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Hazardous Duty (Presidential Agent Novels)by W E B Griffin
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From the #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journalbestselling author comes the dramatic second adventure in the brand-new Clandestine Operations series about the Cold War, the fledgling Central Intelligence Agency—and a new breed of warrior.
In Top Secret, W.E.B. Griffin introduced a remarkable new cast of heroes as they found themselves on the front lines of an entirely different kind of war. Now, these men and women are going to find out what theyve really gotten themselves into.
James Cronley thought he had done well—he didnt know hed done this well.
His first successful mission for the about-to-be-official new Central Intelligence Directorate has drawn all kinds of attention, some welcome, some not. On the plus side, hes now a captain; promoted to Chief, DCI, Europe; and in charge of a top secret spy operation. On the minus side, a lot of people would like to know about that operation, including not only the Soviets, but his own Pentagon, as well as a seething J. Edgar Hoover.
Cronley knows that if just one thing goes wrong, hes likely to get thrown to the wolves. As if that werent enough pressure, complications are springing up on all sides. Hes discovered a surprising alliance between the former German intelligence chief and, of all things, the Mossad. A German family that Cronley never knew he had has suddenly, and suspiciously, emerged. And hes due for a rendezvous with an undercover agent against the Soviets known only as Seven K.
Its when he meets Seven K that he gets the real surprise.
"Bestseller Griffin's unusual eighth Presidential Agent novel (after 2011's Covert Warriors), his third with son Butterworth, is sure to catch regular readers off balance. President Joshua Ezekiel Clendennen wants series hero Lt. Col. Carlos 'Charley' G. Castillo and his team to resolve the wars against the Mexican drug traffickers and the Somali pirates. Meanwhile, members of the president's cabinet and other top Washington officials, who have long suspected that the president is crazy, agree that this overly ambitious policy decision shows that Clendennen is 'absolutely bonkers, as mad as the legendary March hare.' Charley, who's about to marry Susanna Barlow (formerly Svetlana 'Sweaty' Alekseeva of the Russian secret service), has no inclination to become involved in the president's wild scheme. How he and the other series regulars deal with this thorny problem takes up the rest of the book. If Griffin's many fans wonder what their favorite author is up to with these amusing, sometimes silly, hijinks, he explains all in a short afterword. Agent: Robert Youdelman, Rember & Curtis." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Colonel Charley Castillo is back in action..
Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. Chaos reigns
back in the fight.
The President has had enough—he needs to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band of fighters and put them on the case. Unfortunately, that might be impossible. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillos guts, having had him forcibly retired from the military. And Castillos men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding. There are also whispers that the President himself is becoming mentally unbalanced.
How will it all play out? No one knows for sure, but for Castillo and company, only one thing is definite: it will be hazardous duty.
The Presidential Agent adventures return in the most harrowing novel yet in the #1 New York Timesbestselling series.
M exican 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 Castillos guts, has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillos men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding. There are also whispers that the President himself is unstable—the word nutcake” has been mentioned.
How will it all play out? No one knows for sure, but for Castillo and company, only one thing is definite: It will be hazardous duty.
About the Author
W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.
William E. Butterworth IV has worked closely with his father for a decade, and is the coauthor of several previous books with him, most recently Covert Warriors and The Spymasters.
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