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The Outlaws

By: W. E. B. Griffin
Narrated by: Jonathan Davies
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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 destroyed during a raid on a secret Russian factory in the Congo. Who has them, and what do they want? Castillo has a feeling he's not going to like the answers.

©2010 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2010 Penguin

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-11

The Outlaws

I have had one complaint about Griffin's books all along, and I don't know why I was expecting anything different this time around. And that is his need to recap the entire previous series books that came before, several times throughout the current book. Hearing the same story rehashed over and over grows old. The overall story line and plot was good, the narrartion was good, but the constant revisiting of previous books caused me to lose interest several times.

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  • RB
  • 14-02-11

Good Narrator, but Juvenile, Poorly Written Story

The complaints about the narrator are unfounded. He does a good to great job with a story and writing that are both really poor in comparison to the author's other works. The characters in this series are even more cartoon-like than the author's other books, but this installment is probably the worst. Ever since Charlie had a child from a one night stand with classmate's fiance, and then fell in love with the Russian defector, things seem to have gone on to be just plain silly. There is a ton of re-hashing the previous plots, and I can't count how many times the characters make obscene gestures at one another. If you keep your plot and writing expectations low, the narration of this book is good enough to provide a pleasant listen.

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  • Mondobelly
  • 10-02-11

Disappointing re-write of character history

I have been waiting months for the next book in this series. As a rule I never get the abridged version because I want more story for my money, but this book would have been the perfect abridged version. The new aspects of the story would have fit nicely in a shorter format and the hours of inaccurate rehash could have been sent to the edit room recycle bin. I am not sure if Dick Hill read the story and refused to narrate it but I could not blame him. This one just did not do justice to the earlier books of the series.

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  • Brian
  • 19-02-11

No story advancement, and just plain boring.

I've read the entire Presidential Agent series, and I've got to say this is by far the worst. This book is BAD. The problem isn't really the narrator, its the material he was given to work with. The first half of the story is a recap of all the other books, with some inconsistencies. The second part of the book is the team sitting around talking about what to do. The only "action" is at the very end. I almost stopped listening several times, but kept hanging on hoping it would get better. It didn't. The book also appears to be written for twelve year olds with all the dumb nicknames used, and repeated bad/sophomoric jokes. I am dissappointed to say this will probably be the last book in this series I read.

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  • Jackie
  • 13-02-11

Wow, am I disappointed

I have been a Griffin fan for a while now. Since the Brotherhood of War Series and some of his earlier work written under different names. This is the first time I can say I was disappointed in one of his books. This book (and the one before it) totally changed the characters that we had become invested in throughout the series. I don't want to give the story away but by the end of this book I am not even sure I like Charlie Castillo let alone any of the other characters. Only Max and Lester stayed true to character. Even his grandmother got on my nerves.

If you have been reading the series you need to listen to this if only for closure. If you have never read any of the Presidential Agent books don't start here. Up until the last two books it really was a great series. I don't know what happened with this one but shame on you Mr. Butterworth (both III and IV), shame on you! Your fans and Charlie Castillo's fans deserved better.

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  • Jack
  • 10-01-11

Disappointing /Disappearing Charlie Castillio

Was sooo excited to get a new Charlie Castiliio adventure....boy did it fall flat! The majority of the book relived the previous story lines, this was followed by cursing, a stupid President, and mixing up the previous characters and their animosity towards each other. Sadly, it costs me a credit, but I'm glad I didn't pay full price. I reads the review posted prior to purchasing the book, and the only negative was the narrator; he was the least of the problems with this book! I'm not sure if W.E.B. let a ghost writer destroy his Charlie Castillio series or he just dropped the ball himself, but bad, bad, bad....save your credits/money....don't waste is on this book. JRDenver

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  • Jennifer
  • 30-12-10

Good but disappointing

Was a very well written compilation and was just as expected story wise as all the other books. Although it is an audio book and the narrator is said to be the same as the other books of this series it does not sound like the same narrator. Not only does the narrator sound different, but pronounces names and places very differently and wrongly compared to the other ones in this series. So if you are in it just for the story line then this is an awesome book I would recommend it to anyone. But, if you are a narrator person like I am and believe that, that is half of the overall enjoyment as it is for me then I am sorry but you will be let down this time around.

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  • edward
  • 04-01-11

Very little new information.

For months, since it was announced,I was really looking forward to this book. I have listened to the series many times. I am very dissapointed. I wish Dick Hill was the reader, I feel Audible ows me on this. There is very little new storyline and it appears that is the authors MO. I believe you can fit the whole series into a three book series and that would have been intense and more enjoyable. Does W.E.B. use an editor? Many of the characters in the series change, the name of the OOA (Organizational analisis or Operational analysis)changes and the storeline changes. There is no consistence in his stories from book to book other then the main story line, but even that changes wildly. I do not reccommend this book. I feel this style cheets the reader into buying the same story three and four times.

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  • Pamela T Holstrom
  • 28-02-11

Sorry to disagree!

I almost did not buy this book because of the negative comments by many of those reviews printed here. I too like Dick Hill and was sorry to see that he was not the narrator. But since I had read/listened to all of Mr. Griffin's books, I decided to take a chance. I'm very glad I did. In my humble opinion Jonathan Davis' performance was superb. The more I listened the more I appreciated his talents. I am now thinking that Misters Butterworth have a difficult decision for their next novel. While I would not be disappointed with Hill or Davis, if asked I might have to go with Davis.
In the Outlaws, the authors did a masterful job of developing the character of the president. Joshua Ezekiel Clendennen was an instant antagonist, one you could not wait to be put in his place. Joshua Ezekiel Clendennen ends up being a waste of a great name on a loud mouth bully with no backbone.
Wonderful book, can't wait for the next!

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  • Luck8
  • 02-01-11

Adventures of the Presidential Agent

I have read all of W.E.B. Griffin's books, and the other books in this series at least twice. I enjoyed the latest saga, Outlaws, the advertures of Charlie Castillo and his band of outlaws. The narrator, Jonathan Davis, not Dick Hill, did a credible job. But I would have preferred Dick Hill. I suspect this is the final chapter of the Presidential Agent series as the the story is now completed and Charlie with his Sweaty can disappear and never be heard from again as directed by the former President.

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