectors. Farfetched in that why would the Russians ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Audio book good narration gives the second star
Unlike 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
Chuck Pierce
Jun 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Hated it! I've been reading this series in order. Each successive book has spent increasingly more time 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 much more detail 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 ...more
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.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow! There are some incredible scenes written in this novel. If you like action, you should love this story that is more political than military. 10 of 10 stars
Thots while reading:
Hard to believe such a 'short' book can be taking so LONG to read! Having a hard time holding my attention. Who knows - in this case, it probably would have helped starting at book 1, but the person who loaned this to me assured me it was also a 'stand-alone' story.

The President in this one is kind of a jerk. Be interesting to see if his character gets redeemed by the book's ending.

There are continual spots where somebody's thoughts go on for several lines/paragraphs. I canno
Politics...the same in government, academia (departments,) church committees, administraive offices, everywhere. And good guys do get screwed over. Mind you, they also can be jerks at times. :-) Ego, ego, ego and very little superego. Sucks. Oh, and some governmental people are incompetent and some evil and some both. Witness 45 and his administration.
Here in 2020 I am pleased that a member of the press is one of the good guys. Since the bad really awful despicable guys happen to be in charge of
Sheri faulk
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded-but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully shown him, there are many things the intelligence community can't do, won't do, or doesn't do well, and he has the men and assets to help set things straight.
But the first opportunity, when it comes, is shocking: A FedEx package arrives, bearing photos of barrels containing some of the most dangerous biohazard materials on earth, all of which were supposed to have been destro
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this installment of the "Presidential Agent" series a lot is going on. For starters,the former agent named Charley Castillo is out of a job,and his office only exists in name only. Not only that but the former president has been killed,and the man replacing him is less gracious than he was. Castillo wants a chance to prove himself,and show that his team is also capable. When a mysterious package arrives in the office containing biohazard waste,he steps up to the challenge. Who sent the packag ...more
E.R. Yatscoff
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
No action or suspense until the end. Then it's over like nothing happened. It's all about a group of people with different talents coming together to form a new group to hunt down bad guys and save the world. There must be 50 characters and twenty agencies which drove me crazy to remember because usually when you introduce a character they either get killed off or move the story along. probably why all the name dropping . I should have left this one on the clearance pile. Just another reason not ...more
Kevin Goodrich
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall a decent read but the sarcastic and ironic narration is a part of hid descent to his absolute worst book, the final one of this series. I understand the feelings he had that took him there (see his comments at the end of Hazardous Duty) but as his readers we had a right to expect that he would continue to deliver what the book blurb and series promised. Not his best but worth reading anyway.
Brian Holt
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Continuing the Charley Castillo saga in great form. This book was funny, timely, scary, and a must read for anyone who loves the United States and cares about our future. We are not a 2nd class nation as a former President implied, but the greatest nation in the world and a force to be reckoned with. Just because a book is considered fiction doesn't mean there isn't truth embedded. Web Griffin and any who help with his books are Patriots of the highest degree.
Roderic Lee
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling and Educational

This story, is non-stop action, which we have come to expect. What makes THIS story worthy is the realistic look into the darker side of political intrigue and international events. There is no limit to the story lines availableshowing how "absolute power corrupts absolutely", but this piece was masterfully woven into a classic.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good book with a lot of action

There were a lot of action plots from the beginning to the end. I look forward to reading the authors next book in this series. The characters in this book are some of the most believable that I have read.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
After listening to more than half the book, I’m invoking the “with” rule. Which states “that when a series become popular and the author farms out the series to another author, it’s time to stop reading the series.

For those that finish the series, I salute you. You are a truly a dedicated fan!
Michael Anderson
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lot of this book is a review of the past books, catching up the idiot new President on the activities of the recently deceased potus! Decent book, but doesn't accomplish a lot. And as usual Charlie is still falling fast for his Russion hottie! ...more
Ron Mokry
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Karl T. Fetscher Jr.
Great book

I couldn't put it down. Just love the characters and the writing style. Pray to God that we have people like this in real life. Thanks for another great book.
Jodie Brennan
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love WEB Griffin!

In a world where everything is “politically incorrect”, Griffin is unafraid to tell the truth! It’s a breath of fresh air to read his books!
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charlie Castillo is at it again--saving the world from a deadly poison, and convincing a couple of high ranking covert agents to defect.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the audio book, however at 18 hours I couldn't dedicate enough hours to complete it in 14 days. ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
Way to repetitive of previous books of the series.
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W.E.B. Griffin was one of several pseudonyms for William E. Butterworth III.

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W.E.B. Griffin was 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

Other books in the series

Presidential Agent (8 books)
  • By Order of the President (Presidential Agent, #1)
  • The Hostage (Presidential Agent, #2)
  • The Hunters (Presidential Agent, #3)
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