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W.E.B. Griffin always hits the target- right at the top of the best seller lists....

W.E.B. Griffin's explosive Presidential Agent novels have gained worldwide acclaim for "leaving satisfied thriller readers hankering for more." Now, in Griffin's number one New York Times best seller, the Russian bear is stirring after many years of hibernation - and it is hungry.

©2008 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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  • Luck8
  • 07-01-2011

Best of Presidential Agent Series

This is by far the best of the Presidential Agent series. Since Griffin's writing style is to repeat the important events of this series over and over again, new readers of the Presidential Agent series can skip earlier book of this series and start the adventures of Charlie Castillo with the Black Ops. The narrator is Dick Hill for the first 5 books who does a great job of bring the characters to life. The most recent book of this series is the Outlaws, which continues the story of Charlie Castillo and his new friends, two former Russian SVR spies. I recommend listening to that book after the Black Ops. The narrator of Outlaws is Jonathan Davis, who does a great job as well. Some reviewers have been critical of Jonathan Davis compared to Dick Hill, but I believe he does an equally great job with the characters as Dick Hill did in the earlier books of this series.
I don't know if it was the change in narrators or the addition of WEB IV as co-author, but there is big personality shift in the character of Ambassador Montvale the Director of National Intelligence, who is an arrogant *** in the Black Ops and a good guy in the Outlaws.
I have listened to all of the books in the Presidental Agent series several times and recommend the entire series as well as the Honor Bound series. Both of these series use Argentina as the site for much of the activities, since the author (WEB III) lives there for part of the year.

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  • Leslie's Books
  • 17-04-2009

Black Ooups

Had a very tough time following the story and gettig into the charecters.

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  • Bill
  • 10-04-2009

black ops

if you are looking for action this is not for you

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  • Mark R. Philips, M.D.
  • 04-03-2009

Worst Listen

By far the worst read I have ever purchased from Audible. After finishing a le Carr? novel, which I enjoyed tremendously, I thought I would continue in the spy genre so I purchased this New York Times bestseller. Suffice it to say that it read like the wet dream of a 15 year old video game aficionado undergoing a testosterone storm. However, the language and plot structure were far below the level of most 15 year-old authors. The icing on the cake was the narrator's childish sense of irony and his ridiculous repertoire of accents.

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  • Brass Monkey
  • 03-03-2009

Where were the 'Ops'?

The book was OK - but there were a few things I didn't like. First - no real Russian spy would magically fall in love with spy who she defected too. It was just too cheesy. Second - despite all the tension & sneaking around - there weren't any ops in the book until the end. I thought there would be more action & less cheesy love.

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  • Barbara
  • 26-06-2014

How can you begin to hate a character you loved?

Charlie is becoming a whiny little boy. He was always a superhero (kind of unbelievable, but it's fiction). Now, not to give it away, his self-reflection is silly. He's supposed to be a grown man, and a warrior, with a gentle side, not a teenager who doesn't know life.
The other thing is, why are they making all the women leave him? As a woman, it wouldn't bother me if that strong lady cop, had been strong enough to deal with his life. But, not only does she flake out on him, he just lets her. She's supposed to be the love of his life, come on Charlie, be a man.

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  • Rick
  • 28-12-2012

Frequent Listener

Good story, continues the adventures of Heir Gossinger. Enjoyed Mr. Hills naration, he consistently keeps me engaged in the story with his different characters voices. Only negative, as a series reader I pretty much know the background on the characters, retelling it again only adds length to the story when it doesn't need it. With that said though, if I were a first time listener and started here, I would probably appreciate the background.

A good listen, kept me entertained and engaged.

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  • Emilio
  • 14-04-2009

poor production

Narrator created ridiculous voices for the characters. This book is nothing like the past in it's series.

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  • PismoPat
  • 25-02-2009

A Little Less Conversation, More Action Please

I enjoyed the other Presidential Series books with Charlie Castillo. This one was tedious because it seemed to be mostly people sitting around making conversation. The conversations told the story, but they also told part of the stories in the previous books. This book had a good story and a good ending that opened up new adventures for Charley, but it could have had about 30 percent edited out.

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  • cat man
  • 25-04-2009

BOORING

TOO many characters
TOO much dialogue
TOO little action
TOO TOO long

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